A Travel Guide to the City of Perth – Western Australia

A Travel Guide to the City of Perth – Western Australia

The City of Perth in Western Australia is an unheralded travel destination for many travellers, who seem to get lured to eastern seaboard of Australia with the popular destinations in Melbourne, Sydney and Gold Coast the obvious choice.

The West should never be neglected. Especially when in close proximity to the city of Perth, is the gorgeous Southwest region with lush wineries, stunning beaches of the West Coast and array of outdoor adventure that calls out to you upon arrival in the state.

The Perth CBD is adventure all to itself, and it needs to be explored to its fullest to be completely appreciated. It is an iconic city with a mixture of multicultural diversity, modern infrastructure, historic buildings, lively street atmosphere and the scenic Swan River, which is suitably located on the city’s doorstep.

City of Perth

The glamorous City of Perth.


A quick and Easy Travel Guide to the City of Perth

The Swan River

The Swan River may be 72-kilometres in length, but it’s the picturesque stretch that surrounds the Perth region that will truly mesmerise with its dazzling views, riverside dining and nature walks along the banks of the Swan.

If you prefer to be amongst the action in the middle of the Swan River, the river is flowing with plenty of activities such as river cruises that stretch all the way to Fremantle and kayaking over the shallow depths of the water for those in need a solid work-out. If all else fails, there is always the costly option of hiring a motor boat and exploring the sights of the Swan River at your own leisure.

CHECK IT OUT: Ku De Ta restaurant has made its way from Bali, to the “On the Point” location off the Swan River. Dine in Style with quality cuisines or have a drink or two with your lover or friends and make it a great night out.
The Ku De Ta is only a ten-minute walk east of the city.

Ku De ta Perth

Ku De Ta Perth

Swan River

Take a walk along the Swan River.



Elizabeth Quay

 Elizabeth Quay is the most scenic location in the city of Perth with astonishing 360 degree views. Standing in the middle of the Elizabeth Quay bridge you have the luxury at gazing at the towering city that overshadows the Quay, then you turn around and watch the ferry’s coast by on the stunning Swan River, with the popular Kings Park and Botanical Gardens in close range towards the west.

The Quay is the social hub of Perth, with various amounts café’s, restaurant, ferry shuttes and kid’s attractions to keep the little ones occupied. Perhaps the only desire will be to take a relaxing stroll along the river in the refreshing nature with big city in the background and enjoying the most of Western Australia’s pleasant weather.  

CHECK IT OUT: The Transperth Ferry’s depart from Elizabeth Quay and it travels across the river to South Perth terminal, where Perth Zoo can be found for another exciting day out. Even if the world’s best wildlife doesn’t take the fancy, you can always check out the city views from a different angle and catch the return ferry back to Elizabeth Quay at a later time.

Postcards: Elizabeth Quay in Perth, Western Australia

Elizabeth Quay, Perth, Western Australia.

City of Perth

Elizabeth Quay.



Cathedral and Churches

Not quite Adelaide’s city of churches, but not to be out done, Perth is still splashed with Cathedrals and churches in various locations within the city boundaries. Neatly tucked in next to Perth’s skyscrapers, the churches are often found by stumbling upon the fine structures by accident.

CHECK IT OUT: Built in 1865, The St Mary’s Cathedral is situated on the eastern part of the city on Victoria Square. Even if churches are not your style, you will love the presence of this Roman Catholic Cathedral and its beautiful articulate design.

City of Perth

St Mary’s Cathedral.

St George's Cathedral

St George’s Cathedral



Shopping the CBD

If you love to shop, then you will love what the city of Perth offers for any shopaholic that is desperate to spend their dollars. There are a range of street malls and arcades within the walking streets of the CBD that will have you occupied for hours, and perhaps the men looking at their watches.

The action for all the shopping happens between the Hay St Mall and Murray Street Mall, there you’ll find a number of novelty stores and major retail outlets of Myer and David Jones. When you are done on the streets, check out the range of shopping arcades that are hidden within the city buildings, another excuse to spend your hard earned dollars.

