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Samui Island Geopgraphy

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Koh Samui Island is one of the many islands found in the Asian continent, near Thailand. It is located in the gulf of Thailand, about 35km northeast of Surat Thani town. The geography of Samui Island revolves around about sixty islands surrounding Koh Samui, including Ang Thong National Marine Park, Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao.

Koh Samui is round in shape

The geography of Koh Samui is about 15 kilometers in diameter, and in the shape of a rough circle. Taking a look at the geography of Koh Samui, you find that the largest width of Samui is 21 kilometers across while its length runs 25 kilometers.

Though the geography of Samui Island shows lovely beaches on the coast of Koh Samui worth visiting, its central part is almost uninhabitable and a mountain jungle. The geography of Samui Island includes the peak Khao Pom which has a height of 635km. A single road is found connecting the various lowlands found here, and this covers the geography of the circumference of the island.

Nathon, the fishing port of Koh Samui

The geography of Samui Island states that the old capital of Koh Samui is Nathon and this is found on the southwest coastal part of the island. Nathon is till today, a major port of Koh Samui which is used for fishing and inter-island transportation. In addition to this, you find through the geography of Nathon that it is the seat of the regional government of Koh Samui and is the true commercial hub of the Samui locals.

Nathon is a town that works at a charming pace, with limited traffic. There is no need of a vehicle here as its geography is small enough to walk everywhere. When walking along the roads of Nathon, the old Chinese shop houses you find on the middle street will spellbound you into its exotic history.

Enough food in Koh Samui for everyone

Today, most of Koh Samui's beaches are considered to be a town with the huge number of hotels, restaurants and bars that have been constructed here over the recent years to cater to the needs of the increasing number of tourists to Koh Samui.

Last Updated: 06 Jan 2008

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Gallery Photos
Koh Samui - Grandfather Stone near Lamai Beach
Koh Samui - Lamai Beach (at Bