Thailand has always captured the imagination of travellers from across the world. And for good reason—this country boasts enchanting landscapes, fascinating traditions and cuisine that’s adored world-wide. Nowhere are the wonders of Thailand more potent than the island of Koh Samui. Discover Napasai, A Belmond Hotel and set off to explore the island in style.
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Get in touch with Koh Samui’s spiritual side at Wat Phra Ya temple. Buddhism is the reigning religion in Thailand, hinted at by the temple’s 12-metre tall golden Buddha. Follow the trail of the two rainbow dragons that guard the staircase to the top. From there you can admire the golden Buddha up-close and take time to soak-up the views. Wat Phra Ya is the perfect place to learn about Eastern spiritual practices and tap into your own sense of zen.
Picture an island paradise in your mind and you’re likely to get pretty close to Koh Samui. The land is coated with an emerald jungle that beckons intrepid explorers. Take a trek inland with our guide and explore enchanting waterfalls, hilltop lookouts and more of nature’s gems. Head for the Hun Ta Hin Yau rock formation for a ‘cheeky’ giggle (these rocks boast a particular charm). Just beyond, you’ll reach the Lamai Viewpoint where the scenes across the treetops catch your breath.
The turquoise waters beyond Napasai are irresistible. One of the best things to do in Koh Samui is to dive in and explore. Learn the basics of scuba diving with an introductory lesson in Napasai’s infinity pool. Then hit the open water at the legendary Ang Thong National Marine Park. This reserve offers 100sq km of perfectly-preserved waters that teem with colourful corals and tropical fish. If you can tear yourself back to the surface, head to one of the hidden coves for a picturesque picnic lunch.
The flavours of Thailand will stay in your memory long after you return home. Thai cuisine is to dine for! Venture into the nearby town of Maenam for a local breakfast from the legendary Pancake Man, or learn the tricks of the trade with a cooking class at Napasai. Led by local chefs, you’ll learn to recreate authentic recipes and cook with ingredients grown in the hotel’s own gardens. There’s no better way to share your Koh Samui experience with your loved ones at home.
Take a short drive along the island’s eastern shore to the Fisherman’s Village Night Market in Bophut. If you like to dabble in a little holiday shopping, this market is the place to unearth some gems. You’ll find everything here from souvenirs to locally made artwork. Browse the stalls and boutiques and make sure to catch the street performers. Once you’ve shopped ‘til you drop, take a seat at one of the many beach bars for a cocktail or two. You’ll soon feel revived—the casual, breezy surfer vibes are hard to resist.
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