Resplendent with natural beauty, Koh Samui, or Samui as the locals call it, is the third largest island in Thailand. The palm tree-lined shore along the coastal lowlands rising to the virgin rainforest slopes are truly a feast for all five senses. Choosing to stay in Koh Samui villas
for your holiday means enjoy this fantastic island like a local.
Samui is one of the islands that form the Ang Thong National Marine Park, well-known as a snorkeling and kayaking utopia. The island is large enough for in-depth exploration by the fit and adventurous, but also can be navigated at one's leisure by car or motorbike in just a couple of hours.
As recently as the end of the last century, Koh Samui was an isolated and therefore self-sufficient community, with little connection to the mainland of Thailand. In the 1970s the island's first intrepid tourists, backpackers who hitched a ride on a coconut boat, discovered this picturesque, unspoiled paradise. Since the 1990s the tourist trade has sky-rocketed, and today Koh Samui is the second most popular island destination in Thailand, topped only by Phuket.Bang Por, Koh Samui
Bang Por is a relatively quiet and tranquil area of Koh Samui. This site includes magnificent white sand beaches and breath-taking views over to Koh Phangan
. Bang Por enjoys refreshing breezes year-round thanks to the gulf of Siam, making this location ideal for sailing no matter what the month of the year. Venture into the hills of the area and one is treated to some of the most fantastic views this island Eden has to offer.
Bang Por has much more to offer its visitors than just its awe-inspiring natural beauty. There are numerous excellent Thai restaurants in the area, where fresh seafood arrives daily. Enjoying a meal in the pristine beauty of this locale's tropical surroundings is a never-to-be-forgotten travel experience.Lamai, Koh Samui
Lamai offers much in the way of dining, shopping, and accommodation options. Its unique, laid back atmosphere makes it one of the area's most popular travel destinations. Lamai Beach is renowned for its magnificent crescent of white sand beach ideal for a day of lazy sunbathing, or swimming and other water sports including windsurfing and waterskiing. Vendors patrol the beaches offering such local delicacies as fruit, grilled sweet corn, Thai papaya salad
, chicken, and ice cream, along with items such as sarongs and locally crafted jewelry.
The area is small enough to experience all its splendor just by walking, while drinking in all the sights, sounds, and smells at one's leisure. Take a stroll to Hinta Hinyai at the southern end of Lamai and marvel at its unique and strange rock formations. In addition to all these attractions, Lamai is also well-known by tourists for its active night life.Big Buddha, Koh Samui
Approaching Koh Samui from the air, the imposing gold statue of Lord Buddha perched on a high platform at the top of wide staircase adorned with dragons graciously welcomes all to the island, and dominates the landscape. Constructed in 1972, this enormous Buddha is situated within the Phra Yai Temple complex on a small island located just off the northern shore.
Venerated by the locals and visitors hailing from Thailand, Koh Samui's Big Buddha
is also a very popular tourist destination for foreign visitors, many of whom join the local people in lighting incense and praying at this magnificent shrine. At night the statue is highlighted with floodlights, an exotic and inspiring sight to all lucky enough to view it.
Many Thai tourists make the Big Buddha the first stop on their travel itinerary. They come to pray here, and make offerings of fruit and flowers, and rice and water. To ensure a happy and fruitful visit, they also burn five incense sticks. Once the tourist has paid their respects to Lord Buddha, they embark on the rest of their adventures in this lush, tropical nirvana.More about Koh Samui