Koh Samui

These are some pics from a recent trip to Koh Samui, an island in south Thailand. Samui is a beautiful place, with clear blue-green waters all around. We spent a week there in a wonderful resort – Six Senses Samui. Located on the northern tip of the island, amid hills and a lot of greens, it is quiet, calm and is the ideal place to to take a lazy break. The views of the oceans from the resort are picturesque.

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One of the many beautiful views from the resort
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As serene as it can get

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The resorts signature Dining on the Rocks, under covers during day

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The view from our villa
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A small private beach that’s accessible from the resort
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View from the private beach; those huts in the background are the Six Senses’ villas

Besides the views, the resort itself is very rustic and charming, with an old world feel – all wooden villas and matching decor.

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One of the many ‘buggy’ stops within the resort; if you tire of walking call a buggy here
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Night lamps among trees

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Sitting under a thatched roof in the rain has its own charm

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The nearby, an hour and a half from Bo Phut beach, Angthong National Marine Park is a beautiful place too. You shouldn’t miss this place if you are in Samui. Snorkelling and open ocean kayaking are part of the regular tours here.

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One of the popular snorkelling spots
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All reefs and corals below the blue seas
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Off we go on a speedboat to another island
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Beautiful!
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A freshwater lake amidst hills in the ocean
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Angthong is a picturesque place
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More Angthong
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Beautiful clear waters
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A rock in the middle of nowhere
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Kayaking seemed easy till I tried it. Seems calm enough but further away from shore, the swells get scary

It was a lazy break so we stayed away from most of the hustle bustle and hit only a few of the many must-see tourist spots – no Chaweng beach, Lamai beach, the multitude of waterfalls, street shopping or beach hopping for us. We did visit a few nice places though – Samui is a small island, so a couple of days with the car and we were able to get a closer look at the island.

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The famous Hin Ta rock
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and the Hin Yai rock
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Another view of Hin Yai

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Namuang Waterfall 2
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One of the many quiet and empty beaches peppered around the island
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Great sun to laze about under
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Local temples abound in Samui – this one has a mummified monk

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The famous Big Buddha

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Aliens vs Predator

Samui is perfect to laze around at beach in the evening, watching the sun set. Some beaches on the south-western side of the island are tailor made for it – sandy beaches and  very calm waters.

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