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Planning a Vacation to Koh Samui

A vacation to Koh Samui can be anything the visitor wants it to be. The island, though relatively small, has everything from relaxing out-of-the-way beaches to frenetic adventure activities and designer nightlife.

As tourist numbers have increased the island has coped by significantly improve the islandís infrastructure. Now visitors can enjoy sidewalks, paved roads and well-maintained drainage systems. Or they can head away from it all and enjoy a simple existence in the still-largely undeveloped parts of the island.

Many of those planning a vacation to Koh Samui can be misinformed with regards to the islandís weather. Those wanting to avoid the rain should visit between January and September. Those who would rather save money on flights can do so by visiting between October and December.

Flights from Bangkok land in Koh Samui, as do those from Krabi, Kuala Lumpur, Phuket and Singapore. Anyone deciding to take an overnight train can do so from any of these places and will save a lot of money in the process. The trains arrive at Suratthani station where it is easy to catch a bus to the ferry crossing to Samui. For those looking to save even more money, buses travel from all major cities in the region.

The currency used in Koh Samui is Baht. The notes come in denominations of Bt1000 (grey), 500 (purple), 100 (red), 50 (blue) and 20 (green), 10 (brown). Coins are in denominations of Bt10, 5 and 1, and 50 and 25 satangs. All banks and bureau de change booths will convert major currencies but it is best to do so before you arrive to enjoy a more favorable rate. Prepare some travelersí checks for the holiday. They are safer than cash and will obtain better rates.

A sometimes forgotten essential when planning a vacation to Koh Samui is a valid passport. Entry to Thailand requires the visitorís passport to be valid for another six months after the visit has finished. Make sure to renew a potentially invalid passport in plenty of time.

Sensible packing for a vacation in Koh Samui will include clothes suited to the islandís tropical climate. This means silk or cotton clothes rather than denim, nylon or linen. In terms of coverage, the more the better. This will help prevent sunburn and is less likely to cause offence to the local Thais. It is recommended that men wear long pants in urban areas and when visiting temples. Women should wear pants or dresses that come below the knee.

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