I absolutely love to visit Koh Samui and as a person that lives in Thailand this is a big thing to say. I find that it is one of the most beautiful places in the world and there are some of the best hotels in Samui . This great combination makes it one of the places that I keep coming back to. I thought I should share with you the reasons that I love Koh Samui, so read on to find out more.
The Big Buddha
This stunning temple lies just off the north eastern part of Koh Samui on a small island. The reason I love this place is of course the huge 12 metre high seated Buddha statue, which was actually built in the 70s. I really enjoy visiting the island and seeing the statue greeting me each and every time I visit Samui. The reason for this is that you can actually see it from a long distance and if you fly into Samui you will know exactly what I mean.
The statue itself depicts a pose (known as the Mara posture) that symbolises purity and enlightenment and represents the time where Buddha successfully resisted temptation and danger. This is just a stunning sight to see for anybody and I would highly recommend it
Ang Thong National Marine Park
This marine park is a relatively untouched set of 42 islands in the Gulf of Thailand that lie just off the coast of Koh Samui. What I love about these islands is of course the dense jungle, limestone mountains, white sand beaches, lakes and waterfalls. I could truly go on forever, but this place just ticks all the boxes when it comes to a travel destination. I love to spend my time here hiking, diving, being out on the open water and of course snorkelling. This is a great place that I love to spend time at to truly relax and unwind.
Na Muang Waterfall
These stunning waterfalls are a great place for a short hike and an amazingly refreshing dip. There is nothing quite like swimming under a waterfall and there are actually two here! The first flows into a nice natural pool and if you are feeling adventurous you can always visit the second which is about a half hour walk upstream. The best time to visit these great waterfalls of course between September and November, which is the rainy season and the time these waterfalls offer the most.