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6 Interesting Facts about Koh Samui

January 17, 2020

While Koh Samui is praised for being one of the best islands to visit in Thailand, there are many other things that we can tell about this place. For example, some of the best viewpoints in the whole of Thailand can be found right here on Koh Samui!

If you are interested in learning more about Koh Samui, here are six interesting facts that you should know about the island:

1. Koh Samui has an airport.
That’s right! Although the island is just off the coast of Thailand, it indeed has its own airport, which is privately owned and maintained by Bangkok Airways. While Bangkok Airways was previously the only airline offering flights that connected the island to the mainland, it later partnered with other airlines to provide flights to and from other countries, such as Malaysia and Singapore.

2. It has some of the best viewpoints in the country.
It is well known that Koh Samui offers some fantastic viewpoints that cannot be found elsewhere in the country. However, most of these viewpoints are a little challenging to reach and may require more than a simple hike. Of course, overcoming these challenges will only make the reward sweeter, making these viewpoints even more amazing than it already is.

3. You can find whale sharks on the island
Know that Koh Samui is also famous for its diving locations. While you won’t find any deep dive here (most only going to 20m deep), you’ll find that they’re nevertheless stunning. You’ll find plenty of life under the water, from eels to stingrays, to the vibrant coral reef as well. If you’re fortunate, you may catch a glimpse of a whale shark.

4. The island is a great place for island hopping.
One of the activities that people like to do when visiting islands is to go island hopping. If you’re unfamiliar with this term, island hopping basically means going from one island to the other. This activity requires a central hub that acts as a headquarters where you can start your adventure and come back at the end of the day.

For many, that primary hub is Koh Samui. The island offers plenty of boats of all shapes, sizes, and budgets to get people to and from the small islands that populate around Koh Samui. If you’re wondering which islands you should be visiting, add Koh Mae Koh, Koh Taeb, and Koh Tao to your list!

5. The island first appeared on Chinese maps.
Going back to history, Koh Samui first made its appearance on Chinese maps that date back to 1687. Despite this, it wasn’t called Koh Samui during those times. Instead, it was called Pulo Cornam. While the word “Koh” means “island” in the Thai Language, no one knows where the name “Samui” originated from.

6. Tourism helps Koh Samui’s economy.
It is fair to say that Koh Samui’s economy is based primarily on the tourism industry that brings in many people from around the world to this small island. While it was based many years ago on fishing, farming, and other similar sources, tourism has since taken the lead. It has provided plenty of profit to the island, allowing it to continue developing and delivering more attractions for people to come and enjoy.

Koh Samui is indeed a stunning island and one that you should visit at least once in your lifetime! From its amazing beaches to its remarkable delicacies, there are so many reasons to come to this small yet beautiful island. If you’re looking for a place to stay while you explore the wonderful island of Koh Samui, we invite you to stay at our place!

Manathai Koh Samui, our elegant and boutique accommodation, will suit all of your needs, acting as the perfect headquarters for your adventure, welcoming you back to our sweet and relaxing place after a day’s worth of exploring what Koh Samui has to offer.