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How to Spend 3 Days on Koh Samui

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How to Spend 3 Days on Koh Samui
Koh Samui is one of the most spectacular getaways in all of Thailand. Its pristine beaches and beautiful, clear green seas are just two of the reasons you’ll have a hard time leaving. This island is a festive melting pot of Southeast Asian and Western influences, and you’ll find these undercurrents in just about every facet of the population’s culture.

While Koh Samui has been inhabited for over 1,500 years, it was not until the early 1970s that it became a tourist destination. In modern times, hotels and resorts have sprung up around the various beaches, making many of them small towns in their own right. The island’s old capital, Nathon, is the regional seat and hub for commerce and travel, boasting a rich and exotic cultural heritage from decades of visitors and those who came for good. On a three day trip, you’ll find plenty to do.

Day 1: Buddha, Grandpa, and Grandma
Your best bet is to begin your stay with an island tour. Koh Samui’s most salient landmarks are the Big Buddha statue and the “Grandpa and Grandma Rocks.” The former reaches 15 meters tall (approximately 50 feet) and presides over a nice beach; like many of Koh Samui’s beaches, restaurants and shops abound here. The latter are a pair of rock formations that happen to resemble male and female genitalia. There is a story here, and your guide will be sure to share it with you. You’ll also visit the Na Muang waterfall – the views of the island and the surrounding wilderness are amazing.

Day 2: Explore the Marine Park
On your second day, book a Sea Kayaking Tour at Ang Thong National Marine Park. Koh Samui is ringed in small islands, and a “sea canoe” is one of the best ways to experience them. Paddling under and around a fantastic array of granite arches and outcroppings, you’ll explore the park and head to Tai Nalay, an amazing saltwater lake and marine habitat. From Tai Nalay, you’ll be taken by the escort boat to the northern region of the park, where even more fantastic grottoes, rock formations and lagoons await. The trip is rounded out by some snorkeling time; keep an eye out for dolphins, sea turtles and even the huge, harmless whale sharks that frequent the area.

Day 3: Cruise the Jungle

Spend your last day in the jungle. Explore the island’s interior in an open-air 4x4 with lunch at the restaurant on the mountain, in addition to an amazing view from atop the island’s highest peak.
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Private Beach Picnic in Koh SamuiDay Trips

Private Beach Picnic in Koh Samui

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Set out for a secluded ocean side picnic on an unhurried half-day tour from Koh Samui. Board a traditional longtail boat for Koh Tan, where you’ll slip into the water and snorkel over a thriving reef that’s home to vivid fish and brilliant sponges. Continue across the Gulf to Koh Madsum beach for a sumptuous picnic of Thai foods, and relax into the sand. Sink into the ocean for another swim, sip chilled wine or simply absorb the perfect tranquility of your personal island getaway.
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Koh Samui 4WD Jeep Jungle Tour

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Brace yourself for a full day of adventure on this thrilling Koh Samui 4WD Jeep Jungle Tour. Roll through rivers, valleys, thick forests and rugged trails on this epic journey that takes you off the island’s more well-beaten paths. Enjoy the excitement of riding atop an open-air 4WD jeep to hidden waterfalls and savor traditional Thai fare during lunch at a remote mountain restaurant. This off-road tour is perfect for adrenaline junkies or travelers looking to experience the jungle in a new and exciting way!
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Koh Samui Sunset Dinner Cruise

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Set sail on a romantic sunset dinner cruise to the island of Koh Som. Enjoy birdsong as you float past limestone islands and head towards the beach of this pristine destination. You’ll experience the wonder of the breathtaking Thai sunset as you dine on traditional dishes with fellow travelers aboard this beautiful ship.
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Sea Kayaking at Ang Thong National Marine Park from Koh Samui

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Experience the beauty of Ang Thong National Park on this sea kayaking adventure from Koh Samui. Your hand-picked local guide will offer plenty of information and insight as you paddle through the cluster of islands that make this marine destination unique. Explore hidden lagoons and secluded caves, enjoy a tasty Thai meal and enjoy the wonder of soaring along the crystal clear waters of this tropical destination.
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Koh Samui Island Cruise and Snorkel Full-Day Tour

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Discover the beauty of Koh Samui’s unspoiled beaches on this island cruise and snorkel full-day tour. Float along pristine shorelines, over crystal blue waters and swim and snorkel with brightly colored tropical fish. Enjoy a traditional Thai lunch with fellow travelers and your friendly guide as well as round-trip hotel transportation.
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