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Included in this package
Hotel
Sightseeing
Meals
Transfer
  • Tour Itinerary
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Tour Plan

Day 1 

Arrive Bangkok

Arrive Bangkok and transfer to Hotel. Rest of the time free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel in  Bangkok.

Day 2 

Bangkok

Today proceed for half day city temples tour, rest of the day free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel  in Bangkok.

Meal Included

Breakfast

Day 3 

Bangkok - Koh Samui

This morning depart Bangkok to transfer to Koh Samui Hotel, then free time for leisure. Overnight at the  hotel in Samui.

Meal Included

Breakfast

Day 4 

Koh Samui

Today proceed for half day city tour. Overnight at the hotel.

Meal Included

Breakfast

Day 5 

Departure Koh Samui

This morning you will be transferred to Koh Samui airport to board your flight back  home or to your next destination with sweet memories.

Meal Included

Breakfast

Inclusions

  • 2 Nights accommodation in Bangkok
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Koh Samui
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Return Airport Transfers
  • Bangkok City Tour
  • Koh Samui City Tour
  • All tours and transfers on SIC basis (Seat in coach)

Exclusions

  • Any Airfare
  • Any Visa Charges
  • Early Check-in and late Checkout in properties
  • Entry tickets other than those mentioned in Inclusions
  • Personal Expenses / Extras during Stay in Resort like laundry, Telephone calls, Medicines, Liquor
  • Meals other than those mentioned above
  • Anything other than those mentioned in the ‘Inclusions’ list above
  • Any Surcharge, if applicable by the Hotel at the time of booking
  • GST as applicable

Tour Activity

Pricing Calender

Visa Policies

Thailand Visa
  • Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months with two opposite blank pages
  • Visa Application Form completely filled in and signed by applicant
  • Checklist signed by the applicant
  • Two passport size recent colored photograph with white background (35x45mm, 80% face should be visible)
  • Covering Letter addressed to ''THE VISA COUNSELOR The Royal Thai Embassy mentioning the name of the person responsible for bearing the expenses of the entire trip) / NOC letter / Visiting Card / Salary slips from last 3 months
  • Confirmed tickets in and out of Thailand
  • Evidence of confirmed hotel / accommodation reservation in Thailand with address and contact number under applicant’s name. If travel in group, must provide a cover letter stating all names with passport numbers and place (s) to stay
  • Original Bank Passbook or Bank statement (SIX months) (must be attested by the bank) having a minimum balance equivalent to $700

Booking Policies

  • 50% of the Holiday Package Cost at the time of Booking.
  • Balance 50% of Holiday Package Cost, 30 days prior to Departure.
  • Non-Refundable items (if any) will be told in advance for full payment.
  • Airfare to be paid full at one time in advance.

Cancellation Policies

  • 25% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled 51 Days or More
  • 50% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled between 50 – 36 Days
  • 75% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled between 35 – 21 Days
  • 100% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled 20 Days or less.

Tour Destination

About City

Bangkok
"Of street food, skyscrapers and unending nights"

A city that never sleeps, Bangkok, the capital of Thailand is a modern-day melting pot of contrasting cultures and faiths. Here, towering skyscrapers stand in harmony next to temples and monasteries. The luxury malls and shopping centres compete with the street bazaars and floating markets. Cuisines - both Thai and from around the world are showcased in all their glory on the streets as well as in rooftop restaurants. The nightlife of Bangkok, on the one hand, revolves around flashy nightclubs, rooftop and go-go bars, bright neon light signs and cheap drinks.

While on the other, it also includes cabaret shows, Muay Thai and dance exhibitions and even cultural walking tours. Sites like the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Phra Kaew showcase the city's rich history, while the likes of museums such as Art in Paradise and parks such as the Sea Life Ocean World cater to those seeking modern-day experiences.

Bangkok is serviced by Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Don Mueang Airport. Suvarnabhumi International Airport handles all of the international flights to and from Bangkok and is the primary entryway into the capital. Thailand also grants Visa-on-arrival for many nationalities at Suvarnabhumi. Read the guide here for the complete visa eligibility and application details. 

Bangkok has many hotels, both luxury and economical across the city. Over the years, the city has also evolved into a more backpacker-friendly destination with many hostels, dormitories and homestays popping up.

Things To Do In Bangkok

1. Visit the Grand Palace
The Grand Palace, the residence of royals for several generations, is the perfect place to begin your historical tour in Bangkok. It houses one of the holiest Buddhist temples, Wat Phra Kaew, built in the year 1782. The Grand Palace stands among the top tourist attractions in Bangkok, Thailand, showcasing the rich history of Bangkok.

2. Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
Wat Pho is a famous temple located immediately south of the Grand Palace precinct in Bangkok. The place is renowned for being headquarters for the teaching and preservation of traditional Thai medicine. The temple is largely visited to view the large reclining Buddha within, thus also known as 'Temple of the Reclining Buddha'.

3. Shop at the Chatuchak Weekend Market
The king of markets in Bangkok, and one of the largest markets in the world, Chatuchak is spread over 35 acres with more than 8,000 stalls. Everything ranging from clothing, accessories, handicrafts, furniture, art, food, books, antiques, and many more interesting souvenirs are is available here. Keep your bargaining skills ready to enhance your shopping experience at this bustling market.

4. Explore the vibey Khao San Road
Khao San Road, famously known as the backpacker's haven, is located in the heart of the city. It is a 410 meter long street in central Bangkok which will cater to every need of yours! Street food stalls, bars, shops, restaurants, nightclubs, cafes and massage parlours are all packed into this one street. This road is one of the most famous night markets in Bangkok. It turns into a shopper's paradise as the sun sets down. You'll find everything here at a reasonable rate. Its cheap food, accommodation and clothes make this place a winning combo for all tourists!

5. Boat Trip on the Chao Phraya River
The river of kings, Chao Phraya River, is the prime river and waterway of Thailand, used by an average of 50,000 commuters daily. The fertile plains and abundant fish of the river are the main reasons for the choice of Thailand's capitals in the past, such as Ayutthaya, Thonburi and Bangkok.

6. Safari World
Safari World is one of the most favourite destinations in Bangkok, with both tourists and locals descending on the park to spend quality time amongst the wildlife. Not only a place for gathering knowledge about the ways and lives of wild animals, but it also offers a host of entertaining shows along with activities.

7. Sea Life Bangkok
Sea Life Bangkok is an underground aquarium located beneath the Siam Paragon mall in the heart of Bangkok. Sprawled over an area of 110,000 sq. ft., Sea Life Bangkok is the largest South-East Asian aquarium. Home to various marine life retrieved from the remotest corners of the world, the aquarium houses species of octopuses, sharks, crabs, penguins and fish.

8. Wat Arun
An ancient structure dating back to the battles between the former Siam and Burma, Wat Arun is a place of worship with rich past. Also known as the Temple of Dawn, the site was built by remaining survivors and General Taksin. Later, the temple was renamed as Aruna after the Indian God of dawn to commemorate the founding of a new Ayutthaya, the former capital of the kingdom.

9. Siam Paragon Mall
Tourists who love high-end international fashion brands should visit Siam Paragon. From Jimmy Choo and Versace to Prada, over 70 globally renowned brands are available here. Besides clothing, brands such as Sony, Samsung, Aston Martin and BMW can be found here too. The mall is also home to one of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia, a 16 screen cineplex and restaurants of all the possible cuisines.

10. National Museum and Wang Na Palace
An ideal place for history lovers, the Bangkok National Museum exhibits some of the most magnificent collection of art and artefacts reflecting the Thai culture.

11. Sathorn Unique Tower
Standing with a whopping 49 storeys (including two dungeon dark underground levels), the Sathorn Unique Tower is one of those skyscraper buildings in Bangkok which never got completed due to the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997. The views of the city from the floors of the Sathorn Unique Towers intensify as you ascend them one by one. But be careful while you do so since there have been incidents which regard the place as “Haunted”!

12. Street Food in Chinatown
Located along the Yaowarat Road, Chinatown is a Chinese cultural and commercial hub. It is majorly known for its exotic culinary experience of street foods, along with several Buddhist temples, and traditional wooden shops selling Chinese goods. It is best to visit Chinatown at night, which is when it is vibrant with neon lights and chaotic fun.

13. Dusit zoo
The oldest zoo in Thailand, Dusit Zoo lies in the vicinity of Bangkok's governmental headquarters in the Dusit District. Boasting of a heavy annual footfall, Dusit Zoo exhibits many species, ranging from exotic to rare, such as monkeys, penguins, camels, the albino barking deer and the white Bengal tiger. It also offers tram rides and boating services, which guarantee an uninhibited day of fun.

14. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Marketed as a major tourist attraction and a marker of Thai culture, the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is among the most popular floating markets in the world. Boats swaying on the water are navigated by Thai locals and traders who sell all kinds of farm produce, fruits, souvenirs and freshly prepared local foods, which visitors can enjoy while sailing in their own boats.

15. Shop at the Terminal 21 Mall
Ever dreamed of travelling the world? This airport inspired mall in Bangkok, Terminal 21, brings all the cities of the world under one roof, letting you shop from Tokyo one minute, and San Fransisco the other. International luxury brands and many local labels are available here. With over 600 shops, a cineplex and all kinds of restaurants, the shopping experience here is emphasised like no other.

16. Soi Cowboy
One of the popular red light districts, Soi Cowboy is a neon-lit street, filled with Go Go Bars and other bright spaces. With friendly staff members outside each bar, it embodies the true nightlife experience of Bangkok. Located very close to Terminal 21, it is an exciting experience thanks to the unique culture and vibe of the place!

17. Jim Thompson House
With a remarkable collection of art from Burma, China, Cambodia and Thailand, Jim Thompson House is a must-visit for history buffs and art lovers. A historic property, it once served as the residence of an American man named James H W Thompson, a man responsible for reviving the Thai silk industry and one of the most famous Americans in Asia during his time.

18. Art in Paradise
Art in Paradise is an innovative and interactive 3D art museum located at the Esplanade mall, Bangkok. The brainchild of Shin Jae Yol, it has many rooms filled with impressive artwork done by Korean and Thai artists. The primary motive behind this cultural haven was to help the public enjoy the experience of 3D art and illusion art.

19. Ladyboy Shows
Bangkok boasts some of the best and most entertaining ladyboy shows in the world. The lights, decor of the auditoriums, the makeup and gorgeous dresses of the ladyboys along with the small comedic skits performed by them make these shows professional and fun. Calypso Cabaret, Mambo cabaret and Playhouse cabaret are some of the most popular ones among tourists.

20. Wat Mangkon Kamalawat
Besides being the most important, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat is also the biggest Chinese Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Also called the Dragon Lotus Temple or the Wat Leng Noei Yi in Chinese, it remains extremely crowded during any festivities or occasions in the Chinese calendar, especially the Chinese New Year. Set up in 1871, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat was the first one to be bringing in Mahayana Buddhism in Bangkok.

21. Asiatique The Riverfront
Once an international port, Asiatique The Riverfront is now among the most happening night markets in Bangkok. Neatly divided into four districts, it houses a variety of options for visitors ranging from boutiques, fine dining, a mall, fashion stores and entertainment spaces. With the picturesque backdrop of the Chao Phraya River and a glittering skyline, the Asiatique makes for an exquisite experience in Bangkok.

22. Wat Suthat
One of the oldest temples of Bangkok, Wat Suthat greets you with its serene aura. Overflowing with peace and tranquillity, Wat Suthat Thepphawararam is an excellent example of architecture and craftsmanship. Its construction began in the year 1782, under the reign of King Rama I, and it was completed in the 1820s, under the reign of King Rama III.

23. Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
The centre of Bangkok’s rising art scenario, the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) showcases a broad range of the best Thai art, music, design, film and theatre as well as the contemporary art scene from across the globe. The BACC also hosts a plethora of exhibitions of the work of local as well as international artists. Opened in 2008, the BACC is spread over an area of 4000 square metres, housing shops, an exciting art library that is not found in many places, and a handful of cafes along with the large exhibition areas.

24. Dream world
The Dream World theme park is located in Thanyaburi, which is an easy 50-minute drive from Bangkok. The amusement park offers a cheerful, bustling ambience, complete with rollercoasters, colourful parades, candy floss, waterworks, flowering gardens, a snow park and entertainment shows. Children and adults can indulge themselves in the vivacity of Dream World.

25. Lumpini Park
Named after the birthplace of Lord Buddha in Nepal, the Lumpini Park was the first public park of Bangkok. The original aim was to exhibit the Thai crafts and flowers. Today, the place is home to a wide range of flora and fauna species attracting locals and tourists to relax and rejuvenate. Lumpini Park is the perfect place to connect with nature away from the crowded Bangkok streets of Bangkok.

26. Nana Plaza
Nana Plaza is a commercial building on the Sukhumvit Road in Khlong Toei district of Bangkok. Known as the “world’s largest adult playground”, Nana Plaza gets its name from its prominent member Lek Nana. Being the most colourful part of the city, Nana Plaza is primarily famous for the bars, pubs, clubs, street food vendors which attracts a considerable crowd all year round.

27. Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine)
The Erawan Shrine was built in 1956 after the Thai government constructed the luxury Erawan hotel at the location. The superstitious labourers and other astrologers decided to honour the Brahma God Thao Mahaprom and hence built this shrine. Ceremonial offerings are made by Thais and tourists to get their wishes fulfilled. Catching a traditional Thai dance performance here is a joyful experience too.

28. Wat Phrae Kaew
The temple of the Emerald Buddha, commonly known as Wat Phra Kaew, is the most essential and revered Buddhist temple in Thailand as it enshrines the image of Phra Kaew Morakot carved from a single jade block. Established in 1785, the temple has elaborate carvings, paintings and pagodas, making it a spectacular sight for visitors.

29. Royal Barge National Museum
Boats used to be the primary mode of transport for Thai kings, and the National Museum of Royal Barges in Bangkok exhibits traditional Thai barges with intricate designs of Hindu and Buddhist icons. The museum displays information about the customs and history of the royal barges, costumes worn by the crew, and even serves as a dry dock for the boats.

30. Madame Tussauds
Bangkok's Madame Tussauds Wax museum is like no other Wax Museum in Thailand. Here, you can touch anyone from Albert Einstien to Tom Cruise, from Barack Obama to Tiger Woods. However, you are not allowed to touch any figure in the most decorated room housing the Thai royal family. The quality of craftsmanship behind the 70 wax figures will take your breath away.

31. Wat Benchamabophit
Commonly known as the marble temple, Wat Benchamabophit is one of Bangkok's most beautiful attractions. Embodying an impressive, modern style of Thai architecture, Wat Benchamabophit is a royal temple hosting a beautiful Buddha statue. With red carpets, polished marble and stained-glass painted walls - Wat Benchamabophit is a unique, yet beautiful Thai temple!

32. Wat Saket
Popularly known as the Golden Mount, Wat Saket is a picturesque temple with a 58-metre golden chedi which houses a Buddha relic. Established during the Ayutthaya period, this temple is built on a man-made hill, and requires you to climb 300 steps to get to the top of the chedi. A colourful week-long fair is hosted here every November.

33. Snake Farm
Opened to the public in the year 1923, the snake farm in Bangkok, part of the Thai Red Cross Institute (formerly the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute) has large pits and mesh enclosures to host its reptile residents. Also called “Suan Nguu”, the snake farm hosts a variety of venomous and non-venomous snakes. It’s the second oldest such snake farm in the world after a snake farm in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

34. Museum of Contemporary Arts
The museum of contemporary art (MOCA) is a world-class art gallery built in 2012 to showcase some of the best Thai art. The museum contains five storeys, housing 800 beautiful and refreshing art pieces. A must for art lovers, MOCA is no less than any modern museum abroad, giving its artists freedom to work on themes like corruption, prostitution, religion, and many others.

35. Muangboran (Ancient City)
Ancient Siam, known as Muang Boran in Thai, is the world's largest open-air museum spread over 300 acres is situated 33 kms from Bangkok. With many mini-museums and sculpture gardens inside it, the museum mainly features replicas of some of the most important historical sites of Thailand.

36. Suan Pakkad Palace
The name 'Suan Pakkad' translating to 'cabbage patch', is quite unfitting for this private residence turned museum. It's a one of a kind palace museum, as it once used to be the private residence of the Prince and Princess of Chumbhot, and the houses date back to over 100 years. Before being converted into a private collection of homes by the royal family, the land used to be nothing more than a cabbage patch.

37. Siam Niramit Cultural Show & Dinner
The Siam Niramit Cultural Show is a definite experience while you are here. Showcasing authentic Thai culture, this jaw-dropping performance would leave you in complete awe. A beautiful, yummy and authentic Thai dinner organised post the show provides for a whole entertainment package. While the prices may seem to be on the higher end, it's undoubtedly a pure delight!

38. Wat Traimit
Wat Traimit, nestled at the end of Chinatown's Yaowarat Road near Hualampong Railway Station is the perfect place to admire the glittering gold statue of Buddha. One of the best royal temples of Bangkok, it is famous for housing a pure gold statue of Lord Buddha. It is known as 'The Temple of the Golden Buddha', as the world's largest gold statue, which is almost 5 metres tall and 5.5 tonnes heavy, is sheltered here.

39. Giant Swing
Located right in front of Wat Suthat is a striking Giant Swing towering at the height of 21.15 meters. Nestled in the heart of busy square between Wat Suthat and Bangkok City Hall is a Giant Swing making for a remarkable sight even from a distance. Initially established in the year 1784, the swing went under renovation to be replaced in 2004 with a newly crafted frame made of golden teak.

40. Siriraj medical museum
The Siriraj Medical Museum is a treat to medical professionals, students and of course, the public as well. Part of the famous Siriraj Hospital, Thailand's oldest hospital, this fascinating musuem combines five mini-museums, exploring the fields of pathology, anatomy, the history of medicine in Thailand, parasitology, forensic medicine, and a prehistoric museum. Its exhibits of bones, organs, corpses, fetuses and so on have earned it the nickname 'Museum of Death'.

41. King Rama IX Park
The largest public park of Bangkok, the King Rama IX Park is a botanical garden built in 1987 to celebrate King Bhumibol's 60th birthday. Spread over 200 acres, this beautiful space is perfect for just wandering around or spending an afternoon with family. It also has a gallery with photos and paintings of the King. Every December, the park also hosts an enchanting flower festival.

42. Benjakitti Park
With captivating flowers and enchanting fountains, Benjakiti Park is a haven for people who want to take a peaceful stroll or enjoy a romantic sunset. Abundant in greenery, it also has a small lake for boating. Cycling may also be enjoyed here as there are bicycles on rent. So head to Benjakitti park for tranquillity and a quieter spot away from the city noise.

43. Erawan Museum
Demonstrating the mixture of modern civilization and traditional cultures and practices of Thailand is the Erawan Museum in Bangkok. Situated in the Samut Prakan Province, you can easily identify the museum from its giant three-headed elephant structure standing stoutly atop the building. The First Floor of the Museum is a representation of the Hindu mythology’s concept of the underworld. The Second Floor showcases the concept of Earth, or the present life. The Third Floor depicts the concept of Tavatimsa Heaven and is situated inside the belly of the Elephant. Known for the antiques based on varied Thai mythologies, Erawan Museum is sure to leave everyone spellbound, the history and architecture lovers more so.

44. Wat Bowonniwet Vihara
Founded in 1826, Wat Bowonniwet Vihara, also known as Wat Bowon, is a temple dedicated to the Thammayut sect of Buddhism. It's particularly popular as many kings of Thailand were monks and abbots here, such as King Rama IV and King Bhumibol, popularly known as Rama IX. It is also the resting place of King Bhumibol.

45. Democracy Monument
The Democracy Monument in Bangkok is a historic landmark located on the Ratchadamnoen Avenue’s traffic circle, at the intersection of the Dinso Road. The Monument is symbolic of the convolutions in modern Thai history, a marker for generations of civilians to remember the Siamese Revolution of 1932. Located in the busiest part of Bangkok, the Democracy Monument is a visual treat for everyone.

46. Baiyoke Sky Tower
Undoubtedly the best place to see Bangkok in all its glory is none other than Baiyoke Sky Tower in Prathunam. Pronounced ‘by-yolk’ and not ‘by-ok’, and also known as Baiyoke Tower II, it is the city’s tallest building. Spanning over 80 floors, the tower features a public observatory, multiple restaurants and bars, a shopping complex, a 360-degree rotating sky deck, and a hotel with over 600 rooms.

47. Wat Chanasongkram
Originally known as Wat Ratchaburana, Wat Chang Songkhram has one of the largest Sri Lankan style bell-shaped chedi in Sukhothai. Around the main chedi, there are several smaller chedis placed receding in size as they move towards the top. You can walk a little north of the temple where the monument of King Ramkamhaeng lies that locals usually visit.

48. Wat Pak Nam
Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen, also shortly known as Wat Paknam was built during the Ayutthaya period. The temple attracts mae chis (nuns) because of the meditation master Luang Pu Sod's meditation policies. He emphasised on Buddhist and secular studies for them. With a 7.9 acre complex, this temple has the largest mae chi community in Thailand.

49. Assumption Cathedral
The striking red structure of Assumption Cathedral in the heart of Thailand is one of the few 200 plus years old churches in Bangkok. The cathedral is considered as a quaint legacy of the French Community, it’s as though the French left a little part of old Europe back in Bangkok. The church accounts as a prominent red brick rectangular structure surrounded by white buildings. It accounts as one of the top historic places in Bangkok for its amusing architectural style that is uncommon in today’s world. It has been well very preserved and maintained for the worshippers.  

50. Bang Krachao
Sometimes spelt Bang Krajao, Bang Krachao is located in the Phra Pradaeng province. It was once the home of a small Burmese population when they first came to Thailand. On a map, you’ll recognise Bang Krachao as a horseshoe-shaped, island-like area cut off from the mainland by the Chao Phraya River. The only way to reach this green paradise is by boat or ferry. With laws against constructing buildings or commercial factories in place, Bang Krachao remains commercially undeveloped in the best way possible – preserving the culture and natural surroundings.

51. Loha Prasat
Loha Prasat, also famous as ‘Metal Castle,’ dwells inside the Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara along with many similar temples and relics. More often than not, the temple is overshadowed by the fame of the closely located relics such as Khaosan and Wat Saket. The imposing Loha Prasat is also considered as world’s only brazen palace (the building’s roof is made of bronze tiles).

52. Chitralada Palace
Chitralada Palace is official residence of His Majesty King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit located within the popular Dusit Palace. Formerly serving as King Chulalongkorn's summer house, this grand structure is carpeted along one square kilometre surrounded by a moat and efficiently guarded by the royal guards. The palace is presently closed to the public and can only be visited from outside.

53. Royal Thai Air Force Museum
Nestled along the Phahonyothin Road, in Don Mueang District of Bangkok, Royal Thai Air Force Museum is a respected museum with a captivating display of various aircraft like attack aircraft, fighter aircraft, military transport aircraft, and helicopters which are disengaged and retired from the battleground. The museum delights history buffs, aviation and military enthusiasts.

54. Wat Intharawihan
Wat Intharawihan or Wat Intharavihan in Bangkok is known for the famous Buddha statue, 32 m high. The temple which is situated close to the Chao Phraya River, in the Thanon Wisut Kasat area of Bali, was known as Wat Rai Phrik in the olden times. The pious statue is believed to have the power to fulfill the wishes of the visitors who come to seek blessings.

55. Sanam Luang
Situated in the island of Rattanakosin lies the grand Sanam Luang Park which is also called ‘Thung Pra Meru’ meaning the cremation ground for the Royals. It is nearly thirty acres of green space right at the centre of Old Bangkok, in front of Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace, ,surrounded by prominent attractions. If you are tired of the concrete jungle and its fast-paced life then head to Sanam Luang.

56. Dusit Palace
Situated to the north of Rattanakosin Island, the Dusit Palace of Bangkok is a grand complex consisting of the royal residences, spread over a sprawling area of 16 acres. Comprising of multiple palaces, museums and lush green vegetation, the Dusit Palace is one of the political centres of Thailand in the modern world. The palace, which was once the residence of the King of Thailand, has now transformed into one of the most popular tourist attractions of Bangkok.

Nightlife in Bangkok 

Nightlife in Bangkok is thrilling, pulsating and very different than what any other part of Thailand has to offer. It has matured over the years with high affinity towards classy rooftop bars, energetic nightclubs and trendy cocktail bars. The place offers some of the best bars, nightclubs, go-go bars, pubs, beer bars, massage parlours, and discos in the country. You are so spoilt for choice that it gets difficult to decide where to go. Names such as Sukhumvit (venue of Nana and Soi Cowboy) and Silom (where Patpong is located) are packed with people exploring the excitement of Bangkok. Other not-to-be-missed places are Khao San Road, trendy new bars at Thonglor, and Soi Rambuttri.

Shopping in Bangkok 

Bangkok is a shopper's paradise. The place is packed with various shopping options from high-end, gleaming malls to street markets offering cheap clothes. You can find anything from jewellery and trendy clothes to souvenirs and handicrafts in Bangkok. There are unlimited options available to blow away all the Bahts in your pockets.

Some of the most popular shopping places in the city include:
MBK Center: Has over 2000 stores selling the latest fashion, leather products and electric appliances.
Chatuchak Weekend Market: An authentic Thai marketplace, the Chatuchak Market is spread across a vast area. One can buy fake branded clothes, jewellery, antiques, souvenirs, lip smacking food, and so much more at more than 9000 stalls. Visit this one with lots of time and cash in your wallets.
Patpong Night Market: A must visit, this night market is open from 6 pm up until midnight.
Pratunam Market: One of the thriving markets of the city.
Siam Paragon: One of the largest shopping complexes in Asia with a 16-screen movie theatre.
Ratchada Night Market: Located outside Ratchadapisek metro station, this place is open only on Saturdays. It offers a variety of products such as vintage cameras, second-hand jeans, leather handbags, etc.
Kwan Riam Floating Market, Muang Boran Floating Market, Amphawa Floating Market, Seacon Square, IconSiam, Amulet Market, Patpong Night Market, Khlong Toei Market, Central Embassy Shopping Mall, Tha Kha Floating Market, JJ Green Market, Siam Discovery, Platinum Fashion Mall, Maeklong Railway Market, Papaya Vintage Shop, Emquartier, Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market, Rod Fai Train Night Market, Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market, Taling Chan Floating Market, Pantip Plaza, Train Night Market Ratchada, MBK Center (Ma Boong Khron Center), CentralWorld, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market are some good place to shop in Bangkok.

Exchanging Money in Bangkok 

The currency in Bangkok can be exchanged at banks (major banks of Thailand being Bangkok Bank and Thai Farmers Bank), which are open Monday to Friday. Numerous authorised FOREX counters are dotted all across the tourist places with daily exchange rates displayed on electronic notice boards. It is also possible to get it exchanged at the airport. Almost all the major foreign currencies are accepted and exchanged. Most of the hotels will also perform currency exchange, but the rate is typically poor. You will find bank branches at most of the shopping centres and market places.

Language of Bangkok 

Central Thai is the official language of Thailand, which is widely spoken in Bangkok, especially in business and tourist areas. However, people usually converse in southern Thai dialect that sounds pithier and faster than Central Thai.
English is also widely spoken and understood, especially in tourist areas. 

Useful Thai phrases to know while travelling (krub is used for males and kha is used for females): 
Hello - Sawatdee (krub/kha)
How are you? - Sabai dee ru (krub/kha)
Fine - Sabai dee (krub/kha)
Thank you - Khob Khun (krub/kha)
Yes - Chai
No - Mai Chai
(You/I) can - Dai
Cannot - Mai Dai
How much? - Nee Tao Rai

Currency in Bangkok 

The Thai Baht is the primary currency used in Thailand. Make sure you carry cash while shopping at the local street markets and use your cards wisely to avoid any fraud. Most of the international credit cards are widely accepted in Bangkok. ATM Machines are easily available, 24 hours, all around the city and accept all major credits cards including Visa and MasterCard. Traveller's cheques are also an option and are mainly accepted at specific foreign exchange shops or banks with processing charges of THB 153 per cheque. For credit cards, the processing fee is about THB 150 to THB 250.

Religion of Bangkok 

Buddhism is the main religion followed in Bangkok with 95% of the population being Buddhists. The city is home to some of the most famous temples or 'wats' of the country.

Local transport in Bangkok
Getting around Bangkok is quite easy with its well-developed public transport system. There are plenty of options to commute within the city. Colourful metered taxis, tuk-tuks and motorbike taxis are some of the most popular options, all being easily available in any part of the city. However, considering the infamous traffic jam of the city, BTS (the aboveground Sky train) and MRT (underground metro) are the best alternatives. The trains begin their service at 6 am and end at midnight. The cheapest way of getting around is through local bus services, but it gets tedious because the routes are complicated and the information is all written in Thai. One can also hail private cabs, but they are quite an expensive affair. Make sure you bargain for a good deal while hiring a tuk-tuk or a colourful taxi.

How to Reach Bangkok from India

Bangkok, home to two international airports, can easily be reached by several direct flights from India. Flight companies such as Air India, Air India Express, AirAsia, Jet Airways, Thai Airways and IndiGo from various India cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmadabad, etc. fly with high frequencies.

Visiting Bangkok is easy as there are many Travel options

By Air
Bangkok is well connected by air to the rest of the world and there are two airports in the city. The Suvarnabhumi Airport is located 25 kilometres east of Bangkok and the Don Mueang Airport located 24 kilometres to the north. Most international and domestic airlines operate at the Suvarnabhumi Airport, which is linked to the city by buses, taxis, and Airport Rail Link, a high-speed train service into downtown Bangkok.

By Road
Buses to and from other parts of Thailand including Pattaya, Krabi, Phuket and Ko Samui and also to neighbouring countries operate in Bangkok. There are three major bus terminals in Bangkok; the Northern Bus Terminal, also known as Mo Chit, the Eastern Bus Terminal, also known as Ekkamai and the Southern Bus Terminal, also known as Sai Tai. Book your bus tickets directly at one of the three public bus terminals and avoid travel agents and private buses, which are not the most reliable.

By Rail
Bangkok is well connected by rail to the rest of Thailand and to neighbouring countries like Malaysia, Cambodia and Laos. The main railway station of Bangkok is the Hua Lamphong Railway Station where trains from neighbouring countries and other parts of Thailand operate. The Thornburi Train Station (formerly known as Bangkok Noi Station) serves for local or nearby travel.

Best Time To Visit

November to February: This is Thailand’s cool season, with daytime temperatures slightly under 30°C and relatively low humidity. This is also Thailand’s peak season for tourism, which means prices are slightly higher overall. Regarded as the ‘cold months’, this is the perfect time to explore Bangkok on foot. In the evenings temperatures can drop below 20 degrees Celsius.

March to May: Although these are Bangkok’s hottest months, it is also the time when Bangkok celebrates the Thai New Year with great festivity and cheer. Sudden bouts of rain are a welcome change and boat cruises, mall shopping and lounging by the pool are highly recommended. Don't forget to carry your sunglasses and buy yourself a hat there!

May to October: Regarded as Bangkok’s ‘low season’, this is a great time to visit the city as you can fetch some great deals on hotels and excursions. The frequent bouts of rain do not deter tourists from indulging in a range of indoor activities like shopping, visiting aquariums and temples as well as entertainment complexes.

About City

Koh Samui
"Samui Island"

The second-largest island of Thailand, Ko Samui is a gem of an island in the Koh Samui (or simply Samui) Archipelago which lies in the Gulf of Thailand. Once a hidden secret of only persevering travellers, the island has transformed into one of the most visited tourist destinations of Thailand. Coconut and rubber export along with the ever-growing tourist trade constitute the bulk of the island's source of revenue. From the wealthiest holidaymakers to budget travellers, the island has something to offer for everyone.

Fifty years back, even getting to the centre of the island involved arduous treks through the middle of a thick jungle. Today tourists flock in large numbers for the summers and winters. Head to south Samui if you tend to shy away from crowds. Places like Chewang and Lamai although famous for their nightlife may tend to get overcrowded at peak seasons. Adventure activities are fast becoming popular in Koh Samui, but overall the island is still most popular for its resorts and relaxed beaches. Be sure to try the salted eggs when in town. Also popular is the tropical fruit Rambutan which tourists cannot stop talking about even when they get back to their home countries.

The island looks tranquil with clear blue waters, and white sand beaches surrounded by lush green forests. Whether you love the noisy and happening Chaweng Beach or the lively yet relaxed atmosphere of Lamai Beach or the timeless feel of Bophut's Fisherman's Village or the tropical beach paradise of Maenam, Koh Samui provides a unique experience whatever the purpose of your travel is!

Must Know Before You Visit Koh Samui
1. Samui Airport is connected domestically to Bangkok and other major airports. So availing a domestic flight to Koh Samui is a quick way to reach the island.

2. Ferries and boats can be availed from Donsak Pier in Surat Thani at affordable rates.

3. Visitors who wish to stay in the Chaweng area, should book their accommodation well in advance as rooms are always in demand in this area. The best resorts, cafes, bars and restaurants are found in Chaweng.

4. If renting a vehicle, it is recommended to ask your hotel management as it is safer and relatively affordable.

5. Exchange rates are higher on the island, so it is advisable to carry sufficient cash before heading to Koh Samui.

6. Travellers are cautioned to be way of taxi scams and always ask taxi's to run by the metre when hiring them.

Things to Do in Koh Samui 
1. Laze at the Chaweng Beach
Chewang Beach offers you the best of both worlds - white sands, soft waves and palm trees that sway gently in alluring winds that blow here, inviting you to just relax on one side or engage in varied beach activities, defining the word fun to the very end! Overall, this beach is where people of all ages can enjoy the place's vibes!

2. Day Trip to Koh Phangan
Ko Phangan is famed for its monthly Full Moon Party and the Half Moon Parties that accompany it. You could take a 30-minute ferry ride or a speed boat ride from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan and explore the island exclusive of its party culture. You can explore and relax at the Haad Rin beach and swim and snorkel amidst vibrant corals in the clear waters of the island. Koh Samui is also a great base from which to go to the parties on Koh Pha-ngan.

3. Ang Thong National Marine Park
A short boat ride away from Ko Samui, the Ang Thong National Marine Park is a group of islands home to some exotic and varied species of wildlife and marine life. It has a number of watersports available for the adventure enthusiast, with the most popular sport being diving. Always check your instructor for proper licenses and certification before going underwater. A visit to the Ko Mae Ko or the Mother Island is another must-do activity when at the Ang Thong National Marine Park.

4. Big Buddha
This 12-metre tall statue of Gautam Buddha is located on a small, rocky island northeast of Koh Samui. This island it sits on is known as the Wat Phra Yai and is connected to the main island by a causeway. Visitors can buy religious artefacts and clothing in the courtyard at the base of the statue or climb up the staircase to the platform upon which the Buddha sits. The statue complex is open from 8 AM to 6 PM.

5. Trip to Koh Tao for Diving and Snorkelling
The 20 kilometres of coastline around Koh Tao is rich in marine life and is perfect for underwater exploration. Snorkelers can try Shark Bay and try spotting the Black Tip Reef Shark or explore Aow Leak Bay and its colourful array of fish. Hin Wong Bay and Mango Bay are great places to explore the variety of fish around this island. While some operators allow uncertified divers to join them, certification programmes are also available at Koh Tao.

6. Secret Buddha Garden
Located in Surat Thani province in Koh Samui, the Secret Buddha Garden is a private sculpture park set atop one of the highest peaks on the island. Also called the ‘Heaven's Garden’ or the ‘Magic Garden’, it was created by Nim Thongsuk, an old fruit farmer, who began building the garden in 1976 at his family's land and continued building it up until his death. Set amidst lush jungle foliage, there are waterfalls and streams along with statues of Buddha hidden in plain site.

7. Wat Phra Yai
Located on the rocky island of Koh Phan, north of the main island of Ko Samui, The Wat Phra Yai or the Big Buddha Temple as it is known has a 39 ft golden Buddha statue which was erected sometime in the 1940s. The temple is flocked by meditation practitioners and people looking to offer religious offerings.

8. Kayaking at Koh Samui
Kayaking on the warm waters around the island is one of the best ways of exploring the nearby islands and spotting marine life. Tour companies also offer kayaking experiences in Ang Thong National Marine Park. Travellers can bring cameras with them on the kayaks as operators usually provide dry bags and can take photographs of aquatic life and the numerous small islands in the Gulf of Thailand. They can also snorkel or swim in the water from the kayaks.

9. Explore streets of Fisherman's Village
The Fisherman's village in Bophut is beside Lamai but has a different feel from it. Get all your food, entertainment and shopping needs met in one place — great Friday night market for all your souvenir needs and ambience change of the week.

10. Na Muang Waterfall
Namuang Waterfalls roughly translates to 'Purple Waterfalls'. Na Muang 1 along with Na Muang 2, which lies higher than it, makes up the Na Muang Waterfalls. Both these waterfalls get their name from the water gushing down the purple rocks and giving off purple tints under the sunlight. Na Muang 1 is the highest among all the waterfalls in Koh Samui. It is best visited during the rainy season as there is almost no water during the dry season.

11. Lamai Beach
One of the more famous attractions, Hat Lamai is home to unusual, yet amazing natural rock formations. Situated in a perfect location, it presents you with the best of the nature's beauty! With lovely turquoise beaches, buzzling downtown atmosphere, growing Thai-style nightlife, and a dose of delicious food - Hat Lamai is designed for one and all!

12. Mae Nam Beach
Known as one of the quieter and more peaceful beaches, Mae Nam is a perfect escape from all the mayhem. Even though it is said to be rather slow and nascent, it has an amazing scenery and a handful of local activities to engage in. With tall, swaying palm trees, and soft, subtle waves - Mae Nam is a slice of heaven!

13. Trip to Koh Tan
Koh Tan Island is located approximately five kilometres south of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. Also referred to as the Coral Island, the island of Koh Tan has a wide variety of colourful, hard and soft corals and is a popular destination for snorkelling, kayaking and scuba diving.

14. Wat Plai Laem
Wat Plai Laem is a Buddhist temple compound on Samui's northeast, flaunting a striking white, 18-armed idol of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, and a large lake. The temple's intricate, ornate blends of Chinese and Thai architecture were created by Jarit Phumdonming, one of Thailand's foremost artists. The Goddess is flanked by two long halls displaying colourful murals and frescoes depicting Buddhist mythology and stories.

15. Laem Sor Pagoda
Ever seen a beautiful, mesemerising temple along the shore? Well, Laem Sor Pagoda, located at the southern end of Samui is the epitome of beauty. Embodying the old-school Srivijaya-style architecture, the Great Pagoda is looked upon as the hidden gem of Samui. One of the famous tourist spots of Koh Samui, the slightly challenging journey to the temple will give you a whole new island experience!

16. Lad Koh Viewpoint
Lad Ko Viewpoint is considered one of the best and most amazing view points in Koh Samui. With a beautiful panoramic view of the sea and the east coast of the island, Lad Koh can never disappoint! Inviting many tourists to take a stroll down the charming pavement overlooking the coastline, Lad Koh is best known for its sunrise and sunsets.

17. Hin-Ta & Hin-Ya Rocks
A fine example of Thai beliefs, the Hin-Ta and Hin-Ya rocks are fascinating rock formations found on Hat Lamai, on the south coast of Koh Samui. Popularly known as the Grandfather and Grandmother rocks, these formations have gained popularity worldwide for resembling male and female genitalia.

18. Hin Lad Waterfall
A few kilometres south of Nathon Town, Samui, lies the Hin Lad waterfall, a gorgeous sight of natural beauty in the midst of streams and mountains. With beauty oozing out of every corner - Hin Lad waterfall promises an afternoon of happiness. After hiking up the demanding trail leading to the waterfall, don? forget to reward yourself with a peaceful dip in the pool at the bottom.

19. Wat Khunaram
Wat Khunaram, located on the west of Hua Thanon on route 4169, is very well known for the famous 'Mummy Monk'. While it can be slightly disturbing or unpleasant to those seeing this for the first time, it provides great insight into the Buddhist and Thai culture. An active temple, Wat Khunaram conducts daily rituals, and is definitely a sight to behold in Koh Samui!

20. Bo Phut Beach
One of the oldest places on the Island, Bo Phut beach is a beautiful long stretch that runs in between the Big Buddha and the Mae Nam Beach. Offering an entire package to its tourists, the Bo Phut beach is easily amongst the favorites for many visitors. Three kilometers down from the beach, lies an attractions centre filled with fun activities and even an aqua park for water lovers!

21. Wat Khao Hua Jook
Resting on the northern part of the island, Wat Khao Hua Jook is a cosy temple that is very famous in Koh Samui, seeing footfalls throughout the year. This golden pagoda, beautifully illuminated at night, is famous for a replica of Buddha? footprint. Home to scenic views and a relaxing atmosphere, it is one of the more serene areas of the island.

22. Bang Po Beach
One of the quieter and less-developed stretches, Bang Po beach is the place to run off to when you want to escape from the crazy, chaotic atmosphere of civilization. With gorgeous views at every turn, the Baan Tai side of the beach is a treat to the eyes! A heaven for all the seafood lovers, it's hard not to fall in love with this beautiful coastal delight.

23. Wat Racha Thammaram
Looking over the Chao Phraya river, Wat Racha Thammaram contains a lovely replica of Phra Buddha Chinarat of Phitsanulok. Locally known as the Snake Stone Temple, it is also home to a sacred bodhi tree. With a beautiful clear blue sky as a backdrop, this beautiful temple gives you a perfect dose of Buddhism culture.

24. Wang Sai Thong Waterfall
Just north of the ring road close to the Ban Hua Thanon lies Wang Saotong waterfall. This serene waterfall is quieter and smaller compared to the others, making it the perfect spot for a relaxed afternoon drive and swim away from the buzz of the tourists.

25. Wat Samret
Wat Samret is a temple not known to too many visitors, making it the perfect place for someone looking for an offbeat and tranquil tourist destiantion in Koh Samui. With it magnificent facade adorned with intricate detailed work and a stunning blend of colors, the main highlight of this temple is the beautiful marble Buddha statue, carved from a single piece.

26. Statue of Guanyu
A beautiful, detailed shrine is built for the statue of Guan Yu, a Chinese general during the Three Kingdom era who is worshipped and looked up to with great amounts of respect. The entrance to this shrine is marked by large, ornate solid timber doors that give you a sneak peak to what? waiting inside. The interiors have been decorated with golden murals, large Chinese embellishments and other decorative objects.

27. Mae Nam Viewpoint
Mae Nam Viewpoint is quite a hike on foot, however there is also an option of renting a scooter to shoot you up the mountain. With a stunning view overlooking Nathon, the west side of Samui on one side and the gorgeous range of the Samui mountains on the other - this view is worth every drop of sweat!

28. Ban Hua Thanon
Ban Hua Thanon, down south of Hat Lamai, is a beautiful beach which is known for its photogenic scenery. Situated within the Muslim town, it also is home to a green, gold and white mosque. Even though the sand might be not as clean as the other beaches, over all it is definitely a pretty sight!

29. Coconut Museum
At the Spaco Coconut Museum, visitors are introduced to coconut farms where unadulterated virgin coconut oil is produced. About 900 coconuts are used on a daily basis to make oils which are then utilised for manufacturing cosmetics and edible ingredients with a natural goodness. The museum tour showcases local coconut varieties and their uses, and has a shop where visitors can purchase products made from these oils.

30. Mae Nam Chinese Temple
The Mae Nam Chinese Temple boasts of the finest work of architectural detail, gorgeously painted with traditional Chinese temple colors. Close to the Mae Nam beach, this temple exhibits gorgeous ancient Chinese relics and colourful interiors. There are some old black and white picture you can view here that will give you a glimpse into old Samui.

31. Tan Rua Waterfall
Located in one of the most picturesque points in Samui, a short walk through uneven stone steps past the Mae Nam Viewpoint brings you to the gorgeous Tan Rua Waterfall. Nestled amongst hills, tall trees and vines, it will strike you with its awe-inspiring view, filled with surprises through the journey to this serene spot.

32. Baobab
When in Baobab, happiness and smiles are sure to accompany you! Known for its friendly culture, Baobab is home to amazing seafood, drinks on ice, and the perfect dosage of chilling, all at once. With its warm, welcoming staff, it's impossible for one to leave Baobab unhappy. Situated in the Lamai Beach, it is an incredible experience which you cannot miss when in Koh Samui!

33.  St Anna Catholic Church
One of the few Catholic churches on the island, St Anna Catholic Church in Nathon Bay is the most popular church for expats as it holds regular English mass services. It is also frequented by Catholic couples who want to hold their wedding ceremony in Koh Samui.

34. Coco Tam's
Located just outside The Wharf Samui, Coco Tams is an incredibly hippie and popular bar. With a very relaxed vibe attached to the bar, Coco Tams is where you can find people aged from 20 to even 80! With beanbags on the beach, swing bar seats, hammocks, cabanas, shisha and much more, Coco Tams invites you to a night of relaxation and a lot of fun!

35. Hainan Temple
Hainan Temple is not only famous for its Chinese traditions and rituals, but also for the enormous and mighty warrior, Guan Yu who served under the warlord Liu Bei in the late Eastern Han dynasty. Portraying majestic qualities, the statue is a major tourist attraction. The entrance to this majestic temple is marked by two regal and grand looking, gold-plated lions on either side. This shrine is sure to leave you with vivid images of the place, making it a must visit of Koh Samui!

36. Ao Phang Ka
Phang Ka is the best way to find tranquility. Remotely located on the south-west part of Koh Samui, one can truly enjoy the gorgeous summer sunsets in peace. With fisherman fishing peacefully in the southern part of the beach, the northern part is home to private villas and a few comfortable hotels, making for a serene beach vacation.

37. Chaweng Noi Beach
Chaweng Noi is one of the longest beaches in Koh Samui boasting of a great nightlife within walking distance, but still far enough to enjoy the tranquillity of nature. It is the southernmost portion of Chaweng Beach that attracts thousands of visitors each year. Chaweng Beach is made up of four beaches: North Chaweng, South Chaweng, Central Chaweng, and Chaweng Noi (also called “Little Chaweng”).

38. Coral Cove Beach
Coral Cove Beach is a beautiful beach in southern Koh Samui with reddish sand and clear, deep waters for the ideal day of swimming and relaxation. Approximately 200 metres (650 feet) in length unlike its larger neighbours, the beach lives up to its name which means ‘bay with corals’. On either end of Coral Cove Beach are rock formations that cordon it off from other beaches.

39. Choeng Mon Beach
Blessed with coconut trees that line its soft, white sand shores, Choeng Mon Beach is a lesser known beach getaway in Koh Samui. Essentially a series of bays on the northeast tip of Koh Samui, it has a charming, quiet ambience that’s ideal for families and couples. Additionally, it is well-known for its expat population.

40. Taling Ngam Beach
Taling Ngam Beach is situated in the Taling Ngam district on the west coast of Koh Samui, Thailand. Usually, it is referred to as a strip of sandy shore from Laem Yai Krai cape to the Phang Ka Bay. It is renowned as a beautiful and quiet beach with fewer tourist activities as compared to other beaches. This is also one primary reason why it is known as the ‘Paradise Corner.’

41. Samui Elephant Sanctuary
Located on the tropical island of Koh Samui in southern Thailand, the Samui Elephant Sanctuary is indeed a paradise on Earth for the elephants, since it provides a haven to the rescued animals and gives them a second chance to live their life in dignity and peace in harmony with nature. The sanctuary aims to provide a home to formerly exploited elephants by providing them with beautiful natural habitats.

42. Lipa Noi Beach
Located on the west coast of Koh Samui Island in Thailand, Lipa Noi Beach is a tropical paradise featuring white sand and calm water. This hub of serenity is perfect for beach lovers who want to relax in a peaceful environment away from the noise of the bustling streets of Koh Samui Island. It is an unspoiled beach that is one of the least crowded beaches in Thailand. With coconut palms surrounding the area and shorelines covered with seashells, Lipa Noi Beach offers a rejuvenating beach experience.

43. Silver Beach
Silver Beach (Haad Thong Ta-khian) is a pristine 250-metre-long tropical paradise in a charming bay north of Lamai Beach. It faces northeast from the foothills and is a favourite among beach lovers, sunbathers and divers. Beside the glimmering sandy stretch and granite cliffs are a few refreshing resort retreats with restaurants and bars, plush bungalows, water sports, pools and massage spas.

44. Thongson Bay
Tucked into the northernmost point of Koh Samui, Thongson Bay is a secluded cove with soft white sands, coral-rigged turquoise waters, high hills with rocky feet and luxurious spa resort villas. A short drive away from Chaweng, the bay offers spectacular settings for island trips, snorkelling and kayaking. There are several restaurants in Thongson Bay serving Thai and western delights.

The island has a wide array of activities for all kinds of travellers. A few things you can try out are mentioned below.

Get a Thai massage.
Visit a yoga studio.
Visit a spa with your partner to spend your vacation romantically.
Visit the Secret Buddha Garden in the hills of Samui.
Visit the picturesque Na Muang waterfalls.
Visit various temples around the island.
Go shopping as the city has famous shopping centres like Central festival Samui, Lamai walking street,
Fisherman's Village Walking Street, Chaweng Beach Road Shopping, etc.
Take a day trip to Angthong Marine Park, where you can indulge in activities like snorkelling, hiking and boating.
Try hiking and trail running as much of Koh Samui is an undeveloped jungle and its tallest peak is 635 metres (2083 feet).
Enjoy the nightlife with the best nighttime entertainment options available in the Chaweng area of Samui.

Nightlife in Koh Samui 
Don't just stick to Chaweng when it comes to nightlife. Also explore areas like Lamai, Bophut and Maenam.
Popular bars in Chaweng are the Ark bar, the Soi Green Mango and the Soi Reggae.
If in Lamai, check out the Lamai Central Plaza and Swing Bar.
The Emerald Irish Pub is quite popular among tourists in Bophut Beach. Rest assured that you will find something which suits your taste in Koh Samui.
Small, hole-in-the-wall kind of setups are also available with live music and cushion-laden mattresses where backpackers can feel more at ease.

Shopping in Koh Samui 
Apart from Chaweng and Lamai, Nathon is fast emerging as a shopping centre in Koh Samui.
Imitation products can be found galore in such places.
Local vendors may haggle, and you will have to drive a hard bargain to get a good price.
Head to Nathon if you want cheap items and Chewang if you want more swanky shops.

Tips While Visiting Koh Samui 
1. Taxi Scams

Two types of taxis can be found in Samui - metered taxis and songthaews (pick-up taxis). Before boarding the metered taxis, ensure the meter is turned on (on distance 0) and never discuss the fare beforehand. Songthaews, on the other hand, are cheaper than metered taxis but have set routes, so they might not take you precisely to your destination. Most drivers are also guilty of applying double pricing. Should you feel that you have been cheated, stay calm, pay the fare, take note of the taxi's number plate and driver's license and report it to the authorities.

2. Dangerous Driving

Thailand consistently ranks as one of the world's most dangerous places to drive but shows no signs of implementing road safety rules and checks. Due to the increasing number of vehicles and the tropical maritime climate, which, in the low season, spoils the road surfacing, the roads are in poor condition. However, driving in Samui can be very pleasant for experienced drivers. Ensure you pay more attention while driving and ride your rented motorbike slowly, especially at night.

3. Infamous Jet Ski Scam

One might have heard about the jet ski scams. In this scam, after you enjoy 15 to minutes in the sea and return to the shore, the jet ski owner claims that you've damaged his vehicle, and you are liable to pay exorbitant amounts of money to get it fixed. He threatens to call the police as well. The best way to avoid playing a victim to this is not to rent a jet ski. Instead, if you can't resist it, make sure you take as many photos of the vehicle as possible, including close-up shots, before you ride it.

4. Nightlife Hazards

Being vigilant at night is most important in any part of the world to avoid troubles. Only carry the cash you need for that night, and better not to get into any arguments with anyone.

5. Creepy Crawlies

Since Ko Samui is a tropical island, chances are that some unwelcome guests like centipedes, scorpions, or cobras may enter your room. To avoid this, keep your windows and doors closed, and, if you keep your shoes outside, double-check inside them before putting them on. Also, carry a good mosquito repellent as mosquitoes are plentiful in Samui.

Do's and Don'ts in Koh Samui 
Long dresses may be impractical due to the hot and sticky humid air.
The general dress code of Koh Samui is casual as it is an island town.
Follow general Thai customs of greeting and learn a few Thai phrases for common expressions like please and thank you.
Tipping is not expected in Thailand but it is okay to show your appreciation for extremely good service.

Religion of Koh Samui 
Buddhism is the main religion in Koh Samui.

Language of Koh Samui 
Thai is the local language in Koh Samui.
English may be spoken by local vendors but do not expect so.
Resorts and more upscale places ensure they hire English-speaking staff so language should not be a barrier there.
Carry a dictionary with you always in case you get into a sticky spot somewhere.

How to Reach Koh Samui

Koh Samui is an island so the only way to reach is by boat or flight.

Major cities in India are connected to Koh Samui although the flights are very expensive. It is a better option to go to Bangkok and then take a bus to SuratThani and a ferry from there to Koh Samui. If budget is not a constraint you can consider one of many flights flying to and from Kho Samui connecting to different Indian cities.

How to reach Koh Samui by flight
Koh Samui has the privately owned Samui International Airport. Flights can be taken from major cities to the airport. More expensive option than reaching by Ferry, it is not one preferred by budget travellers or backpackers.

How to reach Koh Samui by Waterways
Ferries to Kho Samui generally operate from Surat Thani where multiple service providers are there. Depending upon your budget choose a ferry service provider at your leisure. Ferries usually leave and arrive on time and are hassle free.

Local transport in Koh Samui
Motorbikes and cars on rent are the preferred option for tourists on this island. News-gathering run for short distances if you wish to use public transport. Taxis run on the island if you don't mind a slightly more expensive but convenient affair.


Best Time To Visit Koh Samui

The best time to visit Koh Samui is from the end of December to April. Though there is not much variation in temperature there are high chances of rain throughout the year which is why Koh Samui is the most pleasant during these months.

The weather is mostly dry and warm, and it is the best time to visit the beaches. The average temperature through the year varies from 26-27 degree Celsius but can cross 30 degrees during the hot summer months of May and June. October to late December is when the tropical rain lashes down on the island and is regarded as the wettest months of the year. The wet months are not the best time for scuba diving or bathing, but there are plenty of activities that you can take recourse to.

