Thailand's third largest island Koh Samui is a Mecca for beach lovers, sea-food gourmets and sea-sports fanatics. Tropical paradise is an often used cliché to describe the laid back island. Until recently the main source Ko Samui income was coconut production.
The island has an airport which is served by Bangkok Airways and provides a perfect getaway for visitors from Singapore and Malaysia as well as the rest of the world.
South Thailand's largest province of 12,890 sq km and has a population of almost 900,000. The island is 644 km south of Bangkok by road and 651 km by rail. The flight takes just over one hour.
Planes, trains and automobiles all serve Ko Samui via Surathani. For flight info please check the travel section link at the bottom of the page! Ferry's leave Don Sak to west cost of Ko Samui, the express boat arrives at Tha Thong to Na Thon Pier on the NW of the island. The train from Bangkok takes some 14 hours. Buses from/to Phuket take around 3.5-4 hours.
The province was visited by King Rama VI in 1915. It's name was changed from Chaiya to
Surathani which means city of good people!
Note: Samui is smaller than Phuket and has
different weather patterns.
Note: Samui is smaller than Phuket and has different weather patterns.