Known for its friendly hospitality and great weather year-round, the island of Ko Samui boasts one of the widest ranges of beach options in Thailand. Whether you're looking for centrally located action-packed beaches with large waves or more remote beaches on the north part of the island, there's an area here that is sure to meet your vacation needs. Chaweng is the most modernized beach on Ko Samui and the most heavily populated by local residents. In this area, Chaweng Beach Road and Hat Chaweng are the two main roads where the majority of restaurants and shops as well as a buzzing nightlife can be found.
While you're in Ko Samui, be sure to make time for some of these must-see attractions:
- Monkey Shows: Located in an open-air theater behind Bophut Beach, the entertainment includes performing monkeys and elephants.
-Secret Buddha Garden: Made by a local fruit farmer almost 35 years ago, these gardens feature huge sculptures surrounded by vast jungle.
-Tiger Zoo Ko Samui: This zoo is home to a wide range of Bengali tigers and leopards that you can arrange to have your picture taken with.
-Wat Khunaram Ko Samui: Be sure to visit the famous mummy on site at this temple.
-Samui Butterfly Garden: In addition to a large variety of local butterflies, there's also an insect museum inside the complex.
No matter when you visit Ko Samui, there will likely be a wide range of Thai festivals and ceremonies for you to enjoy. Some of the most popular events include Songkran, the Thai New Year held on April 13th; the Ploughing Ceremony, held every May and designed to boost the morale of locale rice farmers; and Constitution Day, a holiday held every December 10th that celebrates the start of Thailand's constitutional monarchy.
With all the things to do on the island, it's no surprise that there is an abundance of vacation rentals in Ko Samui, most of which are right on the beach. Consider renting a luxury apartment with ocean views right out your window, or a spacious villa or condo with high-end amenities that's big enough for the whole family to enjoy.
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