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Each of our 74 mansions, encircled by green leaves, offers a beautiful view of the sea and a beautiful swimmingpool with a view of the isle. Inside, the premium quality tech will meet the characteristic W-pillow tops, the comforts of the Bliss Spa and the facilities of Whatever/Whenever. Luxury mansions with privat swimming pools. Just five mins from the fishing village and 15 mins from Samui International Airport.
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Oddball (vowel like ou when coughing) sà mui) is an archipelago in the Chumphon archipelago in the Gulf of Thailand, about 700 km away from Bangkok and about 80 km away from the east coast of southern Thailand. Samui is an archipelago of great diversity and beautiful nature, home to some 40,000 full-time residents, 90% of whom are Buddhists.
Samui is with 247 km the second biggest Thai archipelago and the biggest of the Chumphon archipelago with more than 80 (mostly uninhabited) archipelagos forming the Ang Thong National Marine Park, a kayak and snorkel paradise. With 25 km long and 21 km broad, Samui is big enough for serious exploring by the adventure seekers and fitness artists, but can be surrounded in just a few short hour by motorcycle or air.
It was probably first populated about 15 hundred years ago by fishers from the Malay peninsula and South China. Samui is a secretive name in itself. Samui was an independent, secluded society until the end of the twentieth millennium, with little link to the Thai continent. Until the early 1970' s, the islands were even without streets, and the 15-kilometre trip from one side of the islands to the other included a full-day hike through the mountainside jungle.
During the early 1970', the first rucksack travellers to travel on the back of a Kokosnuss boats came to Ko Samui. Years ago the islands had only a few chalets and a few tourist. Today Samui is the second most beloved place as an archipelago in Thailand (the first is Phuket).
Samui has a slightly different behaviour than the others in Thailand. From April to September, when most of the land has the monsun, Samui remains quite arid, but from October to December it is in Samui wetter and elsewhere dryer. There is a 300 Brt supplement for inland sailings and a 500 Bt supplement for outbound sailings.
When flying via Bangkok to an overseas location, the taxes are only 200 baht as the Bangkok exit taxes are already in your tickets. The Ko Samui Terminal (USM) is a privately owned terminal initially constructed by Bangkok Airways, which is still the most important operating company and was for a long period the only carrier with connections to Ko Samui.
You have almost every hour sailings to/from Bangkok and Thai standard ticket prices are high, with prebookings of 3,000-4,500 lire per leg costs, while a walk-in reservation can be twice as high. You can also fly to Phuket for 2.000-3.000 Baht every morning. Besides Bangkok Air, Ko Samui is serviced by two Thai Airways services a day from Bangkok, and by Berjaya Air and Firefly services from Subang International and Penang International airports in Malaysia.
Visas on arrival and visa free entry are available at Samui International Airports for some nationals. Floor transport from the terminal is possible without any problems. The price of a place in a minibus for the 20-minute trip to Chaweng is 120 Baht/person; a quicker minibus is 400 Baht upwards. As there are no genuine taxis at the airports, and as many chauffeurs refrain from using their counters, you will probably be charged the same if you try to take a taxi outside the airports.
You will ask you where you live, and on the basis of the reply, we provide you with a free cab fare if you pledge to participate in a demonstration of your hotel's timeshare during your visit (avoid the offers). Alternate airfields Other airfields flying to Ko Samui are Surat Thani airport and Chumphon airport on the continent with good scheduled flights to Ko Samui.
They are often much less expensive and are operated by the outstanding low-cost airlines Air Asia and Nok Air. The Nok Air company provides four-day flight and boat connections from Bangkok to Ko Samui v.v. with Nok Air from Bangkok to Surat Thani or Nakhon Si Thammarat and ferries them to Ko Samui.
