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A SEA LOVER’S PARADISE

Revisit Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Koh Pha-Ngan

A SEA LOVER’S PARADISE

The hardest part about the pandemic, besides being out of work and without money, is the homebound part. Even for homebodies, staying inside for almost 24/7 for months is too stressful.

Currently, Phuket is the only place open to foreign visitors, but the beauty of Phuket alone is more than enough. Under the Samui Plus, an extension of the Phuket Sandbox Project, vacationers will be allowed to freely roam the island province, including the three ultimate dream islands of Koh Samui, Koh Tao, and Koh Pha-ngan for four days and three nights, designed especially for beach lovers and anyone who craves frolicking in nature.

So, why don’t you pack your bags and get ready?

Day 1 – Travel to Koh Samui, Paradise in the Gulf of Thailand

We flew on a direct flight to Koh Samui, a worldfamous resort island that earns the nickname ‘Paradise in the Heart of the Bay.’ The starting point is the bustling Chaweng Beach, the longest and most beautiful beach on Koh Samui. The beach has crystal-clear water that reflects the blue sky and a fine, white sandy beach so it is safe and ideal for swimmers. Later, we stopped to cool off at the million-dollar view at The Jungle Club, a well-known restaurant, renowned as the most beautiful viewpoint on the island.

The next stop was Lamai Beach, a less crowded, white sandy beach with an equally stunning seascape. This is a perfect place for those who prefer solitude. Once there, don’t miss Hin Ta Hin Yai (Grandfather’s and Grandmother’s Rocks) which are on the southern end of the beach. These two unusual rock formations are one of Samui’s most famous landmarks as they resemble male and female genitals. With its location, the area is the most popular sunset point and photo spot.

In the afternoon, we made a little adventure trip to Namuang Waterfall. There are Namuang Waterfall One, which is easy to access, and Namuang Waterfall Two, which is a 30-minute walk from the first one. Although the second one is more stunning, it is harder to reach and steeper.

The entire route is surrounded by large shady trees amid fresh air. There is a small pool where you can dip to cool off. Here, you can also try elephant trekking in the forest, and finish off with delicious local food and souvenir shopping before returning to your room.

Our first-day trip ended at Bophut Walking Street along the beach, or Fisherman’s Village where there are many fresh Thai and European seafood restaurants to choose from. This place used to be a fisherman’s village, as seen by the traditional wooden houses. The restaurants and shops are open daily from 5pm to 10:30pm. Friday night is the busiest so I recommend you make an advanced reservation.

Day 2 – Visit Koh Nang Yuan, Koh Tao, the world’s most beautiful diver’s paradise

Koh Nang Yuan, one of the ten most beautiful islands in the world, is a paradise for divers and can be reached by a one-anda-half-hour boat trip to Koh Nang Yuan. What makes the islands special is that they comprise a cluster of three islets which are all inter-connected by long sandbars. The picturesque scene never fails to leave a lasting impression, regardless of the time of your visit.

We continued to Koh Tao which took only 20 minutes from Koh Nang Yuan where, every year, thousands of turtles return to lay their eggs. Naturally, you will find a large number of turtles living on the island. We stopped for a meal before visiting the major snorkeling spots of Hin Wong Bay and White House Bay. The underwater world here is known for its breathtaking beauty and a wide diversity of marine species. Now the beauty is even more incomparable after Mother Nature has taken over the sea for the last two years without human interference.

The boat returned us at around 5pm, just in time to fill our hungry stomach with a delicious dinner to complete a wonderful day

Day 3 – End the trip with Koh Pha-ngan tour. See the beauty of the hidden forest

On our final day, we took a ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Pha-ngan. The trip was rather long as it took about 2-3 hours. The alternative is from Koh Tao which only takes 30-45 minutes, so it is a better to stay overnight there.

By now, there is no need for an introduction. Every year, the island welcomes millions of tourists who flock to the Full Moon Party which was held every month before the pandemic, but that wasn’t what we were here for this time.

Lush greenery is another side of Koh Pha-ngan. The island’s Than Sadet Waterfall National Park is abundant with wildlife and serves as the source of fresh water for the island’s residents. We made our first stop at the beautiful Phaeng Waterfall, the site of the Than Sadet National Park Office before going to the Dome Sila to watch a spectacular sunset.

Than Sadet Waterfall is about 25 kilometers from the National Park Office. This sacred Waterfall is named after the royal visit of King Rama V (Than Sadet – lit. Royal Stream). Its beauty was so captivating that the King returned here as many as 14 times throughout his reign. His initials can still be seen in a commemorative rock around the Waterfall.

You can reach it by boat or by car. We chose to arrive by boat so we could see the many extraordinarily shaped mountains and rocks and the beautiful eye-catching, white sandy beach.