CHECK IT OUT: London Court is located off Hay Street and is appropriately named with its old London style design. Come inside gates at either end, marvel at the lavish infrastructure, enjoy a fine coffee at the London Court café and buy a souvenir for your own memory of your time spent in Western Australia.

London Court City of Perth

London Court.

perth, Western Australia

Murray Street Mall.




Cross to the other side of Perth Station and enjoy another vibrant part of the city, Northbridge. This lively spot is popular either day or night and is famous for its restaurants, cafés and nightclubs. Northbridge is also home to the State Library of Western Australia, which is situated along the laidback walking strip of James Street Mall, near Perth Station.  

CHECK IT OUT: Old Shanghai is retro style food court that is ideal for those who love affordable Asian cuisines and drinks. Old Shanghai and its selection of food outlets can be found along James Street.



Old Shanghai Food court, Northbridge.

Northbridge, Western Australia

Street art and State Library of Western Australia.


Garden and Parks

Isn’t wonderful to be able to walk through a major city and come across parklands and gardens at random and escape the madness on the streets. Perth has parks of all sizes within the city region, whether it is at Lang Park that is spread out far and wide along the Swan River, or the boutique Supreme Court gardens that is close to the CBD, you’ll have no problem whatsoever in finding a fresh patch of lawn to eat your cut lunch.

CHECK IT OUT: Kings Park and Botanical Gardens is a magic touch that is situated on the outskirts of Perth. It is 4-square-kilomtres of blissful nature walks, open park areas and bushlands, that comes with the best views of the city. If you are coming to Perth, then Kings Park needs to be number 1 on the to do list.

Kings Park, western australia

City views from Kings Park.

Lang Park Perth Western Australia

Lang Park with the city of Perth in the background.



Eating out and Cafes

Fast food, restaurants or food courts, the city of Perth has many dining options that covers any budget including everyone’s favourite franchises in McDonalds, KFC and Hungry Jacks. Whether you choose to dine in style at the city’s top hotels or enter the Arcades food courts, you are not without option within the confines of the city.

CHECK IT OUT: The C restaurant in the Sky, Perth’s only rotating restaurant that sits 33-stories high of St Martins Tower on St Georges Terrace. It doesn’t come cheap but you won’t find a better view in the city to have a simply delicious meal.

City of Perth

Japanese food at Fresh Made, Perth.

Elizabeth Quay in Perth, Western Australia

The Isle of Voyage restaurant.



Heritage buildings

Perth mixes the old and the new with several Heritage buildings blended perfectly with the modern high-rises around them. From the Government House built in 1864 to the Supreme Court (1903) there are number of iconic buildings that is deep in history and tradition to marvel upon.

CHECK IT OUT: The Perth Town Hall built in 1870, is the only town hall in Australia to be built by convicts who  were shipped over to the West for such purpose. The Town Hall is situated on the corner of Barrack and Hay street and is close to the central hub of the city.

Town Hall Perth

Town Hall Perth.

Supreme Court Perth

The Supreme Court.


Street Art

Street art is often found spread for your adventures in the city. It is art in a variety of odd shapes and sizes and somewhat very clever. Every art in the city its own meaning and story behind it and its recommended that you collect the Art map at the information Centre on Murray street for all details and locations of the street art.

CHECK IT OUT: Percy the Mirror sculpture on Hay Street Mall, dedicated to Percy Button who entertained the public of Perth during the 1930’s and 40’s and became a legendary figure of the city.

Percy the Mirror Sculpture.

Percy the Mirror Sculpture.

Perth station

Street art at the front of Perth Station.



Take a walk

The best way to feel every beating heart of Perth, or any city around the world for that matter, is by your own two feet. Find every alley, hidden shop and each nook and cranny by taking your time and having a stroll through the city.

