Koh Samui is not only one of Thailand’s top travel destinations, the island is also well known for water sports, adventure activities, shopping and fine food. The weather is warm and sunny for much of the year and the fine sand beaches are busiest from December to March, also throughout July and August. Koh Samui is part of a much larger archipelago that includes the popular islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, as well as the spectacularly beautiful Angthong Marine Park, all of which can be easily reached by boat.
With a wide range of options for relaxation, entertainment and adventure, travel on Koh Samui offers something for everybody. Each beach has its own special atmosphere, Chaweng being the busiest but also one of the most beautiful, while smaller beaches like Big Buddha and Choeng Mon beach offer a more secluded atmosphere. With large numbers of people from around the world now visiting and living on the island, there’s a distinctly cosmopolitan feel to many of the main towns and tourist areas. Koh Samui’s official population is only about 40,000, but in high season this figure can reach more than a million.
Jeeps, motorcycles and mountain bikes can be hired cheaply to tour the island, but the roads can be treacherous, so careful driving is a must. A public taxi service operates along all the main routes during the day with an average fare of 50 baht per passenger from one beach to the next; the same trip costs around 200 baht in a private car. There are also plenty of taxis around after dark, especially in the busy nightlife areas such as Chaweng and Lamai.
Bet you didn’t know that! Samui was a coconut harvesting backwater until backpackers discovered the place in the eighties. Soon after, Bangkok Airways built the airport, the taxi mafia arrived, the boutique villa developers started snapping up national forest, and those dreadful backpacker types were all banished to a hermetically sealed Koh Pha-ngan to amuse themselves with full moon partying
Our website on Samui travel facts provides all the information you’ll need to make the most of the region, and also offers an insight into the life and style of one of Thailand’s fastest growing destinations. Join us on a virtual tour of Koh Samui…