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Koh Samui - Incredible Island Idyll
Rising dramatically from the blue-green, bathtub-warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui is the country’s second largest island. Over a million travellers wash ashore here each year in search of everything from inexpensive fun in the sun to lavish luxury at an exclusive spa-resort. The rainforest-covered island plays host to a number of fascinating natural and man-made attractions—from wondrous waterfalls to mummified monks, lively beach resorts to tranquil fishing villages, sacred shrines to sultry sex shows—the variety of things to see and do here reflects the increasingly cosmopolitan crowds curious to sample this piece of paradise.
Bustling Beaches or Quiet Coves
The postcard-perfect beaches of Koh Samui are famed for their pure-white sands, crystal-clear waters and high-spirited soirees under the glow of the full moon. Featuring more hotels, bars and restaurants than anywhere else on the island, Chaweng Beach is a popular choice for younger travellers in search of sun, sand and notorious nightlife. Laid-back Lamai Beach is less chaotic but still offers an array of sleeping, eating and shopping options to suit all budgets. At the heart of tranquil Bophut Beach is the Fisherman’s Village, one of the island’s best-loved attractions and home to Chinese shophouses, cosy guesthouses, authentic eateries and bargain-filled boutiques. If resort-studded shores are your idea of hell and you desire to feel deserted, head to one of Koh Samui’s many hidden, off-the-beaten-track beaches where tropical tranquillity awaits. Maenam Beach on the island’s north coast is an idyllic plot of island that promises a Robinson-Crusoe-esque experience.
With looming limestone karsts, dense rainforest, mysterious mangroves, cascading waterfalls and secret lagoons, the 42 islands that make up nearby Ang Thong National Marine Park are a must-do day-trip. The inspiration behind the cult-classic ‘The Beach’, the protected area houses a staggering array of animals, birds and marine life, and allows for world-class snorkelling, diving and deep-sea fishing. One of the islands, Koh Wua Ta Lap, features simple beach-front bungalows and tents, affording travellers the chance to spend a night castaway under the stars. Brave the steep trek to the island’s highest point to enjoy a breath-taking panorama of the entire park—but be warned—the thunderous waves of monsoon season make this part of the world inaccessible for around a quarter of the year. To avoid disappointment (or severe seasickness), plan to hit Koh Samui between February and April, when the surrounding sea is at its stillest.
Beyond the Beaches
A fascinating abundance of attractions lays beyond the island’s breathtaking beaches, including sites of historic and religious significance and areas of intoxicating natural beauty. The island’s most photographed landmark is probably its 12-meter-tall Big Buddha Shrine. Shimmering brightly on the horizon, the giant golden statue is visible for miles around and an array of market stalls and food stands have sprung up around it to accommodate the influx of Instagrammers. Of the island’s plethora of wondrous waterfalls, those at Na Muang are perhaps its most picturesque. Follow a natural staircase of roots and rocks up to an inviting natural pool that provides some welcome respite from the relentless humidity. Why not rent a moped and explore some of the island’s more off-beat attractions, such as the mummified remains of a highly-revered monk, the nail-biting manoeuvres of a snake handler or the stunningly serene, Secret Buddha Gardens.
Island Shopping at its Finest
Like so many places in Thailand, Koh Samui is a shopaholic’s paradise, offering visitors everything from baht-busting bargains to credit-card-crunching purchases. Featuring an eclectic array of shopping options, from vibrant village markets and quirky boutiques to climate-controlled megamalls, there is almost nothing you can’t buy here. Set over three storeys, Central Festival Samui is the island’s largest shopping centre, offering mainly genuine products at fixed prices. While this might not be the place to pick up a great deal, the sheer relief of the powerful air conditioning might have you browsing for hours. To release the inner-haggler, head to Lamai Night Plaza where dubious copies of just about everything—from rings and watches to t-shirts and trainers—change hands for a knocked-down rate. Every Friday evening, the usually sleepy Fisherman’s Village becomes a vibrant walking street, brimming with colourful market stalls selling traditional handicrafts, antiques and jewellery for ludicrously low prices.
Where to Stay on Koh Samui
Whether you are looking for a romantic resort by the beach or a backpacker pad close to the best parties, the perfect hotel is not hard to find. The island’s most popular promenade, Chaweng, offers a wide range of activities and experiences; from neon-lit go-go bars and classy cocktail lounges to traditional cookery schools and extreme jungle adventures, meaning that hotels here are amongst Koh Samui’s most expensive. Neighbouring Lamai, while slightly smaller, offers a lot more by way of budget accommodation, including large bungalow resorts catering to backpackers and others who want little more than a mattress to doze on between parties. A cluster of boutique resorts colour the coast of Bophut, offering a little more sophistication, while in the island’s northeast corner, at Choeng Mon, a smattering of high-end hotels and upmarket resorts lie dotted around the otherwise mostly undeveloped coastline.