You’ll never know what you will find by taking things slow, amazing street art, heritage buildings, a fine restaurant, a Cathedral or the perfect shop that has your favourite clothing items at a bargain price.

Go on, take a walk and explore this great city.

CHECK IT OUT: Maps of various walking tours can be found at the Perth Information Centre on Murray Street. Either take a free guided tour at different times of the day, or collect a map and explore at your own free time.

Heading to Perth, Western Australia? Check out TripAdvisor for affordable hotels.


Take a walk in Perth City.



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A Guide to Picturesque Vang Vieng – Laos

A Guide to Picturesque Vang Vieng – Laos

The picturesque Vang Vieng and its stunning surrounds is the first thing that will captivate you as you drive into this Popular tourist town in the country of Laos. The bubbly townships, the epic mountains that are visible throughout the town and the flowing rivers are what make Vang Vieng the perfect adventure for those who love the outdoor life.

Vang Vieng

Nam Song River, Vang Vieng.

Where is it

Vang Vieng is situated in the Vientiane Province, a good three hours north of the Laos Capital, also known as Vientiane. Although Vang Vieng is only about a hundred kilometres from the capital, poor and bendy roads make the trek that little bit longer and car sickness may creep in.

Vang Vieng

Enter the streets of Vang Vieng.


Where to stay

Affordable accommodation can be found throughout Vang Vieng, whether it is crowded hostel for next to nothing or a cheap hotel for around $25 a night, whatever it is you seek you will find suitable accommodation to suit any budget.

I strongly recommend the Laos Haven Hotel and Spa, nice hotel that cost around 30 bucks a night, it comes with tidy private room, air conditioning, television and a bathroom. The hotel also comes with a boutique swimming pool which comes in handy when keeping cool in the Laos heat.

Laos haven Hotel

The swimming pool of Laos Haven.


Eating and drinking in Vang Vieng

You will not go hungry or thirsty in Vang Vieng with several great bars and restaurants to drink or dine in and at all a great price. Whether it is a meal at one of the many restaurants by the river with epic views or any basic restaurant along the busy streets, you will find great local and international meal to suit any taste bud.

If dancing, drinking and mingling with other party goers is your forte, then you will love the Sakura Bar. It is full on entertainment with crazy music, beer ping pong and cocktails to keep those bodies shaking for a great night out. Also, the staff love to hand out plenty of complimentary drinks to keep the party going. Perhaps the free drinks is to compliment the higher price it cost for an alcohol Beveridge, but heck, it all evens out in the end.

Sakura Bar

Get the party started at Sakura Bar.

The Riverhill Vang Vieng

The Riverhill Restaurant in Vang Vieng


Things to do in Picturesque Vang Vieng

Picturesque Vang Vieng is a must for any traveller who loves the great outdoors, with the stunning mountains and the beautiful Nam Song River well utilised on the many day trips that are available in area. At a very affordable price you will be able to create many adventures.

Here is a list of activities to do in Vang Vieng.

  • Kayaking the Nam Song River – Stunning views, but rapid waters give you a kayaking experience to remember. At one stage, you are admiring the views the next you are paddling furiously through the shallow water and trying to remain upright on the kayak.

    Picturesque Vang Vieng

    Kayaking the Nam Song River in Picturesque Vang Vieng.

  • Hot air Balloon – Witness picturesque Vang Vieng with a glorious bird’s eye view of the surrounding area. Don’t forget your camera as memories are bound to be made and captured while navigating the friendly skies.
  • Get an Adrenalin rush with Zip-lining – Get ready for a rush at high speeds with a zip-lining thrill adventure that will get the blood pumping and maybe for a few of you, the lungs screaming. Throughout any nerves that may come your way while participating in the zip-lining, don’t forget to pause for a moment and admire the amazing views around you.

    Zip-line and witness some thrills and glorious scenery.

  • Adventures in a dark water cave – I hope you are not afraid of the dark as you embark on an adventure that Indiana Jones would be proud of. Swim in cold water, slide down muddy slides and crawl in dark caves as you conquer the caves with a headlight as your only companion. Beware of spiders, they are everywhere in the caves.

