Location – Ko Samui is located in the Gulf of Siam (Gulf of Thailand) and is a short boat ride from Don Sak Pier in Surat Thani province which is next to Nakhon Si Thammarat and north of Krabi and Phuket provinces in southern Thailand.
What is Ko Samui like?
Samui is a small island, much smaller than the island of Phuket, or the island of Oahu, if you’re familiar with Hawaii. The island has a few thousand native Thais living on it that either work in the tourist industry, or for the coconut palm or rubber plantations primarily.
High Season in Samui
During high season Ko Samui is overcrowded. There are people everywhere you look, and it is difficult to really relax. Most don’t go to Samui to relax, it has a party atmosphere for the most part. Chaweng Beach area is full of young backpacker tourists that get drunk nightly – and even sleep in the streets overnight.
Is Ko Samui Dangerous?
Yes, and no. First of all – any Thailand beach is dangerous if you’re a woman, walking alone on it at night. Several rapes have been reported on beaches of Ko Samui over the past years. How many rapes were not reported? When tourists and locals are drunk in such high numbers as you find on Samui – there is bound to be trouble. That said, I’ve never felt threatened there – and quite enjoy it during the off-season.
Low Season in Samui
Low season is the only time I go to the island. There are still very few people and there are some beaches you can have to yourself for hours at a time – though eventually someone else shows up. Low season is nice because the traffic isn’t bad and the the locals are less stressed and less focused on making money.
What to Do in Samui?
Snorkeling, diving, beaching it, good eating, amazing spas catering to all your needs – colonics, Swedish Massage, Thai massage on the beach, exploring the mountains – zip lines, elephant trekking. There is a LOT to do in Ko Samui, and you won’t do it all in one weekend. One thing you’ll really want to see are the waterfalls. Na Muang waterfall is quite nice and there is elephant trekking on the way to see the falls. Recommended, as the elephants go along the stream, drink, and spray each other (and you).
Photos of Ko Samui?
Click the image to the right or here – Ko Samui Photos
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