Kathu is a beautiful area of Thailand, and all who visit are lucky as a ton of things to explore and do can be found hidden away here. From soaking up Vitamin D at the beach, to water sports to spa excursions, there is something for everyone. It is frustrating figuring out what to do when there are so many options, so we have compiled a list of the best activities to experience while you are in Kathu.
The Beach is Calling You
If you’re heading to southern Thailand, you probably know that the beaches are some of the best in the world, and Kathu beaches are no exception. If you want to meet other travelers and make friends, stay in the main part of Kathu where there are no shortage of other travellers looking for the same. If you want a bit more seclusion, ask around to find a little hidden spot called “Freedom Beach”. The beach area is also a great place to start your search for a hotel in Kathu.
See Some Knockouts
If you are an adrenaline seeking traveler, you can’t miss the exciting boxing matches that happen in the area. Don’t expect plush seats and VIP service here though, you’ll be experiencing Muay Thai and other forms of boxing along with all the locals. Depending on the experience you are looking for, you can have a guided tour which includes the fights, or you can ask a local when/where the next fight is. Either way, you are in for a real Thai treat.
Get Your Water Sports On
With so much water around, you can’t help but get in and explore all the marine life. From scuba diving, to snorkeling, to jet skiing, you’ll be able to find something to tickle your fancy in this marine paradise. Speaking about water, a good time to visit Kathu is during Songkran, Thailand’s spring water festival. It’s a few days of celebration in April where the country shuts down to welcome the coming of the rain by soaking each other with water guns and water filled balloons.
The Thai massage has spread around the world, but how many people can say they got a Thai massage in Thailand? You’ll be able to after you visit Kathu, and one of the many massage parlors they have. From a five dollar beach massage to a more expensive 20 dollar massage in an upscale establishment, it’s hard to break the bank with such great prices. Since you are on vacation, you can splurge and get more than one. We won’t tell!
Party It Up
Thailand is known for many things, but among younger travelers, and those young at heart, it is the perfect place to let loose, have a few drinks, and dance the night away. Kathu has almost as many bars as there are stars in the sky. This means you’ll be able to find the perfect atmosphere. After a few nights spent in this tropical paradise, you’ll probably want to reconsider where you plan to call home in the future.
Being the home of Hollywood, Los Angeles is full of people hoping to rub shoulders with the rich and famous. While we can’t guarantee you’ll meet Brad Pitt or Megan Fox, there are a few places you can walk where celebrities have walked, pretend you’re a celebrity yourself, or even take pictures with your favorite childhood characters. Here is a list of the top celebrity attractions you can visit in Los Angeles.
Hollywood Walk of Fame
There is nowhere else in the world that you can walk where over 2,500 recognized members of the entertainment industry have walked. These five-pointed stars have the names of actors, musicians, directors, producers, musical groups, theatrical groups, fictional characters, and more. This mile-plus long walk is in the central part of the city, passing many of the best hotels in Los Angeles. Start your hotel search in around this area.
Universal Studios Hollywood
This film studio and theme park is a great option for travelers who want a behind-the-scenes look at what happens in Hollywood. This is one of the oldest currently operational film studios in the city. There are tours of real Universal Studio sets as well as a full-fledged theme park with amusement rides. Who knows what celebrities you may see while walking around! Traveling families will younger children will love the mascots who run around Universal Studios too.
There is also a collection of shops and restaurants in the Universal CityWalk for those who want to get a bit of shopping in. Is there anything better than shopping and potentially spotting famous entertainers?
This park, in addition to California Adventures, is filled with childhood celebrities that adults and children alike will be excited to meet. From the plethora of Disney princes and princesses walking around to the Lion King street shows to almost any cartoon character you can think of, you’ll never want to leave the Magic Kingdom. Disneyland has the largest number of cumulative attendees of any other theme park in the world which means it’s bound to be a fun experience.
Santa Monica Pier
Many famous entertainers have walked along this pier and you may just spot one yourself as you stroll along this 100-year-old landmark. The pier has a lot to keep you entertained, when you’re not star searching, with the Pacific Park and its state of the art, solar panel-powered Ferris wheel. You’ll especially love a summer visit to the pier with weekly outdoor concerts, movies, and other family friendly activities that are free to the public.
The Dolby Theatre is a live performance auditorium which now hosts the Academy Awards every year. This means that hundreds of celebrities descend upon this venue and you’ll have a better chance if you visit around the awards seasons. That’s if you can afford to find a hotel during the season. If you aren’t lucky enough to attend the Academy Awards, you can still catch a live show here during the rest of the year.
Your first trip to Koh Samui will be an interesting and adventure filled experience no matter what you decide to do. While there are some of the best beaches in the world for you to explore, soaking up some Vitamin D doesn’t have to be the only thing on your agenda. With world-class diving, national parks, cooking classes, and more, you’ll never run out of activities to do while on this beautiful tropical island. We’ve compiled a list of the best activities to do and sights to see for your first trip to Koh Samui
With some of the best diving locations in the world, you could spend days under water and not see a fraction of all the marine world has to offer you in Koh Samui. The beautiful world under the sea is teeming with fish, plants, and other secrets for you to explore. If you are not keen on being completely submerged, snorkeling will still allow you to play with the marine life. Make sure you bring some waterproof sunscreen and food because it’s likely that you’ll not want to leave until the sun goes down.
Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park
This national park of Thailand covers many islands and has many features to it. The four different forests include the dry evergreen forest, beach forest, limestone forest and the mangrove forests. They’ll keep you exploring for hours or even days, depending on how much time you have. Photographers will love the variety of flora and fauna they have to choose from, making it an ideal place for photo shoots. If you end up wanting to turn into Tarzan and never go home, don’t blame us.
Thai Cooking Class
The food in Thailand will blow your mind with how simple yet savory it is. After only a few meals, you will be wishing that you had a personal Thai chef who would come home with you. Or you can take a Thai cooking class so you can reminisce about your Koh Samui vacation anytime you want. The lemon grass, ginger, coconut milk and exotic spices will become your new favorite cooking ingredients after you’ve learned the secrets of the Thai kitchen. Don’t be surprised if you end up waddling home after eating too much good food.
Many of the best hotels in Koh Samui will organize any sorts of tours or classes for you. They’ll usually have recommendations for the providers who will give you an authentic experience.
Wat Plai Laem
What better way to round out your trip to this tropical paradise than taking in some of the local culture. There is no better place to do so than Wat Plai Laem. This Buddhist temple complex features an 18 armed image of Guanyin. This temple is a living and active one with devotees coming daily to pay homage to Guanyin and Buddha. Even if you are not religious, you can still appreciate the splendor of this newer temple. If you give, you can feed the multitude of fish in the lake which surrounds the temple.