    Vang Vieng

    Have an adventure in the caves.


  • The Magic of Blue Lagoon – You will fall in love with The Blue Lagoon upon arrival, even if the large crowds may make it a little disparaging. Clean fresh water, welcome shade from the heat and to chill and relax in the refreshing water, make the Blue lagoon a perfect pit-stop when you need a break from other strenuous activities in the surrounding the township.

    Blue Lagoon, Vang Vieng

    Blue Lagoon in Vang Vieng

Picturesque Vang Vieng

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Travel Guide to Tanjung Benoa – Bali

Travel Guide to Tanjung Benoa – Bali

Tanjung Benoa is in the South-east part of Bali, Indonesia. A beautiful location, with some stunning sunrises, gorgeous beaches and a laidback township. Walking around in this boutique town won’t get you mobbed with locals desperate to sell you a stubby holder.

A little away from the popular Nusa Dua area and a twenty minute drive from Kuta. Tanjung Benoa is great for those who wish to escape the hustle and buste, with drinking cocktails by the beach and relaxing in the sun a popular past time.

Tanjung Benoa

Let’s go parasailing


Town Centre

The streets of Tanjung Benoa is an easy place to walk without the manic stress to buy a souvenoir. Go shopping in the boutique market stalls or stop in for a drink and feed at a relatively cheap price. You will find stretches of shops and restaurants in-between the luxury resorts.


Evening time in the town.


Praying on the streets




As in any part of Bali, shopping is conveient in the streets. However, Tanjung Benoa is not saturated with hundreds of markets and jewellery stalls. If it is basic women’s clothing or a singlet you are after, you will find a handful of market stalls in your travels down the main street.

Tanjung Benoa also has a few more upmarket retail stores with air conditioning that feature goods such as luggage/backpacks, picture frames, jewellery and other accessories, for those looking for a bargain.


A quiet market stall in Tanjung Benoa


Eating and Drinking

Restaurants, cafés and bars are naturally found in large numbers in Tanjung Benoa. If you seek a feed with a budget, then hit the streets and the smiling staff will be waiting outside, attempting to persuade you into their restaurant.

If you want to eat in style, then there are number of resorts with top notch restaurants who will welcome you with open arms, serving both Indonesia and Western Cuisines. Not to mention the world famous Starbucks for your coffee kick.

Popular restaurant and bars in Tanjung Benoa

–          Sakala Beach Club (luxury)

–          Meads Beach Bar and Grill (budget)

–          The Tao Bali (luxury)

–          Black Toms (budget)

–          The Tree (budget)

–          Eight Degrees South at Conrad Bali (luxury)

–          And many, many more, just check out TripAdvisor for more Information.

Great burgers at Black Tom’s.


The Sakala Restaurant.

Sakala Beach club

Sakala Beach club.




The area is made up of luxury resorts that do come at a price, but that does not mean you won’t find a few hotels at a cheaper price. If you do prefer to stay in style, then Tanjung Benoa is perfect for that large slice of paradise with stunning beach views and fine dining.

Popular Resorts in Tanjung Benoa

–          The Sakala Resort from $129 pn (luxury)

–          The Novel Bali Benoa from $149 pn (luxury)

–          Grand Aston Bali Beach Resort $200 pn (luxury)

–          Hotel Ibis Benoa $44 pn (budget)

–          The Benoa Beach Front Villas $54 pn (budget)

–          Check out TripAdvisor for more great prices on resorts in the area.

Sakala Resort

The Sakala Resort.

Luxury rooms at Luxury Resorts.



Activities all belong on the beach in Tanjung Benoa and the crowds gather to the sands in large numbers. Day trips submerge to the popular area for tourist who are keen for a little water activity on the beach.

