A Hidden Jewel
Legend has it that lovely Koh Samed is at the centre of one of the country's most famous literary masterpieces. 'Phra Apaimanee'. The story is written by Thailand's equivalent of Shakespeare, Sunthorn Phu, about a magical crystal island where his main character dies of a broken heart on a white beach. Whether the story was based on Koh Samed or not, the island's white sandy beaches, such as the east coast's Hat Sai Kaew (Diamond Beach) and Ao Vongduen, are regarded as some of Thailand's most stunning.Easily reached from the coast south-east of Bangkok and renowned for its pleasant climate, there is much to enjoy on Koh Samed. Silver Sands located in Ao Phai is the place to go if you are looking for a fun night out. The rest of the island is dotted with smaller beaches and a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets.
Relaxation is definitely the main activity here, perfect for recharging your batteries. You can also learn to scuba dive or take a boat trip. Being part of a national park, Koh Samed is a particular favourite among nature lovers.
- Paddle Power: Take the eco-friendly option and explore the coastline in your canoe or kayak. Paddle to the remote beaches further south and be sure to catch the glorious sunset on your way home.
- Find your Inner Yogi: Feel the sand between your toes as you exhale. Fall deep into relaxation and into the flowing movements of yoga and meditation, bringing your body, mind and spirit back into balance.
- Underwater World: You don't need to head far offshore before you can experience some of the underwater wonders, view beautiful coral reefs, tropical fish, turtles and rays
- Fire Show: As the sun goes down the heat rises as the nightly fire shows begin. On the beaches of Ao Vongduen and Sai Kaew fire professionals provide great entertainment to music.