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Conquering Koh Samui ⛰️

#weekendgetaways Here's a challenge to everyone: conquer Koh Samui over a weekend. That is, to climb the area's highest point! You'll find this place in Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park, about an hour by speedboat, from Koh Samui. It's more than doable. Here's how (and why) you should do it: Prebooking a tour online is an option. You're also good to go if you bargain at a roadside tour booth (what I always do in Thailand). They'll pick you up from your hotel and off you go to Nathon Pier. At Mu Ko Ang Thong, if you have the grit and energy, go for the Pha Jun Jaras trail on Koh Wua Ta Lap. It's a steep, challenging, and rocky hike of about 30-45 minutes, covering 550m in distance. The viewpoint at the top is 620m above sea level - about 5 times Singapore's Bukit Timah. While it certainly is physically exhausting (75% of the group gave up and went back down along the way), it's doable, even in flip flops, like I did (though please wear proper shoes to be extra safe). Your guide from the boat will follow you, so don't be afraid! There are also 3-4 rest points along the way. If hiking isn't your thing, stay on the gorgeous beach for a cooling swim. It's spotlessly clean with a beach bar and restaurant. Note that as this is a marine national park, water sports are usually not allowed. Entry fee is 200THB (usually included in your tour price). This was the main highlight for me in Samui - exhilerating and beautiful experience, beats any of the islands I've been to in Phuket. So pack your sunscreen and sunglasses, and go conquer Samui! #samui
Posted: Nov 28, 2023
Ainshah Rashid
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