Koh Samui, often simply called Samui by the locals, is a Thai island and is a part of the Surat Thani Province. Located off the eastern coast of Kra Isthmus, in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui is the second largest island in Thailand, boasting an area of more than two hundred square kilometres. While not as well known as Phuket, Koh Samui continues to be a popular destination within Thailand. In fact, the clusters of hotels and restaurants adjacent to many of the island’s prominent beaches has grown to such an extent that they are now considered small towns. It is also well known for its extensive coral reefs, lively beaches and abundance of tropical coconut trees.
In fact, coconut trees dominate the landscape. They line the streets, border the beaches and can be found in the unlikeliest of places, and the islanders have developed a unique method of harvesting the tropical fruit; they use trained monkeys! These agile creatures are able to shimmy up a tree and pluck the fruit in a fraction of the time it would take a human, and so play an integral role in the island’s thriving coconut trade. While this is the reason why monkeys are considered ‘man’s best friend’ in Samui, travellers should keep an eye out for road signs that indicate monkeys at work!
Visitors to the island can also take in a Monkey Show. At the Monkey Theatre one will be able to see highly trained primates performing stage acts with incredible dexterity. From pretending to play the guitar to lip syncing to songs, the act is sure to amuse adults and delight children. A small entrance fee is charged. The audience sitting at the front row will be able to have a more interactive experience, so make sure to go early.
Tourists who want to enjoy the best beaches in Thailand without the customary crowds should think about booking their accommodation at a Koh Samui resort. The Anantara Bophut, Koh Samui is located on a private stretch of beach and is the ideal place to sit back and unwind. This luxury Samui hotel has a plethora of facilities including a spa, two restaurants and a bar.