Koh Samui Travel Guide
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IntroductionKoh Samui can create the most memorable vacations of your life with the exotic beaches and rich history and culture that make up this wonderful place. Samui Island is a rarity, that's for sure!
With Pattaya you get a city amongst a seaside and Phuket you get natural beauty with exquisite luxury. Samui on the other hand gives you simplicity unlike the other places, as a tropical getaway. The beaches are made of white sand that is powdery, the waters are clear, crystal clear, and the inland has plantations of fresh coconuts and rice paddies. You can be comfortable yet enjoy having a Robinson Crusoe vacation.
The full name of this island is Koh, Thai word meaning Island, Samui. It is 560 kilometers from the city of Bangkok. It is one island among of group of over 80 islands. Only 4 of those islands are inhabited by anyone. In order to get into the island you must either take a plane or a ferryboat. It is definitely more hidden away than more.
Samui is the third largest island in all of Thailand. It has a mountain range that runs across the island east to west. The main resource, besides fishing, is coconuts. There are around two million shipped to Bangkok every month. It has been said that they are indeed the best in the whole country. Sometimes the employers decide to train monkeys to help harvest all the coconuts. They definitely provide entertainment for the workers as they do their job.
When you look around across the shoreline you see the palm-fringed beaches. The beaches are clean, and a person's dream island. The spots mostly visited are Chaweng and Lamai. The sunrise is phenomenal. It would be ideal to lie around lazily and do nothing more than get that perfect tan, however, for those who are more into the active lifestyle, there are water sports such as windsurfing and snorkeling. The water is perfectly clear for you to see the beauty that lies beneath the water.
Accommodations on Koh SamuiYou can choose to stay in a first-class hotel, however the usual place to stay while on Koh Samui would be a bungalow on the beach such as the Chalee Bungalow, Coral Cove Chalet Koh Samui. These bungalows are made of thatch from palm. They are simple and can be air-conditioned or not air-conditioned. You will get all your basic needs, however you will do without all the items that would distract you during your stay. If you prefer some luxury accommodations on Koh Samui, you may consider the Beachcomber Hotel Koh Samui, Central Samui Beach Resort Koh Samui, Chaweng Regent Resort Koh Samui, etc.
The bungalows have restaurants of their own but there are other places to get food. You can find places to eat where you can get seafood that's fresh and fruits that are all natural and local. There are some spicy dishes you could order, such as some of the Thai dishes.
The road around the island makes it easy to get from place to place. It's 50 kilometers and runs in a ring. If you wish, you can hire a motorbike to take you around the island. There are some mini-buses that will work on main routes.
Map of Koh Samui
Explore SamuiIf you wish to explore more than just swim or sunbathe, then you can go to another island. Just hire a boat and travel to Koh Phangan for the legandary full moon parties, which is the closest and largest island that has some bungalows in economy class. You will also find beautiful waterfalls and scenic beaches. You could also visit one of the two smaller islands, Ko Tao and Ko Nang Yuan, which are day trips. You can snorkel in the beautiful water and see all the underwater beauty lay.
For those who are more on the adventurous side, there is Ang Thong Marine National Park. It's a full-day trip. You can explore limestone caves, blue lagoons, and of course, beaches. In Ko Wua Ta Lap, headquarters of the park, you can rent bungalows. There are guided tours provided through travel agents on Samui.
If you wish to stay on the island and explore that for a while, you might try to visit Surat Thani. It's a center for fishing and shipbuilding. You can either take a walk or go on a canal tour down the Tapi River. Surat Thani is well known for its oyster farms, which harvest giant oysters.
Another place to visit would be Chaiya. It's around 45 minutes north of town. You could take a ride and visit this important historical site. Some intellectuals believe that the ancient Srivijaya Kingdom's capital was here. That may be up for debate, but one thing for sure, Chaiya has ancient temples there. The temple Wat Phra Boromathat Chaiya has a monument that is thought to be over 1,300 years old. Three others Wat Wiang, Wat Long, and Wat Kaeo should be visited as well. If you go to Wat Suan Mok, also known as Monastery of Flowing Water, which is a few kilometers away from Chaiya, you will find a meditation center.
The last place you could visit is the Khao Sok National Park. It is rich with the tropical scenery and you can rent a bungalow there as well. If you don't care to stay in a bungalow, you could always rent a treetop guesthouse.
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