Koh Samui Is The Classic Tropical Island Paradise

By Steven M Slade

Koh Samui is a beautiful tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand. It is the third biggest island in Thailand and lies about 800km south of Bangkok and 80km off the east coast in the south of the country. Koh Samui has been a popular holiday destination for tourists for a long time, it is possible to stay at resorts, cheap bamboo bungalows, and it is even possible to rent a villa on the island.

As Koh Samui is a large island, there is something for everyone with commercial beaches, as well as more laid back and quiet beaches. There are also beaches that cater for the backpacker crowd. Koh Samui is the classic paradise island with palm fringed beaches and beautiful crystal clear blue waters.

The most popular and busiest beach on the island is Chaweng Beach. It is seven kilometers long and has white powder sand. It is perfect for swimming, sun-bathing and water sports during the day, and if you like to let your hair down there are plenty of bars and nightclubs on the main street just up from the beach. There are also many excellent restaurants that serves spicy Thai cuisine and food from all over the world. There is plenty of accommodation on the beach from backpacker orientated bungalows to expensive resorts. It is even possible to rent a villa on the beach.

Mae Nam Bophut, Bang Rak (Big Buddha) and Choeng Mon are much quieter options than Chaweng. These beaches is also absolutely stunning and there is no shortage of places to stay. So if you want a more authentic Thai experience, do not want to party all night or just want to have some beach to yourself then these beaches are worth checking out.

It is also possible to rent a small motorcycle at the island's main beaches for a bot 100 to 200 baht a day. This way you can explore the entire island and see some the islands beautiful temples.

The beautiful Wat Khunaram Ko Samui temple is worth visiting. It is a classic Thai Buddhist temple and contains a mummified monk. The Big Buddha Temple, known as Wat Phra Ya is also worth a visit. It has a fantastic 15 meter high Buddha statue.

The Island of Koh Samui has something for everyone, whether you are a backpacker or a family on vacation. You can enjoy swimming, sun-bathing, partying and wide variety of water-sports on the island. You can find suitable accommodation on the island, including bungalows, resorts and even long term villa rentals. Check out accommodation online and start planning your holiday on the tropical island paradise that is Koh Samui.

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