Koh Samui is Thailand's second largest island after Phuket and home to some 60,000 full time inhabitants. Until the late 20th century the island was largely a self sufficient community until, in the 1970's the first backpackers arrived. Word spread and visitor numbers grew until in the 1990's tourists were arriving by the boatload .Despite not being the most beautiful of Thailand's islands it still offers luscious lagoons, swaying coconut trees, white sandy beaches, amazing coral, and picturesque waterfalls. Unfortunately due to its popularity as a beach paradise, visitor numbers can lead to overcrowding at peak times.
Being an island accommodation is naturally restricted. However years of tourism has led to approximately 30,000 rooms now available. The range covers all tastes and pockets. On offer are the city and beachfront hotels of Chaweng, the stylish bungalows in Lamai, vintage residences in Bophut and various luxury villas set in the jungle. Booking ahead is strongly recommended especially in the high season.
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