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The Tropical Island of Koh Samui

Thailand has some truly beautiful islands that are perfect for a relaxing chilled out holiday of a lifetime.
The largest island is Phuket, known as the emerald in the isle it can cater to all types of tourists with secluded long stretches of beach and busy tourist areas.
Koh Chang is the second largest, a favourite with Thai people and still relatively undeveloped.
The third largest island is Koh Samui, the place of pristine white sand beaches, coconut trees, bikini-clad tourists, and jet skis.
There are still spots where peace and quiet can be found and, while most of the accommodation is in the mid to high range, there are also still some cheap wooden bungalows in the quieter areas.
With its own international airport specially designed to fit in with the natural surroundings you can reach Samui in under an hour if you fly from Bangkok, there's also other routes available including Singapore and Phuket.
There are no complaints from the visitors of Samui as it has plenty to offer including beach activities and water sports to a fun time after dark and trendy bars and clubs.
The most visited areas are Chaweng, Lamai, Bophut and Maenam with a great range of facilities and accommodation so you're guaranteed to find something whatever the state of your finances.
Due to a big expat community and thousands of tourists arriving here every week from all corners of the world the options in types of cuisine are extensive and your palate will be tempted by Italian, Swedish and Vietnamese to French and English.
If you're up for a bit of pampering then Samui is a destination where you can treat yourself every day to a haircut or manicure, a spa or massage.
The treatments are reasonably priced and plentiful, try a traditional Thai massage and energy treatment or oil and warm stone massage, detox treatments and colonic irrigation are available for those wanting a deep cleanse whilst meditation and relaxing techniques, Yoga, Reiki, and Tai Chi are great when experienced outside in the warm tropical sunshine.
Family activities can be enjoyed in the form of elephant trekking up the mountain, the weather is excellent for sailing or book a scuba diving trip with PADI Diver Courses from complete beginner up to instructor level.
Play on an international golf course or kayak in Ang Thong National Marine Park and discover the magical caves and bizarre rock formations amongst the dozens of deserted beaches whilst watching out for whales, dolphins and monkeys that live here.
Check out Chaweng as it's the most popular area with 6km of sandy beach and sparkling blue waters.
The area is packed with Koh Samui hotels and resorts, restaurants, spas, discotheques, bars and shopping opportunities.
Lamai is also a popular beach and swimming and water sports can be enjoyed here.
At the southern end look out for the famous Grandfather and Grandmother rock formations called Hin Ta - Hin Yai, you have to see them to realize why they catch the attention of so many people.
In the north is Maenam with soft sand and calm waters, perfect for families with small children as the water is shallow and it's much quieter, particularly at night, than the busier areas.
Catch a speedboat from the pier here to Koh Tao.
Also in this area is Bophut which is a small fisherman village but still has an ample amount of restaurants and shops, as well as cafes and beachfront bars for enjoying the beautiful sunset and distant view of Koh Phangan on the horizon.
Big Buddha is another good place for swimming as its safe for children and you get unbelievable views of the 12 meter high golden Big Buddha and Koh Phangan.
Restaurants, bars and shopping are all available here and the accommodation ranges from basic beach huts to tropical resorts.
Catch a boat to Koh Phangan and the monthly Full Moon Party from the pier and party till the morning.

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