Koh Samui sits off the east coast of Thailand and is the third largest island right after Phuket and Koh Chang. The island is breathtakingly beautiful and is known for its coconut trees, white sandy beaches, untouched jungles and coral reefs. It’s estimated that Koh Samui has just over 45 000 residents, most of who are Buddhists. It’s become one of the most popular holiday destinations in not only Thailand but also in the whole of Southeast Asia. And thanks to all this beauty and countless activities it is now attracting almost 2 millions tourists from all across the world who come to enjoy everything this Southeast Asian paradise has to offer.
There are so many things to do while on holiday in Koh Samui but I will only give a brief overview on the 3 biggest tourist attractions here – the festivals, scuba diving and of course, the beaches.
There are numerous events and festivals that takes place on Koh Samui island throughout the year and it’s best to plan your vacation here to coincide with a festival if you would like to attend. The most renowned festivals and events here are the Triathlon Event, the Samui Regatta Sailing Tournament, the Buffalo Fighting Festival and the Ten Stars Samui Art Party.
Koh Samui has a number of spectacular coral reefs which is why the island has seen a steady increase in scuba divers from across the world visiting here over the last decade or so. The island is also ideal for first time and beginner divers and snorkelers because Koh Samui is renowned for being one of the safest places to enjoy these activities. Anytime of the year is great for scuba diving here but the ocean water around the island is at its clearest during June, July and August.
What would a tropical island be without jaw dropping beaches? Luckily, Koh Samui is a pretty big island and has a lot of exquisite beaches for you to enjoy. The most popular beaches are found on the south and east coast of Koh Samui and includes Lamai and Chaweng beach while the beaches along the north coast are more quiet and secluded than the east coast and you will find numerous coastal villages dotted along the coastline there. The west coast offers the most peace and quiet as its the least developed side of the island.
The Koh Samui climate is dry and hot all year long and the only real rainfall is during October and November. Despite the rain it will still be hot and the rain never lasts longer than an hour at a time. Therefore anytime of year will be a superb time for visiting Koh Samui island.
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