Koh Samui is Thailand's third largest island and is located on the eastern coast of Thailand's Kra Isthmus.
To get to the island, visitors can arrive either by boat or by plane via Samui Airport (USM). The airport is unique in that it has no indoor area except the gift shop. Despite its quirkiness, Samui Airport operates domestic and international flights by carriers such as Bangkok Airways, EVA Airways, and Etihad Airways.
The island was fairly isolated prior to the 1990s after which tourism exploded. Now there are more than 250 resorts and bungalows. The upsurge in tourism has brought new wealth and diversity to the island economy but is also a source of conflict between local natives and outside entities.
Much of Koh Samui's draw comes from its white sandy beaches and stunning coral reef. Accordingly, there are many dive centres and tour operators that cater to the tourist community.
Visit Bar Ice a 40 tonne ice bar juxtaposed with a tropical background. Just make sure to where proper footwear otherwise cold, frigid toes may disrupt your experience.
Chaweng is the best beach on the island. The beach is not overly crowded. Local vendors will attempt to sell beachgoers food, beverage, and souvenirs but are not pushy or abrasive.