Ko Samui was our first island stop during our three island circle tour with my Mom. It’s definitely the busiest island we visited, it has many high end resorts, fancy restaurants, and it’s actally quite glitzy compared to other islands we have visited in Thailand. We stayed at the Fishermen’s Village on Bophut Beach and it turned out to be a good location with plenty of restaurants and little shops.
Our first day we visited Chaweng Beach, it’s the busiest area on the island but I read that the beach was worth checking out. Gordon found us a perfect place to park ourselves for the day, a resort right on tbe beach that allowed us the use of their pool and loungers provided we spend 200 baht on drinks and food ($8 Canadian) which was a bargain.
The next day we lounged at Mae Nam Beach which was located right next to the area where we stayed. This was definitely our favourite beach, it had nice clear water and it was lined with palm trees. A huge plus was this beautiful beach was very quiet and not crowded at all.
The following day we rented a car and went around the entire island. Our first stop was at the Big Buddha.
There were some strange looking sculptures here too!
Next we visited Wat Plai Laem, it was a very beautiful temple!
We stopped for lunch at Silver Beach which was touted to be the most beautiful beach on the island but we found it weedy and crowded, although the sand quality was nice.
One of the viewpoints along the main road.
We made a quick stop at Hin Yai and Hin Ta (Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks) overlooking Lamai Beach.
The highlight of our day was when we stepped out of the car at one of the beaches and saw a Thai man with his elephant. The elephant was just foraging for food and cracking open coconuts, it was amazing to see how an elephant opens a coconut! My Mom loves elephants so much so it was awesome to see this and the Thai man offered all of us to pet his elephant as we walked by – not something you see everyday while going to the beach!
We made a very quick stop as we were driving by to see the mummified monk (undercomposed monk), I found it quite creepy and was pretty happy when we left although it is a special temple on the island.
We found the beautiful Laem Sor Pagoda which is off the beaten track a liitle. This Pagoda was made with coral…hopefully dead coral!
We spent our last day relaxing on Bophut beach and browsing the little shops at the Fishermen’s Village.
Where we stayed: Pelegrin Hotel
Written by: Tammy Hermann…Live~Love~Travel