Monday, 20 May 2013

Learning a Little bit about the Island of Koh Samui

Relax at the fabulous ShaSa hotel during your stay in Koh Samui

Tourists who prefer laid-back vacations or holidays can find what they seek in the lovely and serene Koh Samui, an island located at the Gulf of Thailand. This splendid destination is only an hour plane ride from the Thai capital, Bangkok, and those who opt for a Koh Samui travel will more than likely be impressed by this island’s distinctive offerings.  

The third largest archipelago of 80 islands in the gulf, Koh Samui has managed to preserve its rustic charm even as it hosts such superb tourist enclaves such as the ShaSa Resort located at the southern end of the island. Visiting Koh Samui means not only an interlude with the island’s pristine beaches and dazzling seascapes ideal for many water-based leisure activities. Inland trips into Koh Samui will reveal expansive plantations of coconut palms, the produce of which sustains a great portion of the island’s economy.

In a manner of speaking, the coconut is the tree of life for the locals. They derive substantial revenue from some 2 million-coconut fruits, regarded as Thailand’s best, which are shipped monthly to the mainland. In addition the coconut palm is a source for native thatch roofing, and its harvested fruits yield raw materials for mats and ropes. The processed coconut meat is even more vital, coming in the form of vegetable oil and as ingredients for foodstuff, soap, and candles.

Rice cultivation and fishing are the other means of livelihood in Koh Samui. In recent years, tourism too has grown its contribution to the island’s economy.  The opening of an international airport ushered in the accelerated growth of the travel industry in Koh Samui. Despite the influx of tourists, though, the island’s charm, including nearby attractions, remained unspoiled as local authorities endeavoured hard to preserve the local natural splendour.

A communion with the best Mother Nature has to offer can be had with a trip to the neighbouring island of Koh Phangan, about 14 kilometres north of Koh Samui. In addition to its superb beaches, Koh Phangan is a preserve for majestic waterfalls. Koh Tao Island, is another nearby destination worth the trip with its abundant and colorful corals. Likewise, an excursion to the Ang Thong Marine National Park should be a memorable experience, given this preserve’s setting akin to a rare sea paradise. Reserve a whole day to partake of these wondrous offerings around the fascinating island of Koh Samui.

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