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Ang Thong National Marine Park
This marine park consists of 42 islands and the biggest one is Koh Phaluai and other main islands are, Koh Wua Chio, Koh Wua Talap, Koh Mae Ko, Koh Samsao, Koh Phai Luak, Koh Kha, Koh Hindap, Koh Phi, Koh Wua Kantang, Koh Mae Yat, Koh Wua Te, Koh Naiphut, Koh Changsom, Koh Hanuman, Koh Thaiphlao, Koh Huaklong, and Koh Ban. The islands are made of limestone raising up to almost 400 meters above the water which have the spectacular looks and there are many fantastic caves and the climate have formed amazing structures as taken from a fairytale.
Parts of the islands have Mangrove forests and in these places huge python snakes, and a lot of popular fishes. Sixteen species of mammals like otters, langurs, crab-eating monkeys, hogs, silver haired bats, dolphins and whales are found in the Ang Thong park. The water around the islands is very shallow and many different kinds of corals can be found here. The islands are located 25 km (15 miles) west of Koh Samui.
At the islands Wua Talap the office of the park is located at the north east side and there is also a very nice beach here. On this island you can visit the viewpoint and see all the islands lined up.
At Mae Ko you can visit the big lagoon set on the north part. This lake is called Tale Nai and is about 250 meters (850 foot) wide. The lake is connected to the outside water by underwater tunnels.
Experience the amazing scenery with corals, views and a fabulous fauna of animals all at this marine park.
Koh Taen (Koh Katen)
Just about 2 km (1.3 miles) south of Koh Samui this island rises above the surface. Along the east side is a long beautiful beach with palm trees all along the shore. You can enjoy a day here with snorkeling and forest adventures and you can also book a mountain bike trip where you will see Mangrove forest, coral reefs and temple. This island is very small and has no electric.
This island might be famous for its huge full moon beach parties but it also have a relaxing side that can suite the classic family with children as well. 10 km (6.5 miles) north of Samui this island is set. It is slightly smaller than Koh Samui and the mountain tops do not reach the same heights as on Samui. Haad Rin is he famous party beach were the full moon party and other events take place. At these occasions the beach gets filled with people dancing from dusk till dawn.
Besides from this the island is a relaxed paradise with a lot of beaches to suit everyone. You can also visit a lot of temples and waterfalls. Popular beaches are Haad Rin Nok, Haad Rin Nai, Ao Baan Tai, Thongsala, Ao Srithanu, Haad Salad, Haad Mae Haad, Ao Chalokhum and Thong Nai Pan.
The divers paradise. Two hours north from Koh Samui Koh Tao, or Turtle Island, is set. This small island have a lot of small beaches with resorts for a relaxing time. The islands is has the best diving spots in the Gulf of Thailand and there are a lot of diving schools to be found here. This is the perfect island if you like to find small paradise beaches, enjoy a drink at the beach or in a club but all in an atmosphere that breaths relaxation. Popular beaches are Mae Haad Bay, Sairee Beach, Mango Bay, Hin Wong Bay, Cape Thian, Tanote Bay, Ao Leuk Bay, Sai Daeng Beach, Thian Og Bay, Chalok Baan Kao, Gul Juea Beach, Cape Jeda Gang and Jan Som Bay.
Attractions on Mainland
Hin Ta Hin Yai (Grandma and Grandpa Rock)
In the south end of Lamai these world known rocks rests by the ocean. One rock has a phallic shape while another has a big crack on it. This had made thousands of thousands of people to come here. It is also a nice place for strolling around looking at souvenirs.
Na Muang Waterfalls 1 & 2
On the west side of Koh Samui you find these two waterfalls which can be nice to visit when you get tired from the life at the beach. At Na Muang 1, about 30 meters (100foot) high you will be able to take a nice swim in the natural pool that the waterfall ends in. The distance from the parking is very short. At Na Muang 2 you have to walk for 30 minutes or you can hitch a ride from the parking either by golf course cars or why not let an elephant show you around in his neighborhood. The name Na Muang comes from the purple rocks that are seen here. Muang means purple in Thai.
At the far north area of Samui you find the classic Big Buddha. A big statue, 12 meters (40 foot) high, placed in top a big podium which you can walk up to. There are also some smaller temples on this area but it does not have that classic beauty as most temples usually have. The temple area is set on a small islet which is connected by an unpaved road that leads about 200 meters (650 foot) to the main island. You will also find some souvenir shops and food places here.
Wat Plai Laem
This temple area is found just half a km (2000 foot) from the Big Buddha and if you look to the left there is a small classic gate above the small road that leads to this temple area. This road is very easy to miss. At this temple area there are several big statues of classic Buddhism symbols. The area is clean and there are almost never many people here. The temples here are very beautiful with the classic characteristic roofs and the thousands of small details.
Jungle Club is a fantastic hideaway up in the mountains. The place is set with a fantastic view over Chaweng with huts built just on the edge of the cliffs where you can take a drink or a meal overlooking Samuis most crowded area and realize how green even this place are.
At Jungle Club you can also rent a bungalow on the beautiful lawn and even if you only plan a drink I recommend you to bring bathing gear so you can take a dip in the infinity pool. At this altitude the weather most often feels refreshing making it perfect when you feel the heat is being to much.
The road leading to this place is found in the valley right after the downhill at Chaweng Noi if coming from Chaweng.
Canopy Cable Ride
Do you dare to dangle high up in the sky above a fantastic landscape and a waterfall, the cable ride adventure at Samui might be the thing for you. The ride is by the small waterfall,
Secret Falls if going to Maenam and then up at Soi 6.
Dog Rescue Center
In the very quiet and lovely southern part of Samui there is a place that any animal friend shouldn’t miss. This center housing many hundred dogs and cats and their ambition has for more than 10 years been to help as many animals as possible.