Koh Samui Attractions
Together with 40 other unpopulated islands Koh Samui (250 sq. km (97 sq. mi.)) makes up the Ang-Thong Archipelago, a chain of islands north-east of Surat Thani. The best time to visit Koh Samui is between February and April, as in the following months the Gulf of Thailand is subject to heavy monsoon storms. The chief town of the island is Nathon where there are fine beaches and some hotel and villa complexes. Other beaches with reasonable accommodation are Ao Maenam, Ao Bo Phut (with an enormous statue of Buddha), Ao Cherngmon, Chaweng Noi Beach and Chaweng Yai Beach (the two longest beaches on Koh Samui). Motorcycles and bicycles can be rented and are a good way of exploring the island.Since the construction of an airport on Koh Samui (despite the vehement but unsuccessful objections of conservationists) the island has become a magnet even for visitors seeking luxury hotels (seven flights daily from Bangkok; duration about 11/4 hours).By boat: bus from Surat Thani to Dan Sak, from here boat to Koh Samui (about 3 hours in total, fare includes bus). Catamaran from Bangkok.There are picturesque fishing villages on Koh Samui together with coconut and durian plantations and - hidden in the dense jungle among the 600-m (1968-ft) high mountains - some waterfalls.Koh Samui offers every kind of water sport: diving, snorkeling, windsurfing. It is advisable to check that the diving school belongs to one of the two international associations that regulate the safety standards of the equipment and quality of instruction.
Wat Hin Ngu
Near the village of Ban Hua Thanon is the Wat Hin Ngu, built on stone cliffs. Once a year (around mid-March) a fair combined with a temple festival takes place in the temple grounds which attracts thousands of people from the surrounding area.
To the south of Ban Han lies Laem Set beach which has a beautiful coral garden off the coast and unusual rock formations.
There is a rock formation colorfully described as "Mama and Papa Rocks" on Lamai Beach between Ban Hua Thanon and Ban Lamai, the busiest beach on Koh Samui.
Phang Ka Beach
The sunset is spectacular seen from Phang Ka beach to the north of Ban Thong Thanot.