There is a growing expat community on Ko Samui, with many people from Europe and abroad choosing a permanent tropical lifestyle. Thailand is one of the most welcome countries in the world and Ko Samui offers all the comforts of home with the benefits of modern convenience. The island features some excellent locations for shopping, including large european chains and sometimes you may even forget you are living in a Thai environment. Ko Samui continues to develop with new shopping and entertainment centers appearing all the time.
Ko Samui's weather patterns are slightly different from the rest of Thailand. When most of the country has its rainy season, Samui stays relatively dry. The main dry season (also called high season), is from January to March
Ko Samui is the third largest island in Thailand and the largest island in an archipelago of over 80 islands which form the Ang Thong National Marine Park. At 25km long and 21km wide, Ko Samui is big enough for exploration by the adventurous and fit, but can be navigated in just a couple of hours by car or motorbike.
Ko Samui offers all sorts of fun and enjoyment, from the leisure of a spa, to the excitement of parasailing. Plenty of beach activities are offered, including diving, sailing, water sports, partying and nightlife. Samui has a well developed infrastructure to cater to visitors, who make up the bulk of the population, and there's a good variety of activities to keep you busy.
Chaweng is the beach on Ko Samui where you will find most bars, discos, clubs and pubs, and this is where you should be if you are want to party. Chaweng Beach Road is 6-7 km long, so venues are often scattered at distances you do not wish to walk. Lamai Beach is a fun, party place packed out with bars and exciting nightlife, and the place doesn’t get quite as crowded as Chaweng.