Koh Samui Island
The third largest island in Thailand, Koh Samui is just 21 km at its widest point and 25 km at its longest yet dispite rapid development, Samui is a small enough to retain its charm and the modest size also makes it a convenient, laid back location even during busy seasons.
The coastline is made up of countless coconut palm-fringed beaches and bays while the hinterland consists of forested limestone hills and forests. It makes the island an eclectic blend of nature and sophistication offering visitors the chance to experience the high life while still achievving a level of true escape.
It is the beaches of Samui that the island is perhaps most renowed and each one has a character and ambience of its own.
The east coast beaches of Chaweng and Lamai are busy and commecial area, with bars and restaurants and a busy nightlife. To the north, Bank Rakand Bophut have a more relax local village atmosphere while beaches like Lipa Noi and Laem Set on the western and southside shores feel more remote and untouched and provide perfect escape from the world.