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For those of you in need of tropical island break, Samui makes the perfect destination. Warm temperatures, gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, delicious Thai food, quiet villages as well as towns with buzzing nightlife, this island has it all. You’ll have plenty of beach time, hours of entertainment and relaxation and you can see temples and waterfalls. Here’s what to do to get the most out of your short break to Samui:
1. Book a private villa
Did you know that renting a villa in Samui can be as affordable as staying in a hotel, especially when you travel with a group of friends? You may even get the staff of your villa to pick you up from the airport, not wasting a minute of your time on the island. One thing for sure, nothing beats having a private garden with a swimming pool to dip into! No noise, no shared facilities, just you and your friends or family. It also comes in handy to have your own living room and kitchen.
2. Rent a motorbike and explore
Motorbikes are the best, easiest and quickest way to get yourself around on Samui Island. If you dare to drive, make sure to rent one. Not only does it save you a lot of time and hassle, but driving around Samui Island is also super fun! Ride along the coastline from village to village, visit waterfalls, temples and places not yet written about in travel books. It is your personal Samui adventure out on the road, under the sun and you will love it! For safety reasons, do always wear your helmet and don’t speed! It may also be wise to wear a jacket if the sun is out to keep your skin from burning.
3. Go kayaking in Ang Thong Nga National Park
Ang Thong Nga is an archipelago of 42 islands in the Gulf of Thailand, to the west of Samui. Instead of exploring the land by motorbike, in this national park, you’ll be exploring the water, sitting in a kayak, stopping at islands with dense jungle, mountains and pristine beaches. Bring your snorkeling gear if you want to see what lies beneath the surface: gorgeous coral gardens and tons of exotic fish. Such as paradise!
4. Get a traditional Thai massage
Any holiday to Thailand wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the traditional Thai massage. An ancient healing method, stretching your body from head to toe, as if you were practising yoga, but this time you won’t have to move a single muscle yourself – the skillful massage therapists do all the hard work for you. You can also reserve one day of your island stay to hang out at a luxury spa, getting pampered with flower baths in natural spring pools, facials, manicures, pedicures and the whole shebang. You wouldn’t have to ask me twice!
5. Dance under the moonlight
Samui has got plenty of bars to dance the night away under the moonlight. Especially Chaweng is celebrated for its nightlife. Move around from laid-back beach parties to the crazy Go-Go Bars to fun cabaret shows and buzzing nightclubs. Want to experience the famous Full Moon Party? Take the boat to the nearby island Ko Phangan – the capital of full moon parties.
Written by Stephanie of Villa-Finder.com