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Ko Samui is Thailand’s self-styled ‘boutique island’ offering an upscale market alternative to Phuket. And like Phuket, its main attractions are the miles of beautiful beaches lined with coconut trees, each beach is defined by a unique character. Must visit popular beaches are Chaweng and Lamai farther south, and the somewhat quieter Big Buddha and Bophut beaches which are never crowded. Other than the beach, one cannot miss a visit to the Wat Phra Yai temple, where the famous 12-meter high golden Buddha statue is found.
A visit to Ko Samui is best spent on leisure and enjoyment on many developed tourist facilities that range from first class Samui restaurants in luxury hotels to rustic bars along the beach serving mouth-watering spicy Thai cuisine and fresh seafood delights. Take your pick from the crowded street lined with bars in Lamai, or al fresco dining right on the sands of Chaweng beach. One can also enjoy friendly company in Samui bars featuring band and discos. Alternative affordable dining options are offered by Samui eateries and street vendors.
Samui’s beach accommodations range from luxury resorts, basic beach huts or luxurious private villas. Getting around Ko Samui is best done by renting a motorbike or a scooter over flagging down a taxi that never uses the taxi meter. Besides Samui’s traffic on the ring road can be overwhelming so bike riding is a much better transportation option.