Samui offers ‘other-than-the-beach’ holiday experience

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Story & Photos by: TAT News

Lying 35 kilometres off the coast of Surat Thani, Ko Samui – Thailand’s second largest island after Phuket – is one of Asia’s and indeed the world’s favourite resort islands, going by the various readers’ choice awards and other international accolades bestowed upon it over the years. The most recent of these came in the Condé Nast Traveller UK magazine’s 2018 Readers’ Travel Awards announced in September, in which Samui was voted the 9th best island in the world.

It’s hard to argue that Samui’s main draw aren’t its beaches, of which there are a number spread around the island’s coastline. The different beaches offer different vibes, from the bustling Chaweng and Lamai Beaches to the more peaceful and laidback Bophut, Mae Nam and Choeng Mon Beaches, to name some. It’s this diversity in beaches that helps give Samui a broader appeal.

Maenam Beach

And so does a choice of activities to do and sights to see around the island, should the time come for a day or two’s break from the warm, inviting sands and welcoming waters of the beach scene. For those seeking a touch of tropical adventure, there are safari tours by jeep or truck that head up into the island’s mountainous and forested interior, zipline trails that soar through jungle and park scenery, 4-wheel ATV bike trips through scenic off-road terrain and, offshore, snorkelling, island-hopping tours and sea-kayaking.

For those who appreciate great views, the jeep/truck safari tours offer just these from high up in the island’s interior. There’s also an outdoor cooking class on one tour which takes place some 615 metres above sea level to a 360 degree panoramic backdrop of Samui and the Gulf of Thailand stretching off to the horizon. Chances are the Tom Kha Kai and Som Tam dishes prepared, cooked and eaten here are among the best one ever more

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