After watching all of your friends travel to the magical kingdom of Thailand and come back raving about the food, nightlife, the beaches and the friendly people, you have finally broken down, and have begun researching destinations in this popular country for travelers.
However, as you have figured out quickly, planning a trip to Thailand can be a difficult task. Some islands excel in certain areas, but fall short in others. Some have rowdy nightlife, but lack in peace and quiet, while others are peaceful and idyllic, but are short on essential tourist services.
If you are caught in this conundrum, we know just the island where you should have your first experience in Thailand. That place is Koh Samui, as it truly has something in store for just about any traveler.
In this article, we will go over the experiences that this comprehensive destination offers for its guests, no matter where their interests may lie.
When you travel halfway around the world, you want your base for your vacation to be a comfortable, relaxing place. W Retreat Koh Samui is just such a place, located on the quiet north coast of the island, a haven of peace where your sleep will be undisturbed by partiers.
If you want to join in the revelry on other nights though, there are also transportation options that will take you straight into the heart of the entertainment district on the east coast of the island, giving you the best of both worlds.
After you get settled in your hotel, head out and sample some of the finest beaches in the world, which are located everywhere on Koh Samui’s expansive coast. On days where you want to linger close to your resort, check out Bo Phut Beach, one of the finest white sand affairs on the island. Jet skis are available for rental, and shopping abounds at the Fisherman’s Village, which splits the beach in half. If you can, grab a cup of Doi Chang coffee at a shop here, which is grown in the highlands of Northern Thailand, and ranks among the best new coffee beans to hit the market in recent times.
If you have the motivation to wander, check out a day tour of the island, which will allow you to get in all the major sights of the island, such as the breathtaking Big Buddha temple, a mummified monk in the south that has not decayed since 1965, and waterfalls in the interior of Koh Samui which can be quite refreshing on a hot day, which tends to happen quite often in the tropics!
Back in Bo Phut, take to the sands at the beach after dark, where fine dining options sprout along the waterfront like mushrooms. Seafood here is massive, fresh, and surprisingly cheap, as value is something that Thailand gets right in this increasingly expensive world.
Finally, indulge in a night out in the main entertainment district of Chaweng Beach on the east coast of the island, where everything from sidewalk bars to mega clubs compete for your attention with unbeatable drink specials … just be sure to bargain hard for a good taxi price back to the north at night, as prices go up after the sun goes down!
Thailand offers a bewildering array of options for holidays, but not all destinations do everything extremely well. Koh Samui is the best rounded island in this regard, and thus, it should be your first choice for an initial vacation to Thailand.