Jet skiing, parasailing, a cruise to Turtle Island, boat fishing and much more can be found on the popular beach. Even if you haven’t booked a tour, you can rock up to any tour company located on the edge of the water. There you will find one of the friendly staff that will help organise a few activities at a great price.


Getting high in the blue sky.

Jet skiing is popular hobby on the beach.


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Travel Guide to Koombana Bay – Bunbury

Travel Guide to Koombana Bay – Bunbury

Koombana Bay is a summer sensation of Bunbury, Western Australia, it gets families flocking, couples romancing and the dolphins splashing around and putting on a show. Whether they mean to or not. The Bay has what you need as the temperatures starts to heat up. You can take a dip in the calm waters, go sailing, fine dine in style just around the corner or the stunning scenery that s around you.

Perhaps you enjoy the jet-skies or fishing off the boat. Playing beach volley ball on an open beach, while the kids get busy making sandcastles. Your day is covered in the Bay, and when one day is never enough, there is accommodation galore just a stone throw away. But more on that later, let’s get into it.

The Bay and the Bunbury Waterfront

The Bay and the Bunbury Waterfront


Where is Koombana Bay?

Koombana Bay is in the heart of the Bunbury town centre. Western Australia’s largest regional town, practically city. It is only less than two hours south of Perth, take the Kwinana Freeway, which eventually turns into the Forrest Highway. Soon enough you will run into Bunbury and the Bay. You won’t miss it.

Koombana Bay is a hit in summer with its calm waters.

Koombana Bay is a hit in summer with its calm waters.


Dolphin Discovery Centre

Let’s start with dolphins, we all love these mammals of the sea. The Dolphin Discovery Centre is in the heart of the Bay and you have a few choices to pick from.

Dolphin Discovery Centre

Dolphin Discovery Centre

You can visit the centre, learn, see and feed the different creatures of the sea. Study the dolphin habits and check them swim around in the digital theatre. Perhaps it is a coffee you are up for as you rest up in the café, while the kids play around on the playground. And if you are lucky enough, the dolphins will swim up nearby, which is monitored closely by the friendly volunteer staff on hand at the centre.

A volunteer n the lookout for dolphins.

A volunteer n the lookout for dolphins.

The next option is to take a cruise and spot the dolphins up close. Cruises run daily in the summer months and on weekends in winter, click the website for more details. It is a good way at making sure that your visit to Bunbury is complete by checking out the smiling dolphins in the flesh. If you don’t see dolphins, there is a money back condition.

Can you swim with dolphins? If that is your thing, you are all set. From October to April, there are daily cruises that leave early in the morning. Bring your bathers, snorkels and a towel and be ready to swim with the dolphins. It does cost a bit, so once again check out the website for details.

Dolphins in the Digital Theatre.

Dolphins in the Digital Theatre.


Koombana Bay

It is the most popular swimming beach in Bunbury, especially for families and for good reason. Being in the bay the waters are calm. It is perfect for kids to swim, under constant supervision of course, without fear of getting knocked out by a wave.

The pier at the bay.

The pier at the bay.

In the background, there are yachts anchored in the bay, all parked up and ready for sail. The boats are out for a day in the water as adrenalin enthusiasts get their tubes out and go for a spin off the back. While kayakers are out minding their own business and taking advantage of the, most times, excellent conditions. Just be careful of jet-skiers.

Then there are the sandy beaches, it runs for miles. It is perfect for a game of beach cricket or volleyball. The kids are out in their numbers running amok in the sand, building castles and having fun as kids should. It is a perfect spot to get out a picnic lunch and a bottle of wine and enjoy the scenery around you, even better at sunset. Either that, or you can buy a hamburgers and chips at the kiosk nearby.

The yachts anchored in the bay.

The yachts anchored in the bay.

Bunbury Waterfront

No need to get into the car. The Bunbury Waterfront is only a quick five-minute walk from the Bay. Once you get there, you are suddenly hit with a little Bunbury style and it is simply breathtaking.

The restaurants line up at the Bunbury Waterfront.

