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Beach in reach, Koh Samui
Phuket’s more relaxed sibling is a sun-blessed, moon-struck altar to carefree living: once a party-pleasure centre for the backpacker crowd, Samui has grown into a sophisticated tropical retreat. And while a stay here is all about admiring aquamarine seascapes and monolith-strewn shores, there are outlying islands, picturesque waterfalls and densely forested hills to refresh the beach-bored. Thailand’s third largest island may come to regret its popularity, but with a little effort, it’s still possible to find that idyllic paradise beach.