Thailand’s Koh Samui Island
Every once in a while you need a change in your life – whether it’s a new haircut, a new boyfriend or a session of impulsive shopping. Actually, these situations manage to show our true selves: those who wanted a drastic change in their style have always desired one, but didn’t have the courage, while those who seek a new relationship weren’t very happy in the previous one. However, one of the best changes you can afford yourself is a change of scenery and if you can manage to go somewhere exotic, you’ve made the right choice. For me, when I needed a change of pace some time ago, Koh Samui island in Thailand proved to be the perfect escape and a place to forget all my worries and problems.
How do you know that a holiday is exactly what you need? For most people, it’s about all the stress bottled in their everyday schedules and all the things they have to do, but don’t really have the time. So, when just one look at your tasks makes you sick – it’s high time you took some time off, sort to say.
For me, however, it wasn’t this that drove me to Koh Samui island, but a mere fact that I simply had to get out of Toronto as soon as possible – being a world traveler makes you sensitive to an organized city structure after some time. At that moment, I haven’t traveled anywhere for a couple of weeks and needed a change to a more exotic environment. Therefore: Koh Samui island.
The Island of One’s Dreams
So the first thing you notice upon arriving to Thailand is how crazy big and crazy hectic Bangkok is – I’ve been to cities the size of New York and Beijing before, but this mess is something else! I don’t think I even saw two people walking calmly in the streets or at least one of them not being focused on their mobile phones. Since this wasn’t what I really desired to experience, I scheduled the next flight to Koh Samui and got there after a while.
Now, what really makes you think when you step on this island for the first time is how it combines luxury and nature. This isn’t your generic exotic location with palm trees, cocktails near the sea, white sandy beach and piercingly blue sea that goes on for miles. Don’t get me wrong – this place does in fact have all these exotic things and really makes you wish you could go live in Koh Samui island for real, but there is much more.
Well, since I wasn’t a regular type of person who was about to go crazy because of their job, but, unlike most people, just wanted to explore something new, I diverted my attention to other things besides the aforementioned ones. Namely, I wanted to focus on Koh Samui’s nature and wilderness – I’ve had enough of sun and beach for a while, so I thought why not try something else.
Khao Pom is the main part of the island and its centre, as well as the most interesting place. No, it’s not a fancy night club, an exclusive resort or a secret beach, but a tropical jungle mountain over six hundred meters high and containing many, many exciting things. As it’s barely inhabitable, this mountain is perfect for ultimate hikes where I had to use a machete to cut my way through the trees and grass, but the good thing is that it looks so remote and completely untouched by civilization that it’s remarkable and surprising. There’s a rich wildlife with too many species of bugs, birds and animals to remember, and the brightness and vividness of their colors cannot be compared to anything else I’ve ever seen. And, again, I did visit the world’s most famous tourist cities and can assure you that Koh Samui really is something else.
What else is there?
Of course, getting down from such a mountain experience made me extra hungry and tired, so a beach hotel did come in handy. Plus, Thailand’s cuisine – a combination of Indian and Indonesian – is tasty, spicy and, in short, brings your energy levels back to the maximum.
So, what about cuisine?
I think it would suffice to say that Thai cuisine is so delicious that some people come to Thailand just to have culinary vacations here. If there’s one thing that comes to mind when I think of Thai food, it’s variety. Whether you’re a vegetarian or a meat-lover, whether you love fast food or sea food, the famous Thai cuisine will have something for you.
Since I have a sweet tooth, I loved plenty of Thai desserts, though there’s only one I could call my favorite – it’s Kluay buat chee: a banana in coconut milk.
The thing I really liked about Thai desserts is how often they include fruits. It is perfect for all the fruit lovers, but on the other hand, if you don’t love fruit very much, but you’d love to increase your fruit intake, I recommend Thai desserts.
What else can one see on Koh Samui Island?
There’s one thing that one just can’t forget after visiting Koh Samui island: it’s the Secret Buddha Garden. I first read about it on Trip Advisor and decided to visit. I noticed it had many great reviews, but some people were saying that it’s nothing special and not worth your time and your money. This difference in opinions intrigued me.
My conclusion after a visit to Secret Buddha Garden would be that your impression would depend on your expectations. If you like grandiose sculptures that will swipe you off your feet the minute you see them, like the ones you may have seen in the Wat Pho temple in Bangkok, you’re highly unlikely to be impressed by the Secret Buddha Garden. If, on the other hand, you like forests and you feel inspired by a sight of mystique statues that fit in with the greenery perfectly, this spot is a must-see. The way I see it, a garden doesn’t have to look spectacular, but its looks should awaken the feeling of inner peace within you. That’s how I felt while talking a walk in the Secret Buddha Garden.
In conclusion, there are many things that a trip to Koh Samui island can offer. If you’re craving for an exotic escape, but you’re interested in more than just swimming and getting a tan, I’d recommend booking your flight and accommodation right now. As I already said, despite its exotic beaches, it’s not a generic exotic location, it will tickle your imagination and it will become not only an exotic experience for your body, but for your mind as well.