The restaurants line up at the Bunbury Waterfront.

There are apartments, hotels, cafes and restaurants, even a candy and ice-cream shop. The best part is, that it is situated right on the edge of the Koombana Bay as you overlook the stunning bay, which is full of activity and life as you dine in style with a gorgeous view.

Aristos at the Waterfront

It is perfect for lunch and even better at night, when the night clubs open and the place really livens up. Let’s take a look at some of the restaurants clubs available at the Waterfront.

  • Mash Brewery – Great food and even better beer. The Mash won’t let you own. Perfect for a date or a drink with friends.
  • Dome Café – Open from dawn to dusk, great for coffee and bite to eat. A great place to catch up on some gossip and a little downtime.
  • Taffy’s – It is not a restaurant but it will be the kids favourite place. This candy and ice-cream shop will liven up your kids as they gaze at all the candy, chocolate and fudge available. They can even watch the friendly staff make their famous salt-water taffy in the viewing area.
  • The Bayview Bar – A restaurant during the day, a bar every other time and a popular night spot in the evening. You get the best of both worlds at the Bayview Bar. It certainly is the pick of clubs in Bunbury.
  • Aristos – The best seafood shop, hands down in Bunbury, perhaps one of the best in the state. You will love feasting on the different range of seafood with a glass of white of wine as you hock into the chips.
  • Mesa by Casellas – The perfect fine dining, grill and tapas experience. If it is a quiet evening you are looking for Mesa is right for you. It is perfect for couples seeking a romantic night together, away from buzz of the previous restaurants mentioned.
The Dome at the Waterfront.

The Dome at the Waterfront.


There is a selection of accommodation available in and around the Koombana Bay and Waterfront Area. Anything from hotels, apartments, caravans and tents.

The Mantra Bunbury

Whatever you are looking for you are bound to find it. But let’s narrow it down a little bit.

  • Discovery Holiday park – Across the road from the Koombana Bay Beach, The Discovery Holiday Park is perfect for families. It has a selection of Villas, cabins and Caravans and tent sites on offer and is the most affordable accommodation in the area.
  • Quest Bunbury – Luxury apartments that comes with room service and stunning views. You will love putting your feet up and resting in style at The Quest.
  • Mantra Bunbury – The most glamorous of the lot, with serviced rooms, restaurant and a bar. It is the closest hotel to the popular Waterfront area. It is perfect if you plan on having a night out on the drink.

For more hotels in Bunbury, checkout TripAdvisor

Resting and admiring the Bay.

Resting and admiring the Bay.

There you have it. A run down on Koombana Bay at the Waterfront. If you are even in the vicinity of Bunbury this summer, come on down. There is plenty of activities, swimming and dining to be done and it may even surprise you, that a town like Bunbury can deliver so much value and entertainment.

Water sports are popular in the Bay.

Water sports are popular in the Bay.



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Travel Guide to Koh Samui – Thailand

Travel Guide to Koh Samui – Thailand

From the moment you arrive in Koh Samui, you are instantly hit with the paradise you have been craving. The palm trees, the sounds of beach, the splash of the pool and the sound of ice dropping into your glass in readiness for your next cocktail. It starts at the airport. The prettiest boutique airport you will ever see, appropriately themed to the occasion of the island. It is fair to say the vibe starts off good after hours of flying, with a tingling sensation of what excitement that lies ahead on your vacation. Exiting the airport and getting into the island fails to dampen the positive mood as you get a sense of how the locals live. Markets, restaurants, and retail shops line the streets with the locals rushing around either by foot or by scooter, dodging traffic at will. You will never see a more fascinating sight than a mother on her scooter cradling her two children. Let’s get to it. An Island of dreams and the paradise you have been searching far and wide to find.


Paradise at Chaweng Beach

Paradise at Chaweng Beach in Koh Samui.



  • Getting there

Koh Samui Airport

Koh Samui Airport.