Price rangefrom NZ$9to NZ$14,833
Hotel ChawengCove BeachResort Chaweng Beach
ChawengCove BeachResort is a beach front resort that overlooks the Gulf of Thailand. Colourful rooms provide visitors with amenities such as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars and tea and coffee making facilities. Some of the accommodations add on bonuses such as terraces and balconies with relaxing whirlpool tubs. There are also bungalows available. These feature garden or pool access; some also have sitting areas and multiple bedrooms. Villas with beach front access are also available. Other perks of staying at this property include indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness centre, motorbike rentals and a lovely on-site tropical garden. A children's pool and free parking are also available. Additionally, guests will enjoy starting the day off on the right foot with a complimentary breakfast. People can also kick back and relax at the poolside bar. ChawengCove BeachResort is situated right on Chaweng Beach and near plenty of restaurants and nightlife opportunities. It is also close to the Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts. more
Hotel Hotel Art Chaweng Beach
Art Hotel Chaweng Beach is amazing and friendly service hotel. Hotel located in the heart of the nightlife of Koh Samui and on the best beach - just 1 minute walk out of the hotel. Art Hotel Koh Samui - is a perfect choice for tourists wanting to touch the wonderful and varied holiday in Koh Samui in the Kingdom of Thailand! Fitted with tiled flooring and a seating area, rooms feature air conditioning and a fridge. LED TV, Cable TV, 500Mbs Wi-Fi and a private bathroom with hot showers are included. Rooms also come with complimentary bottled water an electric kettle as well as coffee and tea making facilities. For extra convenience, guests can organize excursions and buy tickets on-site to visit the neighboring islands. Bike and car rentals can also be arranged at Art Hotel. Property surroundings Closest landmarks • Chaweng Walking Street 0 km • KC Beach Club Chaweng 0.3 km • Petbuncha Thai Boxing Stadium 0.1 km • Reggae Pub Ko Samui 0.6 km • Top Supermarket Chaweng Beach 1 km • Chaweng Lake 0.5 km • Bangkok Hospital Samui 1.1 km • The Green Mango Club 1.0 km • Solo Bar 1.4 km • Starz Cabaret 1.5 km Restaurants and markets • Hot point Restaurant 0 km • hungry wolf Restaurant 0.1 km Beaches in the neighbourhood • Chaweng Beach White sand Swimming, Water sports, Food and drink Closest airports • Samui International Airport 3.3 km Most popular landmarks • Fisherman Village 4.8 km • Big Buddha 5.4 km • Lamai City Center 6.6 km • Grandfather and Grandmother stone 8 km • Nathon Pier 13.6 km • Full Moon Party, Rin Beach 17 km • Haad Yuan 18.6 km • Black Moon Culture, Baan Tai 19.7 km more
Hotel Cheeky Monkeys Samui Chaweng Beach
The 3-star Cheeky Monkey Samui Hostel offers comfort and convenience whether you\'re on business or holiday in Samui. The hotel offers guests a range of services and amenities designed to provide comfort and convenience. To be found at the hotel are free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park. All rooms are designed and decorated to make guests feel right at home, and some rooms come with internet access– wireless (complimentary), internet access – wireless, private pool, air conditioning, balcony/terrace. To enhance guests\' stay, the hotel offers recreational facilities such as outdoor pool. Discover all Samui has to offer by making Cheeky Monkey Samui Hostel your base. more
Hotel Dara Samui Beach Resort & Villas Chaweng Beach
The 4-star Dara Samui Beach hotels & Spa Resort has beachfront location in Chaweng beach and walking distance all shopping and famous night clubs. The hotel room size start from 42 sqm / 453 sqft to 128 sqm / 1380 sqft and provide free WIFI in all the rooms and hotels areas. Experience the boutique Thai style called "Lanna" accommodation room and the beautiful pool located next to the beach. more
Hotel Samui Verticolor Chaweng Beach
Located on a street lined by palm trees in the city of Chaweng, Thailand, The Samui Verticolor is a three-star hotel with 151 rooms. It is six miles away from the Gulf of Thailand. Modern rooms are equipped with flat screen television, satellite channels, tea/coffee making equipments, personal safe, refrigerator, telephone and complimentary bottled water. Bathrooms are provided with rainfall showerheads and hair dryer. Suites have whirlpool tubs, pool views and separate living rooms. Room service is available. There is an outdoor swimming pool, poolside bar, meeting room and a fitness centre. Parking and Wi-Fi are complimentary. Shuttle service, laundry, luggage storage, tours/ticket and car hire are some of the facilities that can be availed by the guests. Complimentary breakfast is served every morning. The onsite restaurant called Café Color serves many delicacies. Samui Airport is a 15 minutes’ drive and The Big Buddha Temple is a 20 minutes’ drive from the Samui Verticolor. more
Hotel Amari Koh Samui Chaweng Beach
Amari Koh Samui is set on the majestic shores of North Chaweng Beach in Thailand. This tropical paradise hotel features a secluded beachfront. Each room is equipped with free Wi-Fi, a television with satellite channels, an air conditioner, a minibar, and a private bathroom with complimentary toiletries and hairdryer. Coffee/tea making facilities are also included and some rooms feature a pool, ocean, or beach view. The hotel has a diving centre in which guests can ask assistance for scuba diving. Breeze Spa offers optimum relaxation. Other amenities include two pools, a fitness centre, and a lush garden. The resort offers a cooked-to-order breakfast service daily at the Amaya Food Gallery. Prego Italian Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner while the Amaya Café and Amaya Bar offers light snacks or pastries and refreshing cocktails. Samui Airport and Fisherman’s Village walking street are both about two kilometres away from Amari Koh Samui. more
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