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Included in this package
Hotel
Sightseeing
Meals
Transfer
  • Tour Itinerary
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  • Policies
  • Tour Destinations

Tour Plan

Day 1 

Arrive Bangkok

Arrive Bangkok and transfer to Hotel. Rest of the time free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel in  Bangkok.

Day 2 

Bangkok

Today proceed for half day city temples tour, rest of the day free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel  in Bangkok.

Meal Included

Breakfast

Day 3 

Bangkok - Koh Samui

This morning depart Bangkok to transfer to Koh Samui Hotel, then free time for leisure. Overnight at the  hotel in Samui.

Meal Included

Breakfast

Day 4 

Koh Samui

Today proceed for half day city tour. Overnight at the hotel.

Meal Included

Breakfast

Day 5 

Departure Koh Samui

This morning you will be transferred to Koh Samui airport to board your flight back  home or to your next destination with sweet memories.

Meal Included

Breakfast

Inclusions

  • 2 Nights accommodation in Bangkok
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Koh Samui
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Return Airport Transfers
  • Bangkok City Tour
  • Koh Samui City Tour
  • All tours and transfers on SIC basis (Seat in coach)

Exclusions

  • Any Airfare
  • Any Visa Charges
  • Early Check-in and late Checkout in properties
  • Entry tickets other than those mentioned in Inclusions
  • Personal Expenses / Extras during Stay in Resort like laundry, Telephone calls, Medicines, Liquor
  • Meals other than those mentioned above
  • Anything other than those mentioned in the ‘Inclusions’ list above
  • Any Surcharge, if applicable by the Hotel at the time of booking
  • GST as applicable

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Visa Policies

Thailand Visa
  • Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months with two opposite blank pages
  • Visa Application Form completely filled in and signed by applicant
  • Checklist signed by the applicant
  • Two passport size recent colored photograph with white background (35x45mm, 80% face should be visible)
  • Covering Letter addressed to ''THE VISA COUNSELOR The Royal Thai Embassy mentioning the name of the person responsible for bearing the expenses of the entire trip) / NOC letter / Visiting Card / Salary slips from last 3 months
  • Confirmed tickets in and out of Thailand
  • Evidence of confirmed hotel / accommodation reservation in Thailand with address and contact number under applicant’s name. If travel in group, must provide a cover letter stating all names with passport numbers and place (s) to stay
  • Original Bank Passbook or Bank statement (SIX months) (must be attested by the bank) having a minimum balance equivalent to $700

Booking Policies

  • 50% of the Holiday Package Cost at the time of Booking.
  • Balance 50% of Holiday Package Cost, 30 days prior to Departure.
  • Non-Refundable items (if any) will be told in advance for full payment.
  • Airfare to be paid full at one time in advance.

Cancellation Policies

  • 25% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled 51 Days or More
  • 50% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled between 50 – 36 Days
  • 75% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled between 35 – 21 Days
  • 100% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled 20 Days or less.

Tour Destination

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Bangkok
"Of street food, skyscrapers and unending nights"

A city that never sleeps, Bangkok, the capital of Thailand is a modern-day melting pot of contrasting cultures and faiths. Here, towering skyscrapers stand in harmony next to temples and monasteries. The luxury malls and shopping centres compete with the street bazaars and floating markets. Cuisines - both Thai and from around the world are showcased in all their glory on the streets as well as in rooftop restaurants. The nightlife of Bangkok, on the one hand, revolves around flashy nightclubs, rooftop and go-go bars, bright neon light signs and cheap drinks.

While on the other, it also includes cabaret shows, Muay Thai and dance exhibitions and even cultural walking tours. Sites like the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Phra Kaew showcase the city's rich history, while the likes of museums such as Art in Paradise and parks such as the Sea Life Ocean World cater to those seeking modern-day experiences.

Bangkok is serviced by Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Don Mueang Airport. Suvarnabhumi International Airport handles all of the international flights to and from Bangkok and is the primary entryway into the capital. Thailand also grants Visa-on-arrival for many nationalities at Suvarnabhumi. Read the guide here for the complete visa eligibility and application details. 

Bangkok has many hotels, both luxury and economical across the city. Over the years, the city has also evolved into a more backpacker-friendly destination with many hostels, dormitories and homestays popping up.

Things To Do In Bangkok

1. Visit the Grand Palace
The Grand Palace, the residence of royals for several generations, is the perfect place to begin your historical tour in Bangkok. It houses one of the holiest Buddhist temples, Wat Phra Kaew, built in the year 1782. The Grand Palace stands among the top tourist attractions in Bangkok, Thailand, showcasing the rich history of Bangkok.

2. Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
Wat Pho is a famous temple located immediately south of the Grand Palace precinct in Bangkok. The place is renowned for being headquarters for the teaching and preservation of traditional Thai medicine. The temple is largely visited to view the large reclining Buddha within, thus also known as 'Temple of the Reclining Buddha'.

3. Shop at the Chatuchak Weekend Market
The king of markets in Bangkok, and one of the largest markets in the world, Chatuchak is spread over 35 acres with more than 8,000 stalls. Everything ranging from clothing, accessories, handicrafts, furniture, art, food, books, antiques, and many more interesting souvenirs are is available here. Keep your bargaining skills ready to enhance your shopping experience at this bustling market.

4. Explore the vibey Khao San Road
Khao San Road, famously known as the backpacker's haven, is located in the heart of the city. It is a 410 meter long street in central Bangkok which will cater to every need of yours! Street food stalls, bars, shops, restaurants, nightclubs, cafes and massage parlours are all packed into this one street. This road is one of the most famous night markets in Bangkok. It turns into a shopper's paradise as the sun sets down. You'll find everything here at a reasonable rate. Its cheap food, accommodation and clothes make this place a winning combo for all tourists!

5. Boat Trip on the Chao Phraya River
The river of kings, Chao Phraya River, is the prime river and waterway of Thailand, used by an average of 50,000 commuters daily. The fertile plains and abundant fish of the river are the main reasons for the choice of Thailand's capitals in the past, such as Ayutthaya, Thonburi and Bangkok.

6. Safari World
Safari World is one of the most favourite destinations in Bangkok, with both tourists and locals descending on the park to spend quality time amongst the wildlife. Not only a place for gathering knowledge about the ways and lives of wild animals, but it also offers a host of entertaining shows along with activities.

7. Sea Life Bangkok
Sea Life Bangkok is an underground aquarium located beneath the Siam Paragon mall in the heart of Bangkok. Sprawled over an area of 110,000 sq. ft., Sea Life Bangkok is the largest South-East Asian aquarium. Home to various marine life retrieved from the remotest corners of the world, the aquarium houses species of octopuses, sharks, crabs, penguins and fish.

8. Wat Arun
An ancient structure dating back to the battles between the former Siam and Burma, Wat Arun is a place of worship with rich past. Also known as the Temple of Dawn, the site was built by remaining survivors and General Taksin. Later, the temple was renamed as Aruna after the Indian God of dawn to commemorate the founding of a new Ayutthaya, the former capital of the kingdom.

9. Siam Paragon Mall
Tourists who love high-end international fashion brands should visit Siam Paragon. From Jimmy Choo and Versace to Prada, over 70 globally renowned brands are available here. Besides clothing, brands such as Sony, Samsung, Aston Martin and BMW can be found here too. The mall is also home to one of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia, a 16 screen cineplex and restaurants of all the possible cuisines.

10. National Museum and Wang Na Palace
An ideal place for history lovers, the Bangkok National Museum exhibits some of the most magnificent collection of art and artefacts reflecting the Thai culture.

11. Sathorn Unique Tower
Standing with a whopping 49 storeys (including two dungeon dark underground levels), the Sathorn Unique Tower is one of those skyscraper buildings in Bangkok which never got completed due to the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997. The views of the city from the floors of the Sathorn Unique Towers intensify as you ascend them one by one. But be careful while you do so since there have been incidents which regard the place as “Haunted”!

12. Street Food in Chinatown
Located along the Yaowarat Road, Chinatown is a Chinese cultural and commercial hub. It is majorly known for its exotic culinary experience of street foods, along with several Buddhist temples, and traditional wooden shops selling Chinese goods. It is best to visit Chinatown at night, which is when it is vibrant with neon lights and chaotic fun.

13. Dusit zoo
The oldest zoo in Thailand, Dusit Zoo lies in the vicinity of Bangkok's governmental headquarters in the Dusit District. Boasting of a heavy annual footfall, Dusit Zoo exhibits many species, ranging from exotic to rare, such as monkeys, penguins, camels, the albino barking deer and the white Bengal tiger. It also offers tram rides and boating services, which guarantee an uninhibited day of fun.

14. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Marketed as a major tourist attraction and a marker of Thai culture, the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is among the most popular floating markets in the world. Boats swaying on the water are navigated by Thai locals and traders who sell all kinds of farm produce, fruits, souvenirs and freshly prepared local foods, which visitors can enjoy while sailing in their own boats.

15. Shop at the Terminal 21 Mall
Ever dreamed of travelling the world? This airport inspired mall in Bangkok, Terminal 21, brings all the cities of the world under one roof, letting you shop from Tokyo one minute, and San Fransisco the other. International luxury brands and many local labels are available here. With over 600 shops, a cineplex and all kinds of restaurants, the shopping experience here is emphasised like no other.

16. Soi Cowboy
One of the popular red light districts, Soi Cowboy is a neon-lit street, filled with Go Go Bars and other bright spaces. With friendly staff members outside each bar, it embodies the true nightlife experience of Bangkok. Located very close to Terminal 21, it is an exciting experience thanks to the unique culture and vibe of the place!

17. Jim Thompson House
With a remarkable collection of art from Burma, China, Cambodia and Thailand, Jim Thompson House is a must-visit for history buffs and art lovers. A historic property, it once served as the residence of an American man named James H W Thompson, a man responsible for reviving the Thai silk industry and one of the most famous Americans in Asia during his time.

18. Art in Paradise
Art in Paradise is an innovative and interactive 3D art museum located at the Esplanade mall, Bangkok. The brainchild of Shin Jae Yol, it has many rooms filled with impressive artwork done by Korean and Thai artists. The primary motive behind this cultural haven was to help the public enjoy the experience of 3D art and illusion art.

19. Ladyboy Shows
Bangkok boasts some of the best and most entertaining ladyboy shows in the world. The lights, decor of the auditoriums, the makeup and gorgeous dresses of the ladyboys along with the small comedic skits performed by them make these shows professional and fun. Calypso Cabaret, Mambo cabaret and Playhouse cabaret are some of the most popular ones among tourists.

20. Wat Mangkon Kamalawat
Besides being the most important, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat is also the biggest Chinese Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Also called the Dragon Lotus Temple or the Wat Leng Noei Yi in Chinese, it remains extremely crowded during any festivities or occasions in the Chinese calendar, especially the Chinese New Year. Set up in 1871, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat was the first one to be bringing in Mahayana Buddhism in Bangkok.

21. Asiatique The Riverfront
Once an international port, Asiatique The Riverfront is now among the most happening night markets in Bangkok. Neatly divided into four districts, it houses a variety of options for visitors ranging from boutiques, fine dining, a mall, fashion stores and entertainment spaces. With the picturesque backdrop of the Chao Phraya River and a glittering skyline, the Asiatique makes for an exquisite experience in Bangkok.

22. Wat Suthat
One of the oldest temples of Bangkok, Wat Suthat greets you with its serene aura. Overflowing with peace and tranquillity, Wat Suthat Thepphawararam is an excellent example of architecture and craftsmanship. Its construction began in the year 1782, under the reign of King Rama I, and it was completed in the 1820s, under the reign of King Rama III.

23. Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
The centre of Bangkok’s rising art scenario, the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) showcases a broad range of the best Thai art, music, design, film and theatre as well as the contemporary art scene from across the globe. The BACC also hosts a plethora of exhibitions of the work of local as well as international artists. Opened in 2008, the BACC is spread over an area of 4000 square metres, housing shops, an exciting art library that is not found in many places, and a handful of cafes along with the large exhibition areas.

24. Dream world
The Dream World theme park is located in Thanyaburi, which is an easy 50-minute drive from Bangkok. The amusement park offers a cheerful, bustling ambience, complete with rollercoasters, colourful parades, candy floss, waterworks, flowering gardens, a snow park and entertainment shows. Children and adults can indulge themselves in the vivacity of Dream World.

25. Lumpini Park
Named after the birthplace of Lord Buddha in Nepal, the Lumpini Park was the first public park of Bangkok. The original aim was to exhibit the Thai crafts and flowers. Today, the place is home to a wide range of flora and fauna species attracting locals and tourists to relax and rejuvenate. Lumpini Park is the perfect place to connect with nature away from the crowded Bangkok streets of Bangkok.

26. Nana Plaza
Nana Plaza is a commercial building on the Sukhumvit Road in Khlong Toei district of Bangkok. Known as the “world’s largest adult playground”, Nana Plaza gets its name from its prominent member Lek Nana. Being the most colourful part of the city, Nana Plaza is primarily famous for the bars, pubs, clubs, street food vendors which attracts a considerable crowd all year round.

27. Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine)
The Erawan Shrine was built in 1956 after the Thai government constructed the luxury Erawan hotel at the location. The superstitious labourers and other astrologers decided to honour the Brahma God Thao Mahaprom and hence built this shrine. Ceremonial offerings are made by Thais and tourists to get their wishes fulfilled. Catching a traditional Thai dance performance here is a joyful experience too.

28. Wat Phrae Kaew
The temple of the Emerald Buddha, commonly known as Wat Phra Kaew, is the most essential and revered Buddhist temple in Thailand as it enshrines the image of Phra Kaew Morakot carved from a single jade block. Established in 1785, the temple has elaborate carvings, paintings and pagodas, making it a spectacular sight for visitors.

