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  • Koh Samui temples (wats) guide. Big Buddha, Buddha Footprints, Mummified Monks, Coral Buddha
    statue of Buddha visitors will find a bustling marketplace full of trinkets souvenirs food stalls clothing shops and various other brick a brack The colossal size of the aptly named Big Buddha makes it visible from several kilometers away and at night becomes lit up with a dozen beautiful golden lights Buddha Footprints Route 4170 There is no doubt that your holiday to Koh Samui will be filled with plenty of hours in the sun and relaxing by the beautiful beaches that are sure to satisfy every sun lover s needs There are however many other attractions on Koh Samui as well which should not be missed The beautiful mangrove forests and mountains that make up the interior of the island have lots of hidden treasures to offer visitors as well If you are up for a little adventure with a truly rewarding experience at the finish line you might decide to embark on a hike to find Koh Samui s Buddha s footprint The Buddha s footprint consists of four footprints that have been engraved together and are resting in a shrine set at the peak of a hilltop The trek up is comprised of no less than 163 steps but is well worth the climb The Buddha s footprint is definitely something to be seen and the view from the top of the hill top is excellent and completely worth the effort Mummified Monks Wat Khunaram Wat Khunaram is home to the remnants of a revered monk named Luang Phaw Daeng The history of the mummified monk at Wat Khunaram states that a young man named Luang Phaw Daeng entered the monkhood at the young age of 20 and remained a monk for a period of about six months He then left the monkhood was married and fathered six children Later in his life at around the age of 50 years he decided to return to the monkhood He spent a few years meditating at Khao Mangaen prior to moving on to reside at Hua Laem So The legend states that at the age of 79 the monk Luang Phaw Daeng was able to predict his own death After he passed away his corpse remained unchanged for years to come The corpse was placed in an upright casket and brought to a Sala at Wat Khunaram Today visitors can visit the temple and view the corpse of Luang Phaw Daeng which remains in an unchanged mummified state Coral Buddha Wat Sumret The Coral Buddha is a frequented tourist destination on Koh Samui even though it is at this time in a somewhat dilapidated state The ancient and antique hora this statue gives off however due to its lack or decoration and embellishment might be just what tourists find so intriguing about the Coral Buddha Located near the well known Wat Sumret many monks residing nearby come to pay homage to the Coral Buddha frequently The entrance to the location of the Coral Buddha seems as if it could

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  • Koh Samui Guide - Restaurants, Bars, Clubs, Beaches, Shopping in Ko Samui
    out in huge pots for customers to choose from and if in any doubt as to where to eat choose a place that is popular with locals Up market dining is plentiful on the island with the best restaurants located on the northern beaches of Choeng Mon and Big Buddha beach Dining on the Rocks is a particularly well known restaurant Set out to sea on a wooden barge it serves contemporary dishes with a hint of experimentation view the detailed Samui restaurant guide Samui night life guide As one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand Koh Samui caters for the night life needs of every visitor Without a doubt the busiest and rowdiest night life is to be seen at Chaweng Bars pubs and clubs of all descriptions exist in Chaweng and nearly all of them stay open until 2am whilst some keep going for the remainder of the night One can choose to sip on delicious cocktails drink at an Irish pub drop in at a reggae bar or even wander down soi Green Mango to witness the go go bars Whilst Chaweng may hog the limelight for night life Bo Phut and Lamai are also known to provide ample entertainment for visitors For the quieter side of night life the high end resorts all offer a selection of elegant bars at which to sit relax and enjoy the sunset in peace and quiet view the detailed Samui night life guide Chaweng Nightlife Lamai Nightlife Maenam Nightlife Bophut Nightlife Big Buddha Nightlife Choeng Mon Nightlife Koh Samui Shows Samui beach guide Koh Samui remains one of Thailand s most visited destinations because of the number of excellent beaches available Chaweng beach is arguably the most famous and most beautiful beach on the island but it is also its most developed Squeaky sand and clear waters make this a popular spot suitable for some fantastic photo opportunities The second largest beach on the island is Lamai but for a more charming experience it is worth heading south of Lamai to Hua Thanon This beach is much quieter and serves as a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of Chaweng and Lamai The beaches on the northern side of the island are home to some of the most spectacular accommodation whilst the eastern beaches are known to be the most relaxed with some of the cheapest accommodation available The old fisherman s village Bo Phut is definitely worth a visit to see a more traditional Koh Samui beach view the detailed Samui beach guide Chaweng beach guide Lamai beach guide Bophut beach guide Maenam beach guide Choengmon beach guide Big Buddha beach guide Samui Shopping guide Koh Samui is full of shopping options across the island which range from fashionable boutiques to Thai souvenir shops and even health and beauty product shops Perhaps one of the most enjoyable places to go shopping is the Laem Din Market in Chaweng This bustling market operates at day and night

