The Exotic Island of Koh Samui, Thailand

by Dean on February 24, 2015

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The entire country of Thailand is an exotic place. Occupying the largest chunk of Indochina and stretching well into the Malaysian peninsula, Thailand is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the last decade and its popularity is on the constant rise. It attracts people of all generations from all parts of the world. The young ones come here for their share of fun and entertainment and the older people want to spend their retirement years in this wonderful country. Many come to see Bangkok and other attractions in the mainland part, but the real beauty of this country is hidden on its islands.

Coast-close Gulf islands

Thailand beach

Those of you visiting Bangkok, Pattaya, or Rayong Province should visit at least some of the closest islands in line, relatively close to these large urban areas. First among equals can be Ko Samet. This small T-shaped island, situated only about 4 miles from the Rayong Province and approximately 140 miles from Bangkok, is an ideal place for a weekend trip. This island offers a string of beautiful beaches.The most of it is a part of Khao Laem Ya – Mu Ko Samet National Park. The majority of the beaches are situated in the eastern part of the island, but the largest town – Na Dan (Ko Samet Village) – lies in the northern part of the island and is closest to the Rayong mainland.

Koh Samae-San represents the Gulf of Thailand as it once was. This small and almost desert island lies only a few miles away from the Rayong mainland, in the western part of this province. Since there are no accommodation units on this island, tourists come here to enjoy diving and observing some of the most beautiful underwater scenes in the Indian Ocean. The island is under control of the Royal Thai Navy, so tours must be booked in advance. Local tourist guides usually take groups here. The area around the island is one of the richest coral-lined areas in this part of the world. Watching stunning blue waters shining over the beautiful corals around Samae-San attract people to this tiny island.

Long trip to Koh Samui

Ko Samui beach

Situated in the Chumphon Archipelago in the middle of the western part of the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui is the third largest island in Thailand. Thanks to its size and the position far away from the mainland (about 430 miles from Bangok), Koh Samui is one of the most beloved islands in Thailand. It has good connections with the capital of Thailand. Koh Samui Airport is a busy airport, with flights to Bangkok, Phuket Island and Chiang Mai. Also, those more adventurous tourists can travel from Bangkok to Koh Samui by bus and catamaran or ferry. It takes about 11 hours to get there. Thanks to its beautiful beaches, like Chaweng, Bang Rak or Lamai and cultural attractions like theWat Khunaram Temple and Wat Phra Yai (the Big Buddha Temple), Koh Samui is often not only a place to visit. Many people who decide to live in Thailand opt for this very island, thanks to its natural diversity and cultural tradition.

The islands of Thailand discover the genuine beauty and natural tradition that few places in the world have. So, pack up your things and go for a Thailand islands tour and see why they are so appreciated in the world.

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