Long the closely kept secret of lucky backpackers in search of an affordable escape, the 95 square miles of Koh Samui have been evolving into a playground of the rich since the early 1990s. If you find yourself among their number (lucky you), then by all means relax and add this island paradise to your list of future getaways. The budget-minded among you, on the other hand, would do well to hurry on down to the southern end of the Gulf of Thailand and get while the getting’s good.
Thailand’s third largest island, Koh Samui is blessed with beautiful white sand beaches, coral reefs, lagoons, waterfalls, coconut trees, crystal clear water, and a profusion of entertainments, diversions, and sport. More and more, the island is erupting with elite villas and resorts, the finest of fine dining, spas, yoga studios, and clubs, but there are still opportunities for travelers on a shoestring.
The main attraction on the island is the seemingly endless beaches, but there is no shortage of activities on the island, including diving, climbing, night-clubbing, etc. As with much of the country, the island is also an excellent place to go golfing. In fact, Santiburi Samui Country Club features a championship standard course that is as good or better than any course in the region.
Though not as bustling as nearby Phuket, it’s important to keep in mind that Koh Samui’s beaches can definitely fill up in the high season.
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