Koh Samui: Koh Samui is like stumbling upon paradise:  white sandy beaches, clear sparkling seas of warm water, gentle breezes, lush natural resources, coral reefs, coconut groves, waterfalls and more. It is Thailand's third-largest island, home to about 40,000 full-time inhabitants, 90% who are Buddhist. Koh Samui is a world away from the busy action-packed capital city and yet offers something for everyone.
When you first fly into Koh Samui, a short flight from Bangkok, you will note clusters of smaller islands the majority of which comprise the Ang Thong Marine National Park.  This protected reserve on the Gulf of Thailand has towering limestone cliffs that have been dramatically sculpted by centuries of natural erosion.  The nature reserve is home to a variety of exotic wildlife such as herons, long-tail monkeys, white-bellied sea eagles, pythons, little herons, otters, sea turtles and dolphins.
Fishing enthusiasts will enjoy the nearby island Koh Phangan, famous for its monthly full moon party on white-sandy Haad Rin Beach. Ideal snorkeling conditions can be found in the colorful shores of Koh Samui's two smaller nearby islands:  Koh Tao and Ko Nang Yuan.  Foodies can sign up for cooking classes specializing in Thai cuisine's renowned blend of spiciness and sweetness.
Koh Samui's natural beauty and charm make it the perfect holiday getaway, and a cosmopolitan melting pot that attracts both adventurists on a budget, and luxury vacationers.
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