One of the most popular islands in Thailand is located in the south of the country – Koh Samui is a great place for people from all walks of life and age ranges. Holidaymakers flock here daily for its gorgeous fine-sand beaches, warm weather, natural scenery and first-class accommodation and facilities on offer. Not to mention the food and nightlife that will give you a holiday to remember whether you are visiting with family or friends. If you’re looking for peace and tranquility or an island adventure then this tropical destination has it all.
Koh Samui is far away from the noisy streets of Bangkok and the rest of the mainland. If you are travelling from overseas then there are connections from Bangkok to the local airport on the island, flights also arrive here from Phuket, Krabi, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
A laid-back attitude makes Koh Samui a place you can relax and really leave behind the stresses of your regular daily life. Quite a fashionable location you can find some interesting cafes, galleries and art and craft shops here, stop for a Thai coffee or pick yourself up a unique or traditional piece of locally made furniture or artwork.
Vegetarian and raw cuisine, organic and vegan restaurants can easily be found if you are a healthy eater, the food is delicious and you get to eat in a beautiful setting too! Check out Samui Wellness Spa whose speciality is 100% raw food cuisine which means only fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds are used in the cooking process which entails none of the ingredients heated above 42 C. All the food is vegan and you can eat in the restaurant or outside on the deck.
Another interesting place to look out for is About Art and Craft, a little caf in Na Thon just opposite the port serving a great selection of food for anyone, they provide for Lacto, Ovo, Vegan-friendly, Thai, International, Juice bar, and also non-veggies. Try a healthy salad, delicious curries or stir-fry, or fresh fish, the multi-grain dark bread and muffins is also very good.
Spa Samui Resorts has some of the tastiest, imaginative vegetarian cuisine on the island which compliments the Spas’ well-known fasting and rejuvenation programmes. The menu has a lip smacking selection that is healthy and appetizing and the place is famous for its signature salads and yummy soups. Long Island Resort features Talay Tai in Lamai which focuses on healthy organic fare in a selection of sandwiches, pasta and salads including wild rice, tofu, hummus, pita bread and more.
Wherever you decide to stay it will have its own restaurant and selection of delights to try. Accommodation providers pride themselves on being able to offer guests the ultimate in privacy, comfort and space surrounded by a stylish and chic decor. Many of the resorts, hotels, beach villas, and bungalows on the tropical island face out onto the stunning beaches and are surrounded by luxuriant tropical gardens. Depending on your budget you can book anything from a 3 to 5 star and get a great place to retreat to with lots of space and a peaceful environment, along with all the necessary facilities and first-class services you would ever need.
Beach resorts and Samui hotels typically provide large beachfront or private pools, massage and spa facilities, restaurants and bars, gym and sports amenities and some have the ability to arrange your wedding for you. Take a look online for the lowest rates and best deals, most places have their own unique style and are never too far from the sparkling emerald sea.
Simon Coleman writes articles for Samui Guide, the definitive online guide to Koh samui. Koh samui is one of the premier beach holiday destinations in the world, and there are so many samui hotels to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice.