If you are looking for long, white sand beaches, majestic green coconut palms everywhere, warm, azure blue crystal
clear water - in short, a place that matches everybody's concept of a tropical paradise, then Koh Samui is ideal for you.
The beautiful island in the gulf of Thailand - until some years ago an insider spot - is becoming more and more popular
among travelers, and big tour operators and large hotel chains have established themselves there, but even mass tourism
has not managed to spoil Koh Samui's idyllic charm. The pace of life here is still very calm and relaxed.
Beach at Utopia
The beautiful island is located in the deep south of Thailand, about 100 kilometres north of Koh Phuket, but on
the other side of the Isthmus of Kra, the narrow mountainous strip of land that connects Thailand and Malaysia.
Located 258 nautical miles south of Bangkok, Koh Samui measures some 21 kilometres at its widest point, and 25 kilometres
at its longest. Koh Samui ("Koh" means "island") is only the most well known of a veritable archipelago of 80 islands in
the south of the Gulf of Thailand (or Gulf of Siam, as it is still sometimes called). Among the other inhabitated island of
the archipelago are Koh Phangan, which has approximately the same size as Samui and is located north of it
(you can see it from Maenam Beach) and Koh Tao, also north of Samui island.
Beach at Utopia
Most of the visitors to Samui Island come for swimming, sunbathing, or just doing nothing. The coral reefs around
the island are, however, very good for snorkeling and scuba diving, and boating and fishing are also available
(Samui is less suitable for wind surfing the only two good beaches for it are Chaweng and Lamai). If you are not
into marine sports then a little sightseeing may be interesting. Samui Island does not offer spectacular
architecture or immortal monuments of art, but there are mountains, waterfalls, charming half-forgotten
forest Wats (Buddhist monasteries), and lovely little islands and islets around Koh Samui. Samui Island is really
one of the most beautiful places in South East Asia and you should try to enjoy it to the fullest.