Koh Samui, the third largest island belonging to Thailand is a popular tourist destination due to its pristine white beaches and clear turquoise blue waters. Koh Samui has been a popular destination not only for its wonderful beaches but has been an important stop in the trading world from ancient times.
Modern day travellers who visit this beautiful expanse of beachfront land may take a 20 – 30 minute boat ride to another small island which is home to the well known Naga Pearl Farm.
Legend holds that the island’s natives discovered the beads lying under the surface of the sea and through trade discovered its worth. Since then the farm has acquired a distinction for its cultured pearls that can be bought in a fascinating array of colours, from the usual ivory to a delicate blue and a coral pink.
Visitors arriving by boat are taken through an extensive tour of the intricacies and complexities involved in creating cultured pearls. The development of the nacre is the hardest aspect of creating these pearls and extra attention is given to emphasize this aspect in the tour.
Within the normal 15 year life span of these oysters, one oyster can generate three crops as the full development of pearls to their required texture and size takes up to five years.
Following the tour, visitors are taken to the pearl shop where they have the opportunity of purchasing the pearls or pearl incorporated jewellery which not only is a classic souvenir but also a memorable and valuable one. Guests are also treated to a traditional Thai meal on the beaches before they leave.
The Naga Pearl Farm has been in operation for many years and has not seen a decline in demand for its pearls or its visitors, which attests to its popularity and distinction.
If you intend to visit Thailand and are looking for a beach vacation then Koh Samui would be an ideal choice. A Samui hotel is easy to find however consider opting for a Samui resort such as the luxurious and comfortable Anantara Bophut Koh Samui. As with most resorts and hotels, boat rides, expeditions, excursions and other activities can be easily arranged here.
Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.