This island was lately chosen by the Thai government for special
development status, and it is speedily developing from a budget holiday
destination to an upmarket resort island rivaling nearby Phuket.
A number of older and more upscale tourists have rapidly increased.
A lot of them come from North America and Europe to relax on this tropical
island. Since Samui has improved its air links, many travellers from neighbouring Asian countries have increasingly
come to see Samui Island as a good short-break alternative.
Many say that when they return, they would rather buy the formality
of a hotel for the privacy of their own luxurious holiday home.
Others are so infatuated with this island's tropical charms
and decide Samui would make a suitable place to retire and live permanently
in the home of their dreams.
Whatever their motives, the real estate
development on Samui is rapidly growing.
There are many kinds of accommodations available on this island which include roadside bungalows, beachfront hotels and resorts and palatial
hillside retreats. Tourism
is still Samui's chief source of income.
rubber farming industries and coconut plantations
is also a main source of income, and harvesting of these crops can still be seen in the hills of the island's interior. Samui contains more different diversity of coconut palms than
any other place on earth.
Banking hours: Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 3.30 pm, exchange kiosks are open until
7.00 pm in Nathon and 10.00 pm in Chaweng and Lamai.
and stores: 7 days a week from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
in Nathon and 10.00 am to 11.00 pm
in Chaweng and Lamai.
Office hours: Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.