It’s been quite a while now since I visited Koh Samui but I often think back to it on a miserable Monday morning, wishing I could snap my fingers and be back on a beach sipping cocktails. It was one of the best places I’ve ever been to and definitely the highlight of my Thailand trip. For me, the perfect holiday has to have a combination of activities and relaxation, and this had just that.
We started off our trip by visiting Chaweng Beach. The. Nicest. Beach. Ever. (No exaggeration) White sand, clear (and hot!) sea water, a cocktail bar to hand and a good book. Perfection!
The next day we went on a day tour around some of the top landmarks of Koh Samui. We visited the Wat Phra Yai temple and Big Buddha. Then saw the Hin Ta and Hin Yai rocks which are rocks shaped like genitalia (amazing), and visited the mummified monk who died in the meditation pose and predicted his own death.
We then went to the Na Muang waterfall, but I was pretty disappointed with this. Although the waterfall was very pretty, it was so busy, the water wasn’t clean enough to actually go in it and there were lots of unethical elephant rides nearby which was quite upsetting to see.
We couldn’t resist getting some cheesy photos when we stopped at the incredible Lad Koh viewpoint. Then we ended the day by visiting Nathan Town and ate some incredible Thai food.
The next day was a completely unforgettable experience. We visited the Samui Elephant Sanctuary, where older elephants have been rescued from awful circumstances. They now live a lovely and content life being looked after properly. All money from visiting goes towards the sanctuary and all you do is feed the elephants bananas. No washing or riding is allowed. You’re even taught how to stroke them and stand by them properly, to avoid spooking them.
I didn’t think anything could top this but on the penultimate day of our holiday, we went on a boat trip around the Angthong National Marine Park. We went snorkelling in the sea, and for somebody who is afraid of water it was definitely a challenge but once my nerves faded, it was incredible. We kayaked in the ocean, visited more heavenly beaches, and climbed a very steep walk up to the Koh Wua Talap viewpoint. The walk was hard work (I would definitely not recommend wearing flip flops) but it was completely worth it to see the beautiful views.
Visiting Koh Samui was a once in a lifetime trip. It’s a place I will never forget, and hope I return to in the future.