Koh Samui (occasionally spelled Ko Samui) is one of Thailand’s most popular holiday destinations and to go from Bangkok to Koh Samui takes about 90 minutes with a plane. Koh Samui is Thailand’s third largest island and is still a place of relatively untouched beauty. It has a temperate climate and rarely reaches below 25 degrees. The rainy season occurs in late October and November.
Koh Samui is developing rapidly and new attractions and services are added almost daily, however it will still take some time for the island to reach the level of development of its counterpart, Phuket. Almost all facilities are available on Koh Samui. Due to a large international community, you can get almost anything you are used to at home. Koh Samui offers the tourist a comfortable and yet exotic holiday experience.
Koh Samui is also known as coconut island. In the hot and relatively dry south of Thailand, growing coconuts was for ages the main business on this island. In the seventies Koh Samui was “discovered” by backpackers as a relaxed holiday destination. Today tourism has replaced the coconut business on Koh Samui.
In recent years Koh Samui attracts more families and couples so a lot of the beer bars are disappearing being replaced by good restaurants or bars with live entertainment. Besides a lively nightlife Koh Samui has a lot of activities such as diving, snorkelling, jeep safaris, golf, midget golf, elephant trekking, tennis, sailing and carting. And the choice of accommodation is overwhelming.
The most trendy holiday areas in Koh Samui are Chaweng Beach,
Lamai Beach, Meanam / Bophut and Choeng Mon / Big Buddha. For people who want to get away from all the hectic of Chaweng and Lamai there are the more quiet West Coast and South Coast. Chaweng Beach is famous because of its entertainment and shopping facilities, entirely concentrated on the long street that runs parallel with the beach. Lamai Beach is smaller but a lot of people like it because it is friendlier. Bohput and Big Buddha Beach are relatively quiet where you can find lovely restaurants and bars on the beach. To see more authentic way of life on Samui, you need to head south.
Getting in Koh Samui is easy – just a short 80 minute flight from Bangkok or for the more adventures traveller by train from Bangkok and then the boat from Suratthani but literally a world away from the action packed streets of Bangkok. Beautiful white sand beaches, clean, clear warm water; lush tropical gardens and gentle ocean breezes await you at this ideal holiday island. If you love the beach, this is the percect island for you! So make your plans and prepare yourself for the holiday of a lifetime!