Koh Samui Information
Located in the gulf of Thailand, 80 Km off the coast of Surat Thani
and about 560 Km south of Bangkok, is the magical island of Koh
The island itself has an area of 280 sq. Km, making it the second
largest island in Thailand after Phuket. Not long ago the primary
industry was coconut plantations. Even today, plantations exist
and can be seen when driving around the island. However, the income
earned from coconuts is nowhere near the hard currency value generated
Renown in the past as a carefree, exotic destination accessible
only by boat to the more intrepid traveler, Samui evoked a sense
of escapism back in time. Because of its isolation, only those who
dared to venture discovered the laid back feeling of this idyllic
Samui is aptly referred to as a bohemian paradise of white sandy
beaches and swaying palm trees. If you're looking for heaven on
earth, your expectations will be met on this tropical gem.
Accessibility, or lack of it, kept Samui basking in the sunshine
from the rest of the world and especially mainstream tourism. Back
then, you could get a room on the beach for as little as 200 Baht.
How things have changed !!
Those of us with fond memories of the past may not necessarily
appreciate the pace of development unfolding before our eyes. Samui
is fast being wrenched into Western civilization and "sustainable
development" is now the catch phrase among those who have seen
the island evolve.
Over the past five years, Samui has witnessed substantial modernization
from various infrastructural improvements, including road and sewage
projects, and of course hotels.
Thankfully, the pockets of development that have risen are concentrated
in specific areas. Today much of the island, especially the southern
coastline, retains its original beauty. You too can discover the
magic of Samui while exploring its delights on a motor bike or in
an open-top jeep.