29. Royal Barge National Museum
Boats used to be the primary mode of transport for Thai kings, and the National Museum of Royal Barges in Bangkok exhibits traditional Thai barges with intricate designs of Hindu and Buddhist icons. The museum displays information about the customs and history of the royal barges, costumes worn by the crew, and even serves as a dry dock for the boats.

30. Madame Tussauds
Bangkok's Madame Tussauds Wax museum is like no other Wax Museum in Thailand. Here, you can touch anyone from Albert Einstien to Tom Cruise, from Barack Obama to Tiger Woods. However, you are not allowed to touch any figure in the most decorated room housing the Thai royal family. The quality of craftsmanship behind the 70 wax figures will take your breath away.

31. Wat Benchamabophit
Commonly known as the marble temple, Wat Benchamabophit is one of Bangkok's most beautiful attractions. Embodying an impressive, modern style of Thai architecture, Wat Benchamabophit is a royal temple hosting a beautiful Buddha statue. With red carpets, polished marble and stained-glass painted walls - Wat Benchamabophit is a unique, yet beautiful Thai temple!

32. Wat Saket
Popularly known as the Golden Mount, Wat Saket is a picturesque temple with a 58-metre golden chedi which houses a Buddha relic. Established during the Ayutthaya period, this temple is built on a man-made hill, and requires you to climb 300 steps to get to the top of the chedi. A colourful week-long fair is hosted here every November.

33. Snake Farm
Opened to the public in the year 1923, the snake farm in Bangkok, part of the Thai Red Cross Institute (formerly the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute) has large pits and mesh enclosures to host its reptile residents. Also called “Suan Nguu”, the snake farm hosts a variety of venomous and non-venomous snakes. It’s the second oldest such snake farm in the world after a snake farm in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

34. Museum of Contemporary Arts
The museum of contemporary art (MOCA) is a world-class art gallery built in 2012 to showcase some of the best Thai art. The museum contains five storeys, housing 800 beautiful and refreshing art pieces. A must for art lovers, MOCA is no less than any modern museum abroad, giving its artists freedom to work on themes like corruption, prostitution, religion, and many others.

35. Muangboran (Ancient City)
Ancient Siam, known as Muang Boran in Thai, is the world's largest open-air museum spread over 300 acres is situated 33 kms from Bangkok. With many mini-museums and sculpture gardens inside it, the museum mainly features replicas of some of the most important historical sites of Thailand.

36. Suan Pakkad Palace
The name 'Suan Pakkad' translating to 'cabbage patch', is quite unfitting for this private residence turned museum. It's a one of a kind palace museum, as it once used to be the private residence of the Prince and Princess of Chumbhot, and the houses date back to over 100 years. Before being converted into a private collection of homes by the royal family, the land used to be nothing more than a cabbage patch.

37. Siam Niramit Cultural Show & Dinner
The Siam Niramit Cultural Show is a definite experience while you are here. Showcasing authentic Thai culture, this jaw-dropping performance would leave you in complete awe. A beautiful, yummy and authentic Thai dinner organised post the show provides for a whole entertainment package. While the prices may seem to be on the higher end, it's undoubtedly a pure delight!

38. Wat Traimit
Wat Traimit, nestled at the end of Chinatown's Yaowarat Road near Hualampong Railway Station is the perfect place to admire the glittering gold statue of Buddha. One of the best royal temples of Bangkok, it is famous for housing a pure gold statue of Lord Buddha. It is known as 'The Temple of the Golden Buddha', as the world's largest gold statue, which is almost 5 metres tall and 5.5 tonnes heavy, is sheltered here.

39. Giant Swing
Located right in front of Wat Suthat is a striking Giant Swing towering at the height of 21.15 meters. Nestled in the heart of busy square between Wat Suthat and Bangkok City Hall is a Giant Swing making for a remarkable sight even from a distance. Initially established in the year 1784, the swing went under renovation to be replaced in 2004 with a newly crafted frame made of golden teak.

40. Siriraj medical museum
The Siriraj Medical Museum is a treat to medical professionals, students and of course, the public as well. Part of the famous Siriraj Hospital, Thailand's oldest hospital, this fascinating musuem combines five mini-museums, exploring the fields of pathology, anatomy, the history of medicine in Thailand, parasitology, forensic medicine, and a prehistoric museum. Its exhibits of bones, organs, corpses, fetuses and so on have earned it the nickname 'Museum of Death'.

41. King Rama IX Park
The largest public park of Bangkok, the King Rama IX Park is a botanical garden built in 1987 to celebrate King Bhumibol's 60th birthday. Spread over 200 acres, this beautiful space is perfect for just wandering around or spending an afternoon with family. It also has a gallery with photos and paintings of the King. Every December, the park also hosts an enchanting flower festival.

42. Benjakitti Park
With captivating flowers and enchanting fountains, Benjakiti Park is a haven for people who want to take a peaceful stroll or enjoy a romantic sunset. Abundant in greenery, it also has a small lake for boating. Cycling may also be enjoyed here as there are bicycles on rent. So head to Benjakitti park for tranquillity and a quieter spot away from the city noise.

43. Erawan Museum
Demonstrating the mixture of modern civilization and traditional cultures and practices of Thailand is the Erawan Museum in Bangkok. Situated in the Samut Prakan Province, you can easily identify the museum from its giant three-headed elephant structure standing stoutly atop the building. The First Floor of the Museum is a representation of the Hindu mythology’s concept of the underworld. The Second Floor showcases the concept of Earth, or the present life. The Third Floor depicts the concept of Tavatimsa Heaven and is situated inside the belly of the Elephant. Known for the antiques based on varied Thai mythologies, Erawan Museum is sure to leave everyone spellbound, the history and architecture lovers more so.

44. Wat Bowonniwet Vihara
Founded in 1826, Wat Bowonniwet Vihara, also known as Wat Bowon, is a temple dedicated to the Thammayut sect of Buddhism. It's particularly popular as many kings of Thailand were monks and abbots here, such as King Rama IV and King Bhumibol, popularly known as Rama IX. It is also the resting place of King Bhumibol.

45. Democracy Monument
The Democracy Monument in Bangkok is a historic landmark located on the Ratchadamnoen Avenue’s traffic circle, at the intersection of the Dinso Road. The Monument is symbolic of the convolutions in modern Thai history, a marker for generations of civilians to remember the Siamese Revolution of 1932. Located in the busiest part of Bangkok, the Democracy Monument is a visual treat for everyone.

46. Baiyoke Sky Tower
Undoubtedly the best place to see Bangkok in all its glory is none other than Baiyoke Sky Tower in Prathunam. Pronounced ‘by-yolk’ and not ‘by-ok’, and also known as Baiyoke Tower II, it is the city’s tallest building. Spanning over 80 floors, the tower features a public observatory, multiple restaurants and bars, a shopping complex, a 360-degree rotating sky deck, and a hotel with over 600 rooms.

47. Wat Chanasongkram
Originally known as Wat Ratchaburana, Wat Chang Songkhram has one of the largest Sri Lankan style bell-shaped chedi in Sukhothai. Around the main chedi, there are several smaller chedis placed receding in size as they move towards the top. You can walk a little north of the temple where the monument of King Ramkamhaeng lies that locals usually visit.

48. Wat Pak Nam
Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen, also shortly known as Wat Paknam was built during the Ayutthaya period. The temple attracts mae chis (nuns) because of the meditation master Luang Pu Sod's meditation policies. He emphasised on Buddhist and secular studies for them. With a 7.9 acre complex, this temple has the largest mae chi community in Thailand.

49. Assumption Cathedral
The striking red structure of Assumption Cathedral in the heart of Thailand is one of the few 200 plus years old churches in Bangkok. The cathedral is considered as a quaint legacy of the French Community, it’s as though the French left a little part of old Europe back in Bangkok. The church accounts as a prominent red brick rectangular structure surrounded by white buildings. It accounts as one of the top historic places in Bangkok for its amusing architectural style that is uncommon in today’s world. It has been well very preserved and maintained for the worshippers.  

50. Bang Krachao
Sometimes spelt Bang Krajao, Bang Krachao is located in the Phra Pradaeng province. It was once the home of a small Burmese population when they first came to Thailand. On a map, you’ll recognise Bang Krachao as a horseshoe-shaped, island-like area cut off from the mainland by the Chao Phraya River. The only way to reach this green paradise is by boat or ferry. With laws against constructing buildings or commercial factories in place, Bang Krachao remains commercially undeveloped in the best way possible – preserving the culture and natural surroundings.

51. Loha Prasat
Loha Prasat, also famous as ‘Metal Castle,’ dwells inside the Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara along with many similar temples and relics. More often than not, the temple is overshadowed by the fame of the closely located relics such as Khaosan and Wat Saket. The imposing Loha Prasat is also considered as world’s only brazen palace (the building’s roof is made of bronze tiles).

52. Chitralada Palace
Chitralada Palace is official residence of His Majesty King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit located within the popular Dusit Palace. Formerly serving as King Chulalongkorn's summer house, this grand structure is carpeted along one square kilometre surrounded by a moat and efficiently guarded by the royal guards. The palace is presently closed to the public and can only be visited from outside.

53. Royal Thai Air Force Museum
Nestled along the Phahonyothin Road, in Don Mueang District of Bangkok, Royal Thai Air Force Museum is a respected museum with a captivating display of various aircraft like attack aircraft, fighter aircraft, military transport aircraft, and helicopters which are disengaged and retired from the battleground. The museum delights history buffs, aviation and military enthusiasts.

54. Wat Intharawihan
Wat Intharawihan or Wat Intharavihan in Bangkok is known for the famous Buddha statue, 32 m high. The temple which is situated close to the Chao Phraya River, in the Thanon Wisut Kasat area of Bali, was known as Wat Rai Phrik in the olden times. The pious statue is believed to have the power to fulfill the wishes of the visitors who come to seek blessings.

55. Sanam Luang
Situated in the island of Rattanakosin lies the grand Sanam Luang Park which is also called ‘Thung Pra Meru’ meaning the cremation ground for the Royals. It is nearly thirty acres of green space right at the centre of Old Bangkok, in front of Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace, ,surrounded by prominent attractions. If you are tired of the concrete jungle and its fast-paced life then head to Sanam Luang.

56. Dusit Palace
Situated to the north of Rattanakosin Island, the Dusit Palace of Bangkok is a grand complex consisting of the royal residences, spread over a sprawling area of 16 acres. Comprising of multiple palaces, museums and lush green vegetation, the Dusit Palace is one of the political centres of Thailand in the modern world. The palace, which was once the residence of the King of Thailand, has now transformed into one of the most popular tourist attractions of Bangkok.

Nightlife in Bangkok 

Nightlife in Bangkok is thrilling, pulsating and very different than what any other part of Thailand has to offer. It has matured over the years with high affinity towards classy rooftop bars, energetic nightclubs and trendy cocktail bars. The place offers some of the best bars, nightclubs, go-go bars, pubs, beer bars, massage parlours, and discos in the country. You are so spoilt for choice that it gets difficult to decide where to go. Names such as Sukhumvit (venue of Nana and Soi Cowboy) and Silom (where Patpong is located) are packed with people exploring the excitement of Bangkok. Other not-to-be-missed places are Khao San Road, trendy new bars at Thonglor, and Soi Rambuttri.

Shopping in Bangkok 

Bangkok is a shopper's paradise. The place is packed with various shopping options from high-end, gleaming malls to street markets offering cheap clothes. You can find anything from jewellery and trendy clothes to souvenirs and handicrafts in Bangkok. There are unlimited options available to blow away all the Bahts in your pockets.

Some of the most popular shopping places in the city include:
MBK Center: Has over 2000 stores selling the latest fashion, leather products and electric appliances.
Chatuchak Weekend Market: An authentic Thai marketplace, the Chatuchak Market is spread across a vast area. One can buy fake branded clothes, jewellery, antiques, souvenirs, lip smacking food, and so much more at more than 9000 stalls. Visit this one with lots of time and cash in your wallets.
Patpong Night Market: A must visit, this night market is open from 6 pm up until midnight.
Pratunam Market: One of the thriving markets of the city.
Siam Paragon: One of the largest shopping complexes in Asia with a 16-screen movie theatre.
Ratchada Night Market: Located outside Ratchadapisek metro station, this place is open only on Saturdays. It offers a variety of products such as vintage cameras, second-hand jeans, leather handbags, etc.
Kwan Riam Floating Market, Muang Boran Floating Market, Amphawa Floating Market, Seacon Square, IconSiam, Amulet Market, Patpong Night Market, Khlong Toei Market, Central Embassy Shopping Mall, Tha Kha Floating Market, JJ Green Market, Siam Discovery, Platinum Fashion Mall, Maeklong Railway Market, Papaya Vintage Shop, Emquartier, Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market, Rod Fai Train Night Market, Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market, Taling Chan Floating Market, Pantip Plaza, Train Night Market Ratchada, MBK Center (Ma Boong Khron Center), CentralWorld, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market are some good place to shop in Bangkok.

Exchanging Money in Bangkok 

The currency in Bangkok can be exchanged at banks (major banks of Thailand being Bangkok Bank and Thai Farmers Bank), which are open Monday to Friday. Numerous authorised FOREX counters are dotted all across the tourist places with daily exchange rates displayed on electronic notice boards. It is also possible to get it exchanged at the airport. Almost all the major foreign currencies are accepted and exchanged. Most of the hotels will also perform currency exchange, but the rate is typically poor. You will find bank branches at most of the shopping centres and market places.

Language of Bangkok 

Central Thai is the official language of Thailand, which is widely spoken in Bangkok, especially in business and tourist areas. However, people usually converse in southern Thai dialect that sounds pithier and faster than Central Thai.
English is also widely spoken and understood, especially in tourist areas. 

