Thailand is a country filled with beautiful beaches, rich culture and vibrant food. It is also home to some of the most stunning island formations in the world.
This February I travelled to Thailand for the third time, once again I travelled with my blonde bestie Aimee and after a fun 24hrs in Bangkok we moved on to the East of Thailand, Koh Samui. We were staying guests of The Amari, having stayed at their resort in Phuket last year and loved it. The luxury beachfront resort is really well located in the town just walking distance away from all the excitingly vibrant nightlife and action of Koh Samui, it’s the perfect base for exploring all that the island has to offer and the team at the hotel are more than happy to help you plan to do just that!
I seem to have the worst luck with weather when travelling to Thailand and February’s trip was no different, we did however, thankfully have two beautifully sunny days this side of Thailand and being the water babies that we both are, we decided to spend those two glorious days on the water!
On one of those days we chartered a private boat and headed out to Koh Tao for scuba diving and snorkelling and the next glorious day we joined a group boat trip, as per the recommendation of our Amari Host, to Ang Thong National Marine Park. You can read about our day trip to Koh Tao here but this particular post is reserved for the ULTIMATE day trip from Koh Samui, the very reason travellers from all over the world flock here year after year, Ang Thong National Marine Park.
After an early start and pick up from our hotel we sailed out onto the Andaman before we’d even had our first coffee. Breakfast on the ocean, just the way I like it! The sail out to the National Park is around 50 minutes of uninterrupted sea views until you are greeted by a trickle of tiny islands that alluring lead you into the National Park itself. The views from the water are stunning, captivating and precisely as your guide books and google searches would have lead you to imagine when reading up on Thailand.
After sailing we were able to disembark the ship and walk up to the very famous look out point, it’s quite a feat in the heat but the walk up a few hundred incredibly steep and open steps is oh so worth the climb! I lost a flip flop along the way which wasn’t so fun to retrieve so full shoes are definitely recommended but boy is the view remarkably satisfying after the steep walk. Your eye line is lead through a pretty window of trees and ocean on one side and a scatter of dainty looking islands on the other, it’s mesmerising! The lookout (as I’m sure you can appreciate) is pretty crowded at all times with the boat charters being regulated by the government but the view is worth the squabble with other tourists, wait your turn and raise your phone as high as possible in the sky to capture as many islands in the shot as possible.
After enjoying the unique ‘postcard perfect’ view we headed back to the boat to and continued our sail out to find our own private beach, jumping in the cool sea in our sweaty states was at the top of our wish lists at this point! After an on-board lunch the boat sailed through the National Park for 20 minutes or so and we anchored up in what can only be described as pure Asian Paradise!! The other guests on our boat along with Aimee and I were whisked onto the beach via speedboat and enjoyed an afternoon of seclusion in the clear waters of the coast.
I managed to take my drone up to capture the true amazement of this world wonder before diving head first into the warm waters and taking a long deep breath of appreciation. There really is nothing quite like finding your own little slice of heaven in Thailand, each and every beach has it’s own natural beauty and promise of memories.
We sailed back to the port after witnessing a beautiful sunset at sea, if you are travelling to Koh Samui there really is no better day trip to book yourself on to!! We loved our boat experience but the one thing we missed out on was being able to explore for a little while on our own so having tried out the day first hand, I would highly recommend, if you can, finding a boat company that also includes canoe/kayak hire, there’s so much to explore in the National Park and a boat can’t quite reach everywhere 😉
After our awesome day at sea we headed back to our hotel, The Amari Koh Samui. After witnessing the ultimate Thai dream on the waters returning ‘home’ to our hotel continued our beautiful illusion. The hotel’s unique design that replicates an old Thai village with traditional architecture and perfectly placed palm trees is such warming and inviting resort to return to.
The hotel has two sizeable pools, a fabulous breakfast buffet, incredibly helpful staff and sunsets that take your breath away! We just wish the sun had given us a few more days to spend time on that beautiful beach!
My Stay at Amari Koh Samui was part of a collaboration and therefore complimentary. As always, all views are my own. Starting room rate: Prices start from GBP 135 per night for a Superior Garden Wing room, based on two sharing a room. Price is exclusive of VAT and service charge. Subject to season and availability.