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Before 1940, there were no roads or vehicles to be found on Koh Samui. Locals lived a simple life with little contact to the outside world. Fishermen inhabited the isle and traveled on foot or by boat following the coastline. In order to get from Maenam to Lama, it took several hours’ walk through mountainous jungle, and returning on the same day was impossible. Despite the island’s unspoiled image to public perception, development has brought not only prosperity, but changes to the island's environment and culture. This has been causing an immanent source of conflict between locals and migrants from other parts of Thailand or other countries. In the early 1970s the first backpackers on the back of a coconut boat landed on Koh Samui. From the early 1990s the tourist industry started growing. Today Koh Samui is the second most popular Thailand island destination after Phuket.
Koh Samui Airport
The private airport Koh Samui Airport (USM) was built by Bangkok Airways. It is located in the northeast of Koh Samui and served by Thai Airways International and Bangkok Airways. Ferries connect the island with the mainland.
Koh Samui Buses and Boats
There are some air-conditioned buses to Bangkok and to other southern provinces. There are also non air-condition provincial buses. From Koh Samui regular boats run to and from Surat Thani and Koh Pha-Ngan. In addition, there is a daily boat to Koh Tao. Private speedboats can also be hired to Koh Samui.
Koh Samui Taxi
Koh Samui Taxi is a public service operating all over the island.
Koh Samui Songthaew
Two-row pickup trucks, Thai style or Songthaews are the most popular form of transport on Koh Samui.
Koh Samui Motorbike
Motorbikes can be rented virtually anywhere on Koh Samui. Popular with the locals are motorcycle taxis.
Koh Samui Bicycles
Popular with many visitors are rented bicycles.
There are plenty of Koh Samui Hotels and resorts for all tastes and wallets. Have a look at the Koh Samui Hotels we recommend. Wired Destinations has Koh Samui info for all major Koh Samui Hotels and facts about Koh Samui.
There are many Koh Samui leisure activities to choose from, activities on land and water sports. Koh Samui and its many islands provide fun activities for hobby activists and professional sportsmen.
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The Koh Pha-Ngan Full Moon Party has probably become an intricate part of its own Koh Samui culture. Every full moon on Had Rin Nok beach, in the southeast of Koh Pha-Ngan in the Surat Thani province, a world-famous event takes place. If one party is synonymous with backpackers, this is the one.
Compared to Bangkok or other cities in Thailand, Koh Samui had never been a competitive alternative before, when it came to shopping. Prices were much higher and the variety of shops and goods were rather scarce. This is changing now.
Koh Samui offers a wide selection of popular Thai and international restaurants, starting from affordable food centers to gourmet dining. On the islands of course, you will find more traditional Thai foods, with a distinct curry and chili flavor. Thai food often has a rice or noodle base, seasoned with various spices and ingredients, such as vegetables, sea food, chicken, fish or pork. Coconut milk, lemon grass, nuts and of course chili, gives that specific Thai spunk. International restaurants with Japanese, American, Italian, Swedish, Korean, English, Chinese, Spanish, German or Indian cuisine can also be found on the islands. Food stalls and restaurants: On many of the Surat Thani islands, you will be able to find very cheap local Thai food stalls and food centers, soup or noodle stalls and basic restaurants. Prices are very reasonable from 30-100 baht. A first glance at the cleanliness of those cheaper places might always be a good idea.
Koh Samui has a few nightclubs and discos to offer.
We recommend; The Green Mango, Soi Green Mango next to Chaweng Beach Road or the Reggae Pub, Chaweng, and Super Sub on Lamai. Some smaller pubs and bars are all around the island.