Whoever coined the phrase “Paradise Island” clearly had Koh Samui in mind. It ticks all the necessary boxes from sandy beaches, clear sapphire waters and shady coconut palm trees. Many people chose Koh Samui over cities like Bangkok or Phuket because Samui has retained a sense of style and luxury.
In fact, Samui is the spa capital of Thailand, with several dedicated holistic health, weight loss, detox, and yoga resorts. But if you want to escape the resort goers looking for health retreats, you might want to take a luxury Thailand tour to the smaller islands around Koh Samui. Same heavenly, unspoilt beaches, but perhaps with something more adventurous to offer.
Famous for its Full Moon parties and attracting between 10,000 – 30,000 tourists each month, Koh Phangan is the place for all party animals to be. Music rangers from reggae, techno, modern, drum and bass, trance and so many more genres that you will certainly be on the dance floor for most of the night. If the full moon isn’t enough to light up your night, there will be fire jugglers, fire eaters and thousands of lamps to illuminate the night. If you fancy a change of pace from relaxing on the beach, the easiest way to travel to a full moon party from Koh Samui is by ferry.
To get here, go to The Tong Krut Pier Restaurant in Koh Samui and ask for a longtail boat to Koh Tan. They will take you there and pick you up whenever you wish for a very small payment (according to tourists). If you’re looking for some solitude and personal time on your island holiday, Koh Tan is the perfect destination. It has a population of 30 people, the beach is completely unspoilt and it may be the only place where you can see wild buffalo and boars roaming free. Have a day to yourself in this secluded paradise.
Ang Thong Marine Park
Easily accessed by speedboat or slow boat from Koh Samui, the Ang Thong National Marine Park will impress the island explorer within you. A tour of this island includes snorkelling, kayaking and a visit to the Emerald Seawater Lake. Take the initiative to explore the caves around the island or just enjoy playing games on the beach. An essential item to bring on this tour is your camera, because the views and the memories will definitely be something to brag about when you get home.
To reach this island, you need to take a boat ride from the Pak Meng Pier, with private boat tours also available to access this island. Another option is to hire a boat and sail out to Koh Chuak yourself. This island is popular with divers due to its many species of fish and deep water coral. Koh Chuak is the least visited of the islands so this is a great opportunity to escape the crowds of tourists and swim in relatively undisturbed waters.