Koh Samui - Beaches and Attractions

Sunset Koh Samui
Koh Samui is the third largest island in Thailand. It is mostly covered with coconut plantations, and every imaginable species of coconut in Thailand coming from here. Koh Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand, 35 kilometers east of the mainland. The biggest attraction of the island are the most popular beaches, 26 km long. The best known are Chaweng and Lamai. Before 20 years Koh Samui was a secret Target by Backpackers and the Iland had only a few accomodations.

Today there are numerous of simple bungalows up to the 5-star luxury hotels. Koh Samui has about 55,000 residents who live and work there. The island has a total area of ​​228.7 square kilometers. The island was until the late 20th century isolated from the mainland and the home of a private and predominantly Buddhist community. Around 1970, the island got its first streets. Today, a 51-kilometer ring road around the island combines the coast together. The core of the island is forested and is still difficult to cross. The highest point is the Khao Kwai Thai with about 635 meters. Prior to 1970 the main income of Koh Samui was the coconut plantations until 1990, when the Island become more popular for tourists. Now only a few people living here from rubber tees, coconut cultivation and fishing. 

The Beaches on Koh Samui

Chaweng Beach
Chaweng Beach
It is the longest beach on the island (about 6 kilometers). The beaches Chaweng Noi  and Chaweng Yai are separated by a rock formation. Fine, white sand effect, overhanging palm trees and bright blue sea like a page from the South Seas-picture book. Chaweng is the main center of the island, along the road there are plenty of restaurants, cocktail bars, nightclubs, Hotels and Resorts. So if you are looking for entertainment and a large number of international restaurant Chaweng is the right place. The most Hotels and Resorts are closed to the Beach. 

Lamai Beach The crescent-shaped, 4 km long Lamai Beach is lined with many coconut trees. Just as the Chaweng Beach, the bay can be divided into different sections. In the center there are several bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Lamai is particularly popular with younger tourists, it seems just a little quieter, but still the second largest center on the island

Tongsai and Choeng Mon
The "Four Seasons" Resort on Koh Samui
Tongsai and Choeng Mon are called beautiful small bays on the northern tip of Koh Samui. Coral reefs and islets are located not far from the coast, lined with coconut palms and Kasuarina trees at the white, sandy beach. The bay of Choeng Mon offers good conditions for swimming in each season and its also suitable for children. 

Big Buddha
The Big Buddha Beach is a relatively small bay with just over 2 kilometers of coastline. It is dominated by the giant Buddha statue on the small island of Koh Fan. The bay is not suitable for swimming during the whole year. 

Bophut Bay
The nearly 3 km long, sweeping bay, Bophut, passing north. It has a relatively steep beach with coarse, yellow sand and is well suited for swimming all year round. At the northwestern end of the bay is the most beautiful beach in the middle of it goes to the village of Ban Bophut, in the east it is very flat.

Maenam Bay
The slightly curved Maenam bay is 4 km long and lined with piles of palm trees. The narrow beach with yellow sand falls off very steeply. Especially in the eastern area ​​the sand is relatively coarse and in the central section of the village rather fine. The calm waters ideal for swimming nearly all year round.

Climate and Seasons

From January through September, the weather on Koh Samui is very warm and pleasant with average highs of 29-32 ° C. Rain falls only rarely, but if only short and strong. The time from October till December bringing the most rain and rough seas. Thus most of the year to visit is the weather ideal for Koh Samui. The average water temperature is pleasant 27 ° C.

Activities on Koh Samui

Different kinds of watersports be offered on Koh Samui
Koh Samui offers numerous different kinds of activities. You can visit some of the islands attractions like historic monuments and temples, a snake show or a crocodile farm, a butterfly garden, one of the famous Cabarett Shows or viewpoints and waterfalls. On Koh Samui you can do every kind of watersports and bathing activities like Jetski, ride the Banana boat, waterski, diving, snorkeling, swimming and fishing.

At the numerous diving centers daytrips or diving courses can be booked. From there you can also book a trip to one of the world best diving spots, the island Koh Tao, which can daily achieved by ferries. When the monthly Fullmoon day is coming nearer, the island become more visitors because the neighbour island Koh Phangan is celebrating the world famous "Fullmoon Party" at the Haad Rin Beach. For this day thousands of people come to Koh Phangan for celebrating the big party till the morning hours. The ferries going back and forth nonstop at this day. Tickets for this event you can buy at every Tourist office in Koh Samui.

Nightlife

Fullmoon Party at Koh Samui`s Sister island Koh Phangan
The nightlife on Koh Samui is constantly growing and at the two main beaches Chaweng and Lamai a lot of new dance clubs and music pubs be opened. You can find a club for every music style you prefer to listen. Behind the Chaweng beach road and at some places in Lamai you can also find the style of Nightlife which is comparable with Phuket or Pattaya. A little bit more far from the Chaweng beach, at a small Lake lies the famous Koh Samui Reggae Pub, where you can listen to a really good life music band. Normally the closing time of clubs, bars and discotheques in Thailand is at 2 a.m. but it seems like Koh Samui has its own law in this point and so partys can be celebrated till the morning hours.