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KOH SAMUI in Thailand

Koh Samui is a beautiful tropical island and an island resort situated in the gulf of Thailand. Samui is focused on hospitality with many beaches, hotels, beach resorts, villas, house to rent and other accommodation that caters to every budget. With a vast array of facilities and different forms of entertainment, night life, night clubs and activities to suit singles and families alike, there is never a dull moment.

We have provided below some helpful information on Ko Samui weather and climate, flights to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, full moon, Koh Tao, map, history, accommodation, transport, geography, cuisine and medical. Welcome to Samui.

Koh Samui island of Suratthani Province, or often, simply Samui as it is referred to by locals, is an island off the east coast of Thailand, close to the mainland Suratthani town. It is Thailand’s third largest island, with an area of 228.7 km2 and a population of 50,000. It is rich with natural resources, white sandy beaches, coral reefs and coconut trees.

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History

The island was probably first inhabited about 15 centuries ago, settled by fishermen from the Malay Peninsula and Southern China. It appears on Chinese maps dating back to 1687, under the name Pulo Cornam. The name Samui is mysterious in itself. Perhaps it is an extension of the name of one of the native trees, mui, or from the Chinese word Saboey, meaning “safe haven”. Ko is the Thai word for “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.

Koh Samui has a population of about fifty-five thousand (source: Samui Mayor’s Office) and is based primarily on a successful tourist industry, as well as exports of coconut and rubber. It even has its own international airport, Samui Airport, with flights daily to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket , Pattaya, Krabi as well as other major airports in Southeast Asia such as Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Geography

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Koh Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand, about 35 km northeast of Surat Thani town (9°N, 100°E). The island measures some 21 kilometers at its narrowest point, and 25 km at its longest. It is surrounded by about sixty other islands, which compose the Ang Thong Marine National Park (Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park) and include other tourist destinations Ko Phangan, Ko Tao and Ko Nang Yuan).

The island is roughly circular in shape, and is about 15 km across. The central part of the island is an almost uninhabitable mountain jungle, Khao Pom, peaking at 635 m. The various lowland areas are connected together by a single 51 km road, running mostly along the coast to encircle the bulk of the island.

The old capital is Nathon, on the southwest coast of the island. It remains the major port for fishing and inter-island transportation. Nathon is the seat of the regional government, and the true commercial hub of the Samui locals. It has a charming pace, and is almost small enough to walk everywhere. The old Chinese shop houses along the middle street whisper of an exotic history.

Each of Samui’s primary beaches is now also nominally considered as a small town, due to the number of hotels, restaurants and nightlife that have sprung up in recent years.

Climate


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Koh Samui, has essentially two seasons; warm and tropical most of the year, with a short rainy season. Unlike Phuket and most of the rest of Southern Thailand which has a 6-month rainy season between May and November, Samui’s weather is relatively dry for the vast majority of the year, with the rainy season being primarily confined to November. For the rest of the year, since the weather is tropical, when it does rain, it usually doesn’t last long; rain showers of 20–60 minutes are typical.

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Climate data for Koh Samui, Thailand

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29.0
(84.2)
29.5
(85.1)
30.7
(87.3)
32.1
(89.8)
32.6
(90.7)
32.2
(90)
32.0
(89.6)
31.9
(89.4)
31.6
(88.9)
30.5
(86.9)
29.5
(85.1)
29.1
(84.4)
32.6
(90.7)
Average low °C (°F) 24.1
(75.4)
25.0
(77)
25.6
(78.1)
26.1
(79)
25.8
(78.4)
25.5
(77.9)
25.1
(77.2)
25.1
(77.2)
24.8
(76.6)
24.4
(75.9)
24.1
(75.4)
23.9
(75)
23.9
(75)
Precipitation mm (inches) 137.8
(5.425)
57.8
(2.276)
77.8
(3.063)
76.6
(3.016)
146.5
(5.768)
112.7
(4.437)
122.8
(4.835)
118.7
(4.673)
116.8
(4.598)
290.2
(11.425)
489.6
(19.276)
209.1
(8.232)
1,956.4
(77.024)

Lifestyle

Although Koh Samui is in southern Thailand, where Islam has a strong influence, the original inhabitants of the island, known as ‘Chao Samui’, are predominantly Buddhist. In the past, most of the locals made their living in the coconut farming business. Nowadays, however, most work in jobs related to tourism.

Many locals have become wealthy from selling off land they have owned for decades. As a result of the extensive development of the island, many Thai-Chinese have come to Samui from the capital of Bangkok (Khung-Thep). Most of the manual labor needed to keep up with the island’s growth has been provided by people native to the country’s poorer north-eastern region. As a result, there is a wide cross section of economic classes on the island.

