Located on the secluded Thong Tanote Beach on the south-western tip of Koh Samui, the Centra by Centara Coconut Beach Resort Samui is the latest addition to the Centra brand. Nestled amidst luxuriant surroundings, the resort enjoys an absolute beachfront location and boasts great views of nearby Tan and Mutsum Islands. The resort is a 30-minute drive to popular Lamai Beach and Nathon Pier where ferries disembark from the mainland.
Samui Big BuddhaThailand’s rich Buddhist culture is apparent all over the island, and one of its most revered landmarks and must-visit destinations is Samui’s Big Buddha. The 11-metre high image can be seen from afar and from the air as you fly in to Samui. The Big Buddha is integral to Wat Phra Yay.
Found to the north of Koh Samui, Koh Nang Yuan is a world-renowned spot for snorkelling and enjoying lazy beachfront moments in a stunning tropical locale. This national park is made up of three green-blanketed islands connected by a sandbank, and its crystal clear waters are teeming with exotic fishes. The views from the top south-east islet are picture-perfect, however, the hike can be steep and challenging for some. A short boat ride away, Koh Tao is a haven for snorkelers and diving enthusiasts.
Within sight of Koh Samui, Ang Thong National Marine Park is a protected reserve that spans over 100 square kilometres of land and sea. The archipelago is comprised of more than 40 islands with limestone cliffs, deserted beaches, unspoiled rainforests, lakes and hidden coves and lagoons, and white-sand beaches to explore. There is a narrow coral reef to the southwest of the park. Ang Thong Park gained popularity when it featured as the backdrop of Alex Garland’s novel The Beach.
Tropical and laid-back, Koh Samui is an exciting destination where endless white sand beaches share the landscape with jungle-matted peaks and abundant groves of coconut trees. Visit striking Buddhist sites and enjoy exploring options, including elephant riding through the island’s rainforest, taking in sublime ocean views from the Lad Koh Viewpoint, also known as the Zenith Viewpoint and one of the easiest-to-reach stunning viewpoints, and splashing in the pools of Na Muang Waterfalls. Na Muang Waterfalls consists of two cascades found about 12 kilometres south-east of Nathon Bay. Reached by a walking path from the entrance to the park, Na Muang 1 flows down into a natural pool. The smaller Na Muang 2 is a 30-minute walk further uphill. Another popular and whimsical attraction on the island is Hin Ta and Hin Tai, or Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks, a pair of rocks whose shapes suggest male and female anatomy.
Among the highlights of your holiday in Koh Samui are the island’s endless powder-sand beaches, including the 7-kilometre Chaweng Beach. The fine sands and warm waters of palm-fringed Chaweng Beach offer the perfect setting for lazy moments. As the final rays fade, Chaweng Road invites you to join in the vibrant nightlife. Chaweng Road has dining options galore, from seafood restaurants to eateries serving casual fare, and the island’s largest choice of bars and clubs.
Like the nearby Wat Phra Yay, Wat Plai Laem is a modern temple which has become popular for its giant white 18-arm image of Guanyn, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion. This active and living temple is surrounded by a lake that is teeming with fish, adding to its tranquil ambience. Those who make a donation to the temple are given a bag of food to feed the fish.
The fisherman’s village of Bo Phut is a charming, laid-back place dotted with traditional Chinese shophouses. Perfect to spend a relaxed evening enjoying a choice of cuisines at intimate beachfront eateries and great cocktails at friendly bars, the Fisherman’s Village is also a prime shopping destination. Lively and fun, the Friday night market offers great cocktails on the go and tantalising street food.
Absolutely modern, yet retaining a tropical feel, Central Festival Samui undeniably is the most complete shopping and lifestyle destination on the island, offering over 200 international and local designer brands. This themed destination is divided into four zones, Chaweng Port, Bird Cage, Fisherman Village, and Beach Town Market, and has a large entertainment area, spas and hair salons, a food court and a myriad of restaurants, and a supermarket. Located in the northern end of Chaweng, Central Festival Samui is less than 10 minutes away by road.