Take Thai Airways and the low fare carriers Air Asia and Nok Air (departure from Don Muang airport) to Surat Thani and link up with the street and shuttle. The Lomprayah  provides a combination bus/high velocity catamaran route from Bangkok to Ko Samui which lasts about 11hrs ( 5. 5 of which by boat) and is about 1,250lb ( 1,000lb in the opposite direction).
From Hua Hin, the coach will stop at Chumphon, where it will connect with the Ko Nang Yuan, Ko Tao and Ko Pha Ngan ferries on the way to Ko Samui. Whilst the scenery can be more attractive (including the long boat ride across two islands) and the boat itself is similar to Seatran, the whole journey to Samui will take more or less the same amount of travelling experience, but offers a good opportunity to see both the scenery and the islets.
A 50 minutes fly from Bangkok to Chumphon Airport via Nok Air and transfers to the express ferry service that stops in Ko Tao along the itinerary. The Lomprayah high velocity catamaran is a good and quick way to get from Ko Tao or Ko Phangan to Samui and a sensible way to get from Bangkok to these isles.
Surat Thani Railway and Surat Thani International Railway Terminal (URT) offer 200-300 Bt to Ko Samui by combination bus/ferry. Ticketing is done by a large number of agencies that converge on every platoon and every city. If you want a reasonable rate, otherwise you'll be charged double) The charge should certainly be less than 300 Brt, even if purchased this way (return combi boats + coach pass on a more convenient Seatran shuttle purchased on the Nathon jetty on Samui formally charge 230 Brt).
There' a small onboard store on the lower level, but the price is very high (instant pasta costing 15 Bt in a 7-11 is for 50 Bt on board). There is a large coffee bar (with much more friendly rates, such as 20 buts for the same mug of pasta ), and the main customers are Thais, as well as some ex-pats and tourist.
You can find your timetable here (the first lists are Donsak to Samui sailings, the second is the return). The Raja ferry port runs between the Donsak and Lipa Noi piers on the west side of Samui (a few kilometers southern of Nathon). There are many connections directly from the Surat Thani coast, among them an excursion ship (3 sailings a day, about 3 hrs and 150 baht) and a slower overnight cruise (6-7 hrs).
Samui has a very well-developed network of roads in comparison to other close destinations and there are many cabs driving around although it is a real temptation to get them to use their counters. Samui cab is a cab company. However, riders are very hesitant to use their counters (as opposed to Bangkok) and especially at favourite beach or boarding points on the Icelandic coast they are inclined to ask much more questions of aliens than the regular ticket price.
Some of them, say at Nathon dock, even show you officially looking newspapers with "fixed prices" like 600-800 B. A. for a 25-30 km journey to Chaweng or Lamai beaches. That is not the case, and once they know that you are conscious of it, it is usually possible to negotiate (for this range you should negotiate at least 400 Brt or even better 300 Brt, which is still higher than Bangkok taxis).
Samui NaviGo is a portable cab software similar to that of Uber and GrabTaxi in the western world. After downloading the apartment you can quickly order a cab and the wait time seldom exceeds 5 - 10 mins. Don't anticipate NaviGo driver picking you up at the NaviGo on at least one day off.
After the arrivals terminal at Samui airport there is a taxis desk. It' probably best to reserve your cab or van on-line in anticipation. Like Samui Taxi[http///:], there is a solid service that calculates Chaweng 440 Bags and waits for its customers at the point of meet.
In order to get from Nathon Pier to Bophut/Chaweng, take a bay one that will run at frequent interval and costs 50 berths to or from Bophut (DO NOT bargain a ticket unless you want a cab ride as this is the way the natives travel. When you want to go to a certain place, rent a cab or singthaew and start by negotiating the prices with them.
In order to get to Lamai, the opposite route is B70. Oddly enough, you can only reach Chaweng in one way and Lamai in the other. In order to get from one to the other, you need a cab. From April 2014, car owners will charge a lump sum of B100 for each journey between two towns (e.g. Chaweng to Lamai).
