An hour’s flight from Bangkok, off the east coast of Thailand, is the beautiful island of Koh Samui. Although not very vibrant compared to some other Thai resorts, Koh Samui is a great option for a serene and relaxing vacation.
Koh Samui has stunning beaches and crystal clear waters that are great for swimming and there are plenty of local bars and restaurants. Combine your beach holiday on Koh Samui with a break in the busy city of Bangkok or relax on another Thai beach.
Koh Samui Island is the third largest island in the Gulf of Thailand and covers a picturesque archipelago of 80 islands. During your Koh Samui holiday, you’ll notice that despite being a tourist hub, the island has managed to retain its rustic charm.
When you visit Koh Samui, inland, graceful coconut palms cover the island. Coconuts fall from the sky here, so watch out, and they form the basis of the economy. Ko Samui’s coconuts are considered by experts to be the best in Thailand, and about 2 million of them are transported to the mainland each month (in addition to food and drink, the abundant palm trees provide thatch, fiber for ropes or mats, and coconut oil for candles, soap and food).
When you are on holiday in Koh Samui, you will notice that the natives are either farming coconuts or growing rice in the paddy fields, fishing or more commonly today taking part in the tourist activities.
Ko Samui was discovered quite late as it is quite isolated. It is situated about 560 km (350 miles) south of Bangkok and about 80 km (50 miles) east of the local capital of Surat Thani. It is closer to Malaysia compared to Bangkok. After the construction of the island’s airport, the distance from the capital was reduced, and the main tourism period began. Holidays in Koh Samui are getting more and more famous and people visit them every year.
When you visit Koh Samui you will notice that Thai food can be very hot and therefore you may be tempted to drink a glass of cold water to put out the fire. Do not do that! A few bites of plain boiled rice will work much better. In fact, chili peppers are just one of the components that represent Thai cuisine; the others are diverse and exotic such as lemongrass, coconut milk, garlic, ginger and mint.
The cuisine on the island of Ko Samui generally consists of tasty local seafood. Some restaurants offer foreign cuisine: French, Italian, Spanish or “international” in general. The street stalls have many delicious surprises and invigorating fruits, unusual and common.
During your trip to Samui make an effort to move. Just 14 km (9 miles) north of Ko Samui is the island of Ko Pha Ngan, which has beautiful beaches and relaxing waterfalls. The main port is Thong Sala, but you can take an excursion boat to the town of Hat Rin, which is on the southeast coast. It has gained notoriety for wild parties. Another place to visit is Ko Tao, an unspoiled island that has magnificent coral reefs and is a 2-hour express boat ride from Ko Pha Ngan.
The most impressive attractions are protected by the Ang Thong National Marine Park. These 40 islands, located northwest of Ko Samui, are a tropical paradise with crystal clear waters, semi-circular beaches, coral reefs, rainforests, caves and limestone developments. You can do the day trip from Koh Samui.