On Ko Samui, there are many lodgings that visitors can choose from, depending on how much time they want to spend. Two or three nights is plenty of time to participate in a scheduled tour. On Ko Samui, guests can visit Hint Ta and Hin Yai (grandfather stone and grandmother stone), which resemble genitals and are located at Lamai beach just few metres from each other. There is a belief that new couples who pray together at the rocks will enjoy a lifetime fo happiness. After that, many tourists head out to buy baked goods or ice cream made from coconut soup, regional specialties and souvenirs. Some travellers head to neraby Koh Tao to snorkel, see fish and take pictures underwater. Further away is Nang Yuan Island, which is a private island with aquamarine waters, and white sand beaches. To enter, visitors must buy a ticket at 100 baht per person. At night, tourists head to the Village of Fishermen, where there are fresh seafood stalls, before continuing on to the night market where souvenirs are for sale. There are also bars near the beach, where guests can sit, have a drink and watch the waves. On the third day, tourists can visit Wat Phra Yai (big buddha temple), where a 12-metre-high golden buddha was built in 1972. There, visitors pray for happiness. For those who do not have much time to travel or are on a limited budget, Bangkok Airways sometimes offers special discounts. Photos by Chhim Sreyneang & DX
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