by Xosé Castro
Koh Samui or simply Samui as what the locals call it is an Island in the Surat Thani province in Thailand. It is the 3rd biggest Island in Thailand with an area of about 230 KM squared and a population of about 58,000 people.
A little history about Koh Samui is that until the late 20th century, Ko Samui was an isolated self-sufficient community, having little connection with the mainland of Thailand. The island was even without roads until the early 1970s, and the 15 km journey from one side of the island to the other involved a whole-day trek through the mountainous central jungles, but don’t worry as they now have roads that will get you from one side of the island to the other in about 20 minutes.
What makes Koh Samui still a tourist favourite is that the beaches are kept clean and their is just so much you can do from the Island.
If you want to go trekking in the jungle, all you need is to book a tour from the island and go to Khao Sok rainforest. If you’re into diving, Koh Tao is very close by which is one of Thailand’s best destinations for diving. If your a party animal they have the full moon party which is one of the biggest parties in the world which is only a short ferry ride away.
The climate in Koh Samui has only 2 seasons, hot for most of the year and a short rainy season. Samui is relatively dry for most of the year and the rainy season is primarily confined to November.
Southern Thai food is renowned for its spiciness. Much of the cuisine has its origins in Malay, Indonesian and Indian food. Favorite dishes from the south include massaman curry (massaman), rice noodles in fish curry sauce and chicken biryani. Local food in Ko Samui and its province of Surat Thani are salted eggs and rambutan.
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