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Published on : Saturday, April 23, 2016
Best known for its idyllic islands – Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao – the province of Surat Thani treated Indian travel agents to a showcase of its tourism products in Mumbai on Wednesday, 20 April.The roadshow, which brought in a delegation of 19 sellers, was part of a larger mission by the Surat Thani Trade and Tourism Association, also involving trade and industry, lead by the province’s governor, Wongsiri Promchana.
With the goal of giving Mumbai’s travel trade a quick, yet deep insight into Surat Thani’s tourism and cultural appeal, the roadshow included a Muay Thai Chaiyya performance and a presentation by the Chief of the Koh Samui Tourism Coordination Centre, besides several hours of B2B meetings and deal-making.
The Surat Thani province boasts a host of attractions that could appeal to a wide variety of Indian market segments – from high-end luxury seekers (in line with TAT’s overall strategy in India), families,youngsters, couples and niches like divers.
The highlight – Koh Samui
The idyllic yet happening island of Koh Samui rather offers an array of competitively priced hotels that allow direct beach access or dizzying views of the ocean from cliff tops across the island of Koh Samui.From clean yet budget-friendly hotels to extremely high-end hotels complete with private villas and butler service, Koh Samui offers affordable luxury.
Koh Samui is all about its perfect powder-white beaches that kiss turquoise blue waters and many secluded spots on its beaches. Candle-lit dinners at stylish restaurants make for romantic evenings. Rows of restaurants on its various “beach roads” offer cuisine from all over the world and most beach cafes offer exciting nightlife options with enjoyable music and great cocktails. Travellers have five different beaches, each with a different vibe, to choose from. Chaweng Beach is for those who love to party and enjoy a busy beach scene with watersports and other beach activities. The other beaches on the island are more quiet and relaxing. Travellers can also visit and relax in the pools at Koh Samui’s various waterfalls. One can also plan an evening at its dizzyingly beautiful view point which falls halfway between Chaweng Beach and Lamai Beach.
The more adventurous might like to go on diving and snorkeling excursions in Koh Samui.For those who might want to shop, Koh Samui features interesting street shopping near popular tourist areas, especially at Chaweng and several night markets that begin around 5pm: Fridays at Bophut – Fisherman’s village, Saturdays at Nathon and also near Central Festival Mall, Sundays at Lamai Beach.