Koh Samui is the Thailand’s third largest island (after Phuket and Koh Chang), lies in the Gulf of Thailand and covers the area is 228.7 km2. The population is over 63,000 but seems much higher with all the tourists included. The island is known for its palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves and dense, mountainous rainforest in the central part. The main industry is obviously tourism alongside with fishing and coconut industry. Tropical savannah climate will provide you with warm and humid weather for most of the year.
Koh Samui is becoming a very popular home for the fastly growing expat community. We met many digital nomads as well as people who retired, sold everything and moved there to enjoy the autumn of their lives. I call it a plan!!!
We couldn’t miss visiting the typical Koh Samui landmark – 12m tall golden Big Buddha statue at Wat Phra Yai Temple. It is located on a tiny island but connected to Koh Samui by a causeway, so you can easily access it on a scooter. Scooter is the easiest, cheapest and fastest way to explore your surroundings in Thailand. I highly recommend hiring one. Bring a bold driver with you. I had Tanya – the girl is unstoppable.