It seems Koh Samui was made only for holidays. This beautiful island is a part of the Surat Thani Province, the largest of Thailand's southern provinces. It has some fabulous offerings for the sun-seekers, beach party lovers, and those who wish to enjoy some rejuvenating spa treatments. You'll certainly like the laid-back feel that the island exudes. Ever since the expansion of tourism in the 1980s, millions of tourists from different parts of the world have been visiting this enchanting Thai destination to explore its various attractions:
When it comes to beaches, this Thai island would never disappoint you. Many of them have long stretches of white sands touched by the crystal-clear waters, thus creating the ideal environs for you to relax during your holidays to koh samui. One of the most popular beaches in this part of Thailand is the Chaweng Beach. Although it may not offer the kind of serenity you're looking for, it has a bustling nightlife and beach clubs if you wish to have loads of fun. Lamai Beach has the perfect surroundings for you if it's peace and relaxation that you're seeking. Lipa Noi Beach, Maenam Beach, and Bophut Beach are some of the other beaches worth exploring.
You'll certainly come across many Buddhist temples called 'wats' and Chinese shrines when you embark on a sightseeing tour of the island. Among them is the temple of the Big Buddha, which has a massive statue of the Buddha in a seated position. It overlooks the sea on the northern coast and has a height of about 15 metres. Located close to it is the Wat Plai Laem, which is a temple built with an architectural style featuring the Buddhist theme and has a large statue of the Guanyin, the Goddess of Compassion and Mercy. Some of the other interesting temples are the Hainan Temple, the Laem Sor Pagoda, and Wat Khunaram.
One of the best features of the Thai dishes served on the island's popular eateries and restaurants is that they have maintained their distinct flavours for centuries. Pad Thai is not only popular in Koh Samui but also across Thailand. It is believed to have been originated during the reign of the Ayutthaya Kingdom and is a dish comprising stir-fried rice noodles mixed with tofu, garlic, egg, fish sauce and several other ingredients. Those looking for fast food can savour the Khao Phad, which literally translates as 'fried rice'. The additional ingredients in this dish mainly include meat, egg, oyster sauce, and garlic.
There are lots of entertainment options in Koh Samui when the sun goes down. Some of the best offerings in nightlife can be found on the Chaweng Beach with lounge clubs, discos, and beach bars. One particular place that's quite unusual than the rest is an ice bar, which has freezing temperatures created indoors. You may have to wear thick winter outfits with hats and gloves to enjoy your choice of drinks in this bar. Some interesting choices in nightlife can also be found on the Lamai, Bophut, and Maenam beaches.
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