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A Warm Welcome

A Warm Welcome

Over the years, Samui has become synonymous not just with great beaches and holidays, but with sheer convenience. It’s incredibly easy to get here, and once you’ve arrived there is virtually everything you would find back at home. But once upon a time, it wasn’t so easy to stay on Samui. There was only one way in and one way out: the night boat, a low, cramped wooden vessel that transported goods and people from the mainland to the island and back. It wasn’t comfortable, to say the least. Samui was an obscure place. It wasn’t in any guide books. You could see it on a map, but that was about all. But gradually word got out. And people started coming. But the reward was worth it: you arrived in Nathon, the port and capital and stayed in the houses of the islanders, who made their living from farming and fishing. They were incredibly hospitable and their visitors kept on spreading the story about this friendly, sun-drenched island in the gulf of Thailand.

This long ago period wasn’t in the 18th century but in the ‘60s and ‘70s. And then the island just took off, metaphorically speaking, and became a major tourist destination. Today people come for more or less the same reasons: the sheer beauty of the place and the friendliness of its people. Nowadays you don’t have to take the night boat to get here, and you’ll probably jet into the island’s airport, or arrive by a much faster boat.

And you’ll have a bit more choice than a few rooms in Nathon; the island now has upwards of 20,000 hotel rooms. And the cuisine, which once meant little more than rice with a few basic toppings, has evolved beyond belief; you can now dine on a huge variety of Thai dishes and indulge in every major cuisine the world has to offer.

You’re spoiled for choice – and in so many different ways. Enjoy!


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