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

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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.

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Crocodile Shows in Koh Samui

Crocodile show in Koh Samui is one of the top attractions in the island. There are two crocodile farms located on the island along with more than hundred other animal species including reptiles. There are daily crocodile shows in these crocodile farms and it is something one should not miss when you are visiting Koh Samui. The shows are fascinating to watch as the crocodile trainers put their heads in the mouth of these ferocious creatures.
You will also get the chance of petting these crocodiles and taking memorable pictures at the crocodile show. If you are looking for a Samui hotel to rest and relax during your holiday Anantara Bophut Koh Samui is a perfect option available which stands out as one of the best Samui resort.   

Thailand’s Answer To Spanish Bull Fighting- Buffalo Fighting Shows!

One of the most well known and popular things to do in Koh Samui is to attend a buffalo fighting show.  Though not as spirited as the high energy drama associated with such spectacles as bull fighting that takes place in Spain and many Lain American countries, this still attracts massive crowds nevertheless. Some say that in the world of buffaloes, this is similar to arm wrestling!

In this instance what takes place is that two male buffaloes come to the ring and lock their horns and push each other trying to gain dominance. Once they are bored, they simply walk away unlike the Spanish version of bull fighting where the animals are ultimately killed. Buffalo fighting events usually take place during Songkran, which is Thai New Year or on Ney Year’s Day.

Ban Makham, Nathon Town and Ban Saket are the usual stadiums where these fights are held and the events are announced by way of colorful posters put up in the vicinity informing one when the event is going to take place. Otherwise there are no set dates for the event. It also involves a lot of rituals and invoking of blessings and it is both vibrant and colorful with the animals being garlanded and decorated with flowers and other paraphernalia. Holy water is sprinkled on the ground as well as the contestants prior to the occasion.

There are two rounds of fighting both in the morning and in the evening and in the time in between people enjoy the good food and drink on offer. Once the fights are over and the winning buffalo is named the owner gets a large amount of prize money and the buffalo itself becomes a prized possession. There are bets placed during the event which offers a truly unique and lively atmosphere in which to witness this kind of sport. These events can be attended for those staying at a Koh Samui resort. Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa Koh Samui, is a Chaweng hotel that makes an ideally located base from which to explore the region and its many beaches, attractions and sporting activities.

Samui Music

The music scene of Koh Samui is celebrated through the Koh Samui Music Festival which is one of the biggest events in Thailand. Held during the annual Songkran Festival, it is also referred to as the Songkran Music Festival. Providing a platform for both professional and budding musicians to showcase their talents, the festival has featured bands and musicians such as Blues Brothers, UB40, Jools Holland, Wailers and Jerry Lee Lewis. Travellers in search of a Chaweng hotel will be pleased to find Anantara Lawana, Koh Samui. Located amidst a myriad of attractions, it is an exceptional Koh Samui resort.

Entertaining Koh Samui Monkey Shows

The appealing monkey shows are a popular attraction for visitors to the island of Koh Samui. Before the advent of tourism coconut cultivation was the principal industry for the islanders. Monkeys were employed as the means of plucking the ripe nuts from the tall trees and were highly prized. Today the Monkey Shows demonstrate the dexterity and skills which have made these lovable creatures an asset to the islanders. Visitors will also see elephant performances at the show.

The discerning traveller who desires a quality Koh Samui resort will find a suitable accommodation in the Anantara Lawana, Koh Samui. This excellent Chaweng hotel provides well appointed rooms and attentive hospitality.