Thailand is situated in Southeast Asia, bordering Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, and Myanmar. Known for its exotic food, excellent beaches and rich culture, Thailand is a tourist favourite. Travellers who want to enjoy the best beaches that Thailand has to offer usually head over to Phuket. However, there are several lesser known islands that also have great beaches. Tourists who want to enjoy good beaches without having to put up with large crowds can try vacationing in Koh Samui.
The island of Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand, roughly eighty kilometres off the Southern Thailand coast. This tropical island is quite big and is known for its exceptional beauty. There are some excellent beaches found around the coast where one can try out various water sports. However, the fun does not stop there as one can find plenty of things to do further inland as well.
Much of the inner regions of Samui is covered in lush forest and is home to an astounding variety of wildlife. Nature lovers keen on exploring these areas can hike along the many nature trails that have already been established or go off the beaten track with a personal guide. Those who would rather not walk can rent out a bicycle instead.
While Samui may not be as developed as Phuket, it still boasts excellent facilities. Finding accommodation on Samui is an easy task as there are many places to choose from. The harder part is deciding which beach to stay near. Those who want to enjoy the island’s terrific nightlife should consider accommodation near the Lamai or Chaweng beach, while those who want a quieter vacation can try staying near Mae Nam. As for those who desire a beach that is quiet but also has a great nightlife, the Bophut area is the ideal choice.
Travellers looking for a good Samui resort can try the Anantara Bophut Koh Samui which is situated on a quite stretch of beach, a world away from all troubles and worries. This Samui hotel boasts excellent facilities for water sports and has a terrific spa. It is the ideal place to stay for those who want to sit back, relax and enjoy their vacation.