THE PARTY CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
Thailand is fast becoming a destination of choice as a location for a second home.
Koh Samui is a cosmopolitan melting pot, attracting budget travellers staying for a month or two in simple beachside bungalows, to the wealthiest holidaymakers dropping in for a weekend at one of the many luxury resorts or villas on the many white sand beaches.
For a lot of centuries, the primary market of Koh Samui revolved around the harvest of fruits as well as tropical plants. Especially coconuts as they were able to prosper and to grow in the isles sultry, bright and warm climate. Over time, the marketplace of Koh Samui grew and over time became an important player within other regions of Thailand.
Samui exports approximately 2 million coconuts a year. They are transported to Bangkok where they are pressed and refined into sweet oil.
Until the 1970s, coconuts and fishery formed the economic basis. In recent years, however, Samui has found a remarkable increase in the tourism sector, particularly after the finished development of Samui Airport in 1988. The tourist sector with many hotels and villas now being one of the biggest parts of Samui’s economy.
Known for its palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves and dense, mountainous rainforest, plus luxury resorts and posh spas. The landmark 12m-tall golden Big Buddha statue at Wat Phra Yai Temple is located on a tiny island connected to Ko Samui by a causeway. From the hustle and bustle of Chaweng Beach to the lively yet relaxed atmosphere of Lamai Beach to the timeless feel of Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village to the tropical beach paradise of Maenam, Koh Samui is unique among Thailand’s islands in maintaining a broad appeal for everyone. This helps to give the distinctive relaxed atmosphere that sets it apart.