Koh Samui is south
east Asia's new developing tourist hot spot and Thailand’s most glamorous
island. Samui island is a lush tropical island paradise near both
Bangkok in the
Gulf of Thailand. Koh Samui is only an hour's flight from both
Singapore and Bangkok. Samui beaches are among the whitest in Asia,
and live up to that dream of a tropical island with white sand, blue
water and swaying palm trees many of us dream of escaping to. Travel
to Samui while you can before it becomes too popular, because Koh Samui
is still quaint with an innocence like Bali had 20 years ago. This is
Thailand's great new alternative to Bali, with
plenty of quality beachfront restaurants serving a variety of Thai and
Photo of Chaweng Beach near most of Koh Samui's hotels
When you consider Bali was consistently voted
the world's favourite island until its recent terrorism, you can understand
why Koh Samui is the must-see best beach holiday of the 21st century.
Near the holiday resorts are streets full of
delightful shops and markets, where western currency is still king despite
the global economic downturn. Inland, Koh Samui features jungles where
you can get lost in nature. There are rides on well-treated elephants
that many a wide-eyed child will remember for many years.
And there is a magical place on Koh Samui that
fulfills any traveller's dream of a perfect holiday. It's a story of
love between a local Thai woman and a European man, where east meets
west, where the best of both worlds meet.
You can have a good time on Koh Samui, but you'll
have a great time if you stay at the resort named Zazen, which
gets our vote as the world's best beach holiday. Zazen is on "Bophut
beach", near Chaweng beach in Koh Samui.
Photo of Zazen restaurant & accommodation near the beach at
Thailand is a Buddhist country, and Zazen
means "seated meditation". You'll emerge from a holiday at this holiday
resort feeling enlightened and uplifted. The gentle Buddhist elements
of happiness combine here with the western elements of hospitality,
thanks to Thai girl Ti who fell in love with Belgian boy Alex.
Their love has transformed this resort into
the perfect place, where lush tropical foliage leads to the beautiful,
romantic bar and restaurant overlooking the seductive curve of Bophut
When you arrive at Zazen by one of
the many cheap taxis, you'll enter a tropical paradise that has a new
entry; the soothing sound of running water and a gently curving path
that leads to the pretty pool and bar overlooking sandy Bophut beach.
The burgundy-coloured lounges to languish on are matched by the wine
coloured pool table in the Casbah-inspired bar overlooking Bophut beach.
And upstairs near the beach is the new Le
Salon de Ti, named after Ti the owner and also highlighting
the exquisite teas from around the world that can be enjoyed here with
a panoramic ocean view.
The real Italian"Yellow Hut Pub" Lamai
Beach, near "Molly Malone Bar", is the best pizzeria on Koh
The iconic champagne
and tea cocktail bar overlooks the new "Chef’s Table", where
master European chef Stephane Courtin serves up a glamorous
menu of Mediterranean and Thai cuisine. Bophut has a fisherman's village
which is the local version of New
York's Greenwich village of years gone by. It's full of attractive
boutique shops and delightful little restaurants with freshly-caught
Traditional Thai Massage or oil massages in Koh Samui cost $10 for
The best restaurant on Koh Samui is at Zazen
Resort, where the kitchen produces mouthwatering meals overlooking
one of the world's best beach views. Koh Samui has a number of boutique
resorts and European restaurants clustered mainly near the beaches of
Chaweng and Bophut, and Zazen beach resort
hotel is truly the best of the best.
Best Beach Holidays has travelled to many of
the world's best destinations, and we firmly believe Zazen beachfront
resort near one of the best Samui beaches, is the ultimate in wonderful
beach holidays at a reasonable price.
Accommodation at Zazen is in 26 attractive rooms
with eclectic art and al fresco ensuites. Your comfortable bed is on
the floor in keeping with Thai tradition, stepping down to a lounge
with an L-shape sofa to watch the latest in flat-screen TVs if you must.
Outside under cover are two more lounges facing each other that allow
you to be a part of nature and take in the peaceful feeling created
by this resort.
Near your hotel room is the new "Zen day
spa" where the gentle Thai staff will fulfil your dream of perfect
Zazen hotel beachfront rooms are fantastic, with panoramic views and
only a few sandy steps to the gentle waters of the Gulf of Thailand.
This fulfils the ultimate beach holiday dream of staying at a beautiful
resort and stepping out of your very cute beach bungalow onto a white
sandy beach fringed with palms.
