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Reasons to Visit Koh Samui – Thailand's Famed Paradise Island

For decades, Koh Samui has been one of the topmost destinations in Thailand. Although commercialisation has made it lose its pristine beauty, the island still has plenty to show.

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Nature

While it is true that much of the island's original beauty has been destroyed by excessive tourism, the country still possesses an incredibly diverse wildlife and flora. The dreamy white sanded beaches with palm groves along the outskirts are something right out of a fairytale. Take a plunge in the crystal clear waters off the island and you are sure to come across a wide range of rare and elusive marine species residing amidst the vibrant corals. For something wilder, take a walk further into the thick jungles that hide magical waterfalls and endless hiking trails. Koh Samui is just the place to witness Mother Nature at her very finest!

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Experience the best spa therapies

Koh Samui offered dedicated spa therapy long before it began to be a mainstream activity. The island is now considered the spa capital of Thailand and has a number of centres dedicated towards this form of treatment. These centres focus on everything from well being and weight loss to detoxing and mental stimulation. Most hotels on the island such as Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort offer spa therapy and you are advised to look for hotel deals in Koh Samui that give discounts on spa treatments on a regular basis.

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The rich culture and heritage of the island

From the outside, it might be easy to assume that the island is all about beaches and resorts; however, Koh Samui hides a kaleidoscopic past that is well worth checking out. Buddhism is the major religion practised by the locals. A number of colourful temples litter the island as well as many other monuments dedicated to Buddha. One particular highlight is the Big Buddha statue on the island. A twelve-metre high golden statue, it is a fine example of Thailand's excellent craftsmanship. The Buddha Secret Garden is another interesting attraction; hidden far in the thick jungles of the island, the garden features a collection of unusual sculptures that make for interesting viewing. Built all the way back in 1975 by a local farmer, this unique attraction deserves to be high up on your list of things to see on the island.

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The shopping and nightlife

Over the years, the island has gradually shaped up into a tourist town and offers everything a tourist would be looking for. Shopping centres are a dime a dozen while the country's famed night markets make an appearance in Koh Samui too. You are highly advised to visit the Fisherman's Village Walking Street to get a glimpse of the true Thailand culture. If night markets are not your thing, consider dropping by the Central Festival Samui. A massive shopping complex that houses a number of world-class and upscale brands, the mall also houses a number of restaurants and cafes where you can rest your feet for a while