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  • Koh Samui travel information - guide to getting to Ko Samui by ferry or plane
    hour and the flight lasts either 50 minutes or one hour thirty minutes depending on the flight The flights start from around 6am and the last flight is around 11pm at night Prices range between 51 and 92 each way www bangkokair com Bangkok Office Tel 02 229 3456 Samui Airport Office 077 422 513 Chaweng Office Samui 077 420 133 Another cheaper option is to fly from Bangkok to Surrat Thani which is the mainland region next to Samui The flights to the Surrat Thani airport are a lot cheaper at about 26 and you can then buy a bus ticket and boat ticket at the airport across to the island A further cheaper option for Koh Samui travel is the train Many people enjoy this option with a sleeper berth in the overnight train costing about 2 and then the boat across Second class sleeper trains leave Surat Thani at 17 50 and 19 04 and arrive in Bangkok at 05 35 and 05 50 the following morning One can connect with either of these trains by taking the Songserm passenger ferry which leaves Nathon Pier at 14 30 and connect with the Songserm bus to the station total cost including train 13 Also the Phantip bus leaves the foot of Nathon pier at 13 30 takes the car ferry and then goes directly to the train station total cost including train 11 Advance bookings are recommended Prices above are for a bottom bunk on the train Finally there is the coach option that many backpackers take It is about 14 hours and costs about 2 Buses Information Services Phantip Co Ltd Tel 077 421221 When you are on the island there are plenty of options for Ko Samui travel There are plenty of taxis on the island but they do tend to be expensive There are buses that operate called song tow which are kind of like a covered pick up truck with benches in the back With these you can get around for most journeys at less than 1 The popular option with young tourists is to hire a motorbike This does free up your travelling but many people do suffer accidents Be sure you have insurance a license and wear a helmet Bikes cost between 3 and 7 a day to hire Finally there are plenty of places that can hire a car to you which is a much safer option for Ko Samui travel Prices vary according to the vehicle Samui Travelling Tips If you are travelling in to Koh Samui from abroad and are catching a connecting flight from Bangkok to Samui remember that your luggage will not be automatically checked in for you on the connecting flight You will need to collect your luggage yourself and check it in again at the domestic flights counter in Bangkok airport If you haven t yet booked a hotel or arranged for an airport transfer be aware that the prices you will pay at the

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  • Koh Samui important telephone contact numbers in emergency
    Lost or stolen credit cards Amex 02 2730020 Master Visa 02 2991990 Banks Bangkok Bank 077 421105 Bank of Ayudhaya 077 420176 Thai Military Bank 077 420360 Siam Commercial Bank 077 420186 Thai Farmers Bank 077 421200 Siam City Bank 077 421110 Bangkok Metropolitan Bank 077 420277 Krung Thai Bank 077 421503 Government Savings Bank 077 421119 Embassies in Bangkok Australia 02 2872680 Austria 02 2873970 Belgium 02 2360150 Britain 02 2530191 Canada 02 2374126 Denmark 02 2132021 Finland 02 2569306 France 02 2132181 Germany 02 2132331 Greece 02 2515111 India 02 2580300 Israel 02 2523131 Italy 02 2854090 Japan 02 2526151 Korea 02 2477537 Malaysia 02 2861390 Netherlands 02 2547701 New Zealand 02 2518165 Norway 02 2530390 Portugal 02 2340372 Russia 02 2349824 Singapore 02 2862111 Spain 02 2526112 South Africa 02 2518854 Sweden 02 2544954 Switzerland 02 2530156 Taiwan 02 2519274 U S A 02 2525040 Airlines AF Air France 02 6351199 AL Air India 02 2569614 8 NZ AirNew Zealand 02 2371560 2 AZ Alitalia 02 2334000 4 NH All Nippon Air 02 2385121 BA British Airways 02 2360038 CP Canadian Airline 02 2514521 CX Cathay Pacific 02 2630606 CI China Airlines 02 2534242 3 EK Emirates 02 2607400 4 BR EVA Air 02 2400890 JL Japan Airlines 02 2741411 25 KL KLM 02 6791100 NG Lauda air 02 2332565 LO Lot Polish 02 2352223 7 LH Lufthansa 02 2642400 MH Malaysian 02 2630565 71 PK Pakistan Intern l 02 2342961 5 PR Philippines Air 02 2332350 2 QF Qantas Airways 02 6361747 SN Sabena 02 2382201 3 SK SAS 02 2600444 MI Silk Air 02 2360440 SQ Singapore Airlines 02 2360440 SR Swissair 02 2332930 9 TG Thai International 02 5130121 9 UA United Airline 02 2530558 Guaranteed cheapest hotel prices View the Top 10 Koh

