Koh Samui is the third largest island in Thailand. Its mostly mountainous area is covered with plantations of coconut palms. The first place in Koh Samui's economy is occupied by the export of coconuts to the mainland, and the second is tourism. The island is located in the Gulf of Thailand, 35 km from the coast in southern Thailand in the province of Surat Thani. Koh Samui can be reached by ferry from Surat Thani (if you are backpacking) or by plane from Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya. The flight lasts about 40-50 minutes. There are also flights Samui-Singapore.
Previously, the resort was popular among the so-called. "youth with backpacks". But in recent years, Koh Samui has begun to attract the attention of middle-class and even VIP tourists. This is due to the rapid growth of the hotel industry (3-5 *) and the struggle of the authorities to preserve the originality and uniqueness of the resort. Since any construction above palm trees is officially prohibited on Koh Samui, the hotel buildings here are low (2-3 floors) or bungalow type (80% of the housing stock of all hotels). Also, there is no industry on the island, except for the extraction of coconuts and fishing. The above circumstances create a unique image of a paradise resort, which begins to fascinate tourists from the first minutes of their stay. This is the virgin-beautiful vegetation of a tropical island, and the singing of wild birds, and picturesque mountains, and forest waterfalls, and beautiful Thai-style houses and temples, hidden in the shade of palm trees, and the azure sea, and white sand beaches, and a lot of sun .
Almost every traveler feels that he has landed in "heaven on earth". It is this sign that can often be seen in various places of the resort. The tourist zone of the island is considered to be the east coast ( Chaweng beach ) and the southeast ( Lamai beach ). Most popular hotels are located on Chaweng. Here, all the hotels are located between the road and the beach and have direct access to the beach on one side, and on the other to the main street, which stretches along the entire coast. All the famous shops, restaurants and entertainment venues of the island are located on this street. Here are the well-known throughout Thailand disco "Green Mango" and "Reggae Pub", which are rightfully the hallmark of the nightlife of the island.