Koh Samui, Thailand’s second most popular island destination, is located in the Gulf of Thailand roughly 700km south of Bangkok and 80km from Thailand’s eastern seaboard.
Samui is the third largest island in Thailand and the largest in an archipelago of more than 80 islands that includes the Ang Thong National Marine Park, a kayaking paradise and top day trip from Koh Samui. While Samui is small enough to be circumnavigated in just a couple of hours by motorbike or car, the island features such a variety of beaches and activities that it would be impossible to experience everything in a single visit. However, this was not always the case.
Until the late 20th century, Samui was home to a small community engaged primarily in fishing and harvesting coconuts. There were not even any roads on the island until the early 1970s. However, once foreign visitors discovered this island gem, lush with tropical forest, fringed with palm tree lined stretches of golden sand, and surrounded by pellucid, aquamarine water, development quickly followed.
Today the beaches of Chaweng and Lamai are bustling beach towns with fabulous beach resorts, internationally acclaimed restaurants, and world-class nightclubs; activities around Koh Samui include cooking courses, yoga instruction, Muay Thai training, scuba diving, and even golf. While there are a few quieter beaches that are ideal for relaxation, particularly those that feature some of the finest 5-star resorts in the world, and some that exude old world charm, such as Bo Phut, which features converted, old Chinese shop houses, Samui is far from the unspoiled island it was a few decades ago. Nonetheless, Koh Samui has developed into its own style of island paradise, retaining much of its natural beauty while offering nearly every imaginable activity or service for the ultimate beach holiday.
Koh Samui, the third largest island in Thailand, is the second most popular island destination in the kingdom, thanks in part to its airport that connects the island to a number of Thai and international destinations. Koh Samui features spectacular beaches, outstanding dining, and a comprehensive array of activities including cooking courses, yoga instruction, Muay Thai training, scuba diving, and even golf. Koh Samui has secluded beaches that are the exclusive domain of luxury 5-star resorts, family friendly beaches with shallow shores, and shopping, dining, and nightlife venues that make the island a paradise both day and night.
#While affordable and convenient, motorbikes are the cause of numerous accidents and fatalities; always wear a helmet, never drive drunk, and drive defensively at all times.
#Negotiate all taxi and tuk-tuk fares prior to departing for your destination.
#Be careful walking on the beach or swimming at night, particularly if alone.
#Make sure your scuba diving instructor is fully certified.
#Respect Thai values regarding dress: women should not go topless on the beach and men should not walk around shirtless other than at the beach.
In Koh Samui, I would suggest “Planet Scuba Diving School”. Planet Scuba is The Samui International Diving School Group of Companies incorporating Planet Scuba has over 20 years of experience in Scuba Diver Education and Dive Tours in Thailand. We are one Of Thailand’s leading Dive Centers and the first in South East Asia to be awarded the prestigious PADI Career Development Center Rating (CDC).
The reputation of our center is the best in Thailand; we have been the proud recipient of many awards from PADI over the years. In 1994 we received the PADI award “Excellence in Dive Resort Operation”, in 1999 received the “Outstanding Commitment to PADI” Award and in 2007 we received the PADI award “In Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to Acquisition and Retention”. We pride ourselves in our customer service and are committed to Diver Safety, Diver Enjoyment and Customer satisfaction, we are continually looking at ways to upgrade and improve our services.
We run 1 half day diving and snorkeling trip daily, to the best sites in The Gulf of Thailand.