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Exploring the White Sandy Beaches of Ko Samui Island

It is often said that when in Thailand, every moment and every place is a pot of entertainment, and Ko Samui island located in the province of Surat Thani is no different. Although, not popular like Phuket and Pataya, the island of Ko Samui offers quiet white sandy beaches blessed with natural resources, coral reefs and a spate of coconut trees. It is the country’s second largest island but is sparsely populated which makes the beaches and other entertainment areas free from appalling crowds generally associated with Thailand.

History
During ancient times, the island was first inhabited by fishermen and travellers from South china and Malay Peninsula.  The 16th century Chinese map has this island as its territory and was called Pulo Cornam. The city gets its name due to the large number of native trees called mui; ko refers to island in the Thai language. As of today, locals call the Ko Samui Island simply as Samui.

Accommodation Options
As tourism is an important pillar of the economy of Samui, the city offers a wide range of accommodation options from budget hotels & simple guesthouse facilities to 3 star deluxe hotels. Bed and breakfast aren’t much popular but are available in some parts.

Popular Places and Events
Like many Indian dishes, local food (with a lot of salted eggs, fish curry and rice noodles) here uses a lot of spices. Many small to medium sized restaurants which offer local cuisine are popular with tourists. The climate and natural surroundings of the island manage to accommodate a lot of festivals like Triathlon Event attracting participants from places as far as Australia while Ten Stars Samui Art Party manages the same feat in the context of arts.

Getting Around
Samui Airport here has daily flights to Bangkok as well as Hong Kong and Singapore. Samui is connected with the mainland via an extensive network of ferries which is a popular transportation mode. Car ferry in the island is available but at a slightly higher rate. Nathon has a bus station offering good number of public buses check the time tables to guide you.

Songthaews, the tuk-tuk styled buses and private taxis are also available. Getting a local guide not only helps to have a convenient experience here but this also helps travellers from being overcharged. Resorts and bungalows are available on rent as well.

Places of Entertainment
Buffalo Fighting Festival offers a high dose of entertainment along with the popular Samui Regatta sailing tournament held every year. The city is full of bars, pubs and other nightlife entertainment centres. The Fisherman's Village Festival held here also offers fun, music & food laden with arts.

Languages Spoken
Thai is the official language here; some amount of English is understood by a small number of local people associated with the hospitality sector.

Currency
Baht is the currency used all over Thailand. News, updates and related information of conversion of foreign currency is easily available.


 

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