Photo of Beachfront villa accommodation near a Koh Samui beach
Breakfast at Zazen resort is the best we've
seen anywhere in the world, a true feast for the senses. Imagine every
brightly coloured fresh juice from mango to carrot to tangerine in attractive
long bottles. Past them, every brightly-coloured fresh fruit from banana
to pineapple to mango and even exotic fruits including mangosteen and
delicious dragon fruit.
If you want a western breakfast near the beach, there's gourmet bacon
and eggs, delicate omelettes, organic toast and wholemeal or local farmers'
bread. There's even sparkling wine to
satisfy the Europeans and start their day with a smile.
The smell of the salt air and the delicious
produce make this Koh Samui beachfront resort hotel a soul-satisfying
start to your daily Samui adventure. Lunch near the swimming pool is
vastly superior to anything we've seen in top location hotel restaurants
including Waikiki Beach,
Tahiti and even the Maldives. If you want a club sandwich,
If you order fish, for US $15 you get
delicious crispy skin white snapper with sweet Hoisin "glacage",
white wine sauce, extra virgin olive oil mash, three colours of mild
chili and an arty squiggle of balsamic that looks like chocolate, all
served on a fine china plate.
Photo of Koh Samui accommodation with swimming pool and air-conditioning
Dinner under the stars at Zazen resort
with fresh produce and a gentle warm breeze blowing down the beach will
show you why this is one of the world's best value luxury resorts. On
some nights you'll be treated to a traditional Thai cultural show with
beautiful young Thai women and their handsome male partners.
Photo of Koh Samui beachfront accommodation restaurant
The 15 minute taxi ride to Koh Samui's Chaweng
beach is less than $10.
On the fine white sand of Chaweng Beach you'll
find beach vendors who are much less intrusive than in Bali and a multitude
of watersports including ballooning, surfboard hire (yes there is surf
at Koh Samui), jetskii hire, etc. The best beachfront restaurant near
Chaweng Beach is "Eat Sense", closely followed by Italian restaurant
If you want a cheap delicious local meal, go
down the lane near "Centara Resort Samui" to "The Terrace
restaurant", and the best beach massage in Koh Samui is to the
right of Centara on Chaweng beach - look for the blue "Beautiful
Massage" sign. See the girls including Moon for a vigorous
"Thai massage" for the princely sum of US $8 an hour. Koh Samui has
it all and is certainly one of the world's best beach holidays for luxury
It's worth taking a taxi or hiring a car or
motorbike to get around Koh Samui to see everything from stunning coastal
views of the Gulf of Thailand to elephants trekking through the rainforest,
to beautiful Samui waterfalls. "Thai Airways" and "Firefly
airlines" have started flying into Koh Samui to join "Bangkok
Airways" Samui, which owns the beautiful little Koh Samui airport
and has previously resisted efforts by other international airlines
to fly to Koh Samui.
This is what has helped preserve Koh Samui's
innocence, and unlike other travel destinations these days, there's
still this wonderful feeling of safety at all times.
Other Accommodation near
Koh Samui Beaches
Chaweng beach can get busy, so the perfect place
to stay is at the northern end of Chaweng beach with a great view back
around the white sandy crescent - close enough to walk to Chaweng, but
far enough away to escape noisey night life.
Photo of "Chaba Cabana Beach Resort" accommodation near "Chaweng
Try the Chaba Cabana Beach Resort and Spa
(photo above), which is very reasonable in price and has the best beachfront
pool in Koh Samui, where you can sip a pina colada while looking right
back down Chaweng beach. Splash out and stay in the beachfront Banana
suite or Papaya suite with their gorgeous
Thai timber interiors and views over the pool
and Chaweng beach that are just Thai-rrific. There's a timber beach
bar here that every beachcomber dreams about - elevated views down the
beach, palm trees swaying just outside and a casual guitarist and singer
playing classic requests at night such as Hotel California
and Wish You Were Here.
This Tim Buk Tuu beach bar even has
a book exchange and the atmosphere is distinctly reminiscent of colonial
days gone by. The Chaba Cabana Beach Resort also has the delightful
Heavena Spa where you just HAVE to try the soothing traditional
Thai oil massage. You'll know you're alive when the skilful Thai ladies
walk on your back and bend you to your limits, but afterwards you'll
feel brand new and ready for action.
As you can see from the photos, the Chaba Cabana Beach Resort
also has an elevated breakfast area with beautiful views of Chaweng
beach Koh Samui. As you eat your breakfast near Chaweng Beach Samui,
you'll notice the tide is mostly out in the mornings, allowing a walk
out along a sandbar in front of the beach into beautiful blue green
water that's great for snorkelling or just immersing yourself as you
delight in the Koh Samui lifestyle.
At night, the "C Front restaurant"
allows views of a different beach atmosphere - higher tide, full moon
in the sky and a gentle warm zephyr of a breeze in the air.
Koh Samui people must be among the friendliest
in the world and are very keen to make sure you enjoy your Samui island
holiday. Nothing is too much trouble and we were asked several times
by different hotel staff if there was anything they could do for us.
Photo of Koh Samui shopping area
You'll find everything on the street from designer
jeans for $20 (still can't figure if they're real or imitation), CDs
and DVDs for $3 and hidden from sight, what they amusingly describe
as "genuine imitation" designer handbags. The great fun shopping in
Koh Samui is to good-humouredly barter, much as they do in Bali, with
light-hearted expressions of surprise on both sides.
Start bargaining at about half their suggested
price and settle just above. Shopping is very cheap compared with back
home, so don't be afraid to give in a little. The going taxi rate is
around 150 Baht (only $5) during the day and 200 Baht at night. To and
from the airport in a taxi is around 500 Baht.
The most popular island beaches near Koh Samui
are at Koh Tao and
Koh Phangan island where the world
famous "Full Moon Pary" attracts tens of thousands of party
people every month. At Koh Samui you can buy "Full Moon Party"
accommodation packages including boat from Ko Samui to the Full
Moon Party. If you're into COMPLETE freedom and dance music, the
Full Moon Party via Ko Samui is a must for young travellers.
Accommodation near Koh Samui at Koh Phangan
next island north near Koh Samui.
Koh Samui Restaurants
Koh Samui 's restaurant food is very good by
Asian standards and in the bigger resorts you can happily drink their
filtered table water. A frequent Australian visitor to Koh Samui suggested
wiping cutlery in smaller cafes before dining, but we didn't encounter
anyone with the equivalent of "Bali belly." The proliferation of Italian
and French chefs attracted by the romance of Koh Samui has made some
of the beachfront restaurants here a gastronomic experience indeed.
Try Olivio at the northern end of Chaweng
beach right next to Chaba Cabana Beach Resort for possibly the best
Italian you've ever experienced. The veal with mushrooms here melts
in your mouth while the angel hair pasta with fresh lobster is outstanding
in taste and presentation. All this among tropical palms and candlelight
overlooking Chaweng beach.
Just across the road and a little towards the
main part of Chaweng Beach is Prego, a stylish and relaxed
place to enjoy "delicious Italian cuisine." The Prego pizzas are as
good as what you'll find in Italy and the pasta is home made. On Chaweng
beach itself, if you like beautiful food, beautiful island ambience
and beautiful beach, go straight to "Eat Sense" restaurant.
The Thai food here is superb, with the traditional
Thai dishes of Padh Thai noodles and chicken and cashews just wonderful,
among many other choices. For more memorable restaurant dining, try
Zazen, 10 minutes north of Chaweng near picturesque Bo Phut
beach. The Thai food here is also just wonderful and the restaurant
is set overlooking another wonderful stretch of white sand and azure
Photo of Bo Phut Beach from Zazen Resort Map of Koh Samui Island
Koh Samui island Thailand is a wonderful
Best Beach Holidays destination with white beaches, dazzling water
and lots of laidback beachfront bars to take it all in. You can
have the best of both worlds here - play Robinson Crusoe on deserted
beaches, and also fulfil your urge for something more on the beach
by indulging in the variety of Chaweng Beach Samui. Genuine
Thai massages from the happy local women here top it all off; a
memorable Thai Best Beach Holiday that's adorable and affordable.
The publisher/editor of www.hotelssamui.mobi
which is part of www.bestbeachholidays.info
feel in love with his Thai wife near Lamai Beach, south west Koh
Samui. They now have a baby daughter, a home in Perth Australia
and a home in Thailand with a planned familiarisation tour of Samui
beachfront hotels and up-date of this page mid December 2014. Contact
if you want your 3 star 4 star or 5 star hotel near Samui beaches
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