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Attractions in Ko Samui by Ben Ken
|The island of Koh Samui
is the 2nd biggest island in Thailand. It is nearly circular in shape and
situated just off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus, near Surat Thani.
It is also one of the most famous tourist attractions in Thailand.
Koh Samui has an area of
about 230 sq km (approx. 90 sq mile) and a population of around 50,000
people as of 2007. The chief island is encircled by around 60 other smaller
islands. The middle part of Koh Samui is practically deserted and controlled
by a mountain forest with Mount Khao Pom as its tallest peak at 635m (around
2100ft). The island's lowland regions are inter-linked together with only
1 road that crisscrosses the perimeter of the island. The island was first
inhabited around 1500 years back. The initial residents were mostly fishermen
from Malaysia and Southern China. It was even shown on the Chinese Ming
Dynasty maps as far back as in 1687.
Located on the southwest
coast of the island lies Nathon, the olden capital of Koh Samui. This region
is yet a main fishing harbor and also an inter-island haulage center today.
Koh Samui was a secluded
independent community as far back as the 20th century, since it has hardly
any dealings with mainland Thailand. There was no road on the island and
the first one was constructed during initial 70s.
|Today Koh Samui is one of
the most famous tourist attraction in Thailand and also has its own international
airport, known as Samui Airport. Bangkok Airways conducts daily flights
to and from Samui. Samui Airport also has flights from Bangkok and other
main cities in South East Asia.
Samui's economy originally
depended on agriculture and fishing, but, since the 80s, the tourism industry
flourished and is today Koh Samui's primary source of income.
Koh Samui's chief tourist
attractions are its white lovely beaches and beach resorts.
There are sections of beaches
and accommodations down the beaches of Chaweng, Lamai, Maenam, Bophut,
Bangrak, Choeng MoN, Ao Tong Takian and Nathon. Of these Chaweng and Lamai
beaches are the most famous yet packed. If you want a secluded beach for
recreation, then go to Maenam beach.
|Another famous attraction
in Koh Samui is a 12 metre (35 ft) high idol of the Buddha, lovingly known
as "Big Buddha". This idol is situated above a traditional dragon-steps
at the temple of Wat Phra Yai. Koh Samui also has some other imposing temples
like the Wat Khunaram. It displays the embalmed body of a monk, Loung Pordaeng.
If you are very adventurous,
the forest mountain within the island is an excellent camping area for
jungle trekking. It also has numerous lovely gardens, waterfalls at Na
Muang and rubber farms.
If you love animals, take
a trip to Koh Samui's various animal attractions like the crocodile farm,
the monkey theatre, go on elephant rides, a snake farm, a nautical aquarium
and a butterfly garden.
You can take a day trip
to the amazing Ang Thong National Marine Park. The ideal time to go to
Koh Samui is during summer (Feb-Apr). With these exciting attractions,
this island is attracting tourists from all over the world throughout the
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Palm Reef - Koh Samui
Amari welcomes you to one
of the most idyllic islands in the Gulf of Thailand. A gem set apart from
the rest of the world, Amari Palm Reef Koh Samui on Koh Samui invites you
to live out your days on island time, where there is always time for another
dip in the pool or another walk on the beach. Where your daily agenda is
filled with back massages not backlogged messages and your most important
meeting of the day involves a glass of red wine and a candlelight dinner.
Where every sunset deserves your undivided attention. Nestled in a secluded
corner of Samui’s most popular beach, shaded by the palm trees and cooled
by the salt breeze, Amari Palm Reef is a true island oasis.
Taling Ngam Resort & Spa Samui
Located within the exclusive
enclave of Taling Ngam on the west coast of Koh Samui, 45 minutes by car
from Koh Samui International Airport. The island itself is easily reached
via a 50-minute flight from Bangkok; the airport likewise is served by
direct international flights from Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Set
amid meticulously landscaped tropical grounds, the resort’s guest rooms,
suites and villas feature a striking blend of contemporary Thai architectural
styles and interior design motifs. Accommodation sizes range from 67 to
320 square meters, each elegantly appointed room complete with all modern
amenities as well as the most advanced technologies. Cliffside rooms and
villas offer stunning sea vistas from on high, while a limited number of
shoreline villas allow for direct access to the beach.
Samui at Lamai Beach
A lobby overlooking the
beach, constant service from the beach and resort angels, wi-fi throughout
the resort, and the latest in home stereo. When you decide to step out
of your luxurious accommodation, consult the Life Concierge at the resort
for the perfect excursion, be it a dive trip off the private piers, to
a cycling tour of a village. And when you return to the resort, head over
to the Chuan Spa, for relaxing treatments based on the philosophy of the
five elements. And when it comes to dining, guests can choose to dine in
the traditional style at the restaurant, or opt for 'borderless dining'
where guests enjoy an intimate meal in private spaces throughout the resort.
Boat House Beach Resort Samui
The Imperial Boat House
Beach Resort Koh Samui Choeng Mon beach hotel is situated on a beautiful
stretch of white sand. On the northeast coast of Koh Samui, The Imperial
Boat House Beach Resort is set on an exclusive beach with a distinct choice
of luxurious accommodation. What could make for a more romantic honeymoon
in Koh Samui than a stay in an authentic teak rice barge? Our 34 teakwood
rice barges have been converted into international standard luxury suites,
as well as eight low-rise accommodation wings with a total of 210 rooms.
Our Koh Samui resort is just five kilometers from the island's international
airport and a few minutes from Chaweng Beach.
Beach Resort and Spa Samui
Guests of the Nora Beach
Resort & Spa will feel transported back to the Siam of yesteryear.
The architecture throughout the resort is a fusion of classical Thai style
and contemporary luxuries. The resort ‘s magnificent lobby is open-sided
and invites cool sea breezes, scented by the lively greens of the surrounding
gardens. The resort enjoys a spectacular hillside setting, overlooking
a secluded bay just north of the world-famous Chaweng Beach. One of the
most charming features of the resort is the terraced stream, which runs
from a pool in the lobby and gently flows through the grounds before plunging
into a waterfall and mixing with the waters of the Thai gulf. As this lovely
stream runs past your villa, the soothing sound of running water will gently
lull you to sleep.
Boutique Resort Samui
Listen closely as beats
from the traditional Thai drum, the Rummana, guides guests from all ends
of the world to Lamai beach on Koh Samui where Rummana Boutique Resort
welcomes all to enjoy the very essence of boutique resort living at its
finest. Lose yourself in a place where grand service and beautiful accommodations
reign supreme. At Rummana Boutique Resort, a little goes a long way. Masterfully
designed in every aspect, choose from our “Island Chic” Deluxe Villas or
Rummana Suites for a perfect stay - private, peaceful, well-equipped and
fully stocked, you’ll never want to leave.
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