THE SA­MUI TO-DO LIST

After non-stop Bangkok, a tran­quil is­land stay pro­vides a wel­come change of pace

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - DESTINATION THAILAND - ME­LANIE BURGESS

After en­joy­ing the his­tory, food and shop­ping of bustling Bangkok, trav­ellers will need to re­lax, and the best way to do that in Thai­land is with an is­land stay. Al­though there are plenty to choose from, one of the most beau­ti­ful is Koh Sa­mui on the east coast, Thai­land’s sec­ond largest is­land after Phuket.

Here are some of the high­lights.

ANGTHONG NA­TIONAL MARINE PARK

If you are head­ing to this ar­chi­pel­ago of 42 is­lands off Koh Sa­mui, it’s worth in­vest­ing in an un­der­wa­ter cam­era. I took a pri­vate speed­boat char­ter with 100 De­grees East from my ac­com­mo­da­tion with snorkel and tour guide Saan and his crew.

Our first stop was Koh Wao, where we popped on our flip­pers and snorkels and jumped into the ocean.

There weren’t any sharks but we did find a groper and a school of bar­racuda and ex­plored an open-top cave full of colour­ful fish. The wa­ter was warm and weather was per­fect.

Our boat then headed to Sansao for a se­cluded lunch and ham­mock nap over­look­ing the beach.

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