THE SAMUI TO-DO LIST
After non-stop Bangkok, a tranquil island stay provides a welcome change of pace
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.