Located in the Gulf of Thailand, 700km south of Bangkok - Samui is the third largest island in the Gulf of Siam 60 island archipelago. Here, Ang Thong National Marine Park, the fabulous Koh Pha Ngan, Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan lend themselves to water sports, nature escapes and discovery. Attracting film makers entertainers, models, actors, actresses and those with the means and tastes of the exclusive and exceptional.
With flights daily to and from; Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and other major airports in South East Asia, Samui has placed itself on the map for business traveler, honeymooners, adventurers and those seeking authentic discoveries.
Inland, beautifully rolling jungle hills of limestone and granite, boast an abundance of fruit trees. Full of mangoes, bananas, rambutan and lychees, but drive a little further and you'll discover huge meadows of green, where previous generations harvested rice. The shoreline made up of countless palm-fringed beaches and private bays (see our development www.naissance-villas.com). Turquoise green, light blue to dark aquamarine seas surround this emerald island. Everyone's true paradise haven.
The Areas of Koh Samui
The main beaches of Chaweng, Lamai, Bophut now considered, even if nominally, as small towns thanks mainly to the introduction of fine restaurants bars and International hotels and resorts. A fine complement to Nikolsons visions and creations.
Arguably Koh Samui's most popular developed beach. The 6km of soft powdery white sand makes it Samui's longest beach. A range of activities, from simply sun-bathing to jet-ski's, speed boats, massage and henna tattoos. The islands largest concentration of accomodation qualtity, ranges from cheap bungalows to five star hotels. Along the now famous Chaweng Beach Road, visitors find a large variety of shops, bars, restaurants and Samui Nightlife venues.
To the east of Big Buddha, a little more sophistication. Five star hotels such as; the Imperial Boathouse, Sala Samui, Sila Evason and Tongsai Bay have chosen this location to offer their most luxurious of five star packages. The beaches are popular ,with the sand especially soft.
Bophut - Fisherman's Village
Take a walk to the east of Bophut a little, where you'll find the infamous Fisherman's Village. Teeming with the fine dining options ranging from exquisite Asiatic, traditional Thai accompanied by the Thai dancers, to Contemporary French / Italian Cuisine complemented with the finest of imported wines and liquors. English and Aussie Pubs serving their home-cooked recipes and beers often with a few songs thrown in for good measure.
Quieter, yet still with selection of reasonable, quality accommodation sharing a very peaceful 4km beach with traditional Thai villagers. The village houses and traditional shops built in typical Thai timbers.
Don't forget to pop into the Santiburi Golf Course. It's a challenge but a thrilling slope to tee off from.
On the west coast of the island, just South of Nathon you'll find the most beautiful and safest of all Samui's beaches. The water shallow for over 100 metres out to sea. In the late afternoon, Nikki Beach & Nikolsons the best spot to enjoy the sunsets.
The home of Traditional Samui fishing communities. Boasting the main seafood market choices, Hua Thanon is the main hospitality seafood supplier on Koh Samui, with fresh prawns to red snapper and lobster in abundance.
A popular beach with many tourists choosing Lamai to Chaweng it being a little quieter. Lamai keeps its village atmosphere rather than that of town but offers some reasonable restaurants.
Now developing into quite a high-class business area with the second IT Complex nearly completed, leasing high technology office space to local developers and business people.
The Capital Nathon - A Fishing Village & Harbour
Nathon, the ancient capital of Samui on the southwest coast of the island, remains a major fishing port with local inhabitants retaining traits and traditions of this island culture. Ferries for the two hour cruise to the mainland and other inter island transport dock here in Nathon, the seat of the regional government and commercial hub.
The pace is charming, small and interesting. A few hours spent ambling through the ancient, Chinese shops and houses along the middle street reward the curious with a whispering, exotic and perhaps erotic history.