Koh Samui Thailand

The calm waters of a tropical island



Introduction

Located in the gulf of Thailand 80 Kms off the coast of Surat Thani and about 560 Kms south of Bangkok, is the magical island of Koh Samui.

The calm waters of a tropical islandThe island, Thailand's third largest and measuring 21 kilometers at its widest point and 25 kilometers in maximum length, is one of a group of 80 tropical islands, most of them are deserted. A mountain ridge runs east to west and most of the inner-land comprises forested hills. The rich hues of wild vegetation are dappled throughout with the contrasting greens of coconut palms and emerald paddy fields.

With a land superficy of approx. 280 sq. Km, Koh Samui has a local population of a mere 34,000.

Samui was the bohemians paradise - carefree, exotic with an abundance of white sandy beaches and swaying tropical palms, indeed paradise on earth. The lack of accessibility, kept Samui basking in the sunshine away from the rest of the world and especially mainstream tourism. Back then, you could get a room on the beach for as little as 200 Baht.

An ideal family getaway placeThe local population consisting mainly of Buddhist Thais is very friendly. Until the recent arrival of tourism, coconut farming and fishing were the main sources of income. The latter are still practiced though to a lesser extent. The fish you will eat in the many restaurants and hotel dining rooms comes from the surrounding Gulf of Thailandí waters.

The largest and most popular beaches on Samui are Chaweng, Lamai, Bophut and Maenam. For those looking for a quieter place to spend their holiday or business trip, there are another 20 or so other beaches to choose from.

As to the activities and if you are not a beach or water sports type, there is still a lot to do and visit (Buddhist temples, boat trips, waterfalls, ...).

Koh Samui is the rare gem of the Gulf of Thailand. Conserving the idyllic simplicity of a tropical hideaway, it is mostly characterized by its powdery white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters and welcoming locals where you will delight yourself in a late-day Robinson Crusoe experience in comfort.

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Rédigé le 2020-03-24


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