Koh Samui: General information, weather, seasons, time
General information about Koh Samui
Koh Samui (Ko Samui) is the third largest island of Thailand (after Phuket and Koh Chang), and the second most popular island resort in the country (again, after Phuket). The island is located in the waters of the Gulf of Thailand in the South of Thailand (the position of the Samui on a map of Thailand) 700 kilometers from Bangkok and about 40 kilometers from the East coast of Thailand. Island sizes: 21 to 25 kilometers. Around Samui there are many small Islands, as well as major resort island of Ko PHA Ngan (famous all over the world parties under the open sky, Fullmoon Party), Koh Tao (the largest diving centre in the world) and Ko Nang yuan.
Before talking about the island, it is necessary to understand how to correctly pronounce the name of the island: Koh Samui or Samui. The Thais often pronounce the name of the island like Samui, making the accent on the letter "u". At the same time, in the Russian language the island's name is pronounced Koh Samui. So, say what you want, but know that for Thais this island called Koh Samui.
Tourism on the island began to develop only in the late 80-ies, although it started in the 70's hippie colonies. Now the island's tourist infrastructure is well developed. There is absolutely everything for any type of holiday, but mostly created the conditions for a beach holiday. Hotels on the island are represented in the whole range, from inexpensive guesthouses with accommodation type hostel to five star luxury hotels. Many small villas and private homes on the beaches are offered for rent.
The rest of the island is mostly quiet beach, and the main attraction of the island is clean and beautiful beaches. They surround the island all around the perimeter, and even in the height of tourist season here you can find a quiet and secluded area near the water. The most popular beaches in high season are most crowded and popular hotels in Koh Samui is not always a free choice.
But not only rest on the beach you can practice. It can be diluted with water activities and sports, the island has several cultural, historical and natural attractions are temples, Buddha images, waterfalls, jungles, interesting natural formations. Also the island is known as a great place for diving and snorkeling. Rather, the heart of Samui opportunities for diving and Snorkelling weak, but in the neighboring small Islands, where most often depart from Samui, the conditions are just stunning.
Often the island compared to the island of Phuket, located only 250 kilometers, but on the other side of the Peninsula, in the Andaman sea, and choose for a beach holiday is one of them. The Islands are very similar for its beaches, nature, climate, but at the same time very different. First of all, Phuket's best to go in the winter, and on Samui in the summer. Samui compared to Phuket's more quiet and less developed. In other words we can say it is less like. On Samui you will find all the same entertainment, and Phuket, including adult nightlife, but on a smaller scale. The number of tourists compared to Phuket, there is also less. And even prices for accommodation and entertainment. In favor of Samui is its location: the island is located in the Gulf of Thailand and more protected from possible tsunami. Another important plus for many Samui - there are fewer of our fellow citizens.
In favor of Phuket also has many advantages: it is an easier way to get there (there are even direct flights from Moscow and other Russian cities); more fun and hangouts; developed shopping; more infrastructure; more warm and clear sea.
To understand that for you is more suitable, Samui or Phuket, you'll be able to only visiting here and there, and in different seasons and in different parts of the Islands.
To visit Samui is easy enough on your own. All the necessary information for independent visit to Samui even for inexperienced travelers are brought before us in the pages of: how to get to Koh Samui, moving around Samui, transportation; hotels and resorts in Koh Samui; Koh Samui sights; map of Samui and others to Discuss issues, share information and experiences on Samui can on the forum about Samui.
Weather on Samui, the tourist seasons
To relax on the island all year round, but keep in mind that the season is divided into the rainy season and the dry season.
Dry season, high tourist seasonlasts from January to April. It's the perfect time to visit. There is nearly no rain, the temperature is very comfortable, not too hot. Prices at this time are raised. But it is worth noting that sometimes tourists go to the island for the holidays, expecting to get a perfect weather. But, unfortunately, not always. The fact that the first half of January - more like the transition and the weather is not always good.
Moderate season, or as it could be described, the intermediate season lasts from may to September. It seems like the rainy season, but in fact you can relax in comfort, besides, the prices in this period are lower than in high season. Rain, of course, occur, but they are short and don't disturb rest.
The real rainy season, it's low season, lasts from October to December, sometimes affecting the first half of January. At this time the weather can bring surprises in the form of torrential rains, the wind blows constantly at sea waves. Theoretically, this time can also be quite comfortable to visit the island, especially because the prices are very very fall.
Seasons on Koh Samui by months*
* best time to visit;
appropriate time to visit;
not a recommended time to visit
Current weather on Samui and the forecast for the near future:
The time in Samui
Time difference between Koh Samui and Moscow is +4 hours in winter and summer.
Current time in Koh Samui:
Useful tips about Koh Samui
Water from the tap. In most of the hotels in Samui are not recommended even to brush your teeth with tap water. Better use bottled water.
The safety of Luggage. If you get to the island by bus, don't leave Luggage that you will put in the Luggage hold of the bus valuables. There are cases when during the movement of the bus from the bags in the Luggage compartment disappeared valuables.
Shopping on Koh Samui. Shopping on the island is not very diverse, but you can buy typical Souvenirs, t-shirts and points you will have no problems. Mainly the trade is in the markets and shops in the areas of Chaweng, Lamai and Nathon. Don't forget to bargain. Major shopping malls on Koh Samui are a few: Big-C and Makro (located between the beaches of Bo Phut and Chaweng closer to Bo Put), Tesco Lotus (located between the beaches of Bo Phut and Chaweng is closer to the Chaweng and one in Lamai area). Read more about shopping and shops in Samui here.
Tickets for trains in Samui. The train tickets all over Thailand from the island you can buy without any problems in travel agencies, but with additional fees. There is an office in Nathon, where you can buy train tickets without a fee. This is the office of the company Phantip at 11/4 Moo 3, Taveeradpakdee Rd, about 100 metres from Nathon pier, the landmark - Krungsri Bank.
Immigration office on Koh Samui. On Koh Samui there is a immigration office where you can extend the visa, visa free stay, and other issues. It is located in the village of Lipa Noi in a couple of miles South from the centre of Nathon. Address: Thaweeratphakdee Road, Nathon Moo 3, Tambon Angthong (on the map). Hours: Monday-Friday from 08:30 to 16:30.
Cashews. On Koh Samui can be found growing directly on the trees cashew. In any case do not peel off and try them on taste. No special heat treatment of the juice of walnut shell is very corrosive.