Drink in the Horizon of Taling Ngam Bay, and hike to the Secret Buddha Garden.
Koh Samui, the second largest Thai island after Phuket, is nothing short of a delirious tropical dream. The island was named after its native coconut trees, of which endless groves envelope visitors into a perfect island paradise. This large beautiful island has no shortage of things to do. Start with our top five picks to enjoy a dreamy jetsetter vacay in Koh Samui!
1. Drink in the Horizon of Taling Ngam Bay.
Taling Ngam Bay is located on the southwest coast of the island where there’s less tourists and traffic, save for a few luxury resorts. But Taling Ngam Bay is among the 1,000 Places To See Before You Die, according the enduring travel book and you absolutely can’t leave Koh Samui without catching a glimpse of the bay.
One of the best places to see Taling Ngam is from Air Bar at InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort, perched along the cliffs. It’s a high viewpoint from which you can take in the vastness of the cerulean water below. Air Bar is conveniently located at the very front of the lobby where you can drink in the endless horizon along with a tropical cocktail. It promises to be the dreamiest happy hour you’ll ever experience in the world.
2. Be a beach bum at Maenam Beach.
Though there are tons of beaches to visit on Samui, the consensus is that Maenam is the most low-key and relaxing one to hang out in. Maenam Beach is close to the busy tourist and commercial center of Chaweng without all of the craziness. Known as primarily a family and backpacker haunt, Maenam is a quiet and chill spot where you can still enjoy massages, coconuts and food sold by local vendors on the beach. It’s the perfect place to go during that one day you plan to do nothing but doze, play and lounge on the beach with all the peace and quiet you can get.
3. Shop Around Bophut Fisherman’s Village.
Fisherman’s Village in Bophut is a one-of-a-kind pedestrian thoroughfare along Bophut Beach on the Northside. It’s a charming, laidback commercial area lined with boutiques selling handmade trinkets, cozy cafes and restaurants serving different local cuisines. Of course seafood dishes are aplenty here. If you walk out towards the beach, there’s a row of beach bars with bean bag chairs to lounge in on the sand. Fisherman’s Village is a fun, semi-touristy destination for when you want a small break from the craziness of Chaweng.
4. Sip the Night Away at WooBar.
Everyone knows that WooBar at any W Hotel is a sexy happening place, and that’s especially true at WooBar at W Koh Samui. For one thing, the bar overlooks the ocean with the iconic W perched in the center of the glow-up pool. Of course WooBar would have a MenuGram full of exotic elixirs and craft cocktails. Choose from crazy colorful and cool drinks like Thai Dragon in the shape of a bird or Loi Krathong which comes in a pretty orb. Plus you know WooBar will be bumping some fun, sexy beats to go with that drink and view. With weekly happenings on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, any night of the week is an ideal night to sip and bump n’ grind the night away.
5. Hike to the Secret Buddha Garden.
There are many Buddhist temples and sights to see in Koh Samui, but the most unique one would be the Secret Buddha Garden at the top of Tar Nim Waterfall. The garden is the work of a quirky durian farmer from Samui named Nim Thongsuk who put up numerous statues of figures from Buddhist folklore in the garden that he built. The Secret Buddha Garden is now a magical place inhabited by moss-covered deities inside a lush, tropical jungle. The garden can be reached by driving up the road that leads to Tar Nim Waterfall or by arranging a tour with one of the island’s many tour agencies.
Nadia spent a few weeks island hopping in Thailand.