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Koh SamuiFast Facts
- Location: Located in the gulf of Thailand, about 700 km south of Bangkok and about 80 way from the eastern coastline of southern Thailand.
- Attraction Type: Island.
- Significance: Koh Samui is known for its wonderful white sandy beaches, abundant natural resources, coral reefs and coconut trees.
- Best time to Visit: February to June.
- Visiting Hours: During the daytime.
- How to Reach: If you are coming down to Koh Samui by flight, your destinations would be Ko Samui Airport or Surat Thani Airport. You can reach Koh Samui from Surat Thani by road and ferry.
- Nearest Airport: Ko Samui Airport (USM).
Koh Samui, popularly known as Samui is a 247 square km island in the Gulf of Thailand, located about 700 km south of Bangkok and about 80 way from the eastern coastline of southern Thailand. This island is known for its wonderful white sandy beaches, abundant natural resources, coral reefs and coconut trees. Not only that, it is also the land of various adventure sports like diving, kayaking and snorkeling.
Be it enjoying the beauty of the white sandy beaches, visiting various other tourist attractions or going for adventure sports — you have plenty to do while in Koh Samui. Beaches:
The beaches of Koh Samui are just amazing. The most popular of those are certainly Chaweng and Lamai. There are several other beaches that attract huge number of tourists from all parts of the world. You can visit Mae Nam (a quiet beach on northern coast), Bophut (Fisherman's village), Bang Rak (home of Big Buddha), and Choeng Mon (quiet beach on north shore). You should also visit Maenam Beach — a popular beach for swimming and sunbathing, especially for families.
Koh Samui has several other attractions which include Na Thon (major seafront settlement), Namtok Hin Lat (waterfall), Ban Lipa Yai (village where high qualify fruits are available), Namtok Na Mueang (perfect road for a nice walk), Old House, Wat Khunaram Ko Samui (island's most famous temple), Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks (on Lamai beach), Samui Aquarium, Tiger Zoo Ko Samui, Big Buddha Temple, Laem Sor Pagoda Ko Samui, Samui Butterful Garden, Secret Buddha Garden and Monkey Shows etc. Buffalo Fighting festival is also a major attraction of Koh Samui, held on special occasions like New Year's Day and Songkran.
Koh Samui offers some of the finest experiences of diving in Thailand. The wonderful beaches surrounded by crystal clear water and astonishing corals offer a perfect backdrop for diving. June through August is the perfect time for diving here. You can enjoy wonderful sights of underwater mountains, undersea rock formations, coral gardens and whale sharks here. Samran Pinnacles and Ko Kra & Koh Losin would be your destination.
You will find a number of hotels in almost every beach in Koh Samui. Some of the hotels in Koh Samui are as below:
Ever Green Resort
167/32 Moo 2, T. Bophut
Koh Samui Suratthani 84320
Samui Orchid Resort
33/2 Moo 2, T. Maret
Koh Samui 84140