Koh Samui is a postcard perfect island of rugged mountains, coconut palms, white sand beaches and turquoise waters. This is really the ’boutique’ island of Thailand. Architecture is kept subtle amongst the coconut palms and nothing really sticks out like a sore thumb. Even the airport is like a traditional little village in itself with thatch roof and wood, rather than the usual drab concrete. The island atmosphere is more laid back than Phuket yet with enough to do throughout the day and night.
The island is the third largest in Thailand after Phuket and Koh Chang. A boat ride to the north will take you to the increasingly popular islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. To the west is Angthong National Marine Park ‘ a lovely place for a day trip to some amazing tropical islands.
There are several beautiful beaches to choose from for your vacation ranging from quiet, laid back beaches with not too many people to busy, modern towns.
Chaweng Beach is by far the most popular with the longest beach, plenty of hotels, restaurants and things to do.
Lamai Beach is next with a busy village atmosphere along with more economical hotels and restaurants.
For those that want to get away to somewhere a little quieter, consider Bophut or Maenam beaches on the north coast.