Ko Samui (Samui Island) Thailand’s second largest island, lies in the Gulf of Thailand off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus. It's known for its palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves and dense, mountainous rainforest, plus luxury resorts and posh spas. The landmark 12m-tall golden Big Buddha statue at Wat Phra Yai Temple is located on a tiny island connected to Ko Samui by a causeway.
Koh Samui is a cosmopolitan melting pot, attracting budget travelers staying for a month or two in simple beachside bungalow, to the wealthiest holiday makers dropping in for a weekend at one of the many luxury resorts or villas on the many white sand beaches of Koh Samui.
From the hustle and bustle of Chaweng Beach to the lively yet released atmosphere of Lamai Beach to the timeless feel of Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village to the tropical beach paradise of Maenam, Kho Samui is unique among Thailand’s islands in maintaining a broad appeal for everyone. Thais help to give the distinctive relaxed atmosphere that sets it apart.