Ko Samui is an island in the Inlet of Thailand , nearly 700 km south of Bangkok and about 80 km from the east coast of southern Thailand .
Ko Samui is an island that is decently large . Sunny beach is the most prevalent and marketed Chaweng and Lamai , while the northern beaches and their nearby towns of Mae Nam , Bophut , explosion Rak ( Big Buddha ) and Choeng Mon are more peaceful decisions , and vacation spots west drift is ( almost ) calm .
An island of excellence and outstanding common mix , Samui is home to about 40,000 full-time inhabitants , 90 % of whom are Buddhist . The palm shoreline - borders and oil and products of the development of coastal marshes ground into a rock climbing focal terrible , sloping from the virgin rain forest covered .
At 247 km ² Samui is the third largest island in Thailand and the largest island in Chumphon Islands more than 80 ( basically uninhabited ) island structure Ang Thong National Marine Stop , kayaking and snorkeling paradise . At 25 km long and 21 km wide , Samui is big enough for the original investigation and fit boldly , but may surround in just a few hours by motorbike or car .
The island may initially occupied something like 15 centuries earlier , completed by anglers from the Malay Promontory and South China . It shows on the map of China will once again for 1687, under the name Pulo Cornam . The name Samui is unlikely in itself . Maybe it is a development of one of the names of local trees , mui , or a decrease in the value of Chinese words Saboey , signifying " place of refuge " .
Until the late twentieth century , Samui was isolated , independent group , have little relationship with the terrain of Thailand . The island was even without the way until the early 1970s , and 15 miles from one side of the island venture forward including a whole day trip through wildernesses focus bumpy .
In the early 1970s the first climber to happen again a coconut boat landing on Ko Samui . For quite a long time after the island had almost a few cabins and droplets travelers. This began to change in the early 1990s when tourists started landing on pontoons filled and from then the place has grown significantly. Samui is currently the second most famous places as the island destination in Thailand ( first is Phuket ) . Ko Samui may not be the most beautiful island nation , but still the general beauty of the desert spring with spots of white sandy holiday , amazing coral , tidal pools delicious , beautiful waterfalls , palm trees and clear influences such as water can . The water in sunny Bophut beach , however , regularly cloudy , especially around December .
Shocking , advances in Ko Samui started to take its toll and the sunny beaches of Chaweng and Lamai are packed in high season .
Examples Samui climate somewhat similar to what is left of Thailand . In April to September , when the majority of the nation has its rainstorm , Samui stays fairly dry , but from October to December , which is wet in Samui and dry elsewhere . Driest season is from January to mac