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Hotels

OZO Chaweng Samui

Food & Drink

Dr Frogs Koh Samui Italian Restaurant

Shopping

La'-veng

Nightlife

Q Bar Samui

Spa

The Spa, Conrad Koh Samui

Koh Samui

One of the most popular island destinations in the region, Koh Samui’s palm-fringed beaches, virgin forests and extremely friendly natives are tourist magnets that keep attracting visitors to this island since two decades. With stunning coral reeves and crystal-clear waters, it is not a wonder that Koh Samui is a must-visit for diving and snorkeling activities.

Hotels

This popular island destination has no lack of quality hotels. Whether it’s lively Chaweng, romantic Bophut or quiet Mae Nam, you are likely to find luxury resorts, flashy boutiques, as well as comfortable budget-style guesthouses.

Food & Drink

Famous for its seafood and coconuts, Ko Samui is undoubtedly a culinary destination. Heavily inspired by Malay, Indonesian and Indian food, the signature dishes include Chicken Biriyani, Massaman (Indian-style Muslim curry) and Khanom Cheen (rice noodles in curry sauce).

Shopping

Be prepared to find a range of items including handicrafts, religious artifacts, fabrics, Thai silk as well as designer wear. Other bargain items such as sunglasses, backpacks, wallets, sarongs and the invaluable pair of sandals can also be found at any stretch of the beach.

Nightlife

Ko Samui’s beaches throng with party revelers looking to enjoy a wild night of dancing, drinking and merrymaking. From the trance-driven bars of Chaweng to the beer bars of Lamai, nights in Samui just can’t get any better.

Spa

Ko Samui can boast of having some truly wonderful spas, which provide services ranging from aromatic steam baths through to herbal body massages. Under a tropical setting such as this, these exclusive retreats offer the utmost in rejuvenating treatments in total luxury and comfort.

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