Koh Samui Travel and Resort Guide
Koh Samui is the premier island destination in the Gulf of Thailand; Samui is easily accessible, features beautiful beaches and a variety of activities, and caters to visitors on any budget.
Koh Samui, Thailand’s second most popular island destination, is located in the Gulf of Thailand roughly 700km south of Bangkok and 80km from Thailand’s eastern seaboard. Samui is also the third largest island in Thailand and the largest in an archipelago of more than 80 islands that includes the Ang Thong National Marine Park, a kayaking paradise and top day trip from Koh Samui. While Samui is small enough to be circumnavigated in just a couple of hours by motorbike or car, the island features such a variety of beaches and activities that it would be impossible to experience everything in a single visit. However, this was not always the case.
Until the late 20th century, Samui was home to a small community engaged primarily in fishing and harvesting coconuts. There were not even any roads on the island until the early 1970s. However, once foreign visitors discovered this island gem, lush with tropical forest, fringed with palm tree-lined stretches of golden sand, and surrounded by pellucid, aquamarine water, development quickly followed.
Today the beaches of Chaweng and Lamai are bustling beach towns with fabulous beach resorts, internationally acclaimed restaurants, and world-class nightclubs; activities around Koh Samui include cooking courses, yoga instruction, Muay Thai training, scuba diving, and even golf. While there are a few quieter beaches that are ideal for relaxation, particularly those that feature some of the finest 5-star resorts in the world, and some that exude old world charm, such as Bo Phut, which features converted, old Chinese shop houses, Samui is far from the unspoiled island it was a few decades ago. Nonetheless, Koh Samui has developed into its own style of island paradise, retaining much of its natural beauty while offering nearly every imaginable activity or service for the ultimate beach holiday.
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Koh Samui, the third largest island in Thailand, is the second most popular island destination in the kingdom, thanks in part to its airport that connects the island to a number of Thai and international destinations. Koh Samui features spectacular beaches, outstanding dining, and a comprehensive array of activities including cooking courses, yoga instruction, Muay Thai training, scuba diving, and even golf. Koh Samui has secluded beaches that are the exclusive domain of luxury 5-star resorts, family friendly beaches with shallow shores, and shopping, dining, and nightlife venues that make the island a paradise both day and night.
While affordable and convenient, motorbikes are the cause of numerous accidents and fatalities; always wear a helmet, never drive drunk, and drive defensively at all times.
Negotiate all taxi and tuk-tuk fares prior to departing for your destination.
Be careful walking on the beach or swimming at night, particularly if alone.
Make sure your scuba diving instructor is fully certified.
Respect Thai values regarding dress: women should not go topless on the beach and men should not walk around shirtless other than at the beach.
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- Getting to Koh Samui - Getting to Koh Samui from Bangkok By air Bangkok Airways flies from Bangkok to Koh Samui 13 times daily. The flight takes about one hour and 10 minutes. It also offers daily flights between Phuket and Samui. For more information, call its Bangkok office, 0 2229 3456, 0 2229 3434, Samui office, 0 7742 2512 [...]
- Koh Samui Resort Areas and Beaches - Koh Samui Resort Area’s and beaches Koh Samui Resort Area Chaweng Beach Situated on the island’s east coast, Chaweng Beach is the longest and most beautiful, with plenty of accommodations for guests. It has a six kilometer long coastline and the waters are clear and suitable for windsurfing, parasailing, snorkeling, and other water sports. Chaweng [...]
- Transport in Koh Samui - Transport in Koh Samui & getting around Samui is an explorer’s dream to discover something new. Offering a wealth of diversity of landscape, vistas, flora and fauna, and yet small enough to seek adventure in its many out-of-the-way places, Samui is best seen by taking songthaews (red local bus) which operate around the island. The [...]
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- Koh Samui what to do | Leisure and activities - Koh Samui what to do | Leisure and activities You’ll find numerous activities to do on the island and its neighborhood, enough to satisfy everybody, even “the laziest”. As one of the premier tourist destinations in Thailand, Koh Samui has innumerable activities for visitors to participate in, ensuring that visitors with any interest will find [...]
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