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I had been to Thailand many times before but had yet to visit Koh Samui. I put that right after friends said that they loved the place so much they had bought a house there and invited me to stay.
They loved the people, beaches, the spicy food, phallic rock formations, culture and the strange mummified monks. It was a short direct 1.5 hour flight away by Bangkok Airway.
Getting my Bearings
Flying from Singapore to Koh Samui I breezed through immigration at the new airport after riding an open carriage from the plane. It was hot and humid as expected. My friends met me and briefed me on the island as we drove to Mae Nam on the north coast.
Koh Samui is the third largest island in Thailand at 280 square kilometers (108 square miles). It has a population of 40,000, but over a million visitors a year. Most of the population and activity is dotted around the coast and the island only takes a few hours to drive round.
The interior is tropical jungle and hills covered by millions of well established coconut trees. Most visitors are beach lovers, bar and party hoppers or sun worshippers and rarely leave the main resorts of Chaweng and Lamai.
Listening to the waves gently lapping, catching up on gossip and watching a lovely sunset – I thought maybe I was in paradise and could understand them buying a place here. READ MORE
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