After seeing the sights of Bangkok and eating her way around the night markets of Chang Mai, Flight Centre UK’s Artworks Team Leader, Caren Johnstone, headed to Ko Samui for some sunshine, snorkeling and a very big Buddha!
It is very tempting to spend all your time chilling out on the beach whilst in Thailand. This picture was taken on the island of Koh Taen a short boat ride off the south coast of Ko Samui. The Koh Taen Conservation Society, has erected helpful blue signs identifying plants and buildings of historical interest. This tiny island is inhabited but the island named Ko Mat Sum just 2 km’s away is not. Both places are completely serene, full of natural largely untouched land, making you feel like you are a million miles away from the comparative concrete jungle of London.
This is the traditional wooden boat myself and my husband travelled on to reach the smaller islands. I was quite surprised at how fast they cut through the turquoise waters. You can charter one yourself from the village of Thong Krut on Ko Samui or you can ask your accomodation to organize a day trip to the two islands for you.
Back on the island of Ko Samui the best way to explore is on two wheels! For £5 a day you can rent your own scooter and circle the whole island. There are many sights to see on Ko Samui; from waterfalls to Buddhist temples, or you may chose to stick to the coastal roads and never have to take your eyes off this stunning coastline.
In the far north eastern corner, on a small rocky island linked by a causeway sits Wat Phra Yai otherwise known as Temple of the Big Buddha. This Buddha is indeed big, he stands 15m tall, a spectacular golden figure against the clear blue sky in the background. He is often the last thing visitors see of Samui as they sail off towards the islands of Ko Tao and Ko Pha-Ngan.
Although the neighbouring island of Ko Tao is better known for diving we thoroughly enjoyed the snorkelling here on Samui. We donned our masks almost everyday and watched the colourful fish eat bread straight out of our hands! As you can see the weather was superb during our visit, we went during the dry season (February) which meant not a drop of rain and blue skys everyday. In other words – bliss!
Why not start planning your winter escape now and find your own island paradise. A flight from Bangkok to Ko Samui takes only 1 hour. To speak to a consultant about your Thai break call 0208 045 4186.