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Koh Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand (bordering the South China Sea in the
Pacific Ocean). Koh Samui became a backpackers destination in the late 70's.
Today, all kinds of tourists from all over the whole world are visiting this
easygoing "paradise". Samui is surrounded by more than sixty other islands, some
small and inhabited, some are larger such as Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.
There are several ways of getting to Koh Samui. Most people travel by air, and
between Bangkok and Koh Samui there are around 25 flights each way every day!
It is a very busy route and the majority is operated by Bangkok Airways, which
actually also is the owner of the airport. You can also go by plane from Utapao
outside Pattaya, from Chiang Mai, from Singapore, from Kuala Lumpur and even
from Hong Kong.
The climate of Koh Samui is a little bit different than Phuket, Krabi and other parts
of South Thailand, due to the fact that it is located in the South China Sea and
rainy season is not as long and not as strong as in for example Phuket. Mid-
summer, July, can be really nice in Samui, while October and November is the wet
season.