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Samui in a Nutshell
Location, location, location this is what makes a place successful and Koh Samui has the best in the country. Sparkling like a crystal in the Gulf of Thailand it’s location just 700km south of Bangkok and 50km off the coast of southern Thailand makes it convenient to get to but distant enough to preserve its exceptional charm. There’s now no need to hitch a lift on a coconut boat, just book a flight or get on a ferry and you’ll soon be there.
Best known for its beaches, Samui is a place to realise your dreams of a wonderful tropical island with its lengthy white-sand beaches bordered by coconut trees and a clear ocean lapping at the shoreline.
Chaweng Beach in the northeast of Koh Samui is the main area where people like to hang out as it extends 7km and abounds with eating places, bars, cocktail lounges and a multitude of accommodation choices. For the buzz of a sophisticated setting, Chaweng might just be for you.
The variety in Samui is what gives it its charm, however if you prefer to steer away from the crowds and busyness of Chaweng then it’s easy enough to take your pick from a wealth of other locations. Quieter beaches exist for that get away from it all vibe. Doze the days away in a hammock on your own bit of beach and forget about what’s going on in the rest of the world for a short time.
Koh Samui has lots of other attractions you’d expect from a tropical island including gently sloping hills, coconut groves, waterfalls and, as expected in Thailand, striking Buddhist temples.
Samui can also realize your desires if you want a bit of an adventure as it has a wealth of water sports such as snorkelling, scuba diving, canoeing, sailing and fishing, or tee off on some of the world’s most exotic golf courses.
For a unique Thai experience then you should take a trip to the butterfly garden, monkey theatre and snake farm, or go elephant trekking through the island’s jungles.
Nearby are some islands definitely worth exploring and will give you a new angle on Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and the Angthong Marine National Park can be accessed very easily and offer worthwhile day trips by boat.
Alternatively, if you travelled to Thailand for a rest then Samui can achieve this too. The island boasts a collection of beauty salons, spas, and massage parlours that will transport you to paradise. Select a simple massage room in a salon or the most rich, well-resourced spas in one of the island’s first class and boutique hotels. Plump for a revitalizing foot massage or inclusive beauty and spa treatments using local herbs and long-established techniques.
Samui has an abundance of hotels to keep its visitors happy, anything from a simple thatched-roof bungalow on the beach where you can doze off to the music of the surf to graceful international hotels with so many facilities that you’ll never want to leave. Boutique resorts are particularly popular these days as they have a style all of their own and are just the right size to afford a high level of individual service which is what you want if you came to Thailand to indulge.
If you’re aching for the magic charm of a tropical island with all the conveniences you could ever need then visit koh Samui travel. Before you know it you’ll be referring to it as simply ‘Samui’ as it becomes a part of your being.
Simon Coleman writes for koh Samui [http://www.koh-samui.travel/] Travel, is the ultimate online guide for those looking for expertise info and travel tips on koh Samui Thailand. Find different activities, places and beaches to go to during the visit on this stunning island. There’s a number of ways to travel to and from Koh Samui, Koh Samui Travel outline’s the detailed advantages and pitfalls of each and provides information of schedules and times. They also offer hotels and accommodation for all tastes and budges.
By Simon S ColemanSubmitted On December 28, 2010
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Koh Samui Island History, Thailand
Koh Samui is Thailand’s second most popular tropical island holiday destination
and has been a popular Thailand attraction since the first backpackers appeared on its shores. The island offers fantastic beaches, great choices of accommodation for all budgets, incredible views and truly wonderful people. But when did the island become popular, how has the island changed and what was life like here before the arrival of mass tourism?
It is thought that Koh Samui was first inhabited between twelve and fifteen centuries ago when Malay fishermen started using the island as a base from where they would stop over on long fishing trips in the rich waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The meaning and derivation of the word ‘Samui‘ is mysterious but some people believe the word comes from the Malay word ‘Saboey’ which means safe haven. The island was self-sufficient, un-connected to the mainland and unknown to the outside world until the 1840s when the first boat services to the island were launched. At this time the boat journey took 6 hours and arriving visitors faced an exhausting hike through mountainous jungle as there was no transport on the island.
In the late 1960s the Thai Government was petitioned by Samui locals to build a ring-road around the island and so began the building of a dirt track coastal road. This road improved transportation though trucks were still unable to pass many steep sections of the track. In 1973, the Government ordered the construction of a concrete road and Samui began to climb in popularity with more and more visitors arriving year on year. At this time Samui was a very different place with thick jungle and coconut groves right up to the beach. So thick was this jungle that few of the island’s beaches could be seen from the interior of the island or even from the coastal ring-road.
In the early 1980s, Thailand’s Tourism Authority began exploring the island as the Government began to realise to true potential of Koh Samui as a premiere tourist destination and thus began to invest heavily in tourism. This heavy investment has continued until modern times and now Koh Samui is one of the premiere tropical holiday destinations in all of South-East Asia.
Nowadays, Koh Samui has a growing transient population of around 30,000 people as more and more tourists visit, more foreigners settle down and more Thai workers migrate to the island to cash in on the tourist dollar.
By Bob Robert Johnston Submitted On October 03, 2011
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