Koh Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand bordering the South China Sea in the Pacific Ocean and can be found on 500 years old maps from Chinese Ming dynasty.
The first inhabitants on Koh Samui were fishermen about 1500 years ago, with fishing and coconut plantations being the main source of income until the development of tourism in the 20th Century.
Koh Samui originated as a back-packers destination in the late 1970's, but today is a cosmopolitan melting pot, attracting travelers from all over the world. Accommodation ranges from bungalows and villas for individuals or families staying for a month or two, to the mega rich, dropping in for a weekend at a luxury 5star boutique resort or private villa on the beach.
Samui is ideal for families with more facilities than some of the smaller islands around Thailand.
Most beaches around Samui have white sand and are fringed with coconut palms with many resorts and hotels located just a couple of meters from the beach.
Chaweng is by far the most popular beach with 7 km of pure white sand located in the North-East of Samui. Accommodation ranges from a simple bungalow to a five star hotel room.
Lamai is quieter and more charming than Chaweng where the Southern part of the beach is more inviting than the North, because the sand is softer. Lamai is located in South-East of Samui, about 10 kilometers South of Chaweng.
In the North of Samui you will find the fine beaches of Maenam, Big Buddha and Bophut. You will also find the small but very beautiful Chong Mon beach in the North-East and Bang Por beach in the North-West.
When to go?
December - February: The dry season, with beautiful blue skies and warm sunshine. Not much rain, but plenty of refreshing breezes at this time.
March - October: The weather is mainly dry during this time, with some rain during May and June. It is usually very sunny and hot. This is a great period to visit the island if you like the heat. Temperatures range from 28-35 degrees Celsius at daytime.
November: Also known as the monsoon season. It's still hot and normally there are many sunny days in the monsoon period. On some days you might find yourself in a refreshing monsoon shower for a moment. The rain showers are often short and as these island's water supplies are finite, the rain is needed and important.
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