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  • Koh Samui restaurant guide - Essential dining in Ko Samui
    La Brasserie Restaurant at Beachcomber Hotel in Chaweng Le Cafe Des Arts Restaurant at The Papillon Resort in Chaweng Leelavadee Restaurant at Baan Chaweng Resort Spa in Chaweng Napasai Restaurant at Napasai Resort in Mae Nam Noori India Restaurant in Chaweng Olivio Italian Restaurant at Baan Haad Ngam Boutique Resort Spa in Chaweng Padma Restaurant at Karma Samui Resort in Choeng Mon Prasuthon Restaurant at Nora Beach Resort Spa in Chaweng Rocky Restaurant at Rocky Resort in Lamai Ruean Sai Lom Restaurant at Hotel The White House Resort in Choeng Mon Russian Cafe Mango Restaurant in Chaweng SALA Restaurant at SALA Samui Resort Spa in Big Buddha Sandies Restaurant at Silver Sand Resort in Chaweng Tamarind Restaurant at Impiana Samui Resort Spa in Chaweng The 3 Monkeys Pub Restaurant in Chaweng The Cliff Bar Grill Restaurant in Chaweng The Orchidea Thai Restaurant at Kandaburi Resort in Chaweng The Outback Restaurant in Chaweng The Page Restaurant at The Library in Chaweng The Patio Restaurant at Pavilion Samui Boutique Resort in Chaweng The Pier Restaurant in Big Buddha The Spices Indian Restaurant in Chaweng The Tara Restaurant at The Imperial Samui Hotel in Chaweng Vecchia Napoli Italian Restaurant in Chaweng Yupa Restaurant at Chaweng Bay View Resort in Chaweng Zazen Restaurant at Zazen Boutique Resort Spa in Bo Phut Zico s Restaurant at Centara Grand Beach Resort in Chaweng Introduction to Samui Restaurants Few destinations in Thailand can boast the International appeal of Koh Samui A tranquil paradise island gently lapped by the azure seas of the Gulf of Thailand High quality accommodation world class activities and luxurious resorts are easy to find on Koh Samui but what about dining out Rest assured that as one would expect Koh Samui has more than its fair share of exceptional restaurants and bars Indeed Koh Samui offers the largest selection of not only Thai cuisine but International cuisine to be found anywhere in Thailand apart from in hedonistic Pattaya It has been a firm favorite with western visitors for almost two decades and the variety of available cuisine is now wide Thai Cuisine Highlights Being an island in the middle of the Gulf of Thailand Koh Samui is gifted by its plentiful cheap and high quality seafood In fact one could cite seafood as the best available food upon Koh Samui Restaurants are kept stocked daily by the islands native fishing fleet This means that all types of sea fish including tuna mackerel and snapper along with shellfish and squid are all extremely fresh For the very best dining experience you may wish to try your fresh seafood whilst sitting upon the sand in one of the many beach restaurants in Lamai or Chaweng Arguably these restaurants produce some of the best seafood to be found within Thailand What are the International Options If you are not a great lover of the local Thai fare then you will be pleased to know that Koh Samui boasts a huge selection of International restaurants catering to

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  • Koh Samui nightlife guide - bars, clubs, pubs, entetainment
    restaurants dotted across the island offering some of the finest cuisine from all over the world Chaweng Nightlife Lamai Nightlife Maenam Nightlife Bophut Nightlife Big Buddha Nightlife Choeng Mon Nightlife Koh Samui Shows The biggest and most varied night scene on Samui is down on Chaweng beach Being the biggest beach one would naturally expect it to have the most bars pubs and clubs and indeed it does Another great place to find clubs and pubs is on the adjacent beach known as Lamai beach Chaweng is home to some of the largest and loudest clubs on Samui including the famous Green Mango and the Reggae Pub located in central Chaweng For those who prefer live music get yourself to northern Chaweng where the pubs feature some of the island s best local acts These include fun cover bands stylish jazz bands and solo acts One of the best places to see live bands is Tropical Murphy s an Irish Pub that s packed and rocking every single night of the week Shows and Night Markets For a more soft and relaxing environment pay a visit to southern Chaweng or one of the quieter beaches such as Bophut or Big Buddha beach One of the best places to sit and chill out for a night has to be Zico s bar where you can fill your face with a tasty Brazilian mixed grill plate while enjoying the nightly samba show If you want to relax and catch the sunset while you drink Big Buddha and Bophut beaches are both very popular with backpackers are all great places to find relaxing beach bars For any revellers looking for something of a slightly more saucy nature Lamai beach is famous or perhaps infamous for its plethora of go go bars concentrated on the main beach road These bars are very seedy and easily spotted by the number of Thai girls standing around outside beckoning in customers and sometimes even trying to drag them in These bars offer naughty stripteases and sexy dance shows When it comes to eating there is a wealth of options available on Samui The island has it all from expensive glitzy five star restaurants to street food vendors offering savory 20 baht snacks Scattered across the island are thousands of eateries serving up Thai food western food an abundance of fresh sea food barbecues Chinese Indian French Italian food and more You will never go hungry on Koh Samui the only problem is having so many choices Koh Samui s nightlife is also famous for its lady boys and cabaret shows many of which can be found at Chaweng beach These shows are definitely worth a visit if you want to have a good laugh or if you are mildly curious They offer great entertainment value at a very little cost Some of the best are considered a must see for Samui visitors For sports fans one great nighttime option is to go see Muay Thai a traditional

