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Tourist Attractions in Ko Samui    by Ben Ken

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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.

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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.
Fishing Boats Lined Up, Ko Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand
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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.

Big Buddha, Koh Samui, Thailand
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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 year.

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Amari 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.
Baan 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.
Gurich 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.
Imperial 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.
Nora 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.
Rummana 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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