The Tongsai Bay

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Ko Samui, 84320
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Situated on a private beach in Ko Samui, The Tongsai Bay is within easy reach of Choeng Mun Beach, Big Buddha Statue, and Mini Golf International. Also nearby are Jungle Minigolf and Wat Plai Laem. read more
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We spent a week deciding on a place to stay in Thailand. We learnt to heed, but largely ignore, the occasional tourists' hissy-fits, which usually displayed ignorance, and concentrated on the constructive reviews. We decided on Tongsai Bay on Koh Samui. We booked through Hotels.com and got the sixth night free, which made it a more reasonable overall price. Still not cheap (approx AUD250 for 2 per night with breakfast) but we are happy with our choice. Koh Samui - for better or for worse, we saw little of it. Most was in stark contrast to the numerous resorts and took me back to my 'back-packing' days. We had lunch and drinks at the beach in Chaweng. All cheaper than resorts but you get the people, noise, and usual Knickknacks which we can do without. We also dropped in to Poppies, having considered it on TripAdvisor - attractive but condensed compared to our sanctuary at Tongsai. That said, Poppies and the multitude of other nearby resorts gives you more variety of eating, etc within easy walking. From Tongsai you would need a taxi, which costs little, around AUD$10 (300 to 400 Baht) but one tends not to bother. Eating - we ended up eating each night at Tongsai Bay. They have theme nights to offer variety. Eg, last night followed by a movie on the beach (Death at a funeral). All very surreal. Food was good and naturally more expensive than high street offerings but it felt safe and you could have local or be boring and eat your usual. Haha, we could have had Australian Angus Beef which looked great but while in Rome.. The included breakfast was consistently good. Whilst recovering from jet lag we made it at the 7am start with ease, but at the end of the trip we were struggling to make the 11 am cutoff ;) Service - we were very happy. The friendliness of the locals with benefits of an Aussie to get advice on things such as tips. Our waiter and friend "Tang" was a highlight but all were lovely with some real 'quiet achievers' such as "Wai" who cleaned our room each day and one of the women who spent her day cleaning the poolside toilet. They were spotless and left some of our Aussie restaurant toilets for dead. Oh, and you were constantly topped up with free cool water drinks which was very appreciated as its hot, but very manageable. Wi-Fi. So important these days, for better and for worse. Many had iPads whilst sunning and kids were using them! Reception was free and generally good with the aid of a personal password. I am writing this now as I relax at the Half-Moon pool, an infinity pool that is kid free. Hooray. But kids seem to be hardly a distraction at the large pool. Clientele are largely couth, all nationalities and here to relax. Activities - we managed a sail on the Hoby-Cat and a canoe (all included) and a nice Thai massage. And I, hubby, had a bubble bath in our outside bath on the verandah, beer in hand. Oh, and NO noisy Jet-Skis supplied at this resort, but they still buzz around in the distance coming from other resorts. Also we used the excellent complimentary selection of DVDs, for all tastes, to but had cable TV if needed to keep up with the devastation of the outside world. Oh, and lastly mozzies were not a problem at all. Likely seasonal but they supply all deterrents, even fully netted beds which we left open in our lovely air conditioned room. A great choice!
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Jul 20th, 2007
Imperial Boat House Beach Resort

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83 Moo 5, Choeng Mon Beach, Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320
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Set on northeastern Choeng Mon Beach in a small bay, the property is four km (2.5 miles) from the airport, and six km (3.5 miles) from the Ko Phagnan pier. read more
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Q Signature Samui Beach Resort

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24/73 Moo 5, Bophut, Ban Plai Laem, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320
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The Samudra Retreat Samui is situated on the North East cost of Koh Samui and is 3 km (1.8 miles) from Big Buddha. Decorated with soft tones and traditional Thai prints all suites and villas offer balconies with garden or sea views.Guest read more
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Q Signature was great. The staff was very accomodating. The tour desk helped us book a great tour. The resort is wonderful. This is not a new, luxury resort, but you will definetly get your moneys worth! I do reccomend this hotel for a relaxing stay. Also, if possible book the lotus pool villa, it is definetly worth it!
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Jun 4th, 2007
White House Beach Resort and Spa

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59/3 Moo 5, Bophut Choengmon Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320
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This Koh Samui resort is located by the sea and set on its own private white sand beach, a short distance from Choeng Mun Beach, Big Buddha Statue, and Jungle Minigolf. Also nearby are Mini Golf International and Samui Football Golf. read more
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SALA Samui Resort and Spa

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10/9 Moo 5, Baan Plai Lam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320
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This Koh Samui hotel is located on an island and set on its own private white sand beach, a short distance from Choeng Mun Beach, Big Buddha Statue, and Mini Golf International. Also nearby are Jungle Minigolf and Samui Football Golf. read more
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The Park Samui

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51/68 Moo 5 Plailam Soi 8, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320
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This hotel is located in Koh Samui (Bo Put), near the airport, Samui Football Golf, Big Buddha Statue, and Choeng Mun Beach. Also nearby are Jungle Minigolf and Mini Golf International. read more
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Melati Beach Resort & Spa

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9/99 Moo 5, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320
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This Koh Samui resort is located on an island and set on its own private white sand beach, a short distance from Wat Plai Laem, Choeng Mun Beach, and Big Buddha Statue. Also nearby are Wat Phra Yai and Mini Golf International. read more
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Excellent resort, my wife and I stayed there for 8 nights in a Pool Villa and you have all the privacy you want with two great resturants. We had a private Thai cooking class at the resort which I would highly recommend. Staff were the most polite staff I have meet at any resort or hotel. Would stay there again even though it is a bit more expensive than other options it is well worth it.
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Oct 21st, 2007
Samui Honey Cottages and Resort

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24/34 Moo 5, T. Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140
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This Koh Samui resort is located by the sea, nestled on the beach a short distance from Choeng Mun Beach, Big Buddha Statue, and Samui Football Golf. Also nearby are Jungle Minigolf and Mini Golf International. read more
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Samui Emerald Condotel

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69/56-100, Moo 5, Choengmon, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320
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This aparthotel is located in Koh Samui (Bo Put), close to the beach, Wat Plai Laem, Choeng Mun Beach, and Bangrak Beach. Also nearby are Big Buddha Statue and Wat Phra Yai. read more
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