The islands of Thailand can be a fascinating adventure for travelers looking for a tropical island vacation with a lot of variety. The islands are a wonderful place to rest, relax, and rejuvenate, while maintaining a relatively cost efficient budget and enjoying all that Thai culture has to offer. One of the more popular islands of Thailand is known as Ko Samui.
Ko Samui is known rather well as a resort island and is located in the Gulf of Thailand. Should you want to skip the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and head straight to the tropical side of Thailand, Ko Samui is a good choice as it conveniently has its own international airport. While today the island has an airport and a population of more than 50,000 people, which is relatively many for a Thai island, there is still much of Ko Samui that is generally unpopulated. The island, surprisingly enough, supposedly didn't even have any roads until around 1970. Prior to then, the island was primarily operating on its own, with little relation to the Thai mainland. The abundance of island coconuts, that are so apparent even today, are part of what made Ko Samui easily self sustainable. Tourism has finally surpassed coconuts as the island's primary industry, but there are still plenty of coconuts on the island for a refreshing treat.
The island of Ko Samui has many beaches for visitors to enjoy while basking in the tropical sunshine. The Gulf of Thailand is known for its calm ocean, so swimming can be a relaxing delight. The white sand beaches of Ko Samui can be wonderfully pleasant and some may even say that they are powdery to the touch. For those who are looking for a day of sailing or other such aquatic adventure, there are plenty of tour companies available to provide a fun day's exploration. The island also features a variety of waterfalls and lagoons that can be a wonderful addition to a primarily ocean affair.
If a visitor is looking for a rest from the relaxation of the sand and sunshine, the many beaches of Ko Samui are now also so thriving with resorts and hotels that each one is as a small town in its own right. There are plenty of restaurants with an amazing array of culinary specialties available, although the Thai style food is likely the most recommendable. Thai food is occasionally spicy to an extent beyond that of a tolerably endurable meal, so the Thai phrase "Mai pet" (not so spicy) is recommended for diners who choose a more neutral palette. Ko Samui's coconuts are likely to be a common feature in many of the Thai dishes, so be sure to try a coconut dish to enjoy a fresh island favorite.
Have a wonderful and relaxing stay on the resort island of Ko Samui, if you should choose to journey to its tropical locale. It is a particularly convenient destination in the islands of Thailand that can certainly provide a relaxing vacation.