Cruising the Other Side of Thailand... Superyachts to Koh Samui & Gulf of Siam

Wednesday, 03 May 2017

       

Koh Samui is the perfect base for a Gulf of Thailand voyage. Yachting visitors can enjoy the many attractions on this beautiful island while planning explorations to surrounding stunning islands. Great Gulf cruising waters awaits but in the interim there’s lots to enjoy on Koh Samui.

 

Changing from a ‘backpacker’ island 30 years ago, the volcanic island is now a high end superyacht destination of superb dining, 5-star hotels & villas and pampering spas, whilst the island’s natural beauty and local attractions continue to enchant visitors. 

 

Captain Charlie of Asia Pacific Superyachts has been assisting visiting yachts to the Gulf for the past 20 years and would be happy to assist in logistics and setting itineraries.  There are many attractions for visitors while your yacht is based on Samui Island. A visit to the aptly named ‘Big Buddha’ shrine, a 12-metre high golden Buddha that can be seen from several kilometres, is not to be missed.  The enormous statue overlooks a complex of rustic shops & dining options and, often times, monks will read a visitor’s fortune. Right next to Big Buddha is ‘Wat Plai Laem’, a colourful and interesting Buddhist Temple featuring very ornate décor, art and statues set on the lake.

The amazing ‘Secret Garden’ (or ‘Magic Garden’) is hidden away high in the hills in Koh Samui's interior, offering majestic views and an unusual collection of hand-crafted statues amid lush jungle surrounds constructed decades past to please the Gods by a local farmer. A great viewpoint restaurant is just a few kilometers away and in the area, are the two ‘Na Muang waterfalls’, the most picturesque of Samui’s waterfalls, with jungle treks and cooling lagoon swimming.

Fisherman’s Village Samui with its rustic-style buildings housing boutique stores and trendy shops & restaurants, adds food, drink and souvenir stalls, lining narrow Beach Road during the famous ‘Friday Night Walking Street’ market. Other villages are now also featuring a weekly ‘Walking Street’, filled with great food and various stalls to explore. A 10 minute drive away is famed Chaweng Beach, with its vibrant nightlife. Anchored by the new ‘Central Festival Mall’, the main drag throbs with hundreds of restaurants, clubs & pubs, live music, fantastic beach road and ocean-front dining and entertaining Ladyboy cabarets.

Koh Samui has one of the world’s most unusual and quite large natural geological formations, known as ‘Hin Ta’ and ‘Hin Yai’ Rocks (Grandfather and Grandmother), which look like male and female genitalia. Nearby is the Wat with the body of Samui's most famous mummified monk on display, ‘Luang Pordaeng’. He died over 25 years ago and as instructed his body was placed in a specially designed glass case for posterity, where it has remained ever since with few signs of decay. 

In preparing for a cruising holiday around the Gulf, several islands are nearby and some a bit further away, each with its own unique character and attractions:

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Last Updated ( Friday, 05 May 2017 )