Soak up the sun along spectacular island beaches, revitalise your senses in luxurious style and embrace a destination that is one of the superstars of the travel industry. With an evolving stream of tourists gracing the island with their presence throughout the year, it is no wonder that Ko Samui’s tourism industry has remained at the top of the island’s list.
While the beauty of the beaches and the gorgeous ocean might be what captures your attention, the charisma of the island, its wonderful history and charming culture will definitely be what captures your heart!
The history of Ko Samui
The name Ko Samui (or Koh Samui) can be translated into the Island of Samui in Thai and can be found in the Gulf of Thailand. This major tourist destination was inhabited approximately 1500 years ago and became a fishing village to be noted. While fishing and the abundance of coconut plantations were initially the island’s main source of income after a huge boom in the tourism industry in the 1970s, travel and tourism started bringing in more revenue and is still the largest contributor to the island’s economy.
Accommodation in Ko Samui
Beach resorts and spas are plentiful on the Ko Samui Island, so choosing the perfect one is for you is no hardship, unless you are simply overwhelmed by choice. There are a number of beachside villas, all-inclusive resorts; affordable hotels and even a few backpacking, camp sites to choose from along the island. So whether you want to live it up in style, get down and dirty in the wild or just enjoy simplistic comfort surrounded by exquisite beauty then you are guaranteed to find an awesome accommodation spot just for you!
What to do in Ko Samui
Soak up the rays, catch a tan and immerse yourself in refreshing waters on the beautiful island of Ko Samui! If it is a beach paradise you are looking for, then rest assured you have hit the jackpot. But while the beaches and waters of Ko Samui are awesome attractions, this is not the only thing the island has to offer. Whether you are looking for a culturally enriched experience, a spiritual adventure or an unforgettable exploration, Ko Samui has it all.
One of the island’s most famous landmarks is the Big Buddha. Rising 12 metres high, this golden statue is the pride and joy of the island. The Buddhist temple below also showcases a number of shrines, making it the perfect destination for anyone interested in the Buddhist path. Secret Buddhist gardens, temples and even the displays of mummified monks can be found in Ko Samui so make sure you plan on experiencing the rich religion of the region.
The natural beauty of the island does not stop at picturesque beaches. There are a number of gardens, waterfalls and marine parks to be found. After visiting the aquarium/zoo and enjoying the magnificent tiger and marine shows then be sure to get your swimsuits on and try snorkelling through the Angthong National Marine Park. With tropical colours flashing beneath your flipper-clad feet and hidden coves to explore, this is one attraction that will leave a lasting impression on ocean lovers.
The markets, food stalls, restaurants and beach bars also make for an enjoyable experience so mingle with your fellow tourists and enjoy everything Ko Samui has to offer!