Koh Samui City Overview, Thailand
Tourism koh Samui, ATV. Tour koh Samui



@Koh Samui City Overview


644 km (400 miles) S of Bangkok to Surat Thani; 84km (52 miles) E from Surat Thani to Koh Samui

The island of Koh Samui lies 84km (52 miles) off the east coast in the Gulf of Thailand, near the mainland commercial town of Surat Thani. Since the 1850s, Koh Samui has been visited by Chinese merchants sailing from Hainan Island in the South China Sea to trade coconuts and cotton, the island's two most profitable products.

Since the 1970s though, the islands early merchant visitors have been replaced by a strange, camera-toting breed whose patronage has swollen the ranks of hotels and guesthouses to a phenomenal number along the popular beaches. Once a popular hippie haven of pristine beaches, idyllic bungalows, and thatched eateries along dirt roads, Samui is now an international resort area with all of the attendant comforts and crowding. If you came here as a backpacker in the past, you may not want to come back to see McDonald's outlets where hammocks once hung, or large Walmart-style shopping malls where once island jungle grew. Koh Samui's reputation as the "alternative Thai island" drew so many visitors in search of a utopian version of "the beach" that an international airport was opened in 1988 and now greets up to 20 packed daily flights. Fine hotels and large resorts are popping-up all over the island and any comparison with Phuket, once a far more luxurious west coast cousin, are apt.

>

Koh Samui is still in some places an idyllic tropical retreat with fine sand beaches and simple living -- in fact many Western visitors are settling-in for their retirement on the island and talk of good real estate deals and vacation time-shares is all the buzz. You can find whatever you might want on Samui, from rustic hideaways to luxury resorts to rockin' nightlife.

The high season on Koh Samui is from mid-December to mid-January. January to April has the best weather, before its gets hot. October through mid-December are the wettest months, with November bringing extreme rain and winds that make the east side of the island rough for swimming. August sees a brief increase in visitors, a mini-high season, but the island's west side is often buffeted by summer monsoons from the mainland.

More than two million coconuts, reputedly the best in the region, are shipped to Bangkok each month -- a massive island industry. Much of the fruit is made into coconut oil, a process that involves scraping the meat out of the shell, drying it, and pressing it to produce sweet oil. To assist farmers with Koh Samui's indigenous breed of tall palm trees, monkeys are trained to climb them, twist loose the ripe coconuts, and gather them for their master.

All Bangkok Tours
All Pattaya Tours
All Phuket Tours
Big Game Fishing
Big Game NonFishing
Coral Island Tour by Speed Boat
Coral Island Tour by Speed Boat (Depart from Chalong Pier) (Parasailing or Banana Boat)
June Bahtra
Khai Island Tour by Speed Boat Full Day with Lunch
Khao Sok Jungle Safari
Rafting 5 kms with Elephant Trekking 45 mins and Waterfall (P1)
Raya Island Tour
Sea Cave Canoe
Similan Island One Day Tour by Speed Boat with Lunch
Similan 2 Days 1 Night(Included accommodation with tent)
Phi Phi Island Program Tours
Phi Phi Island Tour by Big Boat (Transfer Normal)
Phi Phi + Maya + Bamboo Island Tour with Lunch by Speed Boat
Phi Phi + Maya + Khai Island Tour with Lunch by Speed Boat
Phang Nga Bay (James Bond Island) Program Tours
Phang Nga Bay (James Bond Island) Tour with Lunch by Long tail Boat
Phang Nga Bay (James Bond Island) Sea Canoe Tour with Lunch by Big Boat
Phang Nga Bay (James Bond Island) Sea Canoe Tour with Lunch by Long tail Boat
Phang Nga Bay (James Bond Island) Sea Canoe Tour by Speed Boat
Bungy Jump Tour
Phuket City Tour
Coral Island Tour by Speed Boat Half Day (Depart from Chalong Pier)
Elephant Trekking
Flying Hanuman Program Tours
Journey A : A full fun adventure with Meal and Seasonal Fruit Set
Journey B : A full fun adventure with Seasonal fruit set/no meal
Journey C : A quick thrill ride through the jungle with Seasonal fruit set/no meal
James Bond Sea Canoe
James Bond Sightseeing Trip
Khai Island Tour by Speed Boat Half Day
Phang Nga Caves
Rafting Program Tours
Rafting Program A
Rafting Program B
Rafting Program C
Safari Program Tours
Safari Tour Program A (3in1) No Lunch
Safari Tour Program B (5in1) No Lunch
Safari Tour Program C (7in1) No Lunch
Safari Tour Program D (9in1) No Lunch
Safari Tour Program E1 No Lunch
Phuket Fantasea Show Only
Phuket Fantasea Show with Dinner
Phuket Fantasea Show and Transfer
Phuket Fantasea Show with Dinner and Transfer
Simon Cabaret (Ticket only)
Big Game Fishing Big Game NonFishing Coral Island Tour by Speed Boat Coral Island Tour by Speed Boat (Depart from Chalong Pier) (Parasailing or Banana Boat) June Bahtra Khai Island Tour by Speed Boat Full Day with Lunch Khao Sok Jungle Safari Rafting 5 kms with Elephant Trekking 45 mins and Waterfall (P1) Raya Island Tour Sea Cave Canoe Similan Island One Day Tour by Speed Boat with Lunch Similan 2 Days 1 Night(Included accommodation with tent) Phi Phi Island Program Tours Phi Phi Island Tour by Big Boat (Transfer Normal) Phi Phi + Maya + Bamboo Island Tour with Lunch by Speed Boat Phi Phi + Maya + Khai Island Tour with Lunch by Speed Boat Phang Nga Bay (James Bond Island) Program Tours Phang Nga Bay (James Bond Island) Tour with Lunch by Long tail Boat Phang Nga Bay (James Bond Island) Sea Canoe Tour with Lunch by Big Boat Phang Nga Bay (James Bond Island) Sea Canoe Tour with Lunch by Long tail Boat Phang Nga Bay (James Bond Island) Sea Canoe Tour by Speed Boat Bungy Jump Tour Phuket City Tour Coral Island Tour by Speed Boat Half Day (Depart from Chalong Pier) Elephant Trekking Flying Hanuman Program Tours Journey A : A full fun adventure with Meal and Seasonal Fruit Set Journey B : A full fun adventure with Seasonal fruit set/no meal Journey C : A quick thrill ride through the jungle with Seasonal fruit set/no meal James Bond Sea Canoe James Bond Sightseeing Trip Khai Island Tour by Speed Boat Half Day Phang Nga Caves Rafting Program Tours Rafting Program A Rafting Program B Rafting Program C Safari Program Tours Safari Tour Program A (3in1) No Lunch Safari Tour Program B (5in1) No Lunch Safari Tour Program C (7in1) No Lunch Safari Tour Program D (9in1) No Lunch Safari Tour Program E1 No Lunch Phuket Fantasea Show Only Phuket Fantasea Show with Dinner Phuket Fantasea Show and Transfer Phuket Fantasea Show with Dinner and Transfer Simon Cabaret (Ticket only)
All Krabi Tours