The easiest way to get to Samui is by aeroplane, either international or domestic. Although a lot of major airliners do not land in Samui, its  mean it will be difficult to get to the island from your home country with a direct route. The competition is thin, therefore rather expensive. I travelled with Air Asia from Australia, via Kuala Lumpur to Phuket. From there I caught a domestic flight with Bangkok Airways to Samui. Complicated but I did save a few hundred dollars travelling this way. Another means of travel if arriving on the mainland of Thailand, is by bus then ferry. Much more affordable but it will take a heck of a lot longer. That just means you’ll be able to explore the beautiful country a little more.

  • Food in Koh Samui

Papaya Salad with a little satay chicken

Papaya Salad with a little satay chicken.

Get ready for some curry with some coconut milk thrown in at dinner time. Thai food is delicious, whether ordering a delicious Tom Yum Soup to the very popular Papaya Salad. You can’t go wrong when ordering Thai and you won’t have to travel far to find a suitably priced restaurant to dine in for the evening. They are everywhere.


  • Beer

Koh Samui

Chang beer goes down well in sunny Koh Samui.

Ice cold beer, important to some of us. You never have to go too far on the island to get rid of your thirst and all at a low cost. Especially if you wander outside your resort. Bars and restaurants sell Thailand’s own Chang and Singha brand beers at no more than two dollars a pop. International beers also come at a good price.


  • Angthong Marine National Park

Angthong Marine National Park

Angthong Marine National Park

A National Park like none other and another taste of paradise. The blue ocean waters with an abundance of islands placed throughout, it is nothing short of stunning as you gaze atop the highest peak and look at nature at its incredible best. A day cruise to Angthong is the number one to do list in Samui. Be prepared to be wowed as you hike to the peaks on the islands. Navigate your way amongst the national Park through the blue waters, even entering into the dark caves. Then snorkel and marvel at the sea creatures that call Anthong Marine National Park home.


  • Wat Plai Laem


Guanyin at Wat Plai Laem.

The spectacle that is Wat Plai Laem will dazzle your eyes as wander from sculpture to sculpture. The Buddhist temple where locals come to worship every day is a big tourist winner with attractions including The Fat Chinese Smiling Budda and the 18 arm image of Guanyin.


  • Chaweng

Chaweng Beach

The white sands of Chaweng Beach.

Swim, shop, relax, eat and a massage are your options in Chaweng. The main town centre on eastern side of the island is full on entertainment, with shopping during the day and clubbing during the night when the main hub Chaweng come well and truly alive. Chaweng Beach is the fun beach of the island with pristine white sands. Resorts, bars, massage centres and restaurants are spread-out through the beach, where sun baking and cocktail drinking is a way of life. In the water is when you can get the adrenalin going with jet-skiing the rage on the open waters. Central Festival Samui is the largest shopping centre in Koh Samui. Two levels of popular retails chains such as Nike, Rip Curl and Quicksilver, amongst other retail outlets. The complex also has food courts, cinemas and coffee shops.


  • Day Trips in Koh Samui

Day tour Samui Style Day trips are must and there are several to choose from. Whether it is a trip to Angthong, as mentioned earlier, or a four-wheel drive tour around the island. Brochures for these trips are always on hand at resorts but personally go to the stalls stationed in Chaweng. You will save money.


  • Accommodation

Mai Samui Resort

The stunning Mai Samui Resort.

You will not have any hassle finding accommodation in Samui. With many hotels, motels and resorts spread-out through the island you will find a range to cover all prices, whether it is a budget motel or a fancy resort. Now I would be remised not to give the resort I stayed at a plug. Mai Samui Beach Resort and Spa. Located on the north-west side of the island and bit of travel away from the Chaweng. It is a resort with the lot, with three restaurants, four swimming pools, a spa centre and large comfortable rooms. It truly is another bit of paradise on a truly spectacular island. Are you heading to Koh Samui? Check out TripAdvisor for hotels.

Angthong National Park

Angthong Marine National Park

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