Koh Samui is an island on the east side of the country of Thailand. Koh Samui Island is the second-largest island owned by Thailand with an area of more than 228 square kilometers. Koh Samui is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand and is visited by more than 1.5 million tourists every year. What makes Koh Samui so popular?
With abundant natural resources, white sandy beaches, towering coconut trees, and beautiful coral reefs, Koh Samui is very popular among tourists from various parts of the world who want to enjoy the natural beauty of Thailand. Because so many tourists come, more and more investors are building new resorts, villas, hotels, currently only the best Novotel Samui hotel on Koh Samui. With more than 260 lodgings in Koh Samui, Koh Samui’s economy is booming in the tourism sector, even the Koh Samui tourism sector now surpasses Phuket. In addition to the tourism sector, Koh Samui’s economy also developed from its coconut and fish industry.
The temperature on the island which has a length of 25 KM is warm all year because it is still included in the tropics. Compared to Phuket, Koh Samui has relatively drier weather.
Koh Samui has been inhabited by humans since 15 centuries ago, most of the residents work as fishermen. Until the end of the 20th century, Koh Samui was practically isolated from the outside world because it rarely communicated with the main regions of Thailand.
Until the 1970s, Koh Samui had no roads, so if you want to move around the island, you have to pass through the hilly forest in the middle of the island and take a very long time.
Because of this isolation, Koh Samui’s natural beauty is very much preserved. Nature that is free from human disturbances is a major advantage and attraction of Koh Samui so that many tourists visit it since the 1980s.
Koh Samui can be reached by plane and boat. Samui Airport is the only airport on Koh Samui, built and owned by Bangkok Airways. The airport, which was built in 1989, now serves various routes to and from Koh Samui, for example:
- From and to Bangkok by Bangkok Airways
- From and to Bangkok by Thai Airways International
- From and to Kuala Lumpur by Firefly Airlines
- From and to Penang by Firefly Airlines
- From and to Singapore by Silk Air
Some ships operate to carry passengers to and from Koh Samui, for example:
- King Ferries
On the island of Koh Samui itself, there are already highways so that to move places on Koh Samui is very easy. Many buses operate to all parts of Koh Samui. There are also plenty of tuk-tuks, motorbikes, and taxis in all parts of Koh Samui. Don’t forget to bargain the price before taking a tuk-tuk or taxi.
There are 5 hospitals in Koh Samui, 4 of which are private hospitals. The hospitals are all in different areas, so wherever you are on Koh Samui, you will have no trouble finding a hospital.
The type of food on Koh Samui is mostly influenced by the culture of Malaysia, Indonesia, and India, so the cuisine offered is typically Malaysian, Indonesian or Indian.
Festivals and Events
Several interesting events are often held on Koh Samui, for example:
- Buffalo Fighting Festival, a buffalo fighting festival. The buffalo that is included will usually be decorated and blessed first.
- Samui Regatta, a cruise tournament that is held once a year.
- Ten Stars Samui Art Party, an annual cultural and artistic event held at a different resort each year.
- Triathlon Event, a sporting event that is held every year.
- Samui Football Golf
- Mr. Dee Tattoo
- Scuba Diving
- Thai Boxing
- Cooking Class
- Buddhist Temple
- See Mummy
- See the Beauty of Nature
- Riding an Elephant