"Of the many dream islands of..." Bangkok Favorite Tip by TikkanWS
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Favorite thing: Of the many dream islands of Thailand's Southern region, Koh Samui ranks among the most seductive, with beaches that are some of the most scenic and unspoilt anywhere in the world. Recognized as a budget traveler's paradise for over 20 years, the island - Thailand's third largest - is now attracting more and more upmarket travelers.
Definitely, a new breed of visitors are arriving - a reason why a number of first-class resort hotels have sprung up on the island - but Koh Samui is still a perfect destination for all kinds of tourists. The aura that backpackers lent the island is unlikely to be erased quickly by upmarket tourists.
Besides, the island, with an area of 20 km? , has quite retained its unspoiled charm even with the growing number of visitors. At the same time, it can certainly please those with a taste for luxury.
Sun and sea are still the foremost lure, but other exciting tourist attractions are now available. Buffalo fights, snake farms, butterfly gardens, traditional Thai massage, herbal saunas & meditation centers are becoming popular. For the sporty types, Samui has good dive shops. Many fine beaches are perfect for windsurfing any time of the year. Cruises to islands such as Koh Tao and the lovely Ang Thong Group provide for fruitful discovery. And yes, there is now sea canoeing.
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