Koh Samui Thailand, Travel and Hotel Guide a tropical island paradise

Koh Samui

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Koh Samui Thailand - a Blue You Travel Guide

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One of Thailand's favorite island destinations, Koh Samui is famous for it's beautiful stretches of white sandy beaches, relaxed lifestyle and exotic flavor. This beautiful island off the south eastern coast of Thailand is covered with coconut plantations and circled by palm-fringed beaches. Coconuts are still the mainstay of the local economy where up to two million of them are shipped to Bangkok each month.

The most popular beaches are Hat Chaweng and Hat Lamai: both have good swimming and snorkeling but are getting a little crowded. For more peace and quiet, try Mae Nam, Bo Phut and Big Buddha on the northern coast.
The main town on the island is Nathon this is where boats from Thai mainland arrives, you will find banks, post offices, restaurants and a few shops etc. we dont recommend staying here - koh samui is about beaches - these are the places to stay.

Most beaches have white sand and are fringed with coconut palms. Many resorts and hotels are located just a couple of meters from the beach click here to book Koh Samui Hotels online. The most popular beaches are:

Chaweng A 7 km long beach in the North-East of Samui. The most well-known and developed. You can rent anything from really simple bungalows to a five star hotel room here. The sand is invitingly white, but it can be a lot of people here, especially at high season.

Lamai Not as long as Chaweng but more quite and some people would say charming. The Southern part of the beach is more inviting than the Northern. Located in South-East of Samui, 10 kilometers South of Chaweng.

Other beaches: Mae Nam, Big Buddha, Bo Phut In the North of Samui you will find these fine beaches. They are not as crowded as Chaweng and Lamai. A large range of hotels and bungalows are found here and it is close to the Airport, Pier and Big Buddha too.

Getting There
The vast majority of travelers going to Koh Samui arrive to Thailand's capital city of Bangkok first, and make their island getaway travel arrangements via air, train/boat or bus/boat.

Flight: Bangkok Air flies direct to Samui airport from Bangkok.

Train: Train travel is a great option, if you have the time we highly recommend this, its a bit more expensive than coach but well worth the money. The night train from Hualamphong, the Bangkok railway station, to Suratthani.

Bus: The VIP buses are more comfortable than the so called A/C bus. You can buy a ticket in almost every travel agency in Bangkok. Ferry is often included in the price.

Ferry If you trave by bus or train, you need to get a ferry from Ban Don these take about 2-3 hours to make the crossing and are not luxurious in any way, but you will great views of the many small islands if you don't fall asleep!

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