Resort- style beach break in Thailand
Koh Samui’s luxury blends with the simplicity of island living, writes Ursula Heger
‘‘ 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.