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Koh SamuiWith such beauty and charm, Koh Samui appeals to just about everyone. Every year, the island attracts more than 1,5 million people from all over the world that come here to do nothing or everything. With its pristine beaches, crystal clear water, delicious food, lively parties, and excellent shopping options, you could certainly say that this Thai paradise has it all.
The IslandKoh Samui, or “Samui” for vernacular speakers, is located in the Gulf of Thailand. It is the second largest island in Thailand after Phuket and measures 25 kilometres at the widest point. The main road runs along the beautiful coastline and is approximately 51 kilometres long. In contrast to the stunning beaches, the central part of the island consists of a tropical, jungle mountain. Centuries ago, the island was inhabited by Chinese fishermen. Nowadays, it is a melting pot of people coming here from all four corners of the world. The island appeals just as much to billioners as it does to backpackers travelling on a budget. The largest and most popular area is on the east side of the island and is called Chaweng. Chaweng is located near the airport and offers beautiful golden sand stretches, bars, restaurants and shops. Nathon is located on the west side of the island and is the old capital of Koh Samui. This is still the main port, business district and centre of the fishing industry. Two of the other major tourist resorts are Lamai Beach and Bophut Beach.
Beach LifeThe beaches on Koh Samui seem to have been taken right out of a travel ad. With their white sand and peacefully swaying palm trees, they'll make your beach experience dream-like. All around the island you can enjoy water sports, drinks, food, massages and manicures: everything you need to pamper yourself.
Do & See
On Koh Samui you can choose to do nothing, or to do everything. The island is perfect for a relaxing holiday on the beach, with colorful drinks in your hand and sun on your skin. For the more adventurous ones there is plenty to explore, from nature to shopping and food.
Koh Samui is not only a melting pot of people but also of food. Here you will find just about everything ranging from Thai food or international cuisine to snacks from streets stalls. Remember to try some of the local food like salted eggs or the tasty rambutan fruit. Below are the best places to eat in Koh Samui, Thailand:
Koh Samui is slowly catching up with the western coffee trend, so finding a decent cup of coffee here should not be too hard. If you are craving a snack, there will be an abundance of choices. You can easily grab a bite to eat or drink at the beach or from one of the many food stalls. Below are some of the best cafes in Koh Samui, Thailand:
Bars & Nightlife
On Koh Samui, you can find some of the best parties in Thailand, with Chaweng being the centre of it all. Along the beach road area, there are many different spots catering to all different tastes. Lamai is a smaller version of Chaweng, also offering numerous bars and discos. You will be spoiled for choice along the main streets wherever you go, from sophisticated restaurants, bars, discos to the famous Full Moon Party at Kho Phangan.
You can easily find a bargain at Koh Samui! The main areas for shopping are the hub Chaweng, Lamai with its quirky stores and Nathon with some really cheap deals. You will definitely run in to one or two designer copies that are especially popular here. Buying your own tailored suit in Thailand is also very popular, mainly because of the good price but also for the great quality.