Cultural Activities in Koh Samui – Paradise for Culture-Curious Travellers

Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort
















The marvels of the island of Koh Samui extends far beyond its sun glazed beaches, lush canopies, and swaying palms. It is also a melting pot of cultures, bringing to life a rich concoction of colour, history, and life. From the famous Big Buddha shrine on the northern coast to the mummified monk Luang Pordaeng, sights to visit are plenty in Koh Samui for the culture-thirsty traveller. One can truly indulge themselves in this flowing grace of Thai culture if one selects the right accommodation among the numerous Koh Samui resorts. If one seeks more than sights and environment, plenty of cultural activities are available for the curious traveller to visit and to sign up for. It’s always best to choose accommodation close to these tourist spots as then you can spend more time on sightseeing than travelling. For instance, the Big Buddha is situated close to a multitude of luxury resorts such as the Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort.

Descendants of Koh Samui’s original settlers – Chinese traders and Muslim fishermen – now live alongside their Thai families, giving rise to several distinctive cultures within this 88.3 mil2. A day visit to Laem Din local market with its fresh fruits, vegetables and meats; a stroll through Nathon fresh food market, a paradise for the street food lover with an extensive menu of Thai local street food from A to Z; and mingling with the locals in Hua Thanon fishing village, one of Samui’s last remaining traditional fishing fleets, are a few of the day excursions one can take to indulge in local Thai culture. If you dare to go one step further, sign up for a cooking lesson through your Koh Samui resort!

Plenty of festivals rich in music and overflowing with food are a staple feature of Koh Samui. February marks the Chinese New Year, while Songkran (Thai New Year) falls in April and Loi Krathong, the Festival of Lights in November. Apart from these key festivals, processions, temple festivities, food fairs, live performances and regular food and culture events are often organized by the Tourism Authority of Samui for the keen traveler.

Fermented with a deep-rooted religious history, the culture of Koh Samui is reflected in the relaxed, friendly lifestyle of its residents. Speaking of a culture loud and proud, this island is a portrayal of the harmonious beauty of vibrant cultural diversity.

Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+

Full Moon Party in Koh Samui – Party Every Month!

Full Moon Party, Anantara Bophut Koh Samui

A disk of gold shines high in the sky. The beats are catchy and the night is young. When the moon pays its monthly visit, tourists gather eagerly at the island of Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand to celebrate the Full Moon Party. Today, the party is popular to the extent that the island of Ko Pha Ngan has become synonymous with the party. It is a party that is not to be missed especially if you have planned to stay at Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort. This Koh Samui beach resort is somewhat close to the island of Ko Pha Ngan and is worth heading to if you plan to visit during the full moon period. However, what’s most exciting about the party is that if you miss it once, you just have to wait a month to dance, sing and sway to the beats.

It is said that the inception of the party was directly related to a delightful discovery. A group of foreigners heaved and sighed at the moon that seemed to tantalize them at Ko Pha Ngan. The moon had never seemed so beautiful and this set the mood for a monthly party in which the moon became a silent visitor.

10,000 to 30,000 visitors head over to Ko Pha Ngan every month to be a part of the party. Fire Eaters, jugglers and enigmatic beats are what you can expect if you plan to attend the party and it would be a pity if you miss out on the opportunity while in Thailand.

The music is varied as you would hear techno, drums, reggae and trance. While dancing and swaying your head to the beats you could also grab a bite or drink from the humble beach traders. After partying you could relax on the beach while the delicate wind inquiringly blows through every strand of your hair.

Don’t miss this party at any cost!

Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+