The island has been inhabited since 1947. It is an island of nature and has an abundance of marine life, beautiful coral reefs in shallow and deep sea, a variety of fish in beautiful colours that divers would dream of, and many white sandy beaches for leisure. Furthermore, there are diving schools with new divers coming to learn basic skills. The best time for a visit is from February to April.
Many types of bungalows are on offer at different prices for visitors to choose. Travelling on the island can be made by boat, car, and motorcycle. There are two routes in service: from the pier to Hat Sai Ri in the north and to Ao Luek in the south.
Ko Samui is a world-renowned island situated in the Gulf of Thailand, 84 km to the east of Surat Thani. It covers an area of 247 sq km. The road around the island (Thawi Rat Phakdi Road) is 52 km long. Only one third of the total area surrounded by mountains is a plain. The best time for a visit is from January to May when the sea is calm. Many beautiful white sandy beaches of Ko Samui are well-known; such as, Hat Chaweng, Hat Na Thian, Hat Taling Ngam, and Hat Lamai. It is an ideal island for visitors who wish to enjoy the sea, sand, breeze, and sunlight.
A long coastal line fringed with coconut trees together with the crystal-clear sea attracts visitors to make countless revisits. Fresh seafood is another charm that keeps reminding visitors of this island. Apart from the crystal-clear sea, Ko Samui has a tourist activity that has become popular among visitors from around the world, - a spa service. This kind of health service associated with hydrotherapy, including bathing, soaking in mineral or hot water, massaging, and phyto-aromatherapy, is available in both hotels and spa centres, having a specific atmosphere, comfort, and excellent services to make visitors really relax. For golfers, golf courses are on offer as well.
The natural beauty plus comfort the island has to offer is also combined with art and culture which is the foundation of many other communities on the island; such as, Wat Samret, Wat Lamai, Chedi Laem So, etc.