Koh Samui is the second largest island of Thailand. This island is famous for its palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves, tropical rainforest and the famous Wat Phra Yai temple.
Between relaxation and visit, a week in Koh Samui is enough to discover what this fabulous island has to offer. I propose you to discover my new happy place.
First stop in Koh Samui : Lamai
I spent the first days on the Lamai side at Renaissance Samui in a lovely villa with private pool. It’s undoubtedly there that you’ll find the most beautiful beaches (but also the most tourist). The best known and most beautiful are: Lamai Beach (photo), Coral Cove Beach & Crystal Bay (I suggest you to take an aperitif at the Cliff Bar overlooking this beautiful beach).
Besides the beaches, you can also see Overlap Stone which is a huge natural rock hanging in the void of which you have an incredible view of Lamai. I went up on a scooter but that can be dangerous. Many signs and annotations invite you to park and continue on foot, which I advise you to do.
And right next to this rock you can visit a small orange temple, little known by tourists called Wat Sila Ngu. For those who follow me on Instagram, this is where I did my blood pressure drop. Close to this temple, you can find Hin Ta & Hin Yai Rocks famous for a very strange reason (Reminding the shape of the male and female genitals).
Second Stop : Lipa Noi
Let’s go to Nikki Beach Koh Samui, between coconut groves and waterfalls. On this side of the island there are fewer tourists and the island is more natural. You have the choice between several waterfalls: Lat Wanon Waterfall, Hin Lad Waterfall and Na Mueang Waterfall 1 and 2 (the second is more beautiful and has a natural pool in height giving you an incredible view). Not far from this, you can visit the Secret Buddha Garden, also known as Magic Garden, which is a garden filled with ancient Buddha statuettes.
Be aware that Koh Samui isn’t only a tourist island, it’s also a big producer of coconut. It’s therefore very pleasant to visit a coconut grove, to walk there and enjoy the best coconut of your life. I advise you that of Ban Thong Krut.
Last Stop : Maenam
For the end of the stay, head north (near the airport) and we will have toured the island. I found this area very nice but more touristy than the previous ones.
You also have pretty beaches lined with palm trees such as: Ban Tai Beach & Maenam Beach. But also nice temples grouped together with the most famous of Koh Samui : Wat Plai Laem.
For the gits, the Fisherman Village although there are very few fishermen, is the perfect place! More authentic and charming during the market (Monday and Friday after 5pm). You’ll also find many shops, spa massage, a few bars and restaurants along the beach. I advise you to go for a drink at Coco Tams and get a massage at Cyan spa!
Koh Samui Elephant Sanctuary
And if you feel like it, you can also discover the Samui Elephant Sanctuary of Koh Samui that helps the elephants of circuses and tourist attractions. I’m always mixed about this kind of place but I can tell you et 90% that this place is beneficial for elephants. The entrance fee is quite high but is used to buy and therefore to save elephants.
We toured Koh Samui together, feel free to click on the hotels I stayed in to learn more about them. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in these two establishments.
I very much hope you have time to visit this earthly paradise. And if you have more time, add the visit of the neighboring islands: Ko Phan Ngan and Koh Tao to your stay.