Motorcycles can be rent practically anywhere on Ko Samui for 120-700 Brt per night, according to your height and time of year (a small 125 bike should not exceed 200 Brt in the new year). On Ko Samui you can rent bikes very cheap. You should not charge more than 200 berths per night.
We have many rental vehicle choices on Ko Samui, as well as our own offices of major global corporations such as Budget and Avis. They can be picked up and picked up at the airports or at another place. Travelling on the isle is simple as long as you are not in a rush.
You can easily reach almost all areas of the archipelago by road. Samui Ko is a pretty big isle. Chaweng and Lamai are the most commercialized and favorite sandy areas, while the more northerly areas and neighbouring Mae Nam, Bophut, Bang Rak (Big Buddha) and Choeng Mon are more tranquil alternatives, and the western coastal areas are (comparatively) calm.
Samui's primary purpose in bringing visitors is to make the most of its beautiful sands. Although the two principal shores Chaweng and Lamai in general have endured the massive developments of the last ten years, they are still respectable. Apart from the fact that you lie on the shore with a cool glass of ale in your hands and stare at the passing babe and hunk, there is not too much to see on the isle.
On Lamai a certain rock couple is amusing some people, Bang Rak has a big but inconspicuous Buddha sculpture, and there are some falls (especially Na Muang 2). The Chaweng Strand is the most important one on Ko Samui and one that has grown enormously since the early 90s. 20 years ago there were only a bunch of wood chalets on the beaches, but today the place is full of hotel, pizzeria, Irish Irish pubs and even go-go-shops.
Samui's nightlife becomes legend, but unfortunately does not always attract the best tourism standards. This is Chaweng, the place for a rough, ruthless club night. Like Chaweng, Lamai has evolved from a hippie meeting place to a funny place with nightlife and music.
Chaweng is still in a better shape than Chaweng and the place is not quite as overcrowded, although some are flat and have cliffs. There are some strange looking cliffs at the south end of Lamai. Lamai is not the perfect place for you if you are looking for a peaceful, relaxed environment.
The Lamai is southeastern Samui, about ten kilometres from Chaweng. This peaceful northern part of the archipelago is ideal for bathing and bathing, especially for those with small kids, due to its flat waters. The Bophut Beaches are in the northern part of the archipelago and are a favourite base for scuba dive outings.
In no way is the place as evolved as Chaweng, but there are still many places to eat, shop and drink. The Choengmon Beach is situated in the north east of Samui, only 10 min from Chaweng. Situated in the north east of Samui, Big Buddha Beach provides good swim and beautiful scenery for the visitor. Walking for about 30 min. ends at the more picturesque waterfall Na Mueang 2.
Altes Haus - This almost 200 year old China styled home reflects the Samui culture heritage. Further highlights of the archipelago are Laem Set and Thong Takhian Koralbetten, the close situated Schmetterlingsgarten and the fish tank, a serpent park, affentheater near Bo Phut and a solid Buddha picture on the Faninsel.
Khunaram Wat Ko Samui This is the most popular monastery on the islands for its ancient Mumified Mönch who is exhibited. These strange looking cliffs on Lamai Beach resemble strikingly masculine and feminine sex-organs, and have become one of the island's greatest tourist features.
Situated on the Ban Harn shore, the Zoo has an incredible array of tropic marine life such as tortoises and colorful corals. Samui and Tiger Zoo are open every day from 09:00-18:00. Constructed in 1972, it lies in the northern part of the isle.
This Cheedi (Pagoda) at Laem Sor is one of the most important temples on Ko Samui. The Samui Butterful Garden/Insect Museum This relatively rare species of butterflies is located in the south-east of the isle. Admission is 300 euro per adult. This wonderful backyard was laid out in 1976 by a 76 year old Ko Samui orchardist.
Being the highest point of the archipelago, the gardens also offer some fantastic outlooks. These shows can be experienced in the open space theater on the street behind the strand of Bobhut. Buffalo Battles A wealthy archipelago traditions, water buffalo battle arena are spread throughout the isle.
