Ocean Magazine - - Contents - Writ­ten by Theresa Dun­can

Spot­light des­ti­na­tion Koh Sa­mui.

Koh Sa­mui, an is­land off the coast of Thai­land, is home to a myr­iad of quiet, beau­ti­ful beaches and moun­tain­ous jun­gles per­fect for your own per­sonal ex­plo­ration. Trekkers and hik­ing en­thu­si­asts will be pleased to find that the is­land can be cir­cum­nav­i­gated in about a day and scuba divers and snorkel­ers will find ex­cep­tional un­der­wa­ter ex­pe­di­tions in the Ang Thong Na­tional Marine Park. The pop­u­la­tion on this is­land is rel­a­tively small, home to 40,000 in­hab­i­tants, of which 90% prac­tice Bud­dhism. For those look­ing for a glimpse at spir­i­tu­al­ity in Thai­land, the Big Bud­dha Tem­ple is a per­fect lo­ca­tion where pa­trons can med­i­tate at the base of the ma­jes­tic, 12-me­ter high Bud­dha statue. For those see­ing ad­ven­ture, the jun­gles lo­cated at the cen­ter of the is­land are rel­a­tively un­charted and await­ing your ex­plora

tion. But th­ese jun­gles are fairly dense, so re­mem­ber to bring thick pants and lots of wa­ter!

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