The boats stop at two islands. Koh Mae which has a small beach and an inland saltwater lagoon called the Emerald lake. You climb up a well maintained stairway to the viewpoint to view this Emerald lake. If you have also opted for the kayaking around the island then kayaks are provided here.
The second island is Ko Wua Talap which is the park headquarters and also has some stay options. This island has a bigger beach where you can rest , go swimming , snorkeling or hike up to the viewpoint. This hike was pretty strenuous although it said it was only 500mts high. There are decks at 200mts, 350mts and 450mts where you can view out and then head back if you are too tired. The steps are in good condition but very steep and it took all my energy to get up to the viewpoint, but really what a view, it was well worth the effort.
9. Dolphin watching tours.
Pink dolphins and Irrawaddy dolphins can be viewed on these trips. These tours are not very famous and hence run only 3 days a week, so check for this as you plan.
Tips to visit the beautiful island of Koh Samui
1. Take a late-night flight so that you can witness sunrise on the way to Bangkok and then towards Koh Samui to witness the top view if the island and not to mention a "window seat"
2. it is always better to book a resort or villa overlooking the beach so that you get the best view and also don't have to wander far for a stroke at the beach
3. it's extremely important to rent a vehicle like a 2 wheeler, mini car or a jeep so that you can easily travel around the places
Have you ever been to Koh Samui? Have some insights to be added here? Mention in the comments below. Meanwhile, check out this ultimate guide for Thailand tour packages to help you book your next tropical holiday. Check out this first hand experience of Koh Samui to get inspired.
While you're at it, you can also read this quick 3-day itinerary of Koh Samui.
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