Ko Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand, about 84 kilometres from the east of Surat Thani and about 700 kilometres from the south of Bangkok.
It is one of the most famous and popular attractions of Thailand, with an area of 247 square kilometres, Ko Samui is the third largest island of Thailand after Phuket and Ko Chang.
The topography of the island is that of a plain with a mountain in the middle and seven important rivers that descend from it.
Easy to explore, it is served by a wide paved road, 50 km long, which makes possible the entire circumnavigation of the island.
Moreover, the territory of Ko Samui extends to a group of 48 surrounding islets. Despite the rapid pace of development, Ko Samui has been able to maintain its charm and its image of a classic tropical paradise of beaches magically surrounded by coconut trees.
It is a destination able to accommodate all types of travellers, ideal both for those who love nature and the relaxation of the sea and for those looking for vibrant nightlife. There are quiet and less touristy areas, where fishing villages are and you can discover the wild coasts with nesting seagulls and other rare birds. To get to Koh Samui airport you can fly directly to Samui, located in the northern part of the island or you can arrive by boat or ferry from Surat Thani or Don Sak to the port of Nathong-Lipa Noi.
What to do in Ko Samui?
Hat Chaweng (hat means beach) and Hat Lamai are the most beautiful and popular beaches of Ko Samui. Located along the east coast of the island, they both have a great selection of accommodations suitable for every budget. Prices increase during the high season, from December to July, when Ko Samui became a glittering tourist destination. The nightlife of each beach is different: Hat Chaweng is better for couples, women and families, but it is a very crowded place in high season and in Hat Lamai frequents are bars and nightclubs. These resorts, as well as Na Thon (Nathong, Samui's main town), are the most equipped shops, bureaux de change, car/motorbike and all you need for a perfect holiday.
Other good beaches run along the northern edge of the island: every day you can try new places and discover beautiful and unspoiled places. On the northern side, with views towards the island of Ko Pha-Ngan, there are the quiet beaches of Maenam and Bophut (Bo Put), while near the Airport (Samui International) is the beach called "Big Buddha" (Bangrak) dominated by a huge statue of a seated Buddha 12 meters high. Slightly further is the beach of Choeng Mon with the small nearby island of Koh Fan Noi. Another beach worth mentioning is that of Laem Set, and the nearby Wat Laem Sor, a spectacular temple, and nearby are the Na Muang waterfalls that are spectacular especially at the end of the rainy season, between November and December. The interior of the island is rich in forests and mountains.
Excursions are organized to explore the interior also on the back of an elephant. Among the many attractions of Ko Samui is the fishing village of Hua Thanon, the Samui Aquarium & Zoo and the spectacle of the monkeys at the Monkey Show at the village of Bohput. Apart from its many beautiful beaches and bays, Ko Samui is also known for its high quality coconuts that grow densely everywhere.
The best time to visit Ko Samui is from February to April, when the sea is calm and can enjoy snorkelling and diving among rich depths of colour and life. It would be a shame to go to Thailand without visiting the island of Koh Samui, the third largest in the country.
The first thing you notice and remember when you visit Koh Samui is the enormous amount of coconut trees and beach, even on the hills. In fact, they represent the main source of income. Entering the island you will discover unique landscapes and views.
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