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  • 83%
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  • 66%
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  • Ko Samui Island
    Jim Barton
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    5 Mar 26, 2014

    Beautiful little island a short plane ride from Bangkok. After the hustle and bustle of the big city this was a welcome change. When you arrive at the airport you can already tell that most of your time here will be spent just letting your hair down. The airport reminded me of Fantasy Island, "De plane de plane!" I stayed in a hut that was dirt cheap and was about 20 yards from the ocean. The beaches are beautiful but I recommend renting a moped and riding around the island to see all Ko Samui can offer. Also at night the center of the big town becomes a huge dance party.

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    Shane aka Kau Kau Hotel
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    4 Mar 25, 2014

    Having heard about this island for several years it was a lifelong goal to visit Koh Samui. Happily, the Island did not disappoint. From the moment we boarded Bangkok Airways in Bangkok en route to USM (Samui Airport code), our lovely flight, the sweet airport, the quaint and windy roads and the friendly helpful local people, the entire experience has been "next level." While those looking for "undiscovered" locations will be dismissive, I like a balance of people, places and culture and so Koh Samui has a great blend of these activities. Its not too busy, but not too boring. Even Chewang beach, the main strip of commerce and backpackers, wasn't all that gaudy. Luckily, we did stay on the quieter side of the island and only stopped at Chewang to visit a shop for some custom tailoring. The weather while hot and humid is made pleasant by the gentle sea winds and ever-present cold towels infused with flower scents. Note to avid Golfers - there is only one course on the island and its relatively run down. Alternatively, there are a few outlets offering football (soccer) and frisbee golf. Those options seemed fun but we didnt have enough time to try them out on this trip. Can't wait to return again.

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    David Coppinger
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    3 Jan 31, 2014

    It's been spoiled a little and needs some love but great local restaurants on the beach all over the island.

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    Emi
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    5 Jan 29, 2014

    quite lovely ..wth many luxaury villas ..enjoying the similisty of the shoping streets ..and the the lovely beaches

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    Nomadic by Nature
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    4 Jan 20, 2014

    Beautiful island, worth taking a tour around. Check-out the waterfalls and the giant golden Buddha. A good decompression stop after the full moon party.

    Recommended for:Adventure TravelersBackpackersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts
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    Max Perez
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    5 Jan 03, 2013

    Ko Samui has a lot of tourists and a lot of fast food, and a bit of a reputation for being... not off the path.

    That said, it is a big island, with great beaches, lots of great thai food, and lots of fun to be had. Pistol ranges, great spa hotels, great cheap dumpy hotels too, and if you are into it, a nightlife that can turn into a morning life...

    I guess what I like about it is the unabashed fun. There are more exotic places in Thailand, but, few combine hedonism and natural beauty so well.

    It also has one of the most beautiful airports in the world.

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    Yaniv Vakrat
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    5 Jul 03, 2012

    Ko Samui is an awesome place ... two things are really special about Thailand. The people are always smiling... it is unclear whether they are all happy or they took something good , but they're smiling and that's nice.
    the second thing is that there are more massage places (and it's cheap) than supermarkets and gas stations combined !

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    3 Oct 31, 2012
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    Tatiana Livitckaia
    5 Oct 12, 2012
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    Kosol Niruntarai
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    I recommend

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    RJ Russell
    4 Apr 21, 2011
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    Kevin Picholo
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    4 Mar 07, 2012
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    Eran Kampf
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    5 Jun 30, 2011
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    5 Apr 18, 2014
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4.5 out of 5
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As the second-most popular island after Phuket, Ko Samui has stayed a tad closer to its backpacker-trail roots. It offers everything you could imagine from a popular beach destination, but like anywhere in Thailand, an undercurrent of calm tempers even the busiest spots. The island hosts several wellness and yoga resorts. Ko Samui is also the gateway to two other islands where the adventurous vibe ... read more
still flourishes -- Ko Tao, a scuba haven, and Ko Pha Ngan, probably the most ruggedly bohemian of all the Thai islands -- tranquil at times, raucous at others (including the beach front Full Moon parties). Nearby on the mainland, get in touch with terra firma at the oldest evergreen forest on the planet at Khao Sok National Park in the Surat Thani province. If you're lucky you'll see wild elephants, tigers, and bears (oh my!).

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