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Koh Samui ( See also separate write up on this island in this web site under F to K Items )

According to the evidence found on Samui Island, historians believe that it was first inhabited by man at most 1,200 years ago. In 1940's, the island was still isolated from the outside world. Those wishing to travel to Samui had to travel from Surat Thani for about six hours. As in-land transportation was not well established, it took several hours for people to walk through the lush jungles to the beach. It was only in the early 1970’s that Koh Samui became a dream destination discovered by backpackers.

With the development of infrastructure, an increasing number of travellers were attracted to

the island. Samui’s concrete ring road was finished in 1973 by the order of the government.

Passing beautiful beaches around the island and connecting sub-district areas, the road

facilitated tourism. The Tourism Authority of Thailand explored the island in 1980 and

realizing the high tourism potential of Samui, a plan to develop and promote tourism on

the island was carried out. As a result, it has become and will continue to be a popular

tourist destination in Thailand.

Koh Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand, about 84 kilometres east of Surat Thani Province, or about 700 kilometres south of Bangkok. Known as the Coconut Island, Koh Samui is one of the most famous and popular attractions of Thailand. With an area of 247 square kilometres, Koh Samui is the third largest island of Thailand after Phuket and Koh Chang (of Trat Province). The topography of the island is that of a plain with a mountain range in the middle and seven important streams. In addition, there is a 50-kilometre paved road that encircles the island. Moreover, the area of the island stretches to a group of 48 surrounding islets.

Despite the fast pace of development, Koh Samui has been able to maintain its charm its classical image of a tropical beach resort fringed by coconut trees. Travellers to the island can enjoy a mixed blessing of vibrant day and nightlife along side with tranquility which can easily be found across different parts of Koh Samui as the archipelago is a peaceful home for fishermen and a natural den for seagulls and other rare birds.

Koh Samui Island, Surat Thani Province

Surat Thani province Page 6, Mu Ko Ang Thong Marine National Park Surat Thani Province Page 8, Getting to Koh Samui Koh Samui Page 1, Surat Thani Province, Thailand