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Pristine waters, welcoming sands, and exotic Thai food await you in Koh Samui, located in the east of Thailand. Here is a land that can enthrall you not only with its beaches but also its mountains and mesmerizing temples and luxury; yes, Koh Samui is the new tourist destination for those who want to have fun and also enjoy some quiet time while undertaking to do a sightseeing tour of the island.
Koh Samui has managed to maintain its natural beauty despite the influx of tourists all the year round. It has a very delicate ecosystem which must be protected, especially the coral reefs. Many tourists are not aware that coral reefs are susceptible and they die when they are trampled during the sea walking treks frequently organized by local tour operators. To protect the ecosystem and to reduce pollution of the pristine waters, The Marine and Coastal Resources Management Act of 2015 has imposed a few restrictions, one of which is a ban on smoking on the beach to prevent the smoked butts from polluting the land and the sea. So, be responsible and do your bit in keeping Koh Samui clean and green.
There are direct flights to Koh Samui from Bangkok (almost 20 flights a day), Singapore, Phuket, and Pattaya. You can reach Koh Samui by ferry and also by land, but that is time-consuming though cheaper than flights.
An exciting aspect of being in Koh Samui is that you can charter a yacht to explore nature at closer quarters at one’s pace and time, away from the touristy milieu. It is a once in a lifetime experience and value for money.
The warm tropical climate, the exotic cuisine, and home to some of the best medical facilities, Koh Samui, demands your attention and your time. Koh Samui hospitals are known for being inexpensive and of a high standard and quite popular for Liposuction.
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Koh Samui has condos, apartments, and villas to suit the individual tastes of its visitors. In case you have long term plans to stay in Koh Samui, a villa must be the ideal choice because invariably all the villas have a private pool and a garden area. In Koh Samui, one can choose from villas that are very private and secluded or those who offer facilities like gym, security similar to condominium facilities.
There are villas to suit all budgets and all requirements; one must be clear on what you want before proceeding. There are villas with 5-6 bedrooms for large families and two-bedroom types also for cozy couples and small families. Not all villas come with a western kitchen, so make sure your needs are met before renting a villa. You can choose villas by the beach, close to the ferry point or in the hills.
Travelers enjoy Koh Samui because they connect with nature and with themselves. The necessities of life must be taken care of, and you must know what kind of budget you will need for day to day living.
Like the rest of the tourist resorts in Thailand, Koh Samui offers everything under the sun to its visitors – internet cafes, laundry services, top class restaurants, etc. but at a price.
Supermarkets like Tesco and Macro are there to cater to the expat community, but you can get fresh vegetables and fruits from local wet markets at unbeatable prices. Petrol is cheap as is hiring a motorbike; one spends less than USD$ 4 for renting a bike with a full petrol tank. It is easier to traverse on bikes here. Hiring a cab though is an expensive affair.
Essential amenities like electricity, gas, internet, water, garbage disposal, etc. come to around USD 90. Rentals range from, based on the size of the accommodation, USD 500 to USD$1000. International schooling is expensive. Probably that is why in most parts of Thailand expats take up teaching jobs to supplement their income.
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