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About Koh Samui

The boutique island of Koh Samui is a multinational melting pot, attracting everyone from backpackers and budget travellers to some of the world's wealthiest guests. Visitors come from across the globe to experience Samui's tropical beaches, vast variety of marine life, world-class international cuisine, luxurious spas and so much more.

Located in the Gulf of Thailand, around 465 km due south of the capital Bangkok, Koh Samui (also known as Ko Samui and just plain Samui) measures some 25 km at its widest point and is the most significant island in the Chumphon Archipelago. Fringed by about 60 other islands including the Ang Thong Marine National Park, Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao, Koh Samui consists of a mountainous tropical interior with towns and villages hugging the palm studded coastline.

The first settlers that landed on the island were Chinese traders and Muslim fishermen both groups still inhabit the island living peacefully alongside their friendly Thai neighbours. In the early 1970's Koh Samui became popular with the hippie backpacking community as an unspoiled hideaway. This was the start of tourism in Ko Samui and with impressive investment in its infrastructure; the island has since evolved into the popular holiday destination it is today.

Getting around Koh Samui is easy with a single coastal ring road linking towns and villages, beach resorts and other attractions. Koh Samui is small enough to drive a car around in about two hours and big enough to discover new things and beautiful places. The island offers a totally unique Thai experience, and is a far cry from the overcrowded tourist hotspots found elsewhere in the country. There is plenty to experience on the island such as the lively Chaweng Beach with its buzzing restaurants, bars and shops; the more relaxed Lamai Beach where you can enjoy water sports galore and Bophut's quaint Fisherman's Village with its exotic Chinese shop houses lining the waters edge, reminding one of days gone by on the isle.

For those in search of an active itinerary you'll find an endless array of things to do from elephant trekking, safari tours and kayaking, to golf, fishing and water sports. Expect to encounter everything from Buddhist temples, spectacular waterfalls and a secret garden - to cabaret shows, cooking classes, luxury spas and fine dining. To really get away, head south or west of the island where you'll find tourist-free communities and long stretches of sandy beaches dotted with wild and shaggy coconut palms, or head into the heart of the island where you can explore its rich tropical interior.

Unlike other popular islands in Thailand, Koh Samui is relatively dry with a warm and tropical climate all year round. The island experiences only a short rainy season allowing it the opportunity to cater for sun loving tourists. However be prepared for sudden showers that last for less than an hour, typical of any tropical island.

Koh Samui villa rentals are available in a range of budgets, from mid-range to the most exclusive, giving you the option to tailor make your holiday to fit your exact requirements. Our villas in Koh Samui offer stunning island accommodation in the island's most beautiful locations including the popular northeast, the tranquil south and the spectacular west coast.

Choose from around 200 carefully chosen villas in Koh Samui with great features including private pools, spectacular living spaces and housekeeping services. Koh Samui villa rentals are available in a range of sizes to accommodate everyone from honeymoon couples to large groups of 20+ guests.

Travelling to Koh Samui is easy just a short 70 minute flight from Bangkok, but a world away from the action packed streets of the capital city. Koh Samui Airport is known as the most beautiful airport in the world, where the friendliest staff will give you a warm Samui welcome that will stay with you forever.

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