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Koh Samui Rum

Koh Samui Rum

Ban Thale

The only motivation to make the trip to this part of the island is the rum: super smooth with evocative aromas of lime, orange, pineapple, and coconut, though au naturel is also an option. Take a group of friends and go sample some.

Arriving on the island in 2003, Elisa and Michel Gabrel decided to brew alcohol from the abundance of fruit available to pass their days. Unsuccessful in their initial efforts the idea distilled in to making rhum agricole. Thai sugarcane, which is naturally sweet on account of the humidity, is perfectly suited to this style of rum that is made in the French West Indies islands (Elisa is from Martinique) from freshly squeezed sugarcane...

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Five Island Long-Tail Boat Tour

Five Island Long-Tail Boat Tour

Taling Ngam

Due southwest of Samui lie its neighbours, the Five Islands. In Thai, they are known as Ko Si Ko Ha, which translates as Four Islands-Five Islands, as one of them is hidden behind another. The islands, covered with stunted trees clinging to their rocky slopes, are home to thousands of swifts that build their nests on rocky outcrops that are collected by climbing precarious bamboo ladders. The nests eventually end up in pricey bird’s nest soup in Hong Kong and China. The traditional long-tail boat, tricked out for comfort with sofa seating and a canopy against the sun, leaves from the Five Islands Restaurant on Taling Ngam.

The tour takes in caves, hidden beaches, limestone...

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Angthong National Park Tour

Angthong National Park Tour

Koh Samui

Forty-two jagged islands poke through azure seas featuring limestone massifs, tropical rain forests, deserted coves with white sand beaches, caves, waterfalls, mangrove forests, hidden lagoons and plenty of wildlife. Sea erosion has carved the limestone islands into fascination shapes with underground caves and natural stone bridges leading out to the water.

Once a haven for pirates during bad weather it is now the Ang Thong National Marine Park. Covering over 100 square kilometres of land and sea, it was also the inspiration for the Alex Garland bestseller, The Beach (the movie was filmed elsewhere though). The area is also home to...

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Koh Tan/Koh Mudsum

Koh Tan/Koh Mudsum

Taling Ngam

Only a few hundred metres off the island’s southwestern coast lies Koh Tan. Easily reached local long tail boat, this small island is the perfect place to spend a day on the beach. The reef surrounding it is home to fan coral, giant clams and a wide variety of fish. A wooden walkway at one end allows visitors a glimpse of the mangrove forests. There are no vehicles on the island but a short trek to the main village inland is recommend for the seven-metre whale skeleton. Nor are there any dogs on the island as local legend has it that any dog brought there will go mad, howl and quickly die.

Just south of Koh Tan is Koh Mudsum, another popular spot for a day trip with some great beaches and...

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Magic Buddha Garden

Magic Buddha Garden

Baan Saket

Huge stone animals stalk prey, apsaras stand frozen in dance, while elsewhere deities sit in meditation and musicians play silently amid tropical bushes and flowers. Located at the highest point on Samui, this oddball garden is the creation of local fruit farmer Nimm Thongsuk, who wanted to bequeath something beautiful to the next generation.

Getting to it is an adventure in itself with several viewpoints offering panoramic views of the southern end of the island. Cool and tranquil, the garden is shaded by thick jungle growth and has a waterfall and stream flowing through it. Scattered around are sculptures and statures of all shapes and sizes, depicting depict...

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