Koh Samui is located in the southern province
of Suratthani in Gulf of Thailand, approximately 700 kilometers
southeast of Bangkok.
The island is Thailand's second largest after
Phuket. Covering an area of 247 sq km it is 25 kilometers at it's
longest point and 21 kilometers at its widest.
Samui island is also known as the Coconut Island
as it gives harvest to over two million coconuts each month.
Not that long ago the island was a favourite
destination of adventure seeking sun worshippers. These seasoned
travellers visited Samui long before it was in the guide books.
Seaside bungalows were available for as little as 150 baht per night,
and you could count on spending day after sunny day on the beach
in nearly perfect tranquillity. These visitors found there was an
almost mesmerizingly restful and carefree feel to the island that
often kept them here long after they had intended to return home.
Those who have known and loved Samui since those
early days may not agree about the current pace of development in
some areas, but for the most part they do agree on one thing. The
island retains its sleepy magic. Koh Samui is still a paradise.
However much of the island, especially the south
coast, remains largely undeveloped. A day spent on scooters or in
a jeep exploring this lush terrain is a day of sheer serendipity.
With its spectacular and astonishingly diverse flora, and its dozy
little neighborhoods peopled by some of the world's most amiable
islanders, this kind of exploration is sure to provide the delights
you imagined when you planned your holiday.
Short direct flights here now depart several
times a day from Bangkok, Phuket, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore. You
can also arrive by train, bus and boat.