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With an area of 247 sq. km, Samui Island is gifted with such an incredibly rich variety of beaches and bays, capes and coves. Here visitors can enjoy the tranquil peace and serene island, which offers a full range of accommodation and dinning possibilitie
Last Modified On: Thursday, 02/November/2006 01:02:27am

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With an area of 247 sq. km, Samui Island is gifted with such an incredibly rich variety of beaches and bays, capes and coves. Here visitors can enjoy the tranquil peace and serene island, which offers a full range of accommodation and dinning possibilities. Days can be easily spent by relaxing at the resort nested in a shady coconut grove, taking a stroll along the miles of beautiful beach, enjoy the water sport activities or visiting other attractions around Samui such as Hin Ta- Hin Yai (Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks), monkey show. At night visitors can sample some of the fresh local seafood and visit various kinds of entertainment venues. Koh Pha-ngan, a near-by island, is famous for its full moon party. There are several islands around Samui where visitors can reach by renting a boat or taking ferryboats. For example, Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan are the ideal place for snorkeling and diving because of the perfect visibility, the wide variety of coral formations and the rich aquatic life.

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Chaweng Beach: Samui’s most popular and lively beach. Along the 7 km. beach, visitors can find some of the island’s best hotels, together with an endless number of bungalows, beach bars, restaurants, discos and shops. A good choice of music venues ranges from traditional Thai to Jazz, rock to reggae, and many of them keep going until dawn. For a quieter evening there are plenty of bars and restaurants right on the beach, offering a dreamy view of the sea. Food lovers can find just about anything, whether it is Thai or western. Chaweng has the several dive shops. Despite all the activity, however, Chaweng still maintains the classic image of a palm-fringe tropical beach.

Lamai: Lamai, a long sandy beach with smooth rocks dotting the shoreline, is quieter than Chaweng. Ride or walk to the back of the beach road and you’re in the heart of banana gloves and coconut plantations. Visitors can take a mountain bike ride up the hill-tracks and into the rugged interior. After dark Lamai changes its sleepy daytime persona and becomes a jumping nightspot.

Other beaches: Taling Ngam beach is a quiet and remote far from the crowds with almost the super-luxury resort operated by Royal Le Meridien. North Coast is quieter and less developed than the East Coast. The beaches offer real seclusion. Bophut beach remains a little fishing village with several of the seafront shophouses converted into restaurants. Maenam beach is a pleasant, secluded spot for swimming and sunbathing, and attracts families and honeymooners. Cheong Mon beach is a remote part of the island. It has several smaller capes and bays, some of which have been develop into resorts.

 

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