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Koh Samui

Koh Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand. It is the second largest island in Thailand after Phuket and measures 25 kilometres at the widest point. The main road runs along the beautiful coastline and is approximately 51 kilometres long. In contrast to the stunning beaches, the central part of the island consists of a tropical, jungle mountain. The island was inhabited centuries ago by fishermen from China. Today the island is a melting pot of people coming here from all four corners of the world. The island appeals just as much to the mega-rich as the backpackers travelling on a budget. The largest and most popular area is located on the east side of the island and is called Chaweng. Chaweng, the current hub of Koh Samui, is located near the airport and offers beautiful golden sand stretches, bars, restaurants and shops. Nathos is located on the west side of the island and is the old capital of Koh Samui. This is still the main port, business district and the centre of the fishing industry. Two of the other major tourist resorts are Lamai Beach and Bophut Beach.

The City

With such beauty and charm, Koh Samui has something that appeals to just about everyone. Every year the island attracts more than 1,5 million people from all over the world that come here to do nothing or everything. So many people could not be wrong! With its beautiful beaches, clear water, great food, fun parties and superb shopping, you could certainly say that this Thai paradise has it all.

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Do & See

On Koh Samui you can choose to do nothing or everything. The whole island is perfect for a relaxing holiday on the beach, full of colourful drinks and sun. For the adventurous ones there is a whole island to explore, full of fun, nature, shopping and food.

Wat Plai Laem

Wat Plai Laem is one of Koh Samui's most attractive temples. This fairly new sight was completed in 2004 and is a colourful complex with a traditional Thai-Chinese style. The temple holds two giant, colourful statues (Happy Buddha and the eighteen armed Kuan Yin) that will catch your eye. Do not miss the large Golden Buddha inside Wat Plai Laem.

  • Address: Ouakam, Dakar
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Coco Splash Waterpark

This waterpark is a great place for a full day of exciting, family fun entertainment. Coco Splash Waterpark is based on Lamai Beach and is designed for all ages. The park features everything from thrilling high speed slides to a Jacuzzi and "Mini-Splash" area (a safe area designed for the smaller kids).

  • Address: Ouakam, Dakar
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Wat Khunaram (Mummified Monk)

Koh Samui's mummified monk at Wat Khunaram is an unusual sight, but still offers a unique insight into Buddhist and Thai culture. The mummified monk Luong Pordaeng died in 1973 and ever since his body has been on display in a glass case at the temple. Remarkably, the monk's body shows little sign of decay.

  • Address: Ouakam, Dakar
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Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai)

Big Buddha Temple, locally known as Wat Phra Yai, is majestically located on a small rocky island off Koh Samui's north-eastern corner (Koh Faan). This golden, twelve-meter seated Buddha statue was built in 1972 and is one of the island's most popular tourist attractions. Since this is a sacred place, one should dress appropriately (cover the shoulders and wear trousers or long shorts).

  • Address: Ouakam, Dakar
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Tamarind Springs Forest Spa

If you would like to pamper yourself with a spa treatment there are many spa resorts to choose from. One spa resort is called Tamarind Springs Forest Spa that offers you a unique experience with its superb location in an amazing natural setting. Here you can have a peaceful time among waterfalls, rock pools and enjoy a massage treatment in an open-air pavilion.

  • Address: Ouakam, Dakar
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Na Muang Waterfalls

Na Muang Waterfalls, also called "Purple Waterfalls", are located in a lush jungle environment. They can easily be reached going off the main Ring Road Route 4169 about halfway between Nathon and Lamai Beach. These waterfalls are considered to be among the most scenic ones, hence popular places for families to relax and swim. There is also an elephant safari camp nearby if you would like to ride through the jungle on these big animals.

  • Address: Ouakam, Dakar
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Dining

Koh Samui is not only a melting pot of people, but also of food. Here you will find just about everything ranging from Thai food and international cuisine to snacks from streets stalls. At Chaweng Beach you can find numerous restaurants. Do not forget to try some of the local food like salted eggs and the tasty fruit rambutan!

The Boudoir

At The Boudoir you can relish French food in an unusual ambiance with low lights and a colourful interior design that will remind you of the Middle East. The owners of this restaurant are a couple from Montpelier. They have created a friendly and welcoming ambiance and a restaurant with a menu offering dishes like foie gras and escargots.

Tree Tops

Claimed to be one of the most romantic and exclusive dining options, Tree Tops has a luxurious setting amongst the tree tops. The chefs carefully select high quality fresh products to create dishes with amazing flavours, which are all well presented on the plate.

The Shack Bar & Grill

The Shack Bar & Grill opened its doors in 2003 and has built a reputation of being one of the best steak houses on Koh Samui. From the menu you can choose mouth-watering dishes such as barbeque steaks, homemade burgers and seafood.

Dining On The Rocks

Dining On The Rocks is an award-winning restaurant located at the tip of the headland and offers amazing views. When dining at this restaurant you will be served innovative food created with top quality ingredients, sourced locally and abroad. To accompany you food you can choose a great wine from the extensive wine list that offers a large selection of wines from some of the world´s most respected regions.

Gringos Cantina Mexican Restaurant

If you feel like mouth-watering Tex-Mex food in large portions, you should head over to this Mexican restaurant. Gringos has built up a reputation for its excellent array of traditional Mexican food at affordable prices. Here you can enjoy your food while listening to Latin music.

Bars & Nightlife

On Koh Samui you can find some of the best parties in Thailand, Chaweng being the party central. Along the beach road in Chaweng there are many different spots catering to all different tastes. Lamai is a smaller version of Chaweng, also offering numerous bars and discos. You will definitely be spoilt for choice along the main strips wherever you go. Choose between everything from sophisticated restaurants, bars, discos and mud wrestling to the famous Full Moon Party at Kho Phangan!

Samui Rock Bar

Samui Rock Cafe is situated in Chaweng just off the beach road. This is a great all night hangout for rock'n'roll fans and other cool people. Beside playing music from all genres, the place features live music on regular basis. The enormous cocktail list offers some highly original cocktails, many which are named after rock bands and songs.

Q Bar Samui

This is probably the bar with the best view in Koh Samui. On their spacious terrace you can relax under a starlit sky and watch the waves as you sip on a fruity cocktail. While the Q Bar is popular with the locals for their great food offer, you can enjoy a full party programme as the evening progresses. Don't miss this chance to dance the night away!

K-Club

You can't miss this gay-friendly bar in the top nightlife area Chaweng. Its blinking lights and the colourful decor give away the party atmosphere inside. Drop in and enjoy an exciting evening.

Essential Information

Airport

Samui Airport is considered to be one of the most beautiful airports in the world after its thorough makeover. Between Departures and Arrivals you can find a large shopping centre. Leaving or arriving Koh Samui, you can choose between private and shared airport transfer. In the arrivals hall you will find a transportation counter where you can book both transfer and private taxi. A trip with a private taxi to Chaweng will cost you about 500 Baht and a private minivan about 800 Baht. A shared minivan with a minimum of 5 passengers will cost about 130 Baht per person. The prices vary depending on your final destination. There are several car rental companies located in the arrivals hall.

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