In a feature published recently by the Telegraph, readers shared their thoughts on what to see and do in Koh Samui, Thailand. The comments were many and varied, with recommendations for pristine beaches, shopping tips and favourite activities. One reader suggested a good way to have fun without spending a fortune is to rent mopeds and tour dirt roads through the jungle or along the coast to visit the many coconut-palm-lined beaches. Visiting the island with a large family group of varying ages presented no problems: “We all got into the culture, hired scooters, toured the island, ate the street food”. Small rental shops are everywhere, or you can arrange rentals directly with your accommodation provider such as Luxury Villa Rentals Koh Samui.
Villas Choeng Mon Beach
The roads are mostly very good and you’ll be able to scout for the best beaches. Says one adventurer: “I found Choeng Mon beach, on the island’s northern shore, this way and though we were staying elsewhere, we visited frequently”.
Many visitors to Koh Samui enthuse about the temple of the Big Buddha, which is a major meditation centre with a 39ft golden Buddha erected in 1792; while at the Wat Plai Laem temple there is a huge, eye-catching, 18-armed Goddess of Mercy statue in the middle of a lake. Luxury Villa Rentals Koh Samui offer beautiful luxuriously appointed private villas to rent close to the Big Buddha.
At coconut plantations around the island monkeys are trained to climb the palm trees to bring down the coconuts. A visitor to one such plantation wrote about her amusement at one of the monkeys, who “after descending the palm tree, loved to pose with the coconut and his master for us tourists to take a photograph”.
Other readers commented on some of the less traditional aspects of Koh Samui. “You might normally turn your nose up at the likes of Starbucks or Irish pubs when you’re abroad, (but) they can be sanity savers if you are a first-timer in Asia” said one tourist. Another mentioned the convenience of several Tesco stores on the island. Luxury villa rentals Koh Samui offer peace and tranquility to guests in an unspoilt natural setting, but it’s good to know that modern facilities are close at hand too!
Other recommendations included Kunaram Temple, where there is a mummified monk. The mummy – who wears the orange robes of a Buddhist monk (and a pair of dark glasses) – died in 1973 and left instructions that his body be displayed in a meditating position to inspire others. Also popular is Namuang Safari Park (namuangsafarisamui.com) where visitors can take a ride on an elephant, and Ang Thong National Marine Park.
Luxury villa rentals Koh Samui
With so much to do and see, renting a villa at Luxury villa rentals Koh Samui is the ideal place to base yourself during your stay.
Set in a true oasis among giant coconut palms within a fully walled private estate in a gentle elevated position and 5 minutes walk from white sand pristine Choeng Mon beach, our 3 large and luxurious private 3 bedroom villas are ideally situated for you to enjoy a wonderful beach holiday in this tropical paradise setting. The beach is an unspoilt crescent of fine pure white sand, with breathtaking views across the sparkling azure-blue waters of the bay.