The south of Thailand is a melting pot of Buddhists, Thai Chinese, Muslims and traditional sea-faring gypsies. Ko Samui does not seem to suffer from the religious tensions in communities along the southern border of Thailand, and the locals live in harmony. Outside of the tourist areas, the Thai language is spoken with a thick Southern dialect which is even difficult for northern Thais to understand.

With this broad mixture of cultures, Koh Samui is always celebrating some tradition or another,

Cuisine

In general, Southern Thai food is renowned for its spiciness. Much of the cuisine has its origins in Malay, Indonesian, Chinese and Indian food. Favorite dishes from the south include Indian-style Muslim curry (massaman), Green Curry, Panang Curry and a variety of noodles and rice dishes. The gulf of Thailand is a sustaining source for a large selection of fresh sea food that is found at all the restaurants around the island. With the advent of extensive resort and hotel expansion, European and Western cuisine is limitless. Visitors and locals alike can today enjoy a wide range of delicious fare both local and Western to suit every taste and palate.

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Economy

Historically the island’s economy has been based around subsistence agriculture and fishing, with coconuts as the main cash crop. From the 1980s onwards, tourism has become an economic factor and is now the dominant industry. The construction of a stable, high-speed internet connection in recent years has also made the island a feasible location for IT-based enterprises, which are beginning to provide a certain degree of economic diversity. The island’s climate and accessibility make it particularly attractive for international investors.

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Resorts & Bungalows

After the exploding tourism in Koh Samui there has been a large business on building resorts and bungalows on the island which has made the economy on the island grow even bigger and has made many businessmen from all over the world to invest in Ko Samui. With over 260 resorts and bungalows in Samui counting from the end of year 2009, it has become Thailand’s second  largest resort business where Bangkok is the first and Phuket on third.

Transportation

Ko Samui Airport (USM) is a private airport originally built by Bangkok Airways, which is still the main operator and was for a long time the only airline with services to Ko Samui from mainland Thailand. The airport is now additionally served by Thai Airways International. Several ferries connect the island with the mainland, including the car ferry from Don Sak to a pier in the west of the island, south of the main town Nathon. Public buses to all parts of the mainland operate from a small bus station located in the south of Nathon. Songthaews (tuk-tuk style buses) circle the ring road, and private taxis are available throughout the island.

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Flight Details

Samui is directed connection by air to different cities in Thailand as well as other Asian countries. The main airline is Bangkok Air which has direct daily international flights to and from Samui servicing routes to Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Maldives, Burma, Cambodia and Laos with daily domestic flights to and from Bangkok, Chiangmai, Krabi, Phuket and Pattaya.

Thai Airways and Berjaya Air also flies to Samui

The following is a list of the number of flights per destination.

Domestic

Bangkok (BKK)-Samui (USM)-Bangkok 21 daily flights

Chaingmai (CNX)- Samui-Chiangmai –Tue/Thu/Sat

Krabi(KBV)- Samui-Krabi-Fri/Sun

Phuket(HTK)-Samui-Phuket-3 daily flights

Pattaya(UTP)-Samui-Pattaya-2 daily flights

Sukhothai(THS)-Samui-Sukhothai 4 daily flights via Bangkok

International

Singapore(SIN)-Samui-Singapore-1 daily flight

Hong Kong(HKG)-Samui-Hong Kong–Mon/Wed/Fri

Kuala Lumpur(KUL)-Samui-Kuala Lumpur-2 weekly flights

Maldives(MLE)-Samui-Maldives-4 daily flights via Bangkok

Phnom Penh(PHN)-Samui-Phnom Penh-6 daily flights via Bangkok

Siem Reap(REP)-Samui-Siem Reap-6 daily flights via Bangkok

Yangon(RGN)-Samui-Yangoon-6 daily flights via Bangkok

Luang Prabang(LPQ)-Samui-Luang Prabang-6 daily flights via Bangkok

Please note the above flight details are subject to seasonal changes. Please check the following links for current flight schedules.

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..Bangkokair.com

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..Thaiair.com

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..Berjaya-Air.com

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Medical care

There are four international private hospitals on Samui, Samui International Hospital on the Beach Road in north Chaweng, Thai International off the Lake Road in Chaweng, Bandon Hospital on the ring road and Bangkok Samui Hospital in Chaweng Noi. The Government Hospital is in Nathon. There are also numerous clinics and pharmacies, throughout the island.

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