The Island Of Sea Weather

The Island Of Sea Weather

It is uncertain where the name Koh Samui comes from. Different older languages have similar words that translate into “first island,” “safe haven,” or “sea weather.” All of these names could be accurate translations, as Koh Samui is an island in Thailand. Koh Samui is locally self-governed and is a popular tropical destination. Abundant sunny beaches, coconut trees, and coral reefs draw in so many visitors that the hotel occupancy rate is at 73%. This means that the hotels are filled up 73% of the time, and this number is still rising. What is it that is attracting so many tourists to this one island?


Beach and water activities are probably what come to mind first when considering a tropical vacation. Koh Samui fulfills this desire quite stunningly. Since Koh Samui is an island, it is easy to find beaches full of partying or quieter sands that take some hiking to reach. A variety of water sports are offered on these beaches, but they are not known for scuba diving activities. Swimming with sharks is possible, but you are more likely to find them a day trip away on Koh Tao from March through May. Night markets and clubs will even continue your festivities during the nighttime.

There are also architectural sites to visit such as the Wat Phra Yai Koh Fan Temple where the Big Buddha statue sits. Here you can get a better idea of the Thai Buddhist culture and learn about the island’s history. If you are unsure of where to start, it is easy to rent a scooter and drive around the island to get a good idea of what is available.

Staying the Night

There is a huge number of accommodations in Koh Samui to be found. Resorts and guest houses probably hold the biggest percentage of structures built on the island. The different cities within the island focus on pleasing different travelers so that you can easily find a good room to suit your style. Chaweng Beach is the loudest town and is seen more as a party scene with Lamai following close behind. Chaoeng has similar amenities, but it is comparatively quieter. These towns have beautiful stretches of beaches and a lot of food services. Bophut is a fisherman’s village and is considered more sophisticated with excellent cuisine. Maenam Beach has great views of the ocean and is filled with luxury resorts. There may not be many activities hosted by the town, but there are always plenty of things to do within each resort. Although these are the most popular, there are numerous other good places to stay or visit on Koh Samui island.

If you are deciding when it would be a good time to visit, consider these statements. Thailand is very much a tropical country, and the weather is hot most of the year. Travel to Koh Samui between December and April to find a little less scorching sun. Just be aware that October through November gets a lot of rain, although the rainy months are best if you are looking for lower prices. If you can stand the hottest months, April through June only get the sturdiest of tourists looking for better prices. If you are simply looking for the best weather days despite the crowds, the Spring (December and January) and Fall (July and August) months are ideal. Honestly whichever day you choose to visit Koh Samui will be warm and friendly.

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