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Koh Samui Island History, Thailand

Koh Samui is Thailand’s second most popular tropical island holiday destination

 

and has been a popular Thailand attraction since the first backpackers appeared on its shores. The island offers fantastic beaches, great choices of accommodation for all budgets, incredible views and truly wonderful people. But when did the island become popular, how has the island changed and what was life like here before the arrival of mass tourism?

It is thought that Koh Samui was first inhabited between twelve and fifteen centuries ago when Malay fishermen started using the island as a base from where they would stop over on long fishing trips in the rich waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The meaning and derivation of the word ‘Samui‘ is mysterious but some people believe the word comes from the Malay word ‘Saboey’ which means safe haven. The island was self-sufficient, un-connected to the mainland and unknown to the outside world until the 1840s when the first boat services to the island were launched. At this time the boat journey took 6 hours and arriving visitors faced an exhausting hike through mountainous jungle as there was no transport on the island.

In the late 1960s the Thai Government was petitioned by Samui locals to build a ring-road around the island and so began the building of a dirt track coastal road. This road improved transportation though trucks were still unable to pass many steep sections of the track. In 1973, the Government ordered the construction of a concrete road and Samui began to climb in popularity with more and more visitors arriving year on year. At this time Samui was a very different place with thick jungle and coconut groves right up to the beach. So thick was this jungle that few of the island’s beaches could be seen from the interior of the island or even from the coastal ring-road.

In the early 1980s, Thailand’s Tourism Authority began exploring the island as the Government began to realise to true potential of Koh Samui as a premiere tourist destination and thus began to invest heavily in tourism. This heavy investment has continued until modern times and now Koh Samui is one of the premiere tropical holiday destinations in all of South-East Asia.

Nowadays, Koh Samui has a growing transient population of around 30,000 people as more and more tourists visit, more foreigners settle down and more Thai workers migrate to the island to cash in on the tourist dollar.
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The swimming pool is also not far from the beach and always clean. The service in room is always well-done.

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Swimming pool is really nice and pretty big. Breakfast has a great selection and if you’re lucky with the seat you’re get a great view of the Chaweng beach as well. It’s quite a walk to Chaweng centre so you might want to get a tuktuk or a taxi.

Fantastic swimming pool and jacuzzi, and food and drinks are served poolside. Location right on the corner and adjoining both Chaweng and Chaweng Noi beaches

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The swimming pool is also not far from the beach and always clean. The service in room is always well-done.

swimming pool is massive and you are right next to the beach the accommodation was excellent and plenty of good food

Swimming pool is really nice and pretty big. Breakfast has a great selection and if you’re lucky with the seat you’re get a great view of the Chaweng beach as well. It’s quite a walk to Chaweng centre so you might want to get a tuktuk or a taxi.

Fantastic swimming pool and jacuzzi, and food and drinks are served poolside. Location right on the corner and adjoining both Chaweng and Chaweng Noi beaches

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The swimming pool is also not far from the beach and always clean. The service in room is always well-done.

swimming pool is massive and you are right next to the beach the accommodation was excellent and plenty of good food

Swimming pool is really nice and pretty big. Breakfast has a great selection and if you’re lucky with the seat you’re get a great view of the Chaweng beach as well. It’s quite a walk to Chaweng centre so you might want to get a tuktuk or a taxi.

Fantastic swimming pool and jacuzzi, and food and drinks are served poolside. Location right on the corner and adjoining both Chaweng and Chaweng Noi beaches

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The swimming pool is also not far from the beach and always clean. The service in room is always well-done.

swimming pool is massive and you are right next to the beach the accommodation was excellent and plenty of good food

Swimming pool is really nice and pretty big. Breakfast has a great selection and if you’re lucky with the seat you’re get a great view of the Chaweng beach as well. It’s quite a walk to Chaweng centre so you might want to get a tuktuk or a taxi.

Fantastic swimming pool and jacuzzi, and food and drinks are served poolside. Location right on the corner and adjoining both Chaweng and Chaweng Noi beaches

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What to Do on Koh Samui

Samui has lots to offer visitors and if you like lazing on the beach,

 

then there are more than a few to check out with white powdery fine sand, coconut palms and a turquoise ocean just tempting you to dive in.

