Over the last 20 years, Thailand’s most popular boutique island has developed into a buzzing, sophisticated international holiday destination; but for guests in search of a true tropical escape, it is still possible to discover the original island atmosphere.

Back in the 1970s, Koh Samui was described in Lonely Planet’s first guidebook as “so far untouched”, but the island’s original visitors actually arrived almost 100 years earlier from China and Malaysia, drawn by its natural beauty and tropical abundance.

Other than tourism; fishing and fruit farming remain Koh Samui’s principle industries to this day, although only a handful of the original village communities remain. Fortunately, the relaxed pace of island life has survived, especially in the beach areas, where the local people are friendly and welcoming and it’s still possible to dine on the the fishermen’s daily catch.

Visitors that choose local style accommodation on Koh Samui enjoy the best of both worlds, easily switching between the island’s simple pleasures and more modern attractions such as shopping malls and upscale beach bars.

Whether you want to relax with a good book on your private balcony during the day, or head out and explore the island’s sights and attractions, The Lodge in the heart of the Fisherman's Village, Bophut provides the perfect base from which to enjoy a range of exceptional Samui experiences.

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