Samui Guide Magazine Online Version. "Koh Samui. "Koh" is Thai for Island and Koh Samui is Thailand's favorite island getaway location. Located in the south of The Gulf of Thailand just offshore from Surat Thani. The island is surrounded by white sand beaches and coral reefs. The Angthong Marine National Park lies just a few kilometers away. Samui is a favorite with young and old, singles and families, Thais and International visitors. Features and attractions include natural beauty, waterfalls, national parks, inland mountains, coral reefs, extensive white sand beaches, scuba diving, four-wheel-driving, elephant trekking, mountain tours, island tours, national park tours, accomodation, night life, zoos, parks, gardens, temples, wats, restaurants, markets, fishing villages, buffalo fights, working monkeys, snake farms, butterfly farms, bungalows, 5-Star accomodations, PADI & BSAC dive courses, land & house rentals and purchase. Samui is the place to be for the holiday of your lifetime." 
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Sport & Adventure Activities
For those with a taste for adventure Samui now has far more to offer than just beaches and every year someone comes up with another idea to keep you thrilled and busy. Below is a selection of what’s currently on offer for the more active visitor.To get a birds eye view of the jungle, book on a Canopy Tour, which allows you to travel between tree houses in a harness attached to a high tensile cable suspended high above the forest floor. An instructor shows you how it’s done, and guides accompany you on the 300-metre ride through nature. The views are spectacular and there’s even a bar by a waterfall at the end of the run to cool off in. Tel. 077 414 150 for a free pick up, or drop into their office on the beach in Chaweng (Chaweng Map).

Blue Star Kayaking offers one and two day trips to the Angthong Marine Park (see Beyond Samui section) where it’s still possible to discover magical caves and bizarre rock formations as well as dozens of deserted beaches. Paddling is a great way to explore the caves and inlets, and those that keep their eyes and ears open may even spot some of the dolphins and monkeys that make this spectacular park their home. Tel. 077 413 231 for more information.

Mountain bike enthusiasts should contact Red Bicycle, which offers a range of half and full day off-road trips for experienced riders into Samui’s mountainous interior, both in the South and north east of the island, as well as sightseeing bike tours to various temples and natural attractions and a special trek over to Koh Tan the unspoilt tropical; island off Samui’s southern coast. All the trips include lunch and full equipment, which is kept in perfect condition. For those wanting to go it alone, the shops in Lamai and Big Buddha also have top-notch Cannondale, Santa Cruz and Jamis bikes for rent. Tel. 077 232 136 or 077 245 936

If you prefer water-based action, Kiteboarding is one of the world’s fastest growing sports and combines windsurfing with stunt kite flying for some serious speed and excitement. During the windier months Kiteboarding Asia offer expert instruction on Koh Samui and also sell the very latest equipment all year round at extremely competitive prices. Newcomers and experts alike can visit their outlets at the Samui Orchid Resort in the south (Dec – March) and One Hundred Degrees East at Shambala Bungalows in the north (Sep - Nov). For instruction and information call Bret Murrell on 01 591 4594 or One Hundred Degrees East on 077 245 936

Also on the water, why not rent your own boat for the day and explore some of Samui’s spectacular coastline. Hammerhead Marine rent four to six person inflatable boats with 15 or 25 HP motors attached to cruise around the bays. Trips include a briefing on safety and orientation, life jackets, GPS, mobile phone and tips on what to see and do. Thrill seekers can also opt for a hair-raising trip in a tunnel hull inflatable ‘Thundercat’ that can reach speeds of up to 60 MPH on the water and will leave you exhausted, aching, but exhilarated. Based at Shambala Bungalows on Big Buddha Beach (North Coast map). Call Lee on 090096961.

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