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  • Koh Samui Hotels and Resorts | Ko Samui Hotels | Accommodation Koh Samui
    not just the quality of this 3 kilometre stretch of beach but also the lively nature of the beach itself The entire stretch is filled with bars and restaurants playing music and plenty of holidaymakers enjoying their holiday to the fullest This is usually the first choice for younger holidaymakers that enjoy the music and the party atmosphere Lamai beach is another popular beach It is not as busy as Chaweng beach but still one of the more lively Koh Samui beaches It stretches about 2 kilometres and is a bit narrower than Chaweng The water on this beach also gets deep very quickly so is great for swimmers If you are looking for quieter beaches then some of your better options are Bophut beach Big Buddha beach and Maenam Beach All these locations have fantastic sand and swimming as they are just a little less developed than Lamai and Chaweng For some the perfect beach is one that is completely empty and unspoilt and they definitely do exist on the island You will find most of the empty beaches on the west coast of the island where there is very little tourist development It is quite normal to find a spot on these beaches and be there all day without seeing anyone at all Whichever of the Koh Samui beaches you choose you will not be disappointed The beaches all have fine golden white sand and crystal clear water The hot season means that the sea is warm and it can actually feel like you are stepping into a bath The quieter beaches have a charm that can t be beaten with the coconut tress growing alongside the beaches and the quiet noise of the wildlife behind You could not really ask for more from a beach holiday Samui Beaches Chaweng Beach Hotels in Chaweng Beach Chaweng is probably the best known of the towns on the island It is the biggest of the towns and has the most lively nightlife scene Chaweng has the highest concentration of the cheapest hotel rooms Read More Lamai Beach Hotels in Lamai Beach Lamai resorts are a example of being located along these idyllic beaches Have less Lamai hotels the town is a smaller and slightly more sedate version of Chaweng In recent years Lamai has upgraded its image and now is a much cleaner and fun town and much more family friendly Read More Bophut Beach Hotels in Bophut Beach Bophut hotels are fast becoming a popular choice for visitors as a more well preserved and traditional part of the island This area is very unspoilt and has far less bars and entertainment built up on the beachfront Bophut transports you back in time to when the island was untouched by tourism Read More Big Buddha Beach Hotels in Big Buddha Beach These resorts are growing in popularity and a lot of work has been done on the area to improve its image The sandy beach is calm and relaxing with

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  • An introduction to Thai Etiquette - By Koh-Samui-Hotels.co.uk
    to know a little more about Thai etiquette and manners then read on When two Thai folks meet for the first time within seconds they will have both established who is higher in social standing This simple thing is the core foundation of Thai manners In Thailand one person will often attach a prefix to another person s name when addressing them and this prefix is defined by who has the higher in social standing For example two young men meet for the first time they will judge each other and one will decide that the other is more senior If the more senior person is named John then he becomes Pi John where Pi means older brother that s the closest translation into English it is more subtle than this and the other will have the prefix Nong meaning younger brother again loosely This simple judging of social standing forms the backbone of Thai manners Read more Travelling by train to Samui A guide to taking an alternative travel route via overnight sleeper train and boat when travelling from Bangkok to Koh Samui Most people visiting Thailand and Koh Samui on holiday choose to fly to this remote paradise island located as it is a four hour boat journey from the mainland Although there is nothing wrong with this it is the quickest and easiest way to reach Koh Samui there is another more interesting option one which many travelers find enjoyable Every day there are several trains which leave Hua Lamphong station in Bangkok and make the long run south the city of Surat Thani Train travel in Thailand is slow going and this 800km journey takes some 12 hours a grueling journey sitting in a vinyl seat However there is a further option Each evening a single

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