With its jungle adventures in its center, stunning beaches and nightlife in the east and north, and opportunity for cultural experiences in the south and west, the idyllic destination has long attracted couples both pre- and post- vows. Newlyweds can spend long, lazy days by the ocean or make the most of this multi-faceted destination...
The north and east coasts increasingly cater to tourists, with busier beaches, villages, hotels and resorts of all price ranges, night markets and plenty of good restaurants and bars. From the lively atmosphere of Lamai Beach, to the hustle and bustle of Chaweng Beach, to the timeless feeling of Bophut's Fisherman's Village, all the way to the tropical beach paradise of Maenam, each location offers something slightly different.
In the south and west areas of the island locals still stick to the simple life. This is where you’ll find the original capital, Nathon. With two major piers this is also the centre of the fishing industry of Koh Samui. The whole island was once a fishing community, having first been settled about 15 centuries ago, by fishermen from the Malay peninsula and southern China.
The various lowland and coastal areas are connected by Route 4169, a 51 km ring road that follows the coastline and circles the bulk of the island. Until the 1970s, no paved roads existed on Koh Samui. It was only in 1989, when Bangkok Airways built the airport there, that the island finally started sealing its streets.