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27th of June 2013 0

Koh Samui: coconut island to popular tourist destination

Koh Samui in an island in the Gulf of Thailand. The island is part of the Koh Samui archipelago, which includes about 40 islands and seven of which are inhabited.

The population of Koh Samui lived formerly of the proceeds of the coconut palm plantations and fishing, now tourism is the main source of income. Before 1990 Koh Samui was immensely popular with backpackers (backpackers), after the arrival of the airport in 1989, the mass tourism corridor. Many backpackers therefore chose other destinations in the area such as Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao.

Despite the increase in tourism Koh Samui has retained much of its charm. The beaches are not marred by tall buildings and hideous hotels. There may may be over the top of the palm trees. Namely not built on the island higher This you will find pretty much bungalows, some of which directly behind the beach.

National Park Ang Thong Koh Samui island of coconuts to popular tourist destination

Ang Thong National Park

Sandy

third largest island of Thailand is characterized by the beautiful, long sandy beaches with coves. Of course you will find all the huge coconut trees on the island. On Koh Samui one attaches great importance to traditions. Some accommodations are evenings with traditional Thai dance and music, often in combination with a Thai specialty buffet.

Especially the beaches in places Lamai Beach and Chaweng Beach are crowded. On these beaches you can also see the famous beach with vendors including soft drinks, ice cream, fresh fruit and clothing. The beaches on the north coast with views of the Big Buddha, a huge Buddha statue. On Chaweng Beach offers various water sports on offer, including sailing, windsurfing, parasailing, banana ride, water-«n, wakeboarding and personal watercraft.

The west coast beaches are quiet and leave you can take long walks to encounter. without a tourist If you want to drive through the main road around the island you come next to the port Nathon and some villages along the main road some (simple) at resorts. The waters of the nearby islands of Koh Pha Ngan, Koh Tao and Ang Thong National Park are popular with divers, snorkelers and are suitable for canoeing «n.

Koh Samui Thailand Koh Samui island of coconuts to popular tourist destination

Nightlife

Chaweng beach is quite crowded and touristy. Lamai Beach, and Bo Phut Beach are already a lot quieter. Most shops can be found in Chaweng Beach. There are many clothing shops and workshops where you can make. Tailored clothing There are also plenty of tourist shops selling leather goods, carvings, jewelry and imitation brand watches.

The nightlife is quite varied with a concentration in Chaweng Beach and Lamai Beach. You will find beer bars, disco bars, nightclubs and restaurants. The most famous nightlife area is the Green Mango Square and Soi Reggae both in Chaweng Beach.

The number of sites is limited. Koh Samui is primarily a beach destination. Would you go and see what you can to:

  • The Big Buddha, a large golden Buddha statue.
  • Waterfalls Hin Lad and Na Muang.
  • Samui Highland Park.
  • There is a monkey theater, snake farm, crocodile farm, elephant show and a butterfly garden.
  • You can visit Thai kick boxing (Muay Thai). But the level is significantly lower than in Bangkok.

excursions are also offered as an elephant and jeep safari. A boat trip along the coast and to the Ang Thong National Park is definitely worth it. Furthermore, you can take a ferry to the islands of Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao.


Full Moon Party

on the nearby island of Koh Pha Ngan is the monthly Full Moon Party organized. In the week of the Full Moon Party is significantly busier on Koh Samui. Everywhere on Koh Samui you a trip to the Full Moon Party books. You are then a minivan picked up at the hotel and taken to a speedboat, which allows you to the island of Koh Pha Ngan momentum. A cheaper alternative is by ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Pha Ngan. During the Full Moon Party, however the waiting walk quite well and the ferries are packed.

For golf enthusiasts, there are two golf courses on Koh Samui:

  • Santiburi Golf at Mae Nam Beach: 18 holes.
  • Bophut Hills Golf Club in Bo Phut Beach:. 9 holes

lovers of diving and snorkeling can also have fun on Koh Samui. Because the water around Koh Samui is quite shallow, there are several diving trips to beautiful dive spots organized. Most dive trips go to the islands with coral reefs, such as Koh Tao, Koh Pha Ngan and Ang Thong National Park.

I’ve been to Koh Samui several times over the years and that is excellent like me. You can go nice and the beaches are beautiful. The average age of tourists is somewhat lower than elsewhere in Thailand, you will find there are relatively many young people.

Koh Samui is highly recommended, especially for beach lovers.

Chaweng beach Koh Samui island of coconuts to popular tourist destination

Chaweng beach

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