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If variety is truly the spice of life then Thailand ensures the most exciting holidays possible. Not only does it feature beach resorts among its myriad attractions. It offers a selection; among these Koh Samui is a rare gem.

hile Pattaya blends the city with the seaside and Phuket adds luxurious comforts to natural beauty, Samui preserves the quiet landscape of fields and gardens. Their powdery white sands and crystal clear waters characterize many of its almost deserted beaches, while the hinterland features fresh green coconut plantation, orchards and rain forests.

oh Samui (the word Koh means “island” in Thai) is located some 80 km. off the coast of Suratthani, about 700 km. from Bangkok. It is surrounded by more than 80 other tropical islands of which only 6 others are inhabited.

amui is the largest Island on the East Coast and the third largest in Thailand, being 25 km. Long and 25 km. Wide. A mountain ridge runs from east to west and most of the hinterland comprises forested hills. The rich hues of the vegetation are dappled throughout with the contrasting green of the coconut palms. Besides fishing, cultivation of coconuts is the main source of livelihood for the islanders shipping some two million nuts a month to Bangkok. These are reputed to be the best in the country.

hankfully, the pockets of development that have occurred have been concentrated in specific areas. Today much of the island, especially the southern coastline retains its original beauty. You can discover much of this magic exploring the island on a motor bike or open top jeep.







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