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Today we spent the day at our hotel’s sister property, Imperial Koh Samui, on Chaweng Beach.  It’s the most popular beach on the island, though not our favorite.

Travel TipTravel Tip 39:  Utilize your hotel’s sister properties

Often in resort destinations, a hotel company has more than one property.  Always ask whether you have guest privileges at the sister property.  In our case, the hotel even provided a free shuttle.

From Aidan:  We swam in a salt water pool.  The hotel there had put rocks in the water to make it look more realistic.   The beach was not as good as ours.  It was more crowded, less protected, and did not have as good restaurants.

After dinner on the beach, we bought a red, paper lantern from a vendor named Em.  According to Thai tradition, it’s considered good luck to release one of these sky lanterns.  You make a wish and then send the lit lantern into the night sky.  It represents your worries floating away.  We wished for family harmony.