Guest Blogger: Nicole Noel
I will give you a short list of names to start with, just relax and ‘immerse’ yourself completely into the ‘sound’ of these places: Akuvara, Baan Asan, Baan Dalah, Baan Fan Noi, Baan Jakawan, Baan Kilee, Baan Ora Chon, etc. It ‘flows’ like music and when you pronounce these names you are talking about magnificent places situated on the Island of Koh Samui in Thailand. This Island has become a ‘brand’ name for Paradise and rightly so.
Koh Samui is one of the most significant islands in the Chumphon Archipelago, it is 25 km in width and all the places on the island are connected by a single road that is just over 50 km long. Traditionally the fishing industry has flourished here for centuries, it is well connected with the mainland and all the necessary facilities are in place, a good hospital, an administrative capital of the island, the port, the commercial centers, etc. The coconut industry is in decline but coconut will never go out of ‘fashion’. All the rage here now is Tourism and therefore a major Airport was built to accommodate the need for all the visitors to arrive safely.
The growing tourism industry here has not ‘spoiled’ the beauties of the island, on the contrary. They cater for everyone. You can rent a villa in Koh Samui or you can look for bungalows by the sea. In the past more European and Australian tourists were the major ones visiting, but that is changing as more and more Asian tourists are arriving these days.
The climate is ideal, tropical, and sunny, with beaches that one is always dreaming of. So much has this place become popular with visitors from around the world that quite a few of them decided to make it more or less ‘a home’. As I mentioned earlier this tropical Paradise is a place with sandy, white beaches, plenty of sun, great food, and warm clear and pure water to swim and bath in. All is present here in abundance. But that is not all, there are some more attractions that keep one busy: Buffalo Fighting Festival; Samui Regatta; Ten Stars Samui Art Party; Samui Triathlon, and many more.
Food is another of the major attractions. I will mention just one: the local specialty of Koh Samui and Surat Thani Province include salted eggs and rambutan (tropical fruit that is native to this area). That would just be the start, there is so much seafood here that one usually forgets there is red meat. If it weren’t for the ‘die hards’ who need to have steak and sausages well one could forget about red meat. Thai cuisine does include a lot of meaty dishes that are really yummy too.
In essence, it is up to what you enjoy the most, the sandy beaches to relax, embarking on a cultural and religious adventure, or learning more about the Thai culture. It’s for sure you will have an amazing experience and will definitely want to come back and stay longer. There is something for everyone on Koh Samui, but you need to visit it to be able to find it yourself
Bio: Nicole Noël is passionate traveller and she loves to share her experiences. She is lifestyle blogger from HighStyleLife. In her free time she loves to design clothes and furniture.