Koh Samui, a splendid destination

Koh Samui is one of the most fabulous and popular islands in Thailand. A holiday on this idyllic island means white pristine beaches, emerald warm waters, world-class international cuisine, water sports, lush tropical forests, fascinating Buddha temples, luxurious spas and beach front villas. The island is a place where the most breath-taking natural wonders meet the opulence of a very modern tourism. It is perfect for enjoying an exotic holiday that mixes so beautifully the true Thai experience with the comfort and luxury of a 5 stars vacation.

Amazing Waterfalls

Koh Samui has some of the most impressive waterfalls hidden in its wild mountain interior, but two of these spectacular cascades can be easily accessed by tourists – Namuang and Hin Lad. The best time to visit them is from September to March, during or just after the rainy season. This is when there is enough water flow to make them look truly amazing.

The Big Buddha

The Big Buddha is the most famous temple on Koh Samui. With a height of 12 meters, this gold statue of the Lord Buddha in a seated position is a must if you are visiting the island. Tourists from across the world come here to discover the peace and mystery which transcends from the Big Buddha, inviting us to contemplate, relax and meditate.

Sailing

If you love sailing then you will definitely adore sailing on the serene warm waters that surround Koh Samui. You can opt for a sailing safari on your own catamaran accompanied by a safety vessel that will carry your supplies and luggage so you can stop overnight at some of the resorts located near the island.

Kayaking

Ang Thong National Marine Park is truly unique. This collection of pristine islands gravitates around Koh Samui and offers you the chance to enjoy a kayaking trip of two hours. Simply relax and feast yourself with some of the most spectacular sceneries you have ever seen.

Luxurious Beach Front Villas

Extravagant villas, modern amenities, infinity pools and spa treatments- these are just a few of the delightful temptations that Koh Samui uses for alluring its tourists. The island hosts more than 700 resorts and hotels, and thousands of bungalows and private beach front villas. There are many and very diverse choices for all types of budgets and tastes. But you can be certain of one thing – it will be the most luxurious holiday experience ever.

Festivals

Koh Samui loves to celebrate and it would use any excuse for throwing a good party. And the festivals here are fascinating for travellers- vibrant, colorful, hypnotic and overwhelmingly joyful. The King’s Birthday is one of the greatest celebrations on the island and it marks his Majesty King Bhumibol‘s birthday, on the 5th of December.

Family Friendly Holiday Destinations in the Far East

While children gain a wealth of information in school, nothing replaces experiencing the cultures of far off places first hand. Luxury family holidays in the Far East offer a unique opportunity for visiting spectacular destinations where future memories last a lifetime. The Thai culture embraces youth and the people especially fawn over children from other countries. Being a family orientated culture, the country offers much in the way of activities. 

Family

Thailand family holidays have something for everyone from youngsters to retired adults. The stunning beaches of Koh Samui draw guests from many international destinations. When looking for a place to spend a day of quality family time, guests hire a boat and venture to the Angthong National Marine Park. The location features an archipelago of more than 40 uninhabited islands boasting lush rainforests, soft sandy beaches and colourful coral reefs. Spend the day exploring an island filled with caves, rock formations and waterfalls. Discover the amazing world under the sea by snorkelling in the clear waters along the shore and float from one island to another on a kayak. 

Koh Samui

If planning to journey to Phuket, luxury family holidays may include unique nature safaris on the back of an elephant. These eco-friendly Thailand family holidays introduce members to the culture of the people living in the rainforest. Embark on a canoe ride to a local village and the location of an elephant camp. Learn about the conservation efforts, care and training these docile animals receive and the importance they play in the heritage of the people. Guests also have the rare chance to participate in the elephant feeding and bathing processes. Take a tour of the jungle while aboard one of these massive creatures and learn about the many animals and plants that reside here. 

Elephant

Spending luxury family holidays close to Bangkok or other large cities almost guarantees plenty of activities appropriate for all ages. When tired of seeing museums and theme parks, Thailand family holidays might include a trip to the Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectariums. The destination offers brightly coloured flowers and plants along with huge shade trees. Mazes, ponds and architectural features along with ornamental landscaping give one the impression of experiencing an enchanted wonderland. Walk or cycle through the environment designed to support a number of exotic insects that include various species of butterflies. A fascinating indoor display explains the life cycle of the butterfly and provides illustrations of the species found in the insectariums. Pack a lunch and beverages and spend a pleasant afternoon in search of some of the most beautiful outdoor creatures.

The Delights of an Asian Adventure

Asia is an amazing continent to travel in, with stunning cultures, experiences and environments around every corner. The only struggle is trying to narrow down all the different options into a viable trip. Below are 3 of our favourite spots which you should consider to include on your journey through Asia.

India
India is often high on travellers’ lists and rightly so. You could spend years just exploring India itself and forget about the rest of Asia, still without touching every corner of this enchanting country. The obvious popular spots will continue to attract tourists from around the world; Agra and its incredible shrine the Taj Mahal, the tropical beaches of Goa, the towering Himalayas. Then there are the frantic cities of Delhi and Mumbai, where life runs at 1000mph and seeing a cow walking down a dual carriageway is a common occurrence. However, much of India’s beauty is in getting off the beaten track and discovering some of the places which aren’t packed with tourists. Ooty is a charming village in the hills which is fantastic for trekking and surrounded by tea plantations. Despite being off the main tourist route, hotels in Ooty are plentiful and you won’t struggle to get there. Then there is Hyderabad, which loses out in the city stakes to Delhi and Mumbai with most visitors, but is the IT hub of India and is rich in history and tradition. Take some time on your holiday through India to stray from the usual route and you won’t be disappointed.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phnom Penh is a city which has recovered from much torment, though now represents a fantastic place to visit in its own right. It offers something very different to the other key capitals in Asia like Bangkok or Tokyo, with a much more relaxed feel and a true insight into the culture and history that the city has seen.

When visiting Phnom Penh there is plenty to do, though a lot of the focus will probably be on the city’s history and the rule of the Khmer Rouge. Trips to the killing fields give a sombre insight into the atrocities that happened here. It’s not all doom and gloom though, as there is plenty to enjoy about the city now it has recovered, not least the Mekong river, which is host to the Mekong islands which are certainly worth a visit. One of the best things about PP though is going about daily life with the locals, enjoying the local food and discovering more about the Buddhist religion and the general way of life. It’s a fascinating place, and one worthy of a stop in any trip around Asia.

Phuket, Thailand
For all the historical fascination that Phnom Penh provides, Phuket is quite the opposite, but it is still brilliant in its own way. Phuket is all about paradise islands, the backpacking scene and forgetting about your worries. The city itself isn’t the most attractive, though it is still home to some wonderful beaches and blue seas. Phuket’s genius is in its location though, playing gateway to the hoards of paradise islands which lay off the coast. Book into one of Phuket’s luxury hotels and then use it as a platform to go and visit the many incredible islands nearby. From Koh Phi Phi, famed for its appearance in the film The Beach, to Koh Yah Noi, there are more paradise islands than you can shake a stick at. Once you’ve sampled all your favourites you can go home happy, content that you’ve experienced paradise. Some don’t make it that far though, and simply pick their favourite and never leave.

Asia is an immense continent, packed with treasures for an adventurous traveller, but these 3 places stand out for us, and shouldn’t be missed if you’re lucky enough to tour this incredible place.

This is a guest post from Tom at Malta Holidays, Europe’s own little pocket of paradise…

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