About Koh Samui
The first visitors to Koh Samui were backpackers in the 1980s, attracted by the beautiful tranquil coconut beaches and the laid back atmosphere. Whilst some of the beach huts remain many have been replaced by luxurious private villas and 5-star hotels.
The island is easy to get around with the ring road more or less following the coast. It will take you just 1.5 hours to drive around. There are several places of interest such as the waterfalls and the elephant sanctuary nearby. The interior is very hilly which means you can experience the most dramatic scenery looking down on to the shimmering Gulf of Siam. The Big Buddha is probably the most famous landmark on Samui and after climbing the many stairs up to the statue you are rewarded by a spectacular view over the small harbour.
From the capital Nathon on the west coast, you can catch the ferry to the mainland which takes around 1.5 hours or from the north part of the island, several ferries can transport you to nearby Koh Phangan (famous for the full moon parties) and Koh Tao which is a paradise for diving, deep-sea fishing and snorkelling. Day trips to Koh Tao and other islands can easily be arranged.
Koh Samui has so much to offer all age groups and when it comes to eating and drinking the choice is fantastic! There is an abundance of restaurants, cafes and bars to suit all tastes and pockets. As there is now so much competition the standard is high. You can enjoy casual Thai meals on the beach very cheaply or let one of the many international chefs cook their sophisticated meals for you in the most spectacular and luxurious settings.
If you enjoy shopping you will find hundreds of shops and stalls selling goods, trinkets and souvenirs all over the island but the best choice is on Chaweng Beach Road (about 15 mins by car from Samui Boat Lagoon). It is best to stroll up and down this busy road at night time when it is cooler. There is also a Central Shopping Mall in the centre with cinema, supermarket etc.