Samui is a very popular tourist destination and is a favorite
amongst both foreign as well as Thai visitors. The white sandy
beaches and coconut trees lend the landscape of Koh Samui the
look of a pristine tropical paradise. Comfortable hotels, shopping
malls and spas abound at Koh Samui offering the visitor a typical
Thai package of luxury and relaxation.
spas at Koh Samui are, in fact, quite popular with ladies
as the whole range of relaxation therapies such as hydro therapy,
aroma therapy etc are available here. Snorkeling is another
popular activity at Koh Samui. Ang Thong Island is one of
the best spots in the area for snorkeling.
Wow and Hin Yooporn are good dive sites. These spots have
great corals as well as tortoises, sea-snakes etc. Southwest
Pinnacle is a site famous for sea flowers and Sea Nimos as
well as Stone Fish are a more or less common sight. A little
away from the main Island of Koh Samui will be found Koh Kra.
This Island derives its name from the turtle and true to its
name the Hawksbill turtle is commonly spotted at Koh Kra.
Black-tip Sharks and Manta Rays have also been sighted in
this area. One could also choose to take a live-aboard boat
to Losin Island where the waters are even less disturbed than
at Koh Samui proper and a wider variety of underwater flora/fauna
can be seen. Hin Bai is another great dive site that lays
roughly in-between Koh Tao and Koh Pangan. Hin Bai not only
has an excellent underwater diversity of corals and fish but
also boasts an underwater tunnel where Morays and sea-flowers
can be seen.
Samui can be reached most conveniently from Bangkok by taking
a flight to the airport at Samui; the flight takes a little
less than one and a half hours to reach Koh Samui. Both air-conditioned
as well as ordinary buses leave to Koh Samui from Bangkok
everyday. The trip by road usually takes about fourteen hours
excluding the boat that would need to be taken to the Island
from Don-Sak Port (boats leave for Koh Samui from here seven
times a week and seven days a week). Speed-boats can be taken
from Surathtanee for Koh Samui at eight in the morning everyday.