Situated in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui is actually surrounded by approximately 60 other islands, such as well known Koh Phang Ngan and Koh Tao, while many others are small and uninhabited. Popular destinations that are located not far from Koh Samui include Koh Nang Yuan and the Angthong National Marine Park.
Koh Samui is easily accesible by short flights from Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Boats to and from the mainland take about 50 minutes.
Whilst it is true that Koh Samui has undergone a large amount of development in the last five to ten years, it is not on the same scale as places such as Phuket. Much of Koh Samui is still free from high rise hotels or apartment blocks and for those of you who are looking for a quiet, quaint and relaxing island getaway then Koh Samui and especially it’s southern coast, will certainly be able to satisfy your needs.
Approximtely 80% of the island remains classified as agricultural land and as such cannot be developed.
Santikhiri is located at the central part of the southern coast of Koh Samui, known as Laem Set, a peaceful area because of the absence of high rise buildings and commercial development.
The area has one long sweeping, uninterrupted beach for several kilometers ending with the Laem Sor Pagoda and Temple on the southwestern end. There are a few small fishing villages and secluded seafood restaurants located nearby. This area will continue to keep it’s natural charm and peaceful ambience because the people coming to this area and owning property have chosen to reject big development and keep an exclusive and natural setting.
This area is now known for it’s yoga retreat centers and the meditative quality that is protected in the residential developments and resorts. Located very near to Santikhiri is Asia’s number 1 award winning health resort Kamalaya. Several other very discrete and small resorts and a number of luxury villas are located along the coast but none of these resemble the major and typical resort areas of the island at Lamai and Chaweng.
This area is located 15-20 minutes from Lamai Beach, a well developed tourist centre with all the usual resorts, restaurants and entertainment that one would expect.
Koh Samui International Airport (USM) and Chaweng ‒ the commercial centre of the island, are located 40 minutes to the northeast.
All the shopping and other amenities including excellent health care are located close by.