Some people believe that the word "samui" derives from the Malay word "saboey", or "safe haven", although there appears to be no credible corroboration of this. Until the late-20th century, Ko Samui was an isolated self-sufficient community, having little connection with the mainland of Thailand.
The island was without roads until the early 1970s, and the 15 km journey from one side of the island to the other could involve a whole-day trek through the mountainous central jungles.
The island measures some 25 km at its widest point.
To the north are the populated resort islands of Ko Phangan, Ko Tao, and Ko Nang Yuan.
More recently, the transition from dependence on the local coconut industry along with the continued growth and development of the tourist industry, as well as the northeastern location of the airport, has led to the increase of commercial activity in Chaweng and Bophut.
Ko Samui features a tropical savanna climate under Köppen’s climate classification.
The complete island is one city municipality (thesaban nakhon).However, in comparison to Phuket and most of the rest of southern Thailand, Samui's weather is relatively drier (Samui receives about 1,960 mm rain per year, Phuket 2,220 mm (87 in), while Phuket's Wet Season is spread over six to eight months, Ko Samui's has only two months with more than 212 mm (8 in) of rain).The heaviest precipitation is typically seen in the months of October and November. 100% Free Online Dating for Koh Samui Singles at Mingle2Our free personal ads are full of single women and men in Koh Samui looking for serious relationships, a little online flirtation, or new friends to go out with.