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Samui Holiday The Unofficial Guide to Koh Samui Thailand




Welcome to Samui - one of the most beautiful tropical holiday islands in the world. On this website you will find everything a tourist needs to know about Koh Samui.

Back in the 1970s, Samui was known only to a few of the most adventurous backpackers. Nowadays, 5-star resorts, that rival any world-class destination, occupy the prime beachfront and cliff-top locations, bringing the jetsetter crowd to this now well-known and easily accessible island in the Gulf of Thailand.

Chawengís main beach is five kilometers in length and is lined with 5-star luxury resorts, boutique hotels, budget accommodation and great oceanfront restaurants. Chaweng Beach Road is filled with restaurants, bars, spas, shops, street stalls and mobile food vendors.

Lamai is Samuiís second most popular beach is around four kilometers long and the waters are perfect for swimming. And just outside of Lamai town on the ring-road is the famous Hin Ta-Hin Yai rock formations that has dozens of small local Thai restaurants around it.

Mae Nam is nestled on the northern shores of the island. Maenam Beach stretches for several kilometers and overlooks the neighbouring island of Koh Pha-Ngan. Many visitors love it for its peacefulness, soft golden sands and wonderful views.

Nathon is the islandís main administrative centre and the major ferry port for boats to and from the mainland.

Bo Phut is best known for Fishermanís Village. Itís a single narrow street that still has authentic wooden houses that Samui folk have lived in for generations. Parts of it have been modernized but itís still awash with restaurants, bars, shops and market stalls.

Big Buddha is home to the magnificent golden Big Buddha statue that watches over the island from the north-east corner of Ko Samui. It is one of the first things you see as you fly into Samui Airport.

Choeng Mon lies just 15 minutes or so from the middle of Chaweng, but it seems like worlds away. The beach is a favourite for many locals as itís quiet, picturesque and safe for swimming most of the year round.

In between Fishermanís Village and Big Buddha is where youíll find Bang Rak. Thereís a few very good resorts and some private villas for rent along the beachfront.

Taling Ngam, in the south-west part of the island, is known as the ĎVirgin Coastí. Itís largely unspoiled with lots of secluded bays. The west coast overlooks the famous Ďfive islandsí and some of the closer islands of the Angthong National Marine Park.

Thong Krut is a picturesque little village. Located in the southwest corner of the island, this is where youíll come if youíre after a long-tail boat to take you to the nearby islands of Koh Tan and Koh Matsum.

Hua Thanon the predominately Muslim village is home to the descendants of some of the islandís earliest settlers. Thereís still a thriving fishing fleet and fish market.

Whether youíre planning an action-packed holiday, or a time to unwind with the family, this website will offer you all the information you need to plan your perfect Samui Holiday.




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Holiday Magazine

Samui Holiday Magazine

Read the online version of our stunning large format glossy magazine prior to your visit and once here, pick up a printed copy available free all over the island. Here our writers bring you interesting stories of our island paradise, offering inspiration on what to do and where to go in a light-hearted story style.

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Wining & Dining

Samui Wining & Dining

Browse through the online version of our high-quality newspaper to get your digestive juices flowing. Comprised of food and beverage related articles and Samui's wining and dining scene. Reading a few articles will make you want to book that ticket to Samui's culinary wonderland right away.

Read more about the food served on Samui...

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Dining Guide

Samui Dining Guide

Eating and traveling go hand in hand, and discovering a new location is all about trying new foods. This section contains a compilation of restaurant reviews to guide you through the island's culinary minefield to ensure that each dining experience is one worth remembering Ė for the right reasons.

Read about the recommended restaurants on Samui...

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Spa Guide

Samui Spa Guide

Let our spa guide be inspiration on just how and where you plan to unwind and be pampered. From aromatic steam baths to herbal body masques, Samui's spas and retreats offer the utmost in rejuvenating body treatments. Read stories and reviews about individual spas in this section to prompt your choice of pampering.

See the recommended spas on Samui...

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Samui Directory

Search the on-line version of Samui Directory - Samui's premier business guide. Here you will find comprehensive listings of local businesses from accommodation to water-sports, with postal addresses and telephone numbers, as well as email and website addresses.

Find the contact information you need here...




The Samui Holiday Website is created, developed and published by Siam Map Company Ltd., Koh Samui, Thailand.
Established in 1997, the company is Samuiís premier publisher producing high quality publications and web pages for visiting travelers.

Our team of in-house graphic designers, editors, journalists and photographers ensures that all our
printed publications and the Samui Holiday webpage are relevant, informative and interesting with accurate, beneficial and up to date information.

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