fringed and mountainous Samui is Thailands third largest
island in a sparkling archipelago in the Thai gulf that includes
the Ang Thong Marine National Park. A mountainous ridge runs
east to west and most the hinterland comprises of forested
hills in this lush tropical paradise.
The rich hues of wild vegetation are dappled throughout
with the contrasting greens of coconut palms and emerald
paddies. Complementing the sights and the unspoilt natural
beauty of the landscape are vignettes of traditional culture.
Mostly fishermen and coconut farmers, the islanders pursue
lifestyles very largely unchanged, and possess the self-sufficiency
and good-natured ways of a true tropical island Shangri-la.
Ko Samui also boasts of luxury accommodations and yet you
are assured of still being able to appreciate the easy-going
ambience of a Robinson Crusoe style island retreat. This
island sanctuary, with its fine sandy beaches and several
hideaway coves, offers a relaxed ambience equally
attuned to lazy days as well as a vibrant nightlife.