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The magical Koh Samui

June 8, 2010

The magical Koh Samui (เกาะสมุย) lies about 700 kilometers south of Bangkok. Samui Island is famous for its long, sandy white beaches, clean crystalline water, and tranquil atmospheres with coconut palms drag one’s sensation to full relaxation.

An island of great natural beauty and variety, the palm fringed shoreline and coconut and fruit cultivation of the coastal lowlands rise to a central granite massive, the slopes of which are cloaked in virgin rainforest. Samui is now the second most popular place as an island destination in Thailand (first is Phuket). Whilst it may not be the country’s most beautiful island it is still an oasis of natural beauty with its white sandy beaches, dazzling coral, luscious lagoons, picturesque waterfalls, swaying coconut trees and crystal clear water.

Koh Samui is all in all a fairly big island. The most popular and commercialised beaches are Chaweng and Lamai, while the northern beaches and their adjacent villages of Mae Nam, Bophut, Bang Rak(Big Buddha) and Choeng Mon are more peaceful choices, and the west coast beaches are still (comparatively) quiet.

The major reason why people come to Samui is, quite simply, to enjoy the beaches. Without a doubt the south of Thailand is home to some of the finest and most beautiful beaches and islands in the world, surrounded by crystal clear water and stunning coral. And that is the main reason why the number of divers coming to Thailand has escalated over the past decade or so. Even though the best time year of the year to dive in the Ko Samui is between June and August, it is still perfectly possible to dive virtually all year round. As diving in Thailand is considered one of the safest destinations for diving and snorkeling in the world, it is perfect for first-timers wanting to try these pastimes out.

More than 30 years after the first rough-hewn hut went up on Ko Samui, the island and the archipelago that includes 80 smaller islands, has become the Asian travel market’s most enigmatic chameleon – as attractive to fire-twirling backpackers as to flashpackers toting Louis Vuitton. On the map alongside places like Goa and Bali, Samui has polished its reputation as a hippy island paradise that remembers to provide the best of the creature comforts from home. In the last five years, Samui has become as popular as Phuket, and at times as trendy. If it’s nightlife you’re after, the full moon parties held at Ko Pha-Ngan are legendary, while snorkelling and nature enthusiasts will enjoy Ko Tao.

Absolute Resorts & Hotels on Koh Samui

In a sunset cove, amid tropical jungle, vast coconut farms and dotted with swaying palms sits Absolute Elements Boutique Resort and Spa. Here on Koh Samui’s south-eastern point, you can escape, refresh, renew and rebalance, the better to face the real world once more. This luxury five star resort is idyllic, quiet and secluded with an emphasis on nature, diet, health, fitness and relaxation. Truly, this is life as it should be. And yet, the bright lights twinkle within a manageable driving distance. The choice could be the toughest thing you face on Koh Samui.

Welcome to the Earthbound paradise of Koh Samui, a land of coconut-fringed beaches and tropical jungles by day and of lively resorts by night. Located just north of the powder sands of Chaweng Beach, the Q Signature Samui Resort is the perfect place to let stress slip away amid warm, crystal-blue seas, vast coconut plantations and stunning vegetation. Immerse yourself in the authentic Thai design, with our luxury pavilion and villas that squarely emphasise gracious living. Revive and rejuvenate in the health spa and indulge in an Ayurvedic Thai massage. When that gets too tiring, simply drink in the endless ocean panorama as the cool breeze from the Gulf of Thailand plays gently across your sunkissed face.

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