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Koh Samui Geography

Information on the Geography of Samui Island, Thailand

Koh Samui is a tropical island located in the Gulf of Thailand on the South China sea. The island is around 35 kilmetres northeast of the Thai mainland and Surat Thani town, Part of Surat Thani province.
Koh Samui is some 21 kilometres at its widest point and 25 kilometres at its longest. There are around sixty other islands that surround Samui, which compose of Angthong National Marine Park and other tourist destinations incuding Koh Phan Ngan, Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan.

Koh Samui island is a rough circle in shape and about 15 kilometres across. The interior of the island is a mountainous jungle, peaking on Kao Pom mountain at a height of nearly 700 metres. Towns are located on the coastal areas of the island which are connected by a single 50 kilometre concrete ring road which encircles most of the island.

The commercial, transport and administrative hub of the island is the old capital town of Nathon on the west coast. Here you will find ferries to the mainland and other surrounding islands. Nathon has a charming pace and is small enough to explore by foot. Be sure to check out the old Chinese shop houses in the small middle streets which give a glimpse into the ancient past of the island.

The primary Koh Samui beaches are located on the north and east coasts of the island namelyChaweng beach, Choeng Mon beach, Bophut beach, Bangrak Beach, Lamai beach and Maenam beach are now all considered to be small towns because of the high density of hotels, restaurants and bars located there. The western and southern coasts of Koh Samui also offer beautiful, idyllic beaches which remain relatively undeveloped and are perfect areas for those seeking private accomodation in serene and pristine suroundings. Luxury hotels and Samui beach villas on the south of the island also offer views of Koh Samui's famous "Five Islands".

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