Expect The Unexpected
Travelling in Thailand is a truly magical experience no matter if you are here for business or for pleasure. And it is so easy to combine those two experiences together! During my several business trips to Thailand, I always had a chance to relax and unwind, and to discover some of the amazing attractions the country has to offer. Bangkok, the bustling capital of Thailand, is one of those cities where you can never get bored. But if you are looking for a truly relaxing experience, you should definitely visit one of the islands! The second largest island in Thailand, Koh Samui, has a distinctive relaxed atmosphere that sets it apart from other places. It is a cosmopolitan melting pot maintaining a broad appeal to everyone - from the wealthy travellers to those on a tight budget. Koh Samui has rich natural resources, white sandy beaches, coral reefs and over 3 million coconut palms. It is Thailand's second largest island after Phuket, with an area of 228.7 km2 and a population of over 63,000 attracting 1.5 million tourists per year. Just 25 kilometres long and 21 kilometres wide, Koh Samui is very easy to get around. SPA TREATMENTS In the recent years, Koh Samui has become a popular beauty and health destination. The island now boasts of having many superb spas that can truly be referred to as ‘world-class’. From aromatic steam baths through to herbal body-masques, these health retreats offer the utmost in rejuvenating body/beauty treatments – all in total luxury and comfort. In fact, Koh Samui is fast becoming known as the health centre of the region. DINING The island has an excellent choice of dining options ranging from local food stalls to luxury restaurants. From delicious Thai food to international five-star cuisine, these days the island caters to every taste. Coconut milk, made from crushing the flesh and juice, is used as a base for Thai curries, as well as some soups, blending well with spices and the heat of chillies. ATTRACTIONS Since opening its doors in March 2008, Bar Ice Samui has gained a reputation as the friendliest and quirkiest bar on Koh Samui. Today, it is still the island’s most unique attraction. With an ambient temperature of minus seven degrees Celsius, Bar Ice is Samui’s ultimate chill-out destination, and offers an exhilarating atmosphere and an antidote to the hot and humid, outdoor temperature. A truly unforgettable experience, the walls, bar, sculptures and seats are made entirely of ice. The 900 square foot bar resonates with music throughout the night, from relaxing tunes and beats early on, to the latest vibes and sounds into the early hours. The entire space is backlit by an atmospheric LED lighting system that provides the full colour spectrum. From ghostly blues and vivid greens to fiery reds and stimulating oranges, Bar Ice takes on a new mood with every colour change. Another not to miss attraction is the Magic Garden, an unusual collection of statues amid lush jungle surroundings, located at the top of Pom Mountain. A Samuian fruit farmer, Nim Thongsuk, started to build the garden in 1976 when he was 77 years old. The views from the gardens and on the road leading up to it are spectacular, with many stops to enjoy the island panorama along the way. SHOPPING There are several shopping options in Koh Samui. You'll find Thai everyday goods in Nathon, a huge variety of merchandise in Chaweng and original little boutiques in Lamai. There are a number of skilled tailors and dressmakers, who can sew a perfect fitting suit or dress of your choice. You can also find several sport shops, beauty shops, clothing and fashion boutiques, as well as a good number of souvenir shops offering Thai traditional handicrafts such as Thai silk, lacquer ware or oil paintings. Don't forget to bargain, especially in privately owned stores and at local markets. Enjoy your stay! DID YOU KNOW? Koh Samui is only 1h 10m from Bangkok. You can fly there with Thai Airways. http://www.thaiairways.com It is an excellent short break for the business traveller. I can't wait to go back! Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine www.fashionstudiomagazine.com
MICE Experience story happened on November 2014
Eva Fydrych
Story submission on August 6, 2015
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