Thailand is a land of many treasures, with different experiences to suit different people.
Depending on your idea of a choice vacation, you can take your pick of experiences – from immersing in the bustling whirlwind of the city or a quiet, relaxing getaway on a sandy beach on an island getaway.
If a relaxing vacation beckons, check out the slice of paradise that is Samui. If Phuket is the “Pearl of the Andaman”, then Samui is the “Gem of the Gulf of Thailand”. Its beauty and incomparable charm continues to attract visitors from across the globe to its sandy shores.
Samui is off Thailand’s eastern coast, just a little over one hour plane ride from Kuala Lumpur. The island spans 247 sq km, making it Thailand’s third largest after Phuket and Koh Chang.
A top beach destination in Thailand, Samui is a cosmopolitan melting pot of travellers, ranging from budget travellers staying in simple beachside bungalows to the luxury holidaymakers living it up at one of the many luxury resorts or villas.
Whichever your travelling style, be it budget, luxury or in-between, you can be sure there is something to cater to you. To make the most of your Samui getaway, here are some activities you absolutely should not miss out on:
Enjoy the ocean
Samui hosts a variety of beautiful beaches. The island’s most popular shoreline is Chaweng Beach with 6km of soft white sand, gentle roll off into the ocean and romantic sunset vistas.
The second best known beach on the island after Chaweng is Lamai Beach, the location of the well-known Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks.
Also recommended is LipaNoi Beach, a more natural location with little human interference, white sands and shallow waters – perfect for families looking to spend a day enjoying the sun and sea.
Relax in a chic resort
Samui Island is a haven of top shelf hotels and resorts, each with its own distinct designs and styles, welcoming guests looking to relax, snap photos and engage in some personal time.
Savour famous fare
The cuisine of Thailand’s south is distinctly rich and spicy with highlights including yellow curry, ko pork, shrimp and bitter bean stir fry. Apart from local dishes, Samui is also home to fresh seafood, which pairs perfectly with Thai style seafood sauce for an addictive combo.
Chill out at a café
Café hoppers can’t miss the chance to sip tasty drinks and snap fun pictures at any of the range of cafés to be found on Samui.
Some that have to be seen include The Page at The Library Samui with its unique red swimming pool and attractively designed sweets and beverages, and Café De Pier x Samui – a seaside venue located in the island’s own Fisherman’s Village offering food and snacks coupled with a good cup of coffee.
For an entirely different perspective, the Giant Summit Samui pairs reasonably priced food and drink with a heightened view of the entire island.
Experience the nightlife
Nighttime in Samui is just as alluring as day with visitors able to chill out by the rolling waves and be excited by fire juggling on Chaweng Beach.
You can party hard at any of the many clubs on the island or spend an entire evening picking up locally made souvenirs and sampling an array of street food for a gastronomic experience.
Get the ball rolling on your Samui getaway with a special promotion to Samui Island- get a roundtrip ticket from only MYR 240 per person (excludes insurance fee, surcharge and taxes) at MITM Travel Fair only.
This Aug 1– 16, book direct flights from KL to Samui with Bangkok Airways, Thailand’s only full service boutique airline, by contacting your travel agent, calling 03-2148 0829 or visit bangkokair.com/gosamui_kul.
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