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Ko Samui (or Koh Samui, Thai: เกาะสมุย ) is an island off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus, Thailand. Geographically in the Chumphon Archipelago, it is part of Surat Thani Province, though as of 2012, Ko Samui was granted Municipality status and thus is now locally self-governing. Ko Samui is Thailand's second-largest island after Phuket, a population of over 63,000 and a hotel occupancy rate of 73 percent as the number of visitors increases.Abundant tourist resources, sandy beaches, coral reefs, and coconut trees are present on the island.
The central part of Ko Samui is the mostly unspoiled, natural tropical jungle, including the largest mountain named Khao Pom, peaking at 635 meters. The various lowland and coastal areas are connected by Route 4169, which is a 51 km road, running primarily along the coastline and encircling the bulk of the island. Many other concrete roads branch off from 4169 to service other areas.
Koh Samui (Samui Island) is a cosmopolitan melting pot, attracting budget travellers staying for a month or two in simple beachside bungalows, to the wealthiest holidaymakers dropping in for a weekend at one of the many luxury resort or villa on the many white sand beaches of Koh Samui.
From the hustle and bustle of Chaweng Beach to the lively yet relaxed atmosphere of Lamai Beach to the timeless feel of Bophut's Fisherman's Village to the tropical beach paradise of Maenam, Koh Samui is unique among Thailand's islands in maintaining a broad appeal for everyone. This helps to give the distinctive relaxed atmosphere that sets it apart.
►Diving in Koh Samui is yet another reason to visit this tropical wonderland! With clear blue waters, warm waters and amazing marine life, it's no surprise that the area is an extremely popular destination for both experienced divers and those wanting to take up the sport.
Short, accredited dive courses are readily available and prices are very reasonable compared to most countries. There's a wide range of dive shops offering all levels of instruction and if you look around, it's not difficult to find courses conducted in the language of your choice (except maybe Inuit).
In addition to the affordable prices, one of the obvious reasons dive courses are so popular here is the great locations from which they are conducted -- your instruction is usually right by the beach in the shallow, calm waters off Chaweng, Coral Cove or several other places around the island. The water visibility is anywhere between 3-30 metres. The currents around Samui itself are variable, but usually not too strong except on the west coast during the monsoon months.
►Samui Sea Kayaking Tours Angthong National Park and Coral Island are amazing places to 'discover'. With overhanging cliffs, caves and warm, clear water you'll love the sights and sounds of these terrific destinations.
Sea Kayaking is one of the most fun ways of exploring the exotic and visually striking coastlands of these areas. Make the most of them with a full-day adventure tour.
Arrive at Angthong Marine National Park and commence the morning's kayaking along the stunning coastline of Koh Mae Ko. After landing the kayaks on the beach you can try an easy but spectacular climb through the dense tropical forest and narrow ravines that take you up to the Talai Nai or the 'Green Lagoon', a spectacular island viewpoint. After descending board the boat and cruise throughArrive at Angthong Marine National Park and commence the morning's kayaking along the stunning coastline of Koh Mae Ko. After landing the kayaks on the beach you can try an easy but spectacular climb through the dense tropical forest and narrow ravines that take you up to the Talai Nai or the 'Green Lagoon', a spectacular island viewpoint. After descending board the boat and cruise through the magnificent scenery of the Park while a delicious buffet lunch is served. the magnificent scenery of the Park while a delicious buffet lunch is served.
►Samui Sports & Outdoor Adventures Stay active on Samui.We have five exciting new activities for you to participate in. Try Jungle Trekking with experienced guides and learn the secrets of the rainforest; challenge yourself to some real rock n' roll on the back of an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and fly through the air with the greatest of ease on the amazing Sky Fox Cable Ride.The Sky Fox is a fantastic ride for those who like to experience speed and a feeling of pure freedom. You can slide along the cables from platform to platform and feel what it's like to fly.
►Thai Boxing in Koh Samui Thai Boxing or Muay Thai is Thailand's National Sport and is one of the world's most demanding contact sports. It takes long and hard training to excel in this discipline and more and more people worldwide are becoming interested and are taking this sport up. Come and watch up to 10 fascinating bouts of undiluted excitement every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, starting at 21:00.
►Sailing Cruises & Yacht Charters in Koh Samui The Samui archipelago in the Gulf of Thailand is home to over 50 gorgeous islands, many of which are uninhabited. Exploring this area by chartered yacht is an unsurpassed pleasure and a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Disappear for days on end in this aquatic wonderland of turquoise seas and verdant limestone islands.
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