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Ko Samui is an island off the east coast of Thailand. It is the second-largest island after Phuket in Thailand, with an area of 228.7 km2, a population of over 63,000 and an annual tourist population of 1.5 million. Abundant natural resources, white sandy beaches, coral reefs, and coconut trees are present on the island.
Until the late 20th century, Koh Samui was an isolated, self-sufficient community, having little connection with the mainland of Thailand. The island was even without roads until the early 1970s and the 15 km journey from one side of the island to the other involved a whole-day trek through the mountainous central jungles. Things started to change in the early 1990s when tourists started arriving on full boats and since then the place has grown substantially. Koh Samui was once a fishing community, and that charming sensibility is still present today. Koh Samui is now the second-most popular place only after Phuket as an island destination in Thailand.
Climate and weather
Ko Samui features a tropical monsoon climate. The climate is warm and humid for most of the year. In comparison to Phuket and most of the rest of southern Thailand, Koh Samui's weather is relatively dry. In April through September, when most of the country has its monsoon, Koh Samui stays fairly dry, but from October to December, it is wet in Koh Samui and drier elsewhere.
Several ferries connect the island with the mainland, including two car/passenger ferries, and connect Don Sak to piers in the west of the island, in Lipa Noi and in Nathon. Public buses provide services to all parts of the mainland operate from a new bus station north of Nathon. Songthaews circle the ring road like a bus service with fixed fees in daytime only and tourists are advised to ask for the price before getting on to it.
Koh Samui is well known for its coconuts, which are available everywhere and quite tasty. Being an island, seafood is generally a good choice, although in high-season demand often exceeds local supply. The larger beaches have a number of international restaurants as well (often run by Thai-farang couples) with Bophut having a particularly good reputation.
Southern Thai food in general is renowned for its spiciness. Much of the cuisine has its origins in Malay, Indonesian, and Indian food. Favourite dishes from the south include Indian-style Muslim curry (massaman), rice noodles in fish curry sauce (Khanom Jeen), and chicken birayani. Popular local food is salted eggs and rambutan too.
Dual pricing is regrettably common: some restaurants have two menus, one for tourists and the other for Thai people, at about 1/4 of the foreigner prices. Please remember to check the price on the menu and do not argue until the bill comes.
Most of the people come to Koh Samui is to enjoy the beaches. Chaweng Beach is the major beach on Koh Samui which has developed tremendously since the early 1990s. Now, it is swamped with hotels, Italian pizzerias, Irish pubs, and even go-go bars.
Lamai Beach like Chaweng, Lamai has been a fun, party place packed out with bars and exciting night life. Other than lying on the beach with a cold beer in hand and ogling at the babes and hunks sauntering past, there isn't all that much to see on the island. A certain pair of rocks on Lamai amuses some visitors, Bang Rak has a large but nondescript Buddha statue, and there are some waterfalls of minor interest.
Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks are situated on Lamai Beach bear a striking resemblance to male and female sexual organs and they have turned into one of the island’s biggest attractions. For those who would like to hear a legend or two surrounding the rocks, they need only ask a local.
In term of diving, Ko Tan will be the best place for you. This small island is located on the south-western tip of Koh Samui which takes one 5 minutes to reach. This is a perfect place for experiencing the wonders of snorkeling as it is a stunning place with an abundance of underwater life including soft and hard corals.