Chaweng is one of the livelier beaches on the island filled with holidaymakers seeking action and excitement, the place to go if you like water sports such as jet skiing, water skiing, speedboats, parasailing and banana boats.

If you yearn for something quieter then you might prefer a quieter location away from the crowds and no-one to bother as you lounge on your sunchair with a favourite book in hand.

A popular day trip is to charter a boat and spend the day exploring the best snorkelling sites and coral reefs amongst the nearby tropical islands. The Koh Samui archipelago has more than 60 islands to discover and many of them are uninhabited.

On the island itself you could try your skills at the shooting range, or go-carting – if you want to get the blood racing then bungee jumping is an extreme sport that will test your courage. Relaxing activities include a sedate horse ride along the beach, or there are more than a few first-class golf courses around the island. The international standard Santiburi Country club is of an international standard with an 18 hole course set in the hills behind Mae Nam Beach.

The fertile sultry jungles found inland on Samui can be explored on foot or by bicycle, or follow the coast road that runs right around the island, it’s the perfect way to get a first hand look at the difference between the southern part of the island inhabited by locals and the busier tourist areas in the north.

There are lots of organised activities for those looking to fill up their days, including many that let you find out more about local culture and island wildlife, if you want to get the most out of your day then consider signing up for a tour which will show you the best sights of Samui in one day.

Visit the Big Buddha temple with its 15m high buddha looking out to sea, or the quirky Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks located south of Lamai Beach. Namuang waterfalls and the town of Nathon are other interesting places to check out.

Some tours have a particular focus that introduce you to the local culture and food, discover the monkeys who are trained to climb the tall coconut palms and collect coconuts, go for a ride on an elephant, admire waterfalls and take photos of the local fauna including butterflies, snakes and crocodiles.

The evenings are cooler in Koh Samui and perfect for sitting under the stars feasting on seafood caught fresh that day and cooked over an open fire. If you prefer French or Italian cuisine then it’s available too, and for local Samui cuisine make your way to Huathanon Seafood in Fisherman Village at Bo Phut Beach.

Only a small section of Samui offers busy bars and clubs at night, if you prefer peace and quiet then opt for a stroll along the beach or visit a quiet restaurant. Of course if dancing and partying is why you’re here then Chaweng’s Beach Road has everything you need. For the hardcore party goers you can catch a boat to Koh Pha Ngan nearby and the famous full moon party.

Choosing your accommodation on the island you can opt for simple or first-class, cute beach huts with thatched roofs and seaview balcony or lavish 5-start resorts, Koh Samui hotels has it all and Chaweng has numerous quality hotels to fit all tastes and budgets.

Choosing koh Samui as your holiday destination means leading the kind of life you generally only wish for. Book your dream holiday today and prepare yourself for total bliss.
By Simon S Coleman  |   
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Koh Samui Island Weather Seasons, Monsoon Guide and Best Times to Visit

Koh Samui is one of Thailand’s most popular tropical island holiday destinations which lies in the Gulf of Thailand, part of the South China Sea.

 

The island is renowned for its endless stretches of white sands, coconut tree covered hillsides and idyllic weather throughout most of the year. But when are the best times to visit Koh Samui and are there any times that should be avoided to ensure the sun shines throughout your stay? Weather

The weather on Koh Samui is dry, humid and hot throughout the year though it is affected by both the Southeast Monsoon and the Northwest Monsoon systems. The SE monsoon causes storms to sweep in from Indonesia and The Philippines towards Thailand and Malaysia during the months of October, November and December. The NW monsoon moves in from India during the months of June, July and the start of August though Koh Samui isn’t badly affected by this system as the Thai mainland protects the island from much of its effects.

During the months of June, July and the start of August, the NW monsoon lightly affects Samui with heavy showers that generally last about 30 minutes, mostly confined to late afternoon or early evening. The more powerful SE monsoon system can cause powerful, tropical storms to sweep into the island which can last for up to one week with torrential rainfall and high winds. During this rainy season, Samui can be hit by several storms though it is important to note that the weather usually remains dry with hot and sunny spells between storms and it is not a time of constant rainfall.

When a bad storm does hit Koh Samui and its surrounding islands, the effects can be frightening. Large torrents of water run down from the island’s central, mountainous region causing flash flooding to hit the coastal towns, closing roads and businesses and often causing long power cuts. The tourist center of Chaweng is usually the first area of the island to be affected by the rainfall as Chaweng Lake overflows and floods the town with water up to one meter or more in depth.The tourist areas of Bophut, Maenam, Lamai and Cheong Mon are also prone to flash floods though they are not as intense as the flooding in Chaweng. Recent improvements in drainage do mean however that the floods subside reasonably quickly when the rainfall finally stops.

Statistically, November is the wettest month with 500 mm of rainfall followed by October and December when about 200mm of rain falls. Throughout the rest of the year rainfall measurements are between 50 and 150mm with February being the driest month.

Koh Samui‘s average temperatures throughout the year are quite constant, between 29 and 32 degrees Celsius, though during the hottest months of February, March, April and May highest temperatures can reach as high as 38 Celsius. Lowest temperatures during the SE monsoon can reach a low as 18 Celsius with highest temperatures of about 32 Celsius.

For guaranteed sunshine, without a doubt, the best time to visit Koh Samui is during the hot season from February to May when the possibility of rain storms is very low and temperatures are at their highest. The months of June to August have higher chance of heavy showers in late afternoon or evening but during the day the weather is sunny and hot, though more pleasant than the sometimes uncomfortable heat of February to May.
By Bob Robert Johnston  |   
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Five Must See Sights in Koh Samui

Koh Samui is quite simply, the most beautiful island getaway on this Earth. Chaweng Beach

 

Situated in the Gulf of Thailand, just off of Thailand’s western coastline, there is no better paradise to escape to when you want to relax and enjoy sun, sand and sea at its ultimate best. But when you’re staying at Koh Samui for just a short time, what on Earth will you see? With so many highlights, it can be impossible to decide where to go. Therefore, we’ve made it simple for you, by outlining the five must-see sights in Samui.

1. Koh Samui is a haven for tourists. One of the 5 must see sights on Samui Island is Laem Sett Beach. So much more than just a beach, glittering blue waters, and golden sands, Laem Sett is home to a wide range of stunning resorts which make for a perfect, romantic escape to paradise. One of the most charming locations on the island, it’s also one of Samui’s few remaining beaches that is free from the hectic, wild night life scene the island is so famous for – offering visitors a genuine relaxing holiday that nowhere else on the island can match.

2. Chaweng Beach is one of the most visited beaches in Samui because of its laidback and party scene. Since 1990, the beach has been developed for Samui tourism. Now, it is a haven for tourists looking for a Koh Samui holiday by the beach during the day and a beach party by night.

3. The Big Buddha Beach, another attraction in the island makes it to the top 5 reasons to go to Samui. It is situated only fifteen minutes away from Chaweng beach and is similarly beautiful. The beach is known for being exotic and lined up with places of entertainment and relaxation for its visitors. Tourists can stay at the their resort and relax by the beach during the day. By night, they can choose among the parties and club lined up along the beach.

4. From the airport, you can stop by the Wat Phra Yai Temple, which stands out because of its large size and striking design. Travel routes starting from the airport will not fail to notice the Wat Phra Yai Temple, a famous tourist spot in Koh Samui that is especially known for its marvelous Buddha sculpture which stands 12 meters in the temple.

5. Those staying on the island can drop by the Ancient House during the day. The Ancient House on Samui can be found in Ban Thale and is the oldest house built more than 150 years ago. It has an extraordinary architecture and was put together without the use of nails but only teak planks. Its woodcarvings are exquisite and are visited by many tourists on Koh Samui holiday.

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Best Koh Samui Beaches

 Koh Samui is an island blessed with pristine beaches.

         Starting out as a settlement first inhabited by fishermen 1500 years ago, Koh Samui has evolved into one of the best tourist destinations in all of Thailand, and Koh Samui beaches have undoubtedly been one of the crown jewels in Thailand’s treasure chest of tourist attractions.

Bordered on all sides by the Gulf of Thailand and surrounded by numerous smaller islands, Samui is home to the Angthong National Marine Park, and the ShaSa Resorts and Residences, a spectacular resort to book for your stay at Koh Samui. A five-star boutique hotel endowed with a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Thailand, it offers an excellent touch point to the island’s best beaches.

Bophut Beach, one of the most popular among Koh Samui beaches, is sprawled along the northern tip of the island. Slightly sharing the same qualities as Mae Nan beach on the west, it is characterized by relatively the same length of beach stretch, and coarse sand. It is relatively clean and less crowded. A good number of shops and restaurants dot the beach stretch. A list of Koh Samui beaches will be incomplete without Bophut Beach, as this well-preserved sweeping stretch of beach is considered one of the oldest tourist destinations on the island.

Big Buddha Beach belongs to that elite league of the best Koh Samui beaches as well. Characterized by coarse sand, this elegant beach is situated in a shallow bay area. Its peaceful waters offer the traveler a calm spot for easy swimming and a spectacular view of the gigantic statue of the Buddha found nearby. It connects the island to Koh Phang Nga. Regularly serviced by ferries and boats that go between the two islands, Big Buddha Beach is one of those Koh Samui beaches you simply must luxuriate in, if only for culture enrichment’s sake.

Yet another of the best Samui beaches is Choeng Mon beach. Endowed with a thin, elongated crescent shape, Choeng Mon beach also has enviably fine golden sand. Swim in its peaceful waters while watching the gently swaying palm trees lining the water’s edge. A close neighbor of the Big Buddha beach, Choeng Mon is more upscale and is composed of a series of bays lying on the northwest edge of the island. It is definitely a must-go-to among Koh Samui beaches.

Ever heard of the two sister beaches? Well, they are right here on Samui, and the seasoned traveler would be remiss not to visit Chaweng and Chaweng Noi beaches. Interesting fact: Chaweng Noi literally means small Chaweng. Lying immaculately close to each other, as sisters should, these two swimming destinations share nearly identical considerations-excellent entertainment and shopping. Blessed with pristine fine white sand, the main road just off the main beach abounds with eating places that offer wide arrays of food and excellent world-rate cuisine, such as Mexican, Japanese or Thai, to name just a few. Dive shops are aplenty, as well as open-air dance clubs for al-fresco disco dancing. Farther inland is a produce market, food stalls, and-surprise! Surprise! – A local Thai boxing ring.

To fully enjoy your Koh Samui beaches experience, check out some of the best beach resorts on the island. There are dozens of fantastic resorts on Samui to choose from.

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Enjoy Your Holidays at a Samui Hotel Resort

Koh Samui in Thailand

is one of those locations on the face of earth that remains intact despite the intervention of human beings. With eco-tourism gaining popularity in the tourist circuits, no wonder Samui features prominently in the world tourist map. Vacationing at a Samui hotel resort could bring in unbounded pleasure and unparalleled excitement. Find listed here some of the best Samui hotel resorts.

1. Baan Taling Ngam Resort & Spa, Taling Ngam: This 5-star resort set amidst lush green tropical jungles, towering limestone cliffs, white sand beach and aquamarine ocean is a treat to the senses. Matching facilities and service offered by the resort make it highly popular among tourists.

2. Centara Grand Beach Resort, Chaweng: One of the most popular 5-star resorts located on one of the most popular beaches of Koh Samui – this describes Centara Grand. Close enough to airport, pier and other shopping centers, yet far away from the maddening crowds – Centara Grand has got it right for its guests.

3. La Paradise Boutique Resort & Spa, Chaweng: The resort is a perfect mix of the old and the new. It has managed to retain the old-world feel without inconveniencing its guests. Without taking away the antique effect, the resort manages to provide all the modern facilities and amenities sought by today’s tourists. Its setting amidst tropical gardens adds to its charm.

4. Melati Beach Resort, Bophut: Located on one of the not-so-popular beaches of Samui, Melati Beach Resort is the perfect haven for seclusion-seeking tourists. The impeccable service provided to guests is worth mentioning.

5. Muang Samui Spa Resort, Chaweng: Barely a 10-minute drive from the airport will take you to the resort, though it doesn’t feel congested or mobbed. The resort guests get to enjoy the famous Chaweng beach without getting hustled and jammed.

6. First Bungalow Beach Resort, Chaweng noi beach. Just a few step walking to the nice sand beach. enjoy with the most wided beach in Koh Samui.

A Samui hotel resort can enhance your holiday experience with its picturesque setting, modern facilities and superior service.

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