According to Iamaccepted, Koh Samui is located 80 km from the mainland and 560 km from Bangkok. It is 21 km wide and 25 km long. The island has its own airport with air links to Bangkok. There is a ferry service from the mainland city of Surat Thani.
Mountains cross the central part of the island from west to east, the rest of the territory is occupied by hills covered with forests. Coastal areas are continuous beaches, bays and bays.
The most popular beaches of the island are Chaweng and Lamai. They are located on the east coast, and the largest number of bars, restaurants and entertainment is concentrated here. For those who prefer a more relaxing holiday, there are 23 more beaches to choose from.
The main type of accommodation for tourists on Koh Samui are small bungalows located among palm trees on the seashore. Bungalows come with and without air conditioning, but all have everything you need for a normal stay.
The main natural attractions of Koh Samui are two waterfalls. One of them, Hin Lad, located near the city of Nathon, cascades down to a small lake. The other, Na Muang, is more picturesque and impresses with its 30 meters wide. It is located in the eastern part of the island between Hua and is easily accessible thanks to the concrete road leading to it. The waterfall also falls into the lake.
Another monument of nature are the stones Grandmother and Grandfather. Local folklore, souvenir shops and the beauty of the surrounding area are worth spending a few hours here.
In the north of the island is a place called Overlap Stone, which is a cliff that looks like two stones stacked on top of each other. A dirt road leads to it, along which you can climb on a motorcycle or car. From the top of the cliff there is a beautiful view of the southern coast of the island.
The best way to explore the inner beauty of the island is to rent a jeep for a day. During the trip you can see waterfalls, fishing villages and vibrant local markets.
Activities on Koh Samui include tours through the jungle, including exploring the jungle on elephants, diving, kayaking, mini-golf. You can visit the Aquarium with the inhabitants of coastal waters, a snake farm, a monkey theater, a butterfly garden. The favorite show on the island is the bullfight, which attracts thousands of spectators. On Koh Samui, as elsewhere in Thailand, there are many massage parlors.
Koh Samui is rich in monuments of Buddhist culture – from ancient Buddha images to colorful modern temples. The most famous temple is Wat Phra Yai, which houses a 12-meter golden statue of the Big Buddha, which is visible even from an airplane. It is also worth visiting the temples of Wat Sila Ngu, Wat Sumret, where there are very valuable images of the Buddha, Wat Khunaram, where the mummy of the most famous monk of Koh Samui is kept, Wat Kiri Wongkaram. Previously, the main attraction of the island was a small coral Buddha statue. Nowadays, it is visited mainly by Buddhist pilgrims. Koh Samui has 4 footprints of the Buddha, each of which is artistically decorated. They are stored in a modest temple, to which 150 steps lead. From the top there is a breathtaking view of the sea and the mountains opposite.