The tropical paradise of Koh Samui

The tropical paradise of Koh Samui is Thailand’s third largest Island and is situated just a short ferry trip away from the mainland near Surat Thani.

Koh Samui has been settled for about 1500 years. The first inhabitants here were fishermen. The island is found on 500 years old maps from Chinese Ming dynasty. A Fishing and coconut plantation has been the major source of income on the island. Today, tourism is the main income for the inhabitants of the island. The people here are called « Chao Samui ».

Koh Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand (bordering the South China Sea in the Pacific Ocean). The island is a « Amphoe » or district in the Surat Thani Changwat or province. Samui is divided into seven « Tambon » or sub districts (administrative regions): Maenam, Bophut, Maret, Taling Ngam, Namuang, Lipa Noi and Angthong. Koh Samui has been a backpackers destination since late 70’s. Today, tourists from the whole world go to this easygoing « paradise ». It is surrounded by more than sixty other islands, some small and inhabited, some are larger such as Kho Phangan and Koh Tao (divers island). Other popular destinations in the area are: Koh Nang Yuan (next to Koh Tao) and the Angthong National Marine Park (located between Koh Samui and the Suratthani mainland).

There are many daily flights from the International and domestic Airport in Bangkok; Suvarnabhumi Airport (opened in September 2006). Bangkok Air flies direct to Samui Airport. Also Thai Airways has two daily flights to Samui Airport (since February 2008).

Thai Airways and Air Asia also fly to Suratthani. From there, just catch the bus or taxi to the ferry in Donsak. On Samui you’ll find a few nightclubs and discotheques if you like that kind of entertainment. We can recommend; Green Mango (on Soi Green Mango next to Chaweng Bach Road), Reggae Pub (on Chaweng beach) and Bauhaus, Super Sub (on Lamai beach) There are also smaller pubs and bars all over the island. Enjoy! So called girlie bars are rather common and often a little more expensive. If you are a man, do not be too surprised if one of the girls wants to follow you to your room. Normally she is not too serious if she says that she is in love with you though. She is doing it as a work to support herself and often also her family.

 Chaweng
A 7 km long beach in the North-East of Samui. The most well-known and developed, but also one of the best. You can rent anything from a simple bungalow to a five star hotel room here. There are plenty of high standard resorts here. The sand is invitingly white, but it can be a lot of people here, especially at high season.

Lamai
Not far as long as Chaweng but more quite and some people would say charming. The Southern part of the beach is somehow more inviting than the Northern, because there are not so much stones and corals there. Lamai is located in South-East of Samui, about 10 kilometers South of Chaweng. A little North of Lamai you will find Ao Tong Takian beach. It has become rather popular, and a few resorts are located there.

Diving
Koh Samui, Koh Tan and Koh Tao has many excellent diving sites. There are many schools who provide professional education. Snorkeling and wave diving is also fun. You can buy equipment in many diving shops on Koh Samui and Koh Tao.

Koh Samui is not a place where you will find the « most famous » Buddhist wats (temples) or statues etc. I would suggest cities such as Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Chaing Mai, Sukhothai or Ayutthaya. And if you are looking for really big hotels and a busy nightlife, I would recommenced Patong beach in Phuket or maybe Pattaya. But Koh Samui is perfect if you want a place without really big hotels, resorts and discotheques or clubs, but where you still can find great beaches, places to eat, bars and even a couple of nightclubs.

Most people who has visit Koh Samui chooses to go back and some returns again and again…

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