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About Koh Samui

Koh Samui is the third largest island in Thailand, right after Koh Pucket and Koh Chang, with an area of 233 qkm. It is part of Samui Archipels(Muu Ko Samui) to which 60 other islands belong to, among them Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, and the about 40 islands belonging to Ang Thong Marine National Park. Samui is located about 700 km or about one hour flight time south of Bangkok in the golf of Thailand, with about 35 km to the mainland. About 50 000 people inhabit the island. At the most narrow part the island is 21km wide, at the widest spot 25 km long.

The heartland is a mountainous landscape and mostly covered by secondary forest land. The primeval jungle was cut down for the most part many years ago already to make space for plantages. The highest mountain is Thao Thai Kwai with its 635 meters hight at the south west part of the island. A 51 km long ring road leads around the island, mostly along the sea shore. Ferries connect the capital Na Thon with the capital of the province Surrathani and the car ferry station Don Sak on the mainland among other locations, as well as the northern neighbor islands Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.


The main beaches are the most popular Chaweng beach with its fine sand and gentle slope into the ocean, the Lamai beach, the more quiet Maenam beach, Bophut, and Big Buddha beach. Inbetween one can find small beaches and bays every so often, where you often still can have the beach for yourself.


The tourist attractions are mostly in Chaweng, Lamai and Bophut. Here the adventuresome tourist can find numerous restaurants, bars, discothecs, shows and shops. Certainly one also can find good restaurants all along the ring road, and hotels and resorts with good restaurants are well worth a stop in. Every flavor is represented on this island.

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