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  Samui
   
     
Koh 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.

   The 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.

   Koh 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.

   Koh 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.