Koh Samui is one of Asia's most popular island destinations. As such it has everything for your beach holiday; popular white sandy beaches, quiet coves,
top international cuisine, traditional street food, pumping nightlife, rocking, sexy parties, luxury spas, beach massage, simple huts and swanky villas.
Like many islands, Koh Samui’s beginnings were humble. The Chinese word for a safe haven is saboey; this may be where Koh Samui gets its name. This tells you everything about its initial value to sea-going traders. Searchers on the hippy trail are most likely to have been the islands first tourists. These adventurers would’ve had to endure an 8-hour sea journey to travel the 21 miles (35km) on a local fishing boat to arrive at its pristine beaches and sparkling waters. Even so coconut and fruit production remained the island's main business until as recently as the 1980s.
Today regular high-speed ferry services and an international airport deliver those searching for fun in the sun. 15 miles (25km) across at its widest point, you can circumnavigate the island in an hour using the 32 miles (51km) of road that circles the island. The island's interior is still jungle and peaks rise to 2100 feet (635m) which means it still looks like a rugged island paradise despite the development.
Koh Samui is a veritable holiday playground island with elephants, waterfalls, beach clubs, hilltop hangouts, markets and great shopping. You can also take a day trip to visit Ang Thong Marine Park, which is a largely uninhabited, undeveloped, protected area of natural beauty comprising over 40 islands.
Most visitors arrive at Koh Samui Airport, which is quite possibly the quaintest tropical airport in the world. High-speed ferries connect Koh Samui to the mainland and its closest neighbours of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.