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Koh Samui Island

Hundreds of tropical islands are scattered along Thailand’s extensive coastline, but none are as appealing as Koh Samui. Dreamy turquoise water, lush jungle, and some of the best beaches in the country continue to draw visitors here.

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Situated in the Gulf of Thailand, about 35 km northeast of Surat Thani town, Koh Samui is the most significant island in the Chumphon Archipelago. With an area around 230 km2, it is also Thailand's third largest island after Phuket and Ko Chang.


Around the Island - Coast to Coast and In-Between

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...

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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.


Sunset beyond words

Some say the west coast of Koh Samui island has some of the best spots for breathtaking sunsets. Some of the most popular places to watch the sun sink into the water include:

Think & Retro Cafe Lipa Noi Samui, Taling Ngam Beach, The Five Island Beach, Nathon Sunset Viewpoint

☚ But the truth is sunset from anywhere on the island is pretty magical, like from our infinity pool overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, with a drink in hand.

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Events and Festivals

There are many festivals in Koh Samui worth knowing!

Songkran - Songkran is the Buddhist New Year celebration. A three-day public holiday in Thailand, Songkran is traditionally observed by spring cleaning the house to give a fresh start for the next 12 months. Elderly family members are highly venerated at this time, with the traditional ceremony including gently pouring water on them to clean away the bad luck of the last year, providing a clean slate for the one to come. This is also why Songkran is known as the "water festival."

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Songkran in Samui is not as intense as can be in Pattaya or Phuket, but it remains one of the island’s most fun celebrations, with events taking place in all of the major beach towns (for 2018 Songkran is between the 13th and 19th April). Local children are driven around the island in the back of pick-up trucks and will generally stop for skirmishes with any passers-by, which gives the celebration a fun, family-friendly feel.

Samui Regatta : The Samui Regatta is a sailing tournament held every year since 2002. The tournament is internationally known and competitors come from as far away as Australia, Singapore, Japan, and China. For 2018, the Samui Regatta will be held between 26th May to 2nd June.

Koh Samui THA Midnight Run : The Koh Samui Midnight Run is a charity run organized by the Thai Hotel Association (THA) and the Thai Association of Koh Samui (TAKS). It is a yearly event usually held in March and has been running since 2013. With up to 2,000 participants, the run is one of the biggest on Samui and in Thailand. Participants run 5 km or 10 km around the streets of Chaweng Beach.

Full Moon party at Koh Pha-Ngan : Some time ago, a group of tourists found that the most beautiful moon was in Koh Pha-Ngan. They arranged a party along the crescent-shaped beach of Haad Rih to celebrate the Full Moon night. From then on, people from all over the world come to join the celebration.


Islands around Samui

Speaking of other smaller islands around Koh Samui, first-timers often start with Ko Pha-Ngan for the party and Ko Tao for diving. Although well and truly on the beaten track, the Samui archipelago is the definitive introduction to Thai island life. Easily accessible, well developed yet dramatically beautiful, these islands provide for party-goers, beach bums and active adventurers in equal measure.

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Close to Bangrak in northeast Samui is the small uninhabited island of Ko Som. To the northeast of Chaweng is the tiny Ko Matlang. In the southern direction are Ko Taen and Ko Matsum, each of which have very small tourist facilities. To the far west are 44 other islands which together compose the Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park, which is accessible by a day-trip boat tour from Koh Samui.

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