Koh Samui

Author: Lee Seaton
Published: 06th February 2018
Koh Samui

Koh Samui

Location of Koh Samui

Koh Samui is Thailand's second-largest island after Phuket, and is located 760km south of Bangkok off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus, Thailand. Ever since the 1980's, Koh Samui has become a major tourist destination in Thailand.

Population of Koh Samui

The population of Koh Samui is small compared to other locations with just 63,000 people living on the island. This population can be quite limited due to the mountainous jungles located in the central part of the island.

History of Koh Samui

The island is believed to have been first inhabited about 15 centuries ago. The first settlers were fishermen from the Malay Peninsula[2] and southern China. Koh Samui was an isolated self-sufficient community, having little connection with the mainland of Thailand Until the late-20th century.

Modern Day Koh Samui

Due to the increase in tourism in Koh Samui, there has been a growth in the number of building resorts, bungalows, and luxury private villas on the island. This has become the main source of economic income for the island. Other sources of income to the economy include coconut and rubber farming. Although in recent year the region has been less reliant on these.

Tourism in Koh Samui

There are a number of resorts located throughout the island and cater for a large number of tourists each year. The island has in excess of 18,000 hotel rooms with an average occupancy rate of 73%. Koh Samui attracts around 1.5 million tourists each year. Making it one of the most popular locations in Thailand.


Thailand is known for its warm weather and Koh Samui is no exception to this. The average temperature for the year is 31.0°C or 87.8°F. The hottest months are April, May and June. Koh Samui sees its driest period in February, but as with any tropical location though there will be rainfall at some point. The main months for heavy rainfall are October and November. During this time you can expect around 19 out of 30 days to have rainfall occur.  That being said, February, March and April see the highest number of daily hours of sunshine, making this one of the most visited times of year.

With its warm tropical climate, it is a popular destination for people seeking a relaxing time in the sun. Take a look at some of our recommendations below for some of the amazing things to see and do whist on your trip to Koh Samui.