Villa | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
The property has a large air conditioned bedroom leading out into a large living and dining area with a family bathroom located off of this room. There is a large sun terrace for sunbathing or go for walks to the unexplored beachfronts all around you (including the Monk's Cave, which is just behind this property). The Villa benefits from a beach bar, restaurant and beachfront Jacuzzi with regular Happy Hours and seafood BBQ's, the friendly staff also service the Villa with rooms and linen being changed daily.
Room service is available at request. There is also the option of renting a car or motorbike or using the onsite Taxi service to visit the major tourist attractions or to take a tour to one of the Islands market towns. All tours to major attractions are available on request including a nightly Taxi service to the local night time hotspots.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Kao Laem Yai 50 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Koh Samui Airport 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property, Boat available, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Telephone, Fax machine, Pool or snooker table, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
The Surat Thani Province region
Historically the island's economy has been based around subsistence agriculture and fishing, with coconuts as the main cash crop. From the 1980s onwards, tourism has become an economic factor and is now the dominant industry. The construction of a stable, high-speed internet connection in recent years has also made the island a feasible location for IT-based enterprises, which are beginning to provide a certain degree of economic diversity.
The island's climate and accessibility make it particularly attractive for international investors. Koh Samui transport links have made it a destination for tourists seeking to explore the other islands in the area.
Samui international airport Ko Samui Airport (USM) is a private airport originally built by Bangkok Airways, which is still the main operator and was for a long time the only airline with services to Ko Samui from mainland Thailand. The airport is additionally served by Thai Airways International. Several ferries connect the island with the mainland, including the car ferry from Don Sak to a pier in the west of the island, south of the main town Nathon. Public buses to all parts of the mainland operate from a small bus station located in the south of Nathon. Songthaews (tuk-tuk style buses) circle the ring road, and private taxis are available throughout the island although these are often criticised for failure to use meters and flagrant overcharging.
Although Ko Samui is in southern Thailand, where Islam has a strong influence, the original inhabitants of the island, known as 'Chao Samui', are predominantly Buddhist. In the past, most of the locals made their living in the coconut farming business. Nowadays, however, most work in jobs related to tourism.
Many locals have become wealthy from selling off land they have owned for decades. As a result of the extensive development of the island, many Thai-Chinese have come to Samui from the capital of Bangkok (Khung-Thep). Most of the manual labor needed to keep up with the island’s growth has been provided by people native to the country’s poorer north-eastern region. As a result, there is a wide cross section of economic classes on the island.
The south of Thailand is a melting pot of Buddhists, Thai Chinese, Muslims and traditional sea-faring gypsies. Ko Samui does not seem to suffer from the religious tensions in communities along the southern border of Thailand, and in general the locals live in harmony. Outside of the tourist areas, the Thai language is spoken with a thick Southern dialect which can be difficult even for northern Thais to understand.
With this broad mixture of cultures, Ko Samui is always celebrating some tradition or another, including some western ones.
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After the exploding tourism in Ko Samui there has been a growth in building resorts, bungalows and luxury private villas on the island. This economic growth has led many businessmen from all over the world to invest in Ko Samui. With over 260 resorts and bungalows in Samui, counting from the end of year 2009, it has become Thailand's second largest resort business behind Bangkok and surpassing Phuket.
Buffalo Fighting Festival One of the best-known festivals on Ko Samui is its Buffalo Fighting Festival, which is held on special occasions such as New Years Day and Songkran. Unlike Spanish bull-fighting, the fighting on Ko Samui is fairly harmless. The fighting season varies according to some ancient customs and ceremonies. The buffalo are beautifully decorated with ribbons and gold-painted leaves. Before the contest which lasts just two rounds, monks spray them with holy water. The winning owner typically takes home millions of baht in prize money.
Ten Stars Samui Art Party A recurring cultural event bringing together art lovers, local Thai and international artists and their new, original artworks. These bi-monthly events, hosted at various high-end resorts and other 5-star venues on the island, focus on building the art community on Ko Samui with presentations by featured artists.
Bowling Championship This is an annual bowling event held in May every year.
Avis Samui Tennis Open The annual amateur tennis tournament held in July.
The Fisherman's Village Festival This five-day festival is celebrated with fun, music and food. The music is usually played by well-known artists and food tents sell inexpensive cuisine provided by local hotels.
Triathlon Event The International Triathlon Union organizes this event every year. This event in Ko Samui draws more than five hundred participants from around the world. The event attracts competitors and visitors as well as locals. This event actually has never taken place and was promoted via a website only.
Samui Regatta The Samui Regatta is a sailing tournament, held every year. The tournament is internationally known and competitors come from as far away as Australia, Singapore, Japan and China. This event, for boats of all sizes and shapes, began in 2002.
In general, Southern Thai food is renowned for its spiciness. Much of the cuisine has its origins in Malay, Indonesian and Indian food. Favorite dishes from the south include Indian-style Muslim curry (massaman), rice noodles in fish curry sauce (Khanom Jeen) and chicken biryani.
Local food in Ko Samui and its province of Surat Thani are salted eggs and rambutan.
There are four international private hospitals on Samui, Samui International Hospital on the Beach Road in north Chaweng, Thai International off the Lake Road in Chaweng, Bandon Hospital on the ring road and Bangkok Samui Hospital in Chaweng Noi. The Government Hospital is in Nathon. There are also numerous clinics and pharmacies, especially at Chaweng Beach.
There are many retirees living on Ko Samui, making it a popular destination for retirement in Thailand. This is probably due to the climate, natural surroundings, and ease of living on the island.
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4 Oct 2012
"Good value for money"
Staff very helpfull, beautiful view, would like to have known that water is from a well, internet is a problem, satelite tv is in tai, restaurant das great food will definnitely go again. loved the remoteness of the villa, although money and one of our belongings went missing while we went to another island. Beach not suitable for swimming but average snorkeling. Not suitable for self catering had to buy our own cooker, but restaurant is very cheap so not bad.
18 Sep 2012
"Great location but not a villa in the true sense of the word."
We stayed here for 1 month and have to say that this is not a villa in the true sense of the word. As similar to the previous review we arrived and only had a fridge and a water boiler, no other cooki… More
27 Feb 2012
"Not suitable for self catering"
The property is situated in a lovely isolated location, and the local manager was friendly and helpful. However, the property was not as described. There was no cooker, fridge, microwave, kettle or toaster. In short the property was not suitable for self catering. The manager provided a fridge and water boiler when we raised the matter with him, but we did not feel this was sufficient, and decided to abandon our stay. I would also mention that there were other peoples clothes and possessions left in the wardrobe and bathroom, and there was a rat in the property. Having said that the location was exceptionally beautiful, and it was an interesting experience to have stayed there.
I think it is unfair to say the Villa has Rats.
The Villa is in a rural location and there are all sorts of creatures that live and roam in Thailand. The creature, could have come from anywhere!
The fridge, microwave, kettle and toaster had been removed for some unknown reason but new items were replaced within a day, there is also a restaurant only eighty metres away.
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