Thailand is a distinctive South East Asian country that escaped colonial rule and maintained the special characteristics of its culture. You’ll notice during your stay that Thailand is devoutly loyal to the monarch and to the Buddhist religion. There is also a significant Muslim population, both on Koh Samui and in the south of the country.
Thailand is a democratic country, and despite some teething problems in recent years, it has found its way back on track, and looks to the future with optimism.
Thailand is a highly popular tourist destination, with a mountainous region in the north surrounding the cultural city of Chiang Mai, a range of ruinous remnants of lost kingdoms leading you down to the modern capital, Bangkok, traditional rural lifestyle in the north east and stunning beach and island locations in the South.
In the 19th century, two kings, Mongkut and his son Chulalongkorn, introduced Western style education to the country, creating the pathways to an international outlook alongside rich tradition.
Heading out on the island ring road to see Samui for yourself? There's plenty of adventure, sights and attractions along the way. Here is a glimpse of some of the things to see and do on Koh Samui, Thailand, attractions, nature and Thai culture.
You can also book a tour on our Samui excursions page to make sure that you see the best that Koh Samui has to offer.Read more
The 12 meter tall golden statue presides over Koh Samui, visible from miles around and firmly recognized as Samui's most popular landmark attraction for both visitors and locals alike.
Climb up the stairs to the statue itself for some great views and fine photo opportunities, before exploring some of the surrounding shops, temples and accompanying giant Buddhist statues in the nearby area – full of colour and fun, a part of the culture of Thailand.Read more
Koh Samui has been settled for around 1500 years and appears on 500 year old Chinese maps from the Ming dynasty. Fishing was the major source of income first, before the island added the joint industry of coconut plantations. Koh Samui is now one of the world’s most desirable tourist destinations.
We highly recommend that you explore the fascinating history and culture of Koh Samui and Thailand during your stay at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa.
Koh Samui is Thailand’s third largest island and the largest in a group of nearly 100 tropical islands in the Gulf of Thailand. Known as the Samui Archipelago, only three islands besides Samui are inhabited: Koh Tan, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.
Koh Samui is a brilliant and popular tropical island arising from the tranquil waters of the Gulf of Siam.
Samui has developed from a traditional fishing island, populated by settlers from the Southern China Hainan region, into the cosmopolitan collection of high class restaurants and exclusive spas that it is today.
What makes the island so naturally special is carefully retained alongside the appearance of luxury modern amenities, verdant mountain forests, hidden waterfalls, the indigenous monkeys, signature coconuts and of course, magnificent beaches the joy of Thailand.
A holiday in Samui, Thailand, may range from the adventurous to the peaceful, the active to the serene, with so much to entertain and enthrall the whole family, and a wealth of untouched beauty to delight visiting couples. Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa in samui is ideally positioned on a serene stretch of beachfront along the northern shore of the island, in the quietly chic village of Bo Phut. More relaxed than Samuis usual tourist locations, Bo Phut exhibits a romantic charm, with distinctive and individualistic shops, cafes and restaurants at hand in the enclosed and charming walking street, Fishermans Village.
Zazen at Bo Phut is within easy reach of the airport, cinema, historic port town, Nathon and upbeat Chaweng. Boats leaving for excursions beyond Samui, exploring the wondrous Angthong archipelago, are a step away. With more and more couples choosing to spend their honeymoon on these fabulous shores, and a multitude of families returning each year to share their holiday time in sand, sea and surprise, Koh Samui remains and will ever be the perfect island in the sun.
Bophut beach is part of the charming old Bophut village on Koh Samui and the perfect location for couples and families looking for rest and holiday charm. Bophut has expanded in recent years to embrace international and trendy innovations, while retaining the historic spirit of the village: very Koh Samui and very unique.
The inhabitants are a mixture of Thai and Chinese families and a few expats. The Chinese families are originally from Hainan Island in China but have been living for most of their lives on Koh Samui. Many of these older people have lived solely in the village and have rarely been to Chaweng, Nathon or the other beaches around the island.
These early inhabitants were fisherman families. Men would to go out to sea while the women stayed in the village to educate the children and to take care of the household. Many of the restaurants, bars and shops are now run and owned by the children of these families. Being of different generation, these children contribute to the changes in style and architecture of the village.
While many houses in the village kept their original architecture, these were joined by an influx of French style buildings, cafes and bistros you’d normally expect to find in the south of France, and more recently British style traditional pubs, all reflecting the changing population of the area.
The village has a beautiful local morning market with numerous restaurants, street vendors, pubs and cafes. Fisherman’s Village is the centre-piece of the area: Koh Samui’s only walking street and a perfect place for an evening stroll.
The beach has changed in the last couple of years. The first resorts were mostly guest houses and were built 25 to 30 years ago. These guest houses welcomed backpackers for many years but had to adjust to the new clientele of Koh Samui who were searching for more luxury and facilities in the resorts. In the past three years, a couple of 4 and 5 star resorts have appeared offering more to their guests, and the village, than the previous backpacker accommodation.
Hotels on Bophut beach attract many honeymooners who are looking for the perfect cozy resort in which to spend their holiday, as well as families trying to escape from the crowds of Chaweng. A few resorts offer water sport activities to their guests such as windsurfing, kayaking, water-skiing and scuba diving. There are also a few jet skis on the beach but the hoteliers and locals try to restrict their number as we are all trying to keep Bophut beach nice and calm.
So Bophut is an amazing place to spend a holiday, far from the crowd and featuring a lovely village with restaurants and pubs. Honeymooners will discover small Samui boutique resorts and will be able to walk along the sands to discover the village in the evenings, enjoying the romantic sunset along the way. Families will feel secure having their children play on a safe beach without strong waves and having plenty of activities and water sports for the grown-ups.
Bophut beach has something for everyone.
Bophut is a trendy and up market town on the northern part of Koh Samui, full of old Thailand charm and innovative Samui style. Bophut is home to Fisherman's Village, a quaint inner village exhibiting the island's French and Chinese past, with bakeries, boutiques, cafes and shops, the most romantic of island settings. Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa is located on the beautiful and peaceful Bophut beach.
Chaweng is home to the largest and most popular beach on Koh Samui, full of life, energy and entertainment. The numerous bars, high class restaurants, international shopping and world famous nightlife make this an exciting and accessible excursion from Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa. The popular Tesco Lotus is situated between Chaweng and Bophut, offering a multi screen cinema, ten pin bowling, and convenient low cost shopping.
Lamai offers the second largest beach and entertainment area on Koh Samui, with a slightly older fashioned feel to Chaweng, plenty of bookshops, coffee places and bars. The beach is spacious and less full than Chaweng, and you can book your excursion from the Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa reception. Lamai beach is ideal for an afternoon out.
Lipa Noi & Taling Ngam
Quiet and remote. Very few tourists, you’d normally have the beach to yourself.
Named after the 12 m high statue on a tiny islet connected to Samui by a causeway. Very quiet with calm waters. There are a few restaurants around the temple. East of this beach is Choeng Mon which is remote and quiet.
Secluded but with coarse sand. It continues for 4 kms along the coast with several small restaurants. Also some dive and windsurfing centers.
Nathon is the administrative capital of Koh Samui and a haven of low cost, unique Thailand shopping. Glimpse a real Thai town and take part in the culture of the island with a walk around the easily navigated streets. Relax at the port, from where you can take a ferry to the main land, and enjoy lunch at an authentic Thai restaurant. Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa is ideally positioned in Bophut, between Chaweng, Lamai and Nathon, so you can travel to any destination in no more than 30 minutes.
Ko Pha Ngan
Ko Pha Ngan (or Koh Phangan, Thai: เกาะพะงัน) is an island in the Gulf of Thailand in South East Thailand. It is famous for its full moon party at Haad Rin Beach and as a backpackers destination. Ko Pha Ngan has two sister islands: the larger Ko Samui to the south and the smaller Ko Tao to the north.
You can book your excursion from the Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa reception
Ko Tao (also often Koh Tao, Thai: เกาะเต่า, lit. "Turtle Island") is an island in Thailand located near the eastern shore of the Gulf of Thailand. It covers an area of about 21 km². Administratively it forms a tambon within the district (Amphoe) Ko Pha Ngan of Surat Thani Province. As of 2006 its official population number is 1382. The main settlement is Ban Mae Hat.
The economy of the island is almost exclusively centered on tourism, especially scuba diving.
Ko Tao was named by its first settlers for the island's turtle-like geographic shape. Coincidentally, the island is an important breeding ground for Hawksbill turtles and Green turtles. Development of tourism has negatively impacted the health of these grounds but a breeding program organized in 2004 by the Royal Thai Navy and KT-DOC, a coalition of local scuba diving centers has reintroduced hundreds of juvenile turtles to the island's ecosystem.
You can book your excursion from the Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa reception.
Mu Koh Ang Thong National park
Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park is an archipelago in the gulf of Thailand consisting of 42 separate islands, the principle islands being; Phaluai, Wua Ta Lap, Mae Ko, Sam Sao, Hin Dap, Nai Phut and Phai luak. All the islands occur in Ang Thong district, of Amphur Samui , Surat Thani province. The park covers a total area of 102 sq.km of which about only 18 Sq.km Island. The National park does not encompass the entire island chain; its jurisdiction covers about 82% of the total area.The park was established on 12th November 1980.
You can book your excursion from the Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa reception.