When you first wake up, the beauty of this legendary island seems so stunning that you may be convinced you are dreaming. Rub your eyes, sprinkle drops of cool water on your face and you will be delighted to find that your eyes have not deceived you. After a breakfast of the freshest and sweetest tropical fruit at Amber. To appreciate it fully, I can recommend private classes on our outdoor platform with our expert trainer, a former Muay Thai professional. Known as the art of eight limbs, Muay Thai uses fists, elbows, knees and feet. As a total body workout, it enhances balance, flexibility and core strength and is a great stress reliever!
Pool dipping is the next preference. InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort offers 7 coloured swimming pools including 2 infinity pools, comfortable recliners and oversized daybeds for lounging. Sipping tropical cocktails, reading a good book or working on the perfect tan at Sun Spa seems one of the many options available for eradicating all traces of strain and stress. Following the ultimate in aquatic relaxation, guests are invited to retreats to The Spa for natural and ayurvedic treatments to sooth their suntanned skin or take a trip onboard the resorts signature speed boat to the five islands or the Angthong National Marine Park.
In the evening, I can recommend a short sunset that few try but those who do never forget. Air Bar's sunsets, perched high above the Gulf of Thailand on cliffs of Taling Ngam, Air Bar is a one-of-a-kind destination cocktail lounge on Koh Samui. The hypnotic color palette of a Samui sunset and the countless shades of blue and green of the Gulf of Thailand are your backdrop as you enjoy one of Air Bar’s signature cocktails prepared by our world-class mixologists. Accompany your drinks with delicate tapas creations or sushi and sashimi. Air Bar is a Koh Samui attraction in itself; make it your go-to for pre-dinner drinks as you watch the ballet of light, color and movement on the Gulf of Thailand. Or stop by for a nightcap and a sumptuous desert under the stars as the lights of the pier, ships on the water and the resort twinkle below.
Fishermen's Village walking street
Near enough, wherever you go on Koh Samui, you'll find local fishermen tending to their nets or, if you're around earlier enough, bringing their catch in for market. It's said that the island was first inhabited about 1500 years ago by fishermen from the Malay Peninsula and Southern China and they're still here today. The main place to see them is along the north coast in Bophut, at the Fishermen's Village and in the main port town of Nathon on the islands western side.