Koh Samui is a very popular island amongst backpackers. I unfortunately didn’t get to experience Koh Samui as much as others in terms of nightlife, however I had a great time there and loved what the island had to offer.
Koh Samui is one of the most commercial of the islands, with an airport and shopping malls, and a lot of chain hotels and pricey resorts. A lot of travellers will hate that about Koh Samui, but it’s a good place to be if you need to go shopping for some essentials, or fancy visiting a nice restaurant.
Koh Samui is fairly large, and Chaweng is the main area to be for backpackers. I stayed in Chaweng and the sights on the island were easily accessible. Chaweng beach is also nice, but can be quite touristy.
One of Koh Samui’s main attractions are The Genital Rocks, otherwise known as Hin Ta & Hin Yai, meaning Grandpa & Grandma Rocks. The story behind these rocks is that a couple were once sailing to a nearby province, to seek permission for their son to marry the daughter of a man from there. Their ship crashed and they were unable to survive and therefore the rocks formed and now symbolise the couple.
Na Muang Waterfall
Another great attraction on Koh Samui is the Na Muang Waterfall. It’s a lovely place for a swim and you can take some great pictures. Be careful stepping on the rocks and definitely take a waterproof camera. You can also ride elephants by the waterfall, but I would not recommend this. The elephants here did not look very well looked after,and I for one would not feel comfortable putting money into an organisation like that.
Another place I enjoyed visiting was Big Buddha. It’s a beautiful, gold, giant Buddha with some smaller surrounding temples. There’re lots of pretty statues and things there and plenty of photo opportunities.
Don’t judge the dodgy outfit, I had to be covered up and I had split my trousers! 😳