This place does not need an introduction to most people as it has gained popularity over the years, more so as Phuket has become increasingly popular and crowded. For those looking for more secluded beaches, Koh Samui is the place to be.
When I landed at Koh Samui I booked myself at a resort by the white sand beaches. I enjoyed simply being on the beach by the warm waters and enjoying the nightlife here.
Main Areas of Tourist Attraction
Once you are here explore Chaweng Beach. It is a busy area but is known for its nightlife. I enjoyed stopping by the discotheques as well as restaurants and open-air bars. Close to this beach are Bhoput and Lamai beaches. These have villages by them that make them quaint and worth exploring, away from the crowded parts of the island.
Beach Activities to Try
There are several beach activities that took up most of my time here. I booked myself for a day trip in scuba diving and enjoyed a guided tour of the under-waters and the coral reefs.
Water cruises are also a must try here with novel experiences like banana boats, windsurfing and enjoying jet skiing. You have to always be careful when traveling because you could get injured if you push too far and are not familiar with surfing or jet skiing. Just be careful and have fun. A friend who works back at Alaska Regional Hospital is always overly concerned with getting hurt due to some of the things she sees at work. She has got me thinking all the time about being extra careful. Regardless, have fun at these activities but be safe.
Land tours are also recommended here. They take you inside the island where you get to visit the Namuang waterfall or the Big Buddha. One can also trek by the elephants or opt for an off-roading tour.
Other Local Attractions
I also visited a local aquarium, a snake farm, tiger show and monkeys at work. Lamai had a good nightlife that I enjoyed and discovered several great places for Thai cuisine.
I would recommend to many to stop by Koh Samui and not Phuket for a similar but less crowded experience. You can enjoy similar beachscape and activities as well as put up at luxury resorts with secluded beach areas.