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Koh Samui is a world-renowned island situated in the Gulf of Thailand, 84 km to the east of Surat Thani. It covers an area of 247 sq km. The road around the island is 52 km long. The best time for a visit is from January to May when the sea is calm. A long coastal line fringed with coconut trees together with the crystal-clear sea attracts visitors to make countless revisits. The natural beauty the island has to offer along with the natural comfort is combined with art and culture creating a unique paradise for visitors year round. Koh Samui’s nature, culture, and art not only create the ideal atmosphere for tourists but are also the foundation of many other communities on the island.

With Koh Samui being situated only about one hour from Bangkok by airplane, Bangkok Airways operates flights to and from the island nearly every hour flight from 6 am to 10 pm daily. Thai Airways runs 2 flights everyday between Bangkok and Koh Samui as well. A less expensive but longer option is to fly from Bangkok to Surat Thani, a city on Thailand's south-eastern coast and a bus and ferry-ride from Koh Samui. A flight from Bangkok to Surat Thani can be booked with low cost carriers Air Asia, Nok Air and Lion Air. From the airport travellers can catch a minibus or van for the hour and half ride to Donsak Pier, east of Surat Thani. From Don Sak pier ferries depart every 30 minutes for Koh Samui.

Green Island Foundation is a network of people with green hearts who appreciate nature and Koh Samui. The foundation focuses on the natural beauty of Samui and the lifestyle of the locals and they work to raise the awareness of all groups and interests in the community. The foundation is committed to making tourism on Samui more sustainable and to establish it as an important green spot on the world map. Green Island Projects, Koh Samui aims to find a means of cooperation between the government sector, business people, tourists, and the local Samui community to restore the island’s beautiful natural environment and its traditional ways of life. Their efforts also include finding ways to develop and improve the quality of the tourism sector, so that Samui remains an attractive tourism destination for many years to come. To learn more about the Green Island Foundation’s initiative or get involved, you can visit their website at

Thai people always greet one another by doing the ‘Wai’, it shows respect and sometimes thankfulness if a person has given you a favor. This is not something that foreign visitors to Thailand are required to do, however, if a Thai person Wais a foreigner first, it is respectful to return the Wai. The first settlers on Koh Samui were fishermen, then, as the island is an evergreen rain-forest and the soil is fitting for growing crops, the farmers followed. The majority of farm land is dedicated to coconuts. As the island’s largest produced product, coconuts have become Koh Samui’s signature. The massive amount of coconuts produced has also earned Koh Samui the nick name of Coconut Island. The island locals are easy-going and laid back, friendly, and really embrace the island lifestyle. As the farm life is so common on Koh Samui it is not surprising if you spot a buffalo on the field eating grass, or being walked along the beach. Buffalo fighting is a very popular hobby for Samui people and buffalos are often a much cherished part of Thai families.

Much like the rest of Thailand, most people living in Koh Samui are Buddhist however; there are many people who follow other religions living in harmony on the island as well. Visiting a Buddhist Thailand temple for the first time is an unforgettable experience and one that almost every tourist experiences while in the country.
Another major religion on Koh Samui is Islam. A majority of the fishermen in Koh Samui are Muslim. The largest group of people following the Islam faith resides in the Hua Thanon region of Koh Samui where there is a large mosque.

There are a relatively large number of residents on Samui that are practicing Christians. This group is comprised of mostly expats St. Anna Catholic Church is in the Nathon area of Samui and holds regularly scheduled services.

Due to its location Koh Samui maintains relatively stable and consistent weather throughout the year. Samui’s weather patterns are a little different from the rest of Thailand. In April through September, when most of the country has its monsoon season, Samui stays fairly dry. From October to December, it’s wet in Samui and drier elsewhere. The driest season is from January to March. The lowest average temperature is around 25 degrees Celsius and the highest average temperature is around 35 degrees Celsius but can go up to the low 40’s. The best time to visit the island is without a doubt from December through June. Coming in the off months means heavy rains and potentially torrential storms. Koh Samui weather can become very hot especially in April and May; those affected by weather should consider what month is best for them. December to February is traditionally the best time to go. March through June remains high-season but temperatures climb is slightly higher. Typically there will be plenty of sunshine and very little rain during this period. October and November are the rainiest months, however, compared to main land Thailand, Koh Samui does not suffer nearly as much rain (as opposed to the Andaman coast side of Thailand) during what IS considered the “rainy season”.