The island of Koh Samui is one of a group of small islands, many seen in major motion pictures and photo galleries exemplifying the tropical paradise so many of us yearn to find.
The island is around 230 square kilometers, large enough to boast at least twelve beautiful beaches, an international airport, and several small towns bustling with activity. It is surrounded by at least 60 smaller islands, which comprise the vast Ang Thong National Marine Park, which is reputed globally as a true snorkelers’ and divers’ paradise.
Koh Samui is not only about beaches and beachfront activity; the island has a mountain at the center which rises over 2, 000 feet. This provides some fantastic views of the island, the sea, and the many surrounding islands of the archipelago, and some nice waterfalls are there for exploring.
Hotels, restaurants, bars, and nightlife vary from beach to beach. For those looking for the livelier spots, Chaweng Beach and Lamai Beach will fit the bill. For those looking for quieter, more romantic spots, Bhoput, Big Buddha Beach, and Na Thon are recommended. Hotels are widely advertised on the Internet, with detailed descriptions and rates, ranging from simple Inns to world-class luxury hotels who charge the rates to prove it.
The weather is tropical, meaning HOT. January through March tend to be around 30C, while later in the year it can be as high as 36! Pick your time carefully, and beware the rainy season – this peaks normally in November, but no two years are exactly the same.
As they say, getting there is half the fun… Flights to and from Bangkok are almost hourly, and quite expensive by local standards. Regular flights are also available from Hong Kong, Singapore, and other airports in Thailand, including Chang Mai and Phuket.
Many prefer the lower-cost and more scenic bus/ferry method of travel for the final leg of their trip. Busses leave Surat Thani airport continuously, taking you for a paid-combination to the ferry, most arriving in the port of Na Thon. If possible, it has been recommended to take the Seatran combination – the ferries are much larger and more comfortable. Be careful of the ferry you take; this part of the world is notorious for overcrowding ferries, especially at peak season and around holidays. All in all, Koh Samui offers a tropical adventure for those who are looking for it.
Koh Samui can create the most memorable vacations of your life with the exotic beaches and rich history and culture that make up this wonderful place. Samui Island is a rarity, that’s for sure!
With Pattaya you get a city amongst a seaside and Phuket you get natural beauty with exquisite luxury. Samui on the other hand gives you simplicity unlike the other places, as a tropical getaway. The beaches are made of white sand that is powdery, the waters are clear, crystal clear, and the inland has plantations of fresh coconuts and rice paddies. You can be comfortable yet enjoy having a Robinson Crusoe vacation.
The full name of this island is Koh, Thai word meaning Island, Samui. It is 560 kilometers from the city of Bangkok. It is one island among of group of over 80 islands. Only 4 of those islands are inhabited by anyone. In order to get into the island you must either take a plane or a ferryboat. It is definitely more hidden away than more.
Samui is the third largest island in all of Thailand. It has a mountain range that runs across the island east to west. The main resource, besides fishing, is coconuts. There are around two million shipped to Bangkok every month. It has been said that they are indeed the best in the whole country. Sometimes the employers decide to train monkeys to help harvest all the coconuts. They definitely provide entertainment for the workers as they do their job.
When you look around across the shoreline you see the palm-fringed beaches. The beaches are clean, and a person’s dream island. The spots mostly visited are Chaweng and Lamai. The sunrise is phenomenal. It would be ideal to lie around lazily and do nothing more than get that perfect tan, however, for those who are more into the active lifestyle, there are water sports such as windsurfing and snorkeling. The water is perfectly clear for you to see the beauty that lies beneath the water.