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Koh Samui is the third largest island (Phuket and Koh Chang are larger) at 247 square kilometers, and is located 20 km off the southern Thailand peninsula approximately 700 km from Bangkok, on the Gulf of Thailand side. Just north of Samui is Koh Phangan.

Koh Samui is much further behind Phuket in its development, though it has been booming since around the year 2000. Like Phuket, Samui has beautiful beaches and scuba diving operations, and is a popular tourist destination including top class hotels, but Samui does not have either the quality or nearly the number of villas and apartments to foreign standards. Samui is more mountainous and better preserved in its natural environment. However, it's infrastructure is strained, and its roads are not nearly the same quality as Phuket's or the mainland's in terms of size.

The main tourist and expat areas are in the northeastern part of the island. Chawaeng is chock full of hotels, restaurants, and nightlife, and it all tapers down with distance from Chawaeng, more or less. The airport near the northeastern tip has flights connecting to Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, U-Tapao (near Pattaya, many chartered flights), and Singapore. There have been discussions for connections to Hong Kong and elsewhere.

I've driven to Samui (while already in the region), taking the car ferry from Surat Thani province, but flying in is best. Bangkok Airways has a monopoly on flights from Bangkok. For getting around Samui, I would recommend renting a motorcycle and wearing sunscreen. Taxis, motorcycle taxis, and public transport are not as cheap as elsewhere in Thailand. Forget the "Meter" in the "Taxi-Meter" because it's never used, and instead the fee is always negotiated in advance, which turns out to be much more than the cost per distance in Bangkok.

Koh Phangan island is starting to develop, though there is some resistance due to environmental protection interests. Ecotourism and scuba diving excursions to other islands usually goes from Bangkok.

Monday, May 17, 2021