Koh Samui is one of Thailand’s most popular island getaways and is famous for its beautiful white sandy beaches, relaxed atmosphere and incredible natural surroundings. First time visitors to the island will marvel at the wonderful natural beauty and dramatic hilly landscapes of this enchanting holiday destination, which really does have something for everyone.
You can be sure that you will not run out of things to do during you stay, from lazy days spent on some of South East Asia’s most picturesque beaches to fun filled adventure holidays and just about everything in between, Koh Samui really does have it all.
Situated in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui is actually surrounded by approximately 60 other islands, some of which are popular tourist destinations in their own right, such as Koh Phang Ngan and Koh Tao, whereas others are small and uninhabited. Other popular tourist destinations that are located not far from Koh Samui include in Koh Nang Yuan and the Angthong National Marine Park, both of which are well worth a visit during your stay on Koh Samui.
What started out as nothing more than destination for intrepid backpackers in the 1970’s, Koh Samui’s tourism industry has rapidly eclipsed coconut farming as the islands largest source of revenue. Today, the island has as quickly developed in one of Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations, with visitors from all over the world now choosing to visit this tropical island paradise.
This has lead to a wide range of accommodation options available on the island that will suit all needs and budgets, which includes everything from bungalows and guest houses to 5 start accommodation and luxury resorts.
Koh Samui has certainly polished its tourist reputation of ten or 15 years ago as being nothing more than an attractive destination for hippy backpackers. It is fair to say that in the last five or so years, Koh Samui has probably become just as popular as Phuket and it now boasts over 1 million visitors per year.
If you are one of those people who does not like the sound Koh Samui’s ever increasing popularity with tourists, don’t let this put you off visiting the island.
Whilst it is true that Koh Samui has undergone a large amount of development in the last five to ten years, it is not on the same scale as places such as Phuket. Much of Koh Samui is still free from high rise hotels or apartment blocks and for those of you who are looking for a quiet, quaint and relaxing island getaway then Koh Samui will certainly be able to cater for your needs.
One of the main attractions about Koh Samui is that it does have something for everyone. For those that want it, the island has crowded beaches that are popular with younger, bikini clad tourists who can hire jet skis, sun bathe and enjoy themselves in the islands crystal clear waters. For those that prefer somewhat quieter scenes there are plenty of isolated beaches and coves where seclusion, serenity, peace and quiet are the order of the day.
The island is also complete with a wide range of water sports and other activities such as sailing and yachting, golf, diving, snorkelling, elephant trekking and bungee jumping, just to name a few; all of which can help to add a fun and exciting element to your holiday on the island.
If you are visiting Koh Samui with relaxation and wellbeing very much in mind, then fear not as the island is home to some of Thailand’s leading spa resorts that specialise in relaxation therapy, traditional Thai massage, fitness and well being.
When it comes to eating out or shopping Koh Samui has everything from traditional Thai street food stalls to restaurants serving gourmet Thai and international cuisine. Modern shopping complexes that have McDonalds, Starbucks and countless stores selling knock off designer T-shirts, sunglasses and bags sit alongside locals selling traditional Thai products from their hand drawn or motorcycle shopping carts that they trudge along some of Samui’s rough and dusty roads and pathways, day and night.
If you are looking to sample some of Koh Samui’s world famous nightlife during your stay then you will certainly have ample opportunities in which to do so. There are hundreds of bars and venues that are scattered right across the island, which provide a wide array of evening entertainment including live music, chill out bars, parties on the beach, cabaret lounges, traditional Thai dancing, lady boy shows and go-go bars.
When staying on Koh Samui, at some point you will probably want to take in some of the islands many attractions some of which include incredible natural waterfalls, cliff side viewpoints that offer incredible views of the island and Thai temple and shrines that are located right across the island and make for a great way of sampling a bit of Thai tradition and culture. For families, why not visit one of the many different types of animal farms that are on the island, where the whole family can enjoy shows featuring crocodiles, monkeys, snakes, tigers and butterflies.
Located approximately 1 hour by plane from Bangkok and Phuket, Koh Samui offers holiday makers and tourists the perfect opportunity to sample one of Thailand’s most beautiful and popular islands.