If your dream vacation involves soft white or golden sand caressing your toes, crystal blue temperate water and state of the art resorts, then Koh Samui is worth visiting. Touting a vast variety of beaches and resorts, you can vacation your way in Koh Samui. From romantic secluded villas to boutique wellness resorts like Absolute Sanctuary, to deluxe resorts offering dining, shopping, and nightlife entertainment like Anantara Lawana resort and spa, Koh Samui’s resorts are diverse. Santiburi Beach Resort & Spa, Sea Dance Resort and Sawadee Sea View are also good value options for romantic getaways. Enjoy the warm breeze and the culture of Thailand at the location that best suits your budget and needs.
The destination offers exotic tourist attractions such as the Big Buddha Temple on a small northeastern Koh Samui Island. The 40 foot high golden statue of Big Buddha rests atop the shrine which has amazing views from its platform. Numerous visitors and devotees visit year round and is one of the most famous landmarks of Koh Samui.
Additionally, Angthong National Marine Park is a marvelous place to explore natural caves, magnificent rock formations and stunning blue lagoons. The Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo are two other attractions to consider as you explore Koh Samui. From bird shows to tiger shows you will find entertainment here. The Samui Aquarium also houses various sea marvels like giant catfish and sharks. You may also find yourself mesmerized by the majestic leopards, parrots, sea hawks and hornbills.
If you’re seeking an interesting learning experience combined with a little adventure, you might consider a visit to the Samui Snake farm. The Snake farm houses reptiles of various origins and sizes. Watch as snakes weave and writhe in the arms of snake wranglers. The shows are fascinating and highly informative. You never know when you might need to draw on the understanding you will gain here of reptilian defensive postures.
Koh Samui, Thailand is a beautiful, hospitable, place to visit and a great alternative to the ever popular Phuket, Thailand beach vacation.
If you want to explore more of Thailand on this vacation, you may want to start with Bangkok and Chiang Mai before retreating to your Koh Samui beach paradise. Either way, consider adding #KohSamui #Thailand to your #MustExploreList!
My best advice is to plan ahead and take reasonable precautions wherever you choose to celebrate your honeymoon or nuptials.
That said, there are a number of beautiful and romantic US locales for that dream wedding or honeymoon. One of my favorite US wedding and honeymoon settings is the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.
Last week we discussed traveling to Washington, DC in the spring and taking in the beautiful cherry blossoms. But Japan is one of the best places in the world to see cherry blossoms in April. In Tokyo and Kyoto there are literally millions of cherry trees.
If you visit Tokyo in late March or early April you will generally find comfortable day time temperatures and, you will be treated to any number of blossom parties held in public parks, like, Ueno Onshi, Chidorigafuchi, or Asukayama Park. The blossoms also beam along the Meguro and Sumida Rivers.
Be aware that the Japanese celebrate Golden week at the end of April-- usually from about April 29th through May 4th, 5th, or 6th. Many Japanese workers take paid time off during this period to celebrate a series of holidays including, Showa Day, Greenery Day, Children’s Day and Constitution Memorial Day. This is an extremely popular time for the Japanese to travel.
Conventional wisdom says to avoid traveling to Japan at all during this time due to lack of transportation and hotel inventory and higher prices. But, I’ll let you in on a little secret, Tokyo is often the exception. Because a large number of Tokyo residents tend to travel to rural areas or out of the country, the city is relatively quiet at this time. Generally restaurants, public museums and most stores stay open on public holidays, so sightseeing should be pleasurable. Though, I can’t guarantee that getting beyond Tokyo on the bullet train will be a breeze during golden week.
Regardless of when you go, just know that spring is warm and welcoming in Tokyo. And, I always recommend booking your tours or accommodations as far in advance as possible.
Japan’s highest mountain, the active volcano Mount Fuji can be seen from Tokyo on a clear day. Those aspiring to hike the mountain should plan a trip for July or August.
Reminiscent of the renowned Eiffel Tower visitors are treated to a 360 degree panoramic view of the city from The Tokyo Tower, a communications and observation tower which is open every day. In recent years the Tokyo Tower has played second to the Tokyo Skytree.
The Tokyo Skytree is the world’s tallest tower and provides awe-inspiring views of the city towards Mount Fuji. If you have the time, you won’t regret squeezing them both in.
Another enchanting site in Tokyo is the Sensoji Temple an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. Beautiful in the daylight or illuminated at night, this is Tokyo's oldest and one of its most important temples.
I also recommend you add 21_21 Design Sight to your tour of Tokyo. This museum of experimental design created by Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake and constructed by premier Japanese architect Tadao Ando features innovative artists like Naoto Fukasawa and Frank Gehr.
Tokyo’s unique districts are fairly simple to explore via its efficient public transportation system. And trust me, from sushi to onsens, and shopping to karaoke, your inner adventurer will want to do some independent exploring.
Some popular districts to check out include Shibuya, Akihabara and Ginza. Akihabara attracts computer and technology lovers, while Shibuya and Ginza are popular shopping areas. Browse elegant boutiques and art galleries, people watch in the cafes, get the latest gadgets, and sleuth out rare and popular comic books. Personal confession time: no trip to Tokyo would be complete for me without a visit to a karaoke spot. Shibuya has a number of fun places for karaoke.
Music lovers should check out the happenings in the Shimokitazawa neighborhood, just a few blocks outside of Shibuya.
For more unique experiences visit one of Tokyo’s onsens--bath houses famed for healing and rejuvenation, take a tour of a sake brewery, or get tickets to a sumo wrestling match.
Tokyo cuisine will intrigue you. Of course my foodies will want to try the soba noodles, tempura and sushi prepared by master sushi chefs. Even if you don’t like sushi, you may just change your mind on this trip. Adventurers may want to try anything from blowfish and locusts to octopus ice cream. The Tsukiji fish market-- the largest wholesale fish market in the world, is a great place to sample sushi.
Tokyo is an ancient city teaming with modern innovation and cutting edge design. There are awesome opportunities to be immersed in the culture, people watch, explore, and just have a great time. It's definitely time to add Tokyo to your #MustExploreList