Useful Thai phrases to know while travelling (krub is used for males and kha is used for females): 
Hello - Sawatdee (krub/kha)
How are you? - Sabai dee ru (krub/kha)
Fine - Sabai dee (krub/kha)
Thank you - Khob Khun (krub/kha)
Yes - Chai
No - Mai Chai
(You/I) can - Dai
Cannot - Mai Dai
How much? - Nee Tao Rai

Currency in Bangkok 

The Thai Baht is the primary currency used in Thailand. Make sure you carry cash while shopping at the local street markets and use your cards wisely to avoid any fraud. Most of the international credit cards are widely accepted in Bangkok. ATM Machines are easily available, 24 hours, all around the city and accept all major credits cards including Visa and MasterCard. Traveller's cheques are also an option and are mainly accepted at specific foreign exchange shops or banks with processing charges of THB 153 per cheque. For credit cards, the processing fee is about THB 150 to THB 250.

Religion of Bangkok 

Buddhism is the main religion followed in Bangkok with 95% of the population being Buddhists. The city is home to some of the most famous temples or 'wats' of the country.

Local transport in Bangkok
Getting around Bangkok is quite easy with its well-developed public transport system. There are plenty of options to commute within the city. Colourful metered taxis, tuk-tuks and motorbike taxis are some of the most popular options, all being easily available in any part of the city. However, considering the infamous traffic jam of the city, BTS (the aboveground Sky train) and MRT (underground metro) are the best alternatives. The trains begin their service at 6 am and end at midnight. The cheapest way of getting around is through local bus services, but it gets tedious because the routes are complicated and the information is all written in Thai. One can also hail private cabs, but they are quite an expensive affair. Make sure you bargain for a good deal while hiring a tuk-tuk or a colourful taxi.

How to Reach Bangkok from India

Bangkok, home to two international airports, can easily be reached by several direct flights from India. Flight companies such as Air India, Air India Express, AirAsia, Jet Airways, Thai Airways and IndiGo from various India cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmadabad, etc. fly with high frequencies.

Visiting Bangkok is easy as there are many Travel options

By Air
Bangkok is well connected by air to the rest of the world and there are two airports in the city. The Suvarnabhumi Airport is located 25 kilometres east of Bangkok and the Don Mueang Airport located 24 kilometres to the north. Most international and domestic airlines operate at the Suvarnabhumi Airport, which is linked to the city by buses, taxis, and Airport Rail Link, a high-speed train service into downtown Bangkok.

By Road
Buses to and from other parts of Thailand including Pattaya, Krabi, Phuket and Ko Samui and also to neighbouring countries operate in Bangkok. There are three major bus terminals in Bangkok; the Northern Bus Terminal, also known as Mo Chit, the Eastern Bus Terminal, also known as Ekkamai and the Southern Bus Terminal, also known as Sai Tai. Book your bus tickets directly at one of the three public bus terminals and avoid travel agents and private buses, which are not the most reliable.

By Rail
Bangkok is well connected by rail to the rest of Thailand and to neighbouring countries like Malaysia, Cambodia and Laos. The main railway station of Bangkok is the Hua Lamphong Railway Station where trains from neighbouring countries and other parts of Thailand operate. The Thornburi Train Station (formerly known as Bangkok Noi Station) serves for local or nearby travel.

Best Time To Visit

November to February: This is Thailand’s cool season, with daytime temperatures slightly under 30°C and relatively low humidity. This is also Thailand’s peak season for tourism, which means prices are slightly higher overall. Regarded as the ‘cold months’, this is the perfect time to explore Bangkok on foot. In the evenings temperatures can drop below 20 degrees Celsius.

March to May: Although these are Bangkok’s hottest months, it is also the time when Bangkok celebrates the Thai New Year with great festivity and cheer. Sudden bouts of rain are a welcome change and boat cruises, mall shopping and lounging by the pool are highly recommended. Don't forget to carry your sunglasses and buy yourself a hat there!

May to October: Regarded as Bangkok’s ‘low season’, this is a great time to visit the city as you can fetch some great deals on hotels and excursions. The frequent bouts of rain do not deter tourists from indulging in a range of indoor activities like shopping, visiting aquariums and temples as well as entertainment complexes.

About City

Koh Samui
"Samui Island"

The second-largest island of Thailand, Ko Samui is a gem of an island in the Koh Samui (or simply Samui) Archipelago which lies in the Gulf of Thailand. Once a hidden secret of only persevering travellers, the island has transformed into one of the most visited tourist destinations of Thailand. Coconut and rubber export along with the ever-growing tourist trade constitute the bulk of the island's source of revenue. From the wealthiest holidaymakers to budget travellers, the island has something to offer for everyone.

Fifty years back, even getting to the centre of the island involved arduous treks through the middle of a thick jungle. Today tourists flock in large numbers for the summers and winters. Head to south Samui if you tend to shy away from crowds. Places like Chewang and Lamai although famous for their nightlife may tend to get overcrowded at peak seasons. Adventure activities are fast becoming popular in Koh Samui, but overall the island is still most popular for its resorts and relaxed beaches. Be sure to try the salted eggs when in town. Also popular is the tropical fruit Rambutan which tourists cannot stop talking about even when they get back to their home countries.

The island looks tranquil with clear blue waters, and white sand beaches surrounded by lush green forests. Whether you love the noisy and happening Chaweng Beach or the lively yet relaxed atmosphere of Lamai Beach or the timeless feel of Bophut's Fisherman's Village or the tropical beach paradise of Maenam, Koh Samui provides a unique experience whatever the purpose of your travel is!

Must Know Before You Visit Koh Samui
1. Samui Airport is connected domestically to Bangkok and other major airports. So availing a domestic flight to Koh Samui is a quick way to reach the island.

2. Ferries and boats can be availed from Donsak Pier in Surat Thani at affordable rates.

3. Visitors who wish to stay in the Chaweng area, should book their accommodation well in advance as rooms are always in demand in this area. The best resorts, cafes, bars and restaurants are found in Chaweng.

4. If renting a vehicle, it is recommended to ask your hotel management as it is safer and relatively affordable.

5. Exchange rates are higher on the island, so it is advisable to carry sufficient cash before heading to Koh Samui.

6. Travellers are cautioned to be way of taxi scams and always ask taxi's to run by the metre when hiring them.

Things to Do in Koh Samui 
1. Laze at the Chaweng Beach
Chewang Beach offers you the best of both worlds - white sands, soft waves and palm trees that sway gently in alluring winds that blow here, inviting you to just relax on one side or engage in varied beach activities, defining the word fun to the very end! Overall, this beach is where people of all ages can enjoy the place's vibes!

2. Day Trip to Koh Phangan
Ko Phangan is famed for its monthly Full Moon Party and the Half Moon Parties that accompany it. You could take a 30-minute ferry ride or a speed boat ride from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan and explore the island exclusive of its party culture. You can explore and relax at the Haad Rin beach and swim and snorkel amidst vibrant corals in the clear waters of the island. Koh Samui is also a great base from which to go to the parties on Koh Pha-ngan.

3. Ang Thong National Marine Park
A short boat ride away from Ko Samui, the Ang Thong National Marine Park is a group of islands home to some exotic and varied species of wildlife and marine life. It has a number of watersports available for the adventure enthusiast, with the most popular sport being diving. Always check your instructor for proper licenses and certification before going underwater. A visit to the Ko Mae Ko or the Mother Island is another must-do activity when at the Ang Thong National Marine Park.

4. Big Buddha
This 12-metre tall statue of Gautam Buddha is located on a small, rocky island northeast of Koh Samui. This island it sits on is known as the Wat Phra Yai and is connected to the main island by a causeway. Visitors can buy religious artefacts and clothing in the courtyard at the base of the statue or climb up the staircase to the platform upon which the Buddha sits. The statue complex is open from 8 AM to 6 PM.

5. Trip to Koh Tao for Diving and Snorkelling
The 20 kilometres of coastline around Koh Tao is rich in marine life and is perfect for underwater exploration. Snorkelers can try Shark Bay and try spotting the Black Tip Reef Shark or explore Aow Leak Bay and its colourful array of fish. Hin Wong Bay and Mango Bay are great places to explore the variety of fish around this island. While some operators allow uncertified divers to join them, certification programmes are also available at Koh Tao.

6. Secret Buddha Garden
Located in Surat Thani province in Koh Samui, the Secret Buddha Garden is a private sculpture park set atop one of the highest peaks on the island. Also called the ‘Heaven's Garden’ or the ‘Magic Garden’, it was created by Nim Thongsuk, an old fruit farmer, who began building the garden in 1976 at his family's land and continued building it up until his death. Set amidst lush jungle foliage, there are waterfalls and streams along with statues of Buddha hidden in plain site.

7. Wat Phra Yai
Located on the rocky island of Koh Phan, north of the main island of Ko Samui, The Wat Phra Yai or the Big Buddha Temple as it is known has a 39 ft golden Buddha statue which was erected sometime in the 1940s. The temple is flocked by meditation practitioners and people looking to offer religious offerings.

8. Kayaking at Koh Samui
Kayaking on the warm waters around the island is one of the best ways of exploring the nearby islands and spotting marine life. Tour companies also offer kayaking experiences in Ang Thong National Marine Park. Travellers can bring cameras with them on the kayaks as operators usually provide dry bags and can take photographs of aquatic life and the numerous small islands in the Gulf of Thailand. They can also snorkel or swim in the water from the kayaks.

9. Explore streets of Fisherman's Village
The Fisherman's village in Bophut is beside Lamai but has a different feel from it. Get all your food, entertainment and shopping needs met in one place — great Friday night market for all your souvenir needs and ambience change of the week.

10. Na Muang Waterfall
Namuang Waterfalls roughly translates to 'Purple Waterfalls'. Na Muang 1 along with Na Muang 2, which lies higher than it, makes up the Na Muang Waterfalls. Both these waterfalls get their name from the water gushing down the purple rocks and giving off purple tints under the sunlight. Na Muang 1 is the highest among all the waterfalls in Koh Samui. It is best visited during the rainy season as there is almost no water during the dry season.

11. Lamai Beach
One of the more famous attractions, Hat Lamai is home to unusual, yet amazing natural rock formations. Situated in a perfect location, it presents you with the best of the nature's beauty! With lovely turquoise beaches, buzzling downtown atmosphere, growing Thai-style nightlife, and a dose of delicious food - Hat Lamai is designed for one and all!

12. Mae Nam Beach
Known as one of the quieter and more peaceful beaches, Mae Nam is a perfect escape from all the mayhem. Even though it is said to be rather slow and nascent, it has an amazing scenery and a handful of local activities to engage in. With tall, swaying palm trees, and soft, subtle waves - Mae Nam is a slice of heaven!

13. Trip to Koh Tan
Koh Tan Island is located approximately five kilometres south of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. Also referred to as the Coral Island, the island of Koh Tan has a wide variety of colourful, hard and soft corals and is a popular destination for snorkelling, kayaking and scuba diving.

14. Wat Plai Laem
Wat Plai Laem is a Buddhist temple compound on Samui's northeast, flaunting a striking white, 18-armed idol of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, and a large lake. The temple's intricate, ornate blends of Chinese and Thai architecture were created by Jarit Phumdonming, one of Thailand's foremost artists. The Goddess is flanked by two long halls displaying colourful murals and frescoes depicting Buddhist mythology and stories.

15. Laem Sor Pagoda
Ever seen a beautiful, mesemerising temple along the shore? Well, Laem Sor Pagoda, located at the southern end of Samui is the epitome of beauty. Embodying the old-school Srivijaya-style architecture, the Great Pagoda is looked upon as the hidden gem of Samui. One of the famous tourist spots of Koh Samui, the slightly challenging journey to the temple will give you a whole new island experience!

16. Lad Koh Viewpoint
Lad Ko Viewpoint is considered one of the best and most amazing view points in Koh Samui. With a beautiful panoramic view of the sea and the east coast of the island, Lad Koh can never disappoint! Inviting many tourists to take a stroll down the charming pavement overlooking the coastline, Lad Koh is best known for its sunrise and sunsets.

17. Hin-Ta & Hin-Ya Rocks
A fine example of Thai beliefs, the Hin-Ta and Hin-Ya rocks are fascinating rock formations found on Hat Lamai, on the south coast of Koh Samui. Popularly known as the Grandfather and Grandmother rocks, these formations have gained popularity worldwide for resembling male and female genitalia.

18. Hin Lad Waterfall
A few kilometres south of Nathon Town, Samui, lies the Hin Lad waterfall, a gorgeous sight of natural beauty in the midst of streams and mountains. With beauty oozing out of every corner - Hin Lad waterfall promises an afternoon of happiness. After hiking up the demanding trail leading to the waterfall, don? forget to reward yourself with a peaceful dip in the pool at the bottom.

19. Wat Khunaram
Wat Khunaram, located on the west of Hua Thanon on route 4169, is very well known for the famous 'Mummy Monk'. While it can be slightly disturbing or unpleasant to those seeing this for the first time, it provides great insight into the Buddhist and Thai culture. An active temple, Wat Khunaram conducts daily rituals, and is definitely a sight to behold in Koh Samui!

20. Bo Phut Beach
One of the oldest places on the Island, Bo Phut beach is a beautiful long stretch that runs in between the Big Buddha and the Mae Nam Beach. Offering an entire package to its tourists, the Bo Phut beach is easily amongst the favorites for many visitors. Three kilometers down from the beach, lies an attractions centre filled with fun activities and even an aqua park for water lovers!

21. Wat Khao Hua Jook
Resting on the northern part of the island, Wat Khao Hua Jook is a cosy temple that is very famous in Koh Samui, seeing footfalls throughout the year. This golden pagoda, beautifully illuminated at night, is famous for a replica of Buddha? footprint. Home to scenic views and a relaxing atmosphere, it is one of the more serene areas of the island.

22. Bang Po Beach
One of the quieter and less-developed stretches, Bang Po beach is the place to run off to when you want to escape from the crazy, chaotic atmosphere of civilization. With gorgeous views at every turn, the Baan Tai side of the beach is a treat to the eyes! A heaven for all the seafood lovers, it's hard not to fall in love with this beautiful coastal delight.

23. Wat Racha Thammaram
Looking over the Chao Phraya river, Wat Racha Thammaram contains a lovely replica of Phra Buddha Chinarat of Phitsanulok. Locally known as the Snake Stone Temple, it is also home to a sacred bodhi tree. With a beautiful clear blue sky as a backdrop, this beautiful temple gives you a perfect dose of Buddhism culture.

24. Wang Sai Thong Waterfall
Just north of the ring road close to the Ban Hua Thanon lies Wang Saotong waterfall. This serene waterfall is quieter and smaller compared to the others, making it the perfect spot for a relaxed afternoon drive and swim away from the buzz of the tourists.

25. Wat Samret
Wat Samret is a temple not known to too many visitors, making it the perfect place for someone looking for an offbeat and tranquil tourist destiantion in Koh Samui. With it magnificent facade adorned with intricate detailed work and a stunning blend of colors, the main highlight of this temple is the beautiful marble Buddha statue, carved from a single piece.

26. Statue of Guanyu
A beautiful, detailed shrine is built for the statue of Guan Yu, a Chinese general during the Three Kingdom era who is worshipped and looked up to with great amounts of respect. The entrance to this shrine is marked by large, ornate solid timber doors that give you a sneak peak to what? waiting inside. The interiors have been decorated with golden murals, large Chinese embellishments and other decorative objects.

27. Mae Nam Viewpoint
Mae Nam Viewpoint is quite a hike on foot, however there is also an option of renting a scooter to shoot you up the mountain. With a stunning view overlooking Nathon, the west side of Samui on one side and the gorgeous range of the Samui mountains on the other - this view is worth every drop of sweat!

28. Ban Hua Thanon
Ban Hua Thanon, down south of Hat Lamai, is a beautiful beach which is known for its photogenic scenery. Situated within the Muslim town, it also is home to a green, gold and white mosque. Even though the sand might be not as clean as the other beaches, over all it is definitely a pretty sight!

29. Coconut Museum
At the Spaco Coconut Museum, visitors are introduced to coconut farms where unadulterated virgin coconut oil is produced. About 900 coconuts are used on a daily basis to make oils which are then utilised for manufacturing cosmetics and edible ingredients with a natural goodness. The museum tour showcases local coconut varieties and their uses, and has a shop where visitors can purchase products made from these oils.

30. Mae Nam Chinese Temple
The Mae Nam Chinese Temple boasts of the finest work of architectural detail, gorgeously painted with traditional Chinese temple colors. Close to the Mae Nam beach, this temple exhibits gorgeous ancient Chinese relics and colourful interiors. There are some old black and white picture you can view here that will give you a glimpse into old Samui.

31. Tan Rua Waterfall
Located in one of the most picturesque points in Samui, a short walk through uneven stone steps past the Mae Nam Viewpoint brings you to the gorgeous Tan Rua Waterfall. Nestled amongst hills, tall trees and vines, it will strike you with its awe-inspiring view, filled with surprises through the journey to this serene spot.

32. Baobab
When in Baobab, happiness and smiles are sure to accompany you! Known for its friendly culture, Baobab is home to amazing seafood, drinks on ice, and the perfect dosage of chilling, all at once. With its warm, welcoming staff, it's impossible for one to leave Baobab unhappy. Situated in the Lamai Beach, it is an incredible experience which you cannot miss when in Koh Samui!

33.  St Anna Catholic Church
One of the few Catholic churches on the island, St Anna Catholic Church in Nathon Bay is the most popular church for expats as it holds regular English mass services. It is also frequented by Catholic couples who want to hold their wedding ceremony in Koh Samui.

34. Coco Tam's
Located just outside The Wharf Samui, Coco Tams is an incredibly hippie and popular bar. With a very relaxed vibe attached to the bar, Coco Tams is where you can find people aged from 20 to even 80! With beanbags on the beach, swing bar seats, hammocks, cabanas, shisha and much more, Coco Tams invites you to a night of relaxation and a lot of fun!

35. Hainan Temple
Hainan Temple is not only famous for its Chinese traditions and rituals, but also for the enormous and mighty warrior, Guan Yu who served under the warlord Liu Bei in the late Eastern Han dynasty. Portraying majestic qualities, the statue is a major tourist attraction. The entrance to this majestic temple is marked by two regal and grand looking, gold-plated lions on either side. This shrine is sure to leave you with vivid images of the place, making it a must visit of Koh Samui!

36. Ao Phang Ka
Phang Ka is the best way to find tranquility. Remotely located on the south-west part of Koh Samui, one can truly enjoy the gorgeous summer sunsets in peace. With fisherman fishing peacefully in the southern part of the beach, the northern part is home to private villas and a few comfortable hotels, making for a serene beach vacation.

37. Chaweng Noi Beach
Chaweng Noi is one of the longest beaches in Koh Samui boasting of a great nightlife within walking distance, but still far enough to enjoy the tranquillity of nature. It is the southernmost portion of Chaweng Beach that attracts thousands of visitors each year. Chaweng Beach is made up of four beaches: North Chaweng, South Chaweng, Central Chaweng, and Chaweng Noi (also called “Little Chaweng”).

38. Coral Cove Beach
Coral Cove Beach is a beautiful beach in southern Koh Samui with reddish sand and clear, deep waters for the ideal day of swimming and relaxation. Approximately 200 metres (650 feet) in length unlike its larger neighbours, the beach lives up to its name which means ‘bay with corals’. On either end of Coral Cove Beach are rock formations that cordon it off from other beaches.

39. Choeng Mon Beach
Blessed with coconut trees that line its soft, white sand shores, Choeng Mon Beach is a lesser known beach getaway in Koh Samui. Essentially a series of bays on the northeast tip of Koh Samui, it has a charming, quiet ambience that’s ideal for families and couples. Additionally, it is well-known for its expat population.

40. Taling Ngam Beach
Taling Ngam Beach is situated in the Taling Ngam district on the west coast of Koh Samui, Thailand. Usually, it is referred to as a strip of sandy shore from Laem Yai Krai cape to the Phang Ka Bay. It is renowned as a beautiful and quiet beach with fewer tourist activities as compared to other beaches. This is also one primary reason why it is known as the ‘Paradise Corner.’

41. Samui Elephant Sanctuary
Located on the tropical island of Koh Samui in southern Thailand, the Samui Elephant Sanctuary is indeed a paradise on Earth for the elephants, since it provides a haven to the rescued animals and gives them a second chance to live their life in dignity and peace in harmony with nature. The sanctuary aims to provide a home to formerly exploited elephants by providing them with beautiful natural habitats.

42. Lipa Noi Beach
Located on the west coast of Koh Samui Island in Thailand, Lipa Noi Beach is a tropical paradise featuring white sand and calm water. This hub of serenity is perfect for beach lovers who want to relax in a peaceful environment away from the noise of the bustling streets of Koh Samui Island. It is an unspoiled beach that is one of the least crowded beaches in Thailand. With coconut palms surrounding the area and shorelines covered with seashells, Lipa Noi Beach offers a rejuvenating beach experience.

43. Silver Beach
Silver Beach (Haad Thong Ta-khian) is a pristine 250-metre-long tropical paradise in a charming bay north of Lamai Beach. It faces northeast from the foothills and is a favourite among beach lovers, sunbathers and divers. Beside the glimmering sandy stretch and granite cliffs are a few refreshing resort retreats with restaurants and bars, plush bungalows, water sports, pools and massage spas.

44. Thongson Bay
Tucked into the northernmost point of Koh Samui, Thongson Bay is a secluded cove with soft white sands, coral-rigged turquoise waters, high hills with rocky feet and luxurious spa resort villas. A short drive away from Chaweng, the bay offers spectacular settings for island trips, snorkelling and kayaking. There are several restaurants in Thongson Bay serving Thai and western delights.

The island has a wide array of activities for all kinds of travellers. A few things you can try out are mentioned below.

Get a Thai massage.
Visit a yoga studio.
Visit a spa with your partner to spend your vacation romantically.
Visit the Secret Buddha Garden in the hills of Samui.
Visit the picturesque Na Muang waterfalls.
Visit various temples around the island.
Go shopping as the city has famous shopping centres like Central festival Samui, Lamai walking street,
Fisherman's Village Walking Street, Chaweng Beach Road Shopping, etc.
Take a day trip to Angthong Marine Park, where you can indulge in activities like snorkelling, hiking and boating.
Try hiking and trail running as much of Koh Samui is an undeveloped jungle and its tallest peak is 635 metres (2083 feet).
Enjoy the nightlife with the best nighttime entertainment options available in the Chaweng area of Samui.

Nightlife in Koh Samui 
Don't just stick to Chaweng when it comes to nightlife. Also explore areas like Lamai, Bophut and Maenam.
Popular bars in Chaweng are the Ark bar, the Soi Green Mango and the Soi Reggae.
If in Lamai, check out the Lamai Central Plaza and Swing Bar.
The Emerald Irish Pub is quite popular among tourists in Bophut Beach. Rest assured that you will find something which suits your taste in Koh Samui.
Small, hole-in-the-wall kind of setups are also available with live music and cushion-laden mattresses where backpackers can feel more at ease.

Shopping in Koh Samui 
Apart from Chaweng and Lamai, Nathon is fast emerging as a shopping centre in Koh Samui.
Imitation products can be found galore in such places.
Local vendors may haggle, and you will have to drive a hard bargain to get a good price.
Head to Nathon if you want cheap items and Chewang if you want more swanky shops.

Tips While Visiting Koh Samui 
1. Taxi Scams

Two types of taxis can be found in Samui - metered taxis and songthaews (pick-up taxis). Before boarding the metered taxis, ensure the meter is turned on (on distance 0) and never discuss the fare beforehand. Songthaews, on the other hand, are cheaper than metered taxis but have set routes, so they might not take you precisely to your destination. Most drivers are also guilty of applying double pricing. Should you feel that you have been cheated, stay calm, pay the fare, take note of the taxi's number plate and driver's license and report it to the authorities.

2. Dangerous Driving

Thailand consistently ranks as one of the world's most dangerous places to drive but shows no signs of implementing road safety rules and checks. Due to the increasing number of vehicles and the tropical maritime climate, which, in the low season, spoils the road surfacing, the roads are in poor condition. However, driving in Samui can be very pleasant for experienced drivers. Ensure you pay more attention while driving and ride your rented motorbike slowly, especially at night.

3. Infamous Jet Ski Scam

One might have heard about the jet ski scams. In this scam, after you enjoy 15 to minutes in the sea and return to the shore, the jet ski owner claims that you've damaged his vehicle, and you are liable to pay exorbitant amounts of money to get it fixed. He threatens to call the police as well. The best way to avoid playing a victim to this is not to rent a jet ski. Instead, if you can't resist it, make sure you take as many photos of the vehicle as possible, including close-up shots, before you ride it.

4. Nightlife Hazards

Being vigilant at night is most important in any part of the world to avoid troubles. Only carry the cash you need for that night, and better not to get into any arguments with anyone.

5. Creepy Crawlies

Since Ko Samui is a tropical island, chances are that some unwelcome guests like centipedes, scorpions, or cobras may enter your room. To avoid this, keep your windows and doors closed, and, if you keep your shoes outside, double-check inside them before putting them on. Also, carry a good mosquito repellent as mosquitoes are plentiful in Samui.

Do's and Don'ts in Koh Samui 
Long dresses may be impractical due to the hot and sticky humid air.
The general dress code of Koh Samui is casual as it is an island town.
Follow general Thai customs of greeting and learn a few Thai phrases for common expressions like please and thank you.
Tipping is not expected in Thailand but it is okay to show your appreciation for extremely good service.

Religion of Koh Samui 
Buddhism is the main religion in Koh Samui.

Language of Koh Samui 
Thai is the local language in Koh Samui.
English may be spoken by local vendors but do not expect so.
Resorts and more upscale places ensure they hire English-speaking staff so language should not be a barrier there.
Carry a dictionary with you always in case you get into a sticky spot somewhere.

How to Reach Koh Samui

Koh Samui is an island so the only way to reach is by boat or flight.

Major cities in India are connected to Koh Samui although the flights are very expensive. It is a better option to go to Bangkok and then take a bus to SuratThani and a ferry from there to Koh Samui. If budget is not a constraint you can consider one of many flights flying to and from Kho Samui connecting to different Indian cities.

How to reach Koh Samui by flight
Koh Samui has the privately owned Samui International Airport. Flights can be taken from major cities to the airport. More expensive option than reaching by Ferry, it is not one preferred by budget travellers or backpackers.

How to reach Koh Samui by Waterways
Ferries to Kho Samui generally operate from Surat Thani where multiple service providers are there. Depending upon your budget choose a ferry service provider at your leisure. Ferries usually leave and arrive on time and are hassle free.

Local transport in Koh Samui
Motorbikes and cars on rent are the preferred option for tourists on this island. News-gathering run for short distances if you wish to use public transport. Taxis run on the island if you don't mind a slightly more expensive but convenient affair.


Best Time To Visit Koh Samui

The best time to visit Koh Samui is from the end of December to April. Though there is not much variation in temperature there are high chances of rain throughout the year which is why Koh Samui is the most pleasant during these months.

The weather is mostly dry and warm, and it is the best time to visit the beaches. The average temperature through the year varies from 26-27 degree Celsius but can cross 30 degrees during the hot summer months of May and June. October to late December is when the tropical rain lashes down on the island and is regarded as the wettest months of the year. The wet months are not the best time for scuba diving or bathing, but there are plenty of activities that you can take recourse to.

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