Koh Samui has been settled for about 1500 years and the first inhabitants were fishermen.
The island is found on 500 years old maps from the Chinese Ming Dynasty. Fishing and coconut plantations have been the major source of income on the island, but today the tourism is the main income for the inhabitants of the island. The people of Samui are called “Chao Samui.”
About Koh Samui Activities Attractions
Koh Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand (bordering the South China Sea in the Pacific Ocean). The island is approximately 25km long by 21km wide.
Samui is divided into seven “Tambon” or administrative regions: Maenam, Bophut, Maret, Taling Ngam, Namuang, Lipa Noi and Angthong.
Koh Samui became a backpackers destination in the late 70’s. Today, all kinds of tourists from all over the whole world are visiting this easygoing “paradise.”
Samui is surrounded by more than sixty other islands, some small and inhabited, some are larger such as Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.
How to get to Koh Samui (see Flights on our website)
Money and ATM’s
Nowadays there are many exchange offices (mini banks) and ATM machines on the island which accept all major credit, electron and debit cards such as VISA, MasterCard, Amex etc. You will also find many banks on all the major beaches and in the port of Nathon.
There are small pubs and bars all over the island. Enjoy! Some of these establishments are called girlie bars and are often a little more expensive. If you are a man, do not be to surprised if one of the girls wants to follow you to your room. Normally she is not too serious if she says that she is in love with you though. She is doing it as a work to support herself and often also her family.
Around the Island
Just rent it. It’s cheap. But be very careful if the traffic is intense.
Motorbikes are the most common for transportation in Samui. From 100 cc (smaller bikes such as; Honda Click, Honda Wave, Honda Dream, Yamaha Nouvo, Yamaha Mio etc), to Harley Davidson. Prices are from 120 baht per day and up. Please, for your own safety, use a helmet and do not ever drive drunk!
By Pickup Bus (Songtaew pron. ‘song-tao’)
From early morning to 7 pm. Price: 20-50 Baht, but it’s more expensive at night after 6 PM. After this time you will have to negotiate about the price.
You can easily rent a jeep or a car. Prices start from about 700 Baht a day. There are many places around the island that rent jeeps and cars.
Convenient! But most of them do not use the taximeter. Always ask for the price in advance. The prices usually start from about 100 baht and up to 600-700 baht for a from Nathon to Lamai or similar distance.
Many people die every year in Samui traffic! The roads can be dangerous at nighttime. It is stupid and like playing Russian roulette to drink and drive on Koh Samui.
IMPORTANT! Please, do always bring your insurance with you! Some hospitals require it if you end up in an accident.
Always wear a crash helmet while driving. Even short distances. If you are an inexperienced driver, please consider to take a taxi or songthaew (pick-up bus) instead.
Do not to leave your precious belongings in your room when you go out. Burglaries are not common but can occur.
Usually between 5pm and 8pm the local mosquitos are a little hungry. Try not to be outside during this period. After dark they are not so annoying. Please protect yourself with clothing that covers your arms and legs. Or alternatively use a repellent.
Most beaches have white sand and are fringed with coconut palms. Many resorts and hotels are located just a couple of meters from the beach. The most popular are:
A 7 km long beach in the North-East of Samui. It is the most well-known and developed and also one of the best. You can rent anything from a simple bungalow to a five star hotel room here. There are plenty of high standard resorts here. The sand is invitingly white and like powder. Probably the most popular beach on the island, especially at high season.
Lamai is located in South-East of Samui, about 10 kilometers South of Chaweng. The Southern part of the beach is somehow more inviting than the Northern beach. A little North of Lamai you will find Ao Tong Takian beach. It has become rather popular and a few resorts are located there.
Maenam, Big Buddha and Bo Phut
On the North coast of Samui you will find these fine beaches. You will also find the small but very beautiful Chong Mon beach in the North-East and Bang Por beach in the North-West. They are not as crowded as Chaweng and Lamai. A wide range of hotels and bungalows are found here and they are close to the Airport, Pier(s) and Big Buddha too.
On Samui you can stay in anything from a rather spartan bungalow to a luxury hotel. There are many hotels, bungalows or resorts to choose from here.
Koh Samui, Koh Tan and Koh Tao have many excellent diving sites. There are many schools who provide professional education. Snorkeling and wave diving is also fun. You can buy equipment in many diving shops on Koh Samui and Koh Tao.
Koh Samui News
Koh Samui Thailand Travel Information
Respecting Thai Culture
Thai people are normally very friendly and have a high tolerance. Just remember that if you come from another country Thai people are very proud of the monarchy and the King and also of course their religion (about 95% are Buddhists). Also remember that Buddha images, temples etc are considered as holy. Please enter a temple with respect and wear appropriate clothes (no shorts).
Don’t point your feet to someone while sitting and don’t touch people’s heads. At Koh Samui and other “tourist places” the inhabitants are normally used to “western lifestyle” but please show the some “respect” as the people will show you.
Keep Samui Clean
Please throw empty bottles and other waste in a garbage can. Let coming generations be able to explore Koh Samui as well. If everyone respects the nature and wildlife on Samui it will remain a small “paradise” on earth for a long time!
Where to stay?
There are many hundreds of different accommodation alternatives available on the Samui island. Hotels, resorts, apartments and villas. Prices starts from a few hundred baht and up.
Koh Samui today, has many resorts with international high class standards. Many of those “boutique resorts” has facilities as restaurants, spas, fitness rooms, jacuzzis and pools.
Check out our selection of relaxing luxury Villas on Koh Samui(click).