It is thought that Koh Samui was first inhabited around 1,500 years ago by fishermen from the Malay Peninsula and southern coast of China. The island is referenced on ancient Chinese maps, which date back to 1687, as ‘Pulo Cornam’. The word ‘Samui’ may be an extension of the name of a native tree, Mui, or may possibly originate from the Chinese word ‘saboey’ which means ‘safe haven’.
Little was known about the island until the first boat transportation service to Koh Samui was launched in the mid-1800s. Back then it took a full day of sailing to cover the 35 km voyage from Suratthani on the mainland.
Until tourism came to Koh Samui, the island was an isolated community, with little contact to the mainland. Before the island’s first roads were built in the 1970s, the journey from the east to west coast was a 15 kilometer trek through the island’s central belt of mountainous jungle.
Since this time, Samui has grown and developed exponentially to become the successful SE Asian tropical, tourist destination that it is today.
Koh Samui currently has an estimated population of 63000 people with a strong economy that depends on a successful tourist industry as well as the exporting of coconut and rubber.
Wat Phra YaiBig Buddha
Wat Plai LaemChinese Thai Beliefs
Wat KhunaramThe mummified monk
Wat Khao ChediReclining Buddha
Wat Sila NguStone snake Temple
Wat Laem SorSerenity & Peaceful
Traditional FishingA journey through time
Thailand needs no introduction as one of the world most exotic and tropical holiday destinations and in recent years has become increasingly popular with visiting anglers in search of monster freshwater fish. Thailand offers angling for some of the largest freshwater fish in the world, all native to Thailand and attain world record breaking size. Whether you wish to sample the amazing wild freshwater fishing Thailand has to offer, or want to visit a heavily stocked commercial fishery in search of that fish of a lifetime, let our team guide you on your fishing adventures in Koh Samui.
The BirdshowsNatural music
On Samui, the competitions are held every Tuesday and Saturday at 11:00 am. It is not advertised, there is nothing touristy about it, and if you don’t know where it is, you will not find it. The location for the competition is down what is known locally as the ‘Ghost Road’ – the road that links Bangrak to Chaweng.
Traditional DancePure grace
The main dramatic art form of Thailand. Thai dance, like many forms of traditional Asian dance, can be divided into two major categories that correspond roughly to the high art (classical dance) and low art (folk dance) distinction. Although the traditional Thai performing arts are not as vibrant as they once were, suffering inroads from Western entertainment and generally changing tastes, Thai dance drama is not extinct. What survives displays the elegance of an art form refined over centuries. Aside from folk and regional dances (southern Thailand’s Indian-influenced manohra dance, for example), the two major forms of Thai classical dance drama are khon and lakon nai. In the beginning, both were exclusively court entertainments and it was not until much later that a popular style of Dance Theater, likay, evolved as a diversion for common folk who had no access to royal performances.
Thai BoxingThe spirit of the warrior
Muay Thai or Thai boxing is the cultural martial art of Thailand. The origin of Muay Thai dates back several hundred years, and was, essentially, developed as a form of close-combat that used the entire body as a weapon. It is established around the world as a fitness form (Muay aerobic), as a ring sport (Muay Thai) and as a form of self-defense (Muay Boran). MUAYTHAI includes many aspects yet sands as a singular sport with a proud tradition and heritage, a long lasting culture, with people practicing the sport for fitness, health, self-confidence, and an over-all way of life!
BuffaloThe quiet power
Buffalo fighting is a popular form of entertainment. Before you get too horrified, this is nothing like the horrendous bull fighting of Spain. In fact, the buffalo seldom get hurt at all. Two males are put into a ring together, and they paw at the ground, bow and show their horns at each other, run and bash heads – their horns point to the back, so no goring takes place, and the winner is the one who stands his ground, the loser running away with his tail between his legs so to speak.
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