Come one, come all, Koh Samui matches every travellers expectations. This modest island, located in Thailand just off the southeastern coast near Surat Thani, offers numerous options to many different types of people. More of a backpacker's haven years ago and still popular as a launching point for young people attending the famous Full Moon Party held monthly on neighbouring Koh Phangan, Samui has now expanded options for upscale travellers, especially those looking to stay in their won private holiday villa.
The range of accommodation includes very reasonably priced apartments for the budget-minded traveller, but Samui also now hosts numerous villas that rival the expensive hotels currently dotting the island. If you can get the same amenities as a top-tier international hotel, but pay far less, why not save the money and use it to enjoy the many attractions and diverse holiday options the island has to offer?
Water sports abound off many of Samui's beaches, including snorkeling and scuba diving (although more divers ferry to nearby Koh Tao island's coral areas), jet-skiing around the island's interesting coastline with its many hidden properties, parasailing above or banana-boating along Samui's usually placid waters, or merely enjoying cocktails at one of the many beachside bars the island has. Active visitors can find more excitement by going cross-country cycling or motor-biking, shooting down zip-lines through jungle tree-top canopy or taking an elephant ride through amazingly scenic jungle foliage. If getting local bargains on gifts for friends or decorations your home is on the list of holiday desires, you can shop your heart out at the hundreds of shops in the island's many quaint towns and roadside market areas. Items made of the island's coconuts are very popular, as are stylized images of the Lord Buddha carved from teak wood.
The island exports coconuts by the thousands every day, as is easily seen when driving about the many coconut plantations across the various towns and small rural communities throughout Samui. Spotting an elephant train on a country road is not that unusual, and even more common is an escorted buffalo, being moved from grazing ground to the owner's property for the night. Buffalo are prized possessions for work they provide, but more often than not, they are used in competitions where they fight for millions of Thai baht, the country's currency. The fighting is not as bloody or cruel as that of some European countries, but more of a fight to show which beast is the strongest. The more sedate contest of bird-singing competitions are also held weekly on the island, a choice for the fainter of heart. The birds are shuttled to competitions in their covered cages by motorbike or pickup truck.
Professional rental firms like Horizon Homes can help you locate a holiday rental closest to the activities and type of island setting you most desire. Their helpful staff can explain your options for accommodation based on the size and attractions in the local community, options for privacy, access to nearby shopping, and also offer the perfect property to suit a everything from a romantic couple's needs on honeymoon to facilities that suit a large group gathering that includes celebrations, larger swimming pools and personal service staff. Choosing the option of a private villa stay guarantees you make the most of Samui's appealing climate and spend quality time enjoying its multiple sights and attractions.