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Ko Samui: tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand

The island of Ko Samui (228 km²) is located along the east coast of Thailand about 500 kilometers south of Bangkok, Ko Samui is the second largest island in the country after Phuket. Ko Samui is surrounded by about 60 islands that make up it archipelago, many of these islands are part of the Ang Thong Marine National Park.

The interior of Ko Samui is largely mountainous and is covered in secondary forest, the highest peak of the island is the Khao Thai Kwai (635 meters) is located in the south-west of the island. The town of Nathon, located on the northwest coast of the island, is the administrative center of Ko Samui, in addition to being the main fishing port and the point of arrival and departure of sea links with the mainland.

With its beautiful beaches, lush vegetation and crystal clear sea, Ko Samui is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand.


Ko Samui is served from Samui International Airport (USM), which is located 2 km north of the town of Chaweng, in the north-east of the island. Ko Samui Airport is connected by scheduled flights from the main airports of Thailand, and some Asian countries (Singapore, Malaysia).

Alternatively, you can use the airport of Surat Thani (Surat Thani Airport (URT)), located on the mainland, and from there take a bus service and a ferry to reach the island of Ko Samui.

Numerous ferries connecting Ko Samui to the mainland, they depart from the port of Don Sak on the mainland and arrive at the port of Nathon in Ko Samui.


Ko Samui is the classic tropical island with lush vegetation, coconut trees, white sand beaches, and a beautiful coral reef, the island’s main economy is tourism. The interior of the island is formed by wild jungles and mountains, but the most important attractions of Ko Samui are its beaches.

Among the most popular beaches are those of Lamai Beach, on the south-east coast, Chaweng Beach, 7 km long and again located on the east coast just north of Lamai Beach, and along the northern coast are the beaches of Boh Put Beach, Maenam Beach and Big Buddha Beach.

On the east and the northern coasts as well as the beaches are hotels, restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and nightlife.

Ko Samui is part of an archipelago of 60 tropical islands most of whom form the Ang Thong Marine National Park (Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park), in addition to Ko Samui other islands visited by tourists are those of Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Mae Ko, Ko Wua Talab and Ko Tao.

Climate: when to go to Ko Samui

Ang Thong National Park

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