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Even though Koh Samui is considerably smaller than Phuket and Koh Chang in terms of land mass, its peaceful ivory shores are continuing to lure an increasing number of tourists each year. Visitors making their way to the island by plane are greeted by stunning views of the serene blue waters of the Gulf of Thailand and the vast archipelago of islands known as the Ang Thong Marine National Park.
Despite its small and rustic feel, Koh Samui airport operates international flights to several of Asia’s major city hotspots, and with Bangkok and Thai Airways sharing flights to the island the frequency is high, although generally a little more pricey than a flight to Phuket due to the boutique nature of the island.
As a result of the higher cost of airfares to Koh Samui, the island has attracted a wealthier set of holiday makers over the years, many of whom are in search of up market Samui villas and resorts which offer true five star accommodation. Despite an abundance of budget options that have become backpacker favourites in locations like Chaweng Beach, the area is now also home to a growing number of fine dining eateries that offer gourmet international and Thai cuisine. The north, east and southern regions of the island have developed over the years to cater for a more upscale set of visitors, and also afford quitter tropical surroundings breathtaking views of the ocean.
Samui has been the site of rapid growth in the past few decades due to the island’s ever expanding tourism industry, particularly along the main ring road that circles the island. In the last 10 years, the authorities have been forced to tighten development regulations in response to concerns from the local community about the risks of over development. There is therefore now more pressure on developers to ensure the high quality of projects and to employ greener construction strategies, and as a result, some of the world’s most sought after Samui holiday villas have emerged.
The price of land on Samui is comparatively lower than on Phuket, and a thriving tourist industry makes the island a hotspot for investors. Property developers have utilised cutting edge architecture and design, which factored in with Samui’s idyllic location make the island a prime destination for those in search of an exclusive retreat in paradise. This also means that savvy travellers looking to rent the ultimate private holiday home now benefit from one of the most extensive and appealing destinations for villa vacations in the region.