From Europe to Latin America, from Australia to the USA, very many people now recognize the name of Koh Samui. And for good reason, this beautiful tropical island has been charming its visitors ever since the first tourists arrived in 1971. Those who experience Samui are rewarded with idyllic tropical retreat with little traffic, white-sand beaches, a sapphire-blue sea, an abundance of tantilizing Thai cuisine and an unusally warm and friendly people.
Koh Samui is the largest in a group of islands of the east coast of Thailand. And the shoreline is made up of countless palm-fringes beaches and bays. The best (and most developed) beaches are Chaweng and Lamai on the east coast. Bophut and Maenam, on the calmer northfacing Koh Phangan, are also popular beaches offering a quieter, gentler holiday experience.
Samui's natural attractions include the coral beds at Laem Sed and Tong Takien, the Hin Lad and Na Muang waterfalls and the phallic rock formations at the southern end of Lamai bay. An beyond the main island are many others well worth exploring - Koh Phangan (world famous for its monthly Full Moon Parties), Koh Toa (one of the best diving locations in Thailand) and Ang Thong National Marine Park (a compact archipelago of small and virtually untouched islands which are best explored by sea kayak).
However you get here, it's likely that your first sight of Samui will be unforgettable - either traditional village nestled in palm-fringed beaches or else Samui's beautiful and justly famous tropical airport. At any event, you can be sure that from the moment you land, the beautiful and relaxed atmosphere of this island will begin to catch you in its spell.
The unit of exchange is Baht. The approximately equivalent of US$ 1 is 38 - 41 Baht. Foreign visitors may bring in foreign currencies or other types of foreign exchange. Major foreign currencies can be exchanged for baht with banks and authorized money changers. Major international credit cards are accepted in the restaurants and the shops.
The temperature range between 25 degree Celsius - 32 degree Celsius.
220 volts (50 cycles), alternating current throughout the country.
Please check the Visa information at www.mfa.go.th.
The Imperial Boat House Hotel is located on Choeng Mon beach, in the North of Koh Samui. For more information on the hotel, please visit www.imperialhotels.com.
83 Moo 5 Choeng Mon beach,
The Imperial Samui Hotel, which is located on Chaweng Noi Beach and just 20 minutes by shuttle buses from the venue, where the research methodology session will be held and also the accomodation for those who just register recently.
86 Moo 3 Chaweng Noi Beach
From Bangkok to Koh Samui
To get around Koh Samui
An airport tax for international flight when leaving Don Muang Airport is 500 baht. For Samui Airport, the airport tax is 400 baht.
Places to go
Wat (Thai Temples)
Beyond Koh Samui
Things to do
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