The earliest maps of Koh Samui—the third largest island in Thailand—date back to the late 17th century, when the area served as a haven for fishermen, sailors, and sea traders who traversed the Gulf of Siam and found refuge on its verdant shores. Today, Vana Belle, is nestled among these lush enclaves on the enchanting Chaweng Noi Beach.
This rich history is exemplified throughout the island at celebrated sites such as the Laem Sor Pagoda, near the fishing village of Ban Laem Sor. Along with the 12-meter-high golden Big Buddha statue—just five miles from the resort—it invites guests to experience Thailand’s renowned Buddhist architecture. Meanwhile a trip to see the revered, mummified monk at Wat Kunaram delves into the religion’s fascinating philosophy.
All the while, nature provides an entrancing backdrop. From the petite Wat Khao Hua Temple and Lad Koh Viewpoint, the island’s entire coastline comes into view, whereas the Hin Lad Waterfall presents both stunning emerald landscapes and the obscure natural formations known as Grandmother and Grandfather Rock. A day excursion to Anthong National Marine Park and the nearby islands of Koh Nang Yuan and Koh Tao reveal additional natural treasures. For even more detailed insight into this captivating culture, the resort offers Thai cooking classes, rejuvenating yoga sessions, and more.
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- Big Buddha 8.0 km/5.0 miles
- Hin Ta Hin Yai 10.0 km/6.2 miles
- Chaweng Beach 3.0 km/1.9 miles