Re­sort- style beach break in Thai­land

Koh Samui’s lux­ury blends with the sim­plic­ity of is­land liv­ing, writes Ur­sula Heger

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - RELAX KOH SAMUI -

‘‘ BRAKE. Brake. BRAKE!’’

The words of my pas­sen­ger pen­e­trated my panic-stricken mind as our moped skid­ded across the gravel and top­pled to the ground.

As the dust set­tled and we picked our­selves up – rel­a­tively un­scathed – from the dirt I noted how lit­tle fuss the mi­nor bin­gle had caused.

Is­land lo­cals con­tin­ued to ride by on their mopeds, bought or rented for lit­tle over $ 8 a day, while the owner of a food stall fussed over his wares.

Wel­come to Koh Samui, the per­fect place to slow down.

Just days be­fore, I had been caught up in the rush, too busy to check the mail or re­turn a phone call, but now the biggest con­cern of my day was which beach to visit first.

Koh Samui, about 700km south of the cap­i­tal, Bangkok, a once-sleepy is­land whose pre­dom­i­nant in­dus­try had evolved from fish­ing and agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion to tourism, has be­come a strik­ing para­dox of wealthy ex­cess and rel­a­tive sim­plic­ity.

Our ho­tel for the five-day es­cape, the Lang­ham Place La­mai Beach, is a com­bi­na­tion of both.

The Lang­ham, one of 40 five-star re­sorts on the is­land, fo­cuses on cater­ing to ev­ery whim of its guests in a quiet, se­cluded en­vi­ron­ment.

It, like other five-star re­sorts on Koh Samui, has been de­signed to set it­self apart from those in the crush of neigh­bour­ing Phuket, pro­vid­ing ev­ery­thing a vis­i­tor could need to slow down.

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