There is a wide range of water sports available, but most dives are done either in the Ang Thong National Marine Park or Ko Tao as the view around the sand beach of Samui is rather bad. Excursions can be booked in the daily shop, most of which are located in Chaweng.
Although the best period of the year for diving in the Ko Samui is between June and August, it is still possible to go diving practically all year round. There are good views of the ocean in some places around Ko Samui (distances up to 10-30 m). Ko Kra & Koh Losin:' These two small islets in the south-east of Samui that don't get too many scuba diving due to their seclusion.
Ko Tan:" (also known as Koh Tan, Koh Taen, Koh Kataen, Coral Iceland and lovingly as No Dog Iceland. Situated on the southwestern tip of Samui. It is said by locals that travellers are the ideal place for those who don't want to spend two plus hour snorkelling trips. Just 15 min from Samui, there are over 14 places that travellers can explore with an array of marine wildlife ranging from mild to hardy crustaceans.
In Ko Tan there are five places to eat Ao-Ok bay has three places to eat, one at both ends of the sea, both with accommodations and by locals with exquisite Thai cooking. The third for this sea is in the centre and belongs to a typical Dutchman. Opposite the islands there is a wonderful cove named Ao-Tok where there are 2 eateries and 2 many accommodations offering great arts of sampling.
Accommodations are of high standards for the offered prices of Ko Tan THB 500 is set amid stunning cliffs and cliffs, there are about 10 sandy areas to be found on the Isle. The Samui is known for its coconut, which is available everywhere and very delicious. Sea food is generally a good option as an insular destination, although peak seasons often see excess demands over those of locals.
Principal meals in a typical Thai style dining establishment should be less than 100 Bt (except for some seafood). From the noisy and cheeky Chaweng taverns and girls' taverns to the romantically decorated Bophut candlelit bar, there are plenty of places to have a quick one. Expect 80 Bt for a typical Singha, Tiger, Chang, Heineken and up to twice as much for each imported one.
It is particularly costly and usually over 2,000 Bt per can. The Chaweng Beach is especially known for its barbers (also known as barbers ), which are occupied by beautiful hosts, mostly from northeastern Thailand. There'?s barns all over Chaweng. As the nightlife on Chaweng can sometimes experience serious excesses, police authorities are rigorous in their enforcement of closure time.
The Chaweng Beach is full of night clubs that mainly play commercials, popular and electronical tunes and serve delicious coctails. On one of the side streets on the southern shore of the archipelago, there is a still that prepares 5 different kinds of rums. During the summer months, the still provides free tasting and touring.
Housing should not be a concern with an estimate of 60,000 rooms, and the most challenging choice will be to choose a proper sandy area. Chaweng and Lamai are definitely the right places if you are interested in night life. For a calmer seaside adventure, try Mae Nam or the south coast.
The Nathon is located in the centre of the isle. Medium to luxury mansions can be hired anywhere on the Isle. Chaweng, Bophut and Lamai parties are the perfect places to have a drink, and cabs are available to take you home. Use caution, cab riders generally have a tendency to rob drunkards.
It is not uncommon for a driving Tuk-Tuk rider to calculate 50 Bt for only one kilometer in the evening (e.g. along the Chaweng Central Market). When traveling by coach to Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan or Ko Tao, do not keep any valuable items in your baggage. The Samui has more than its right proportion of online coffee shops.
Our rate per hour is about 30 Baht. GSM coverage of the islands is quite good for all large Thailand cellular phone companies. Rescue services can be called directly to a local medical centre or to the Samui Rescue Foundation (077 42 1444) or the Samui Tourist Police (077 42 1281) or 1155. In the Chaweng area there are four privately owned clinics.
The Chumphon - with the high-speed skatamaran to the continent and further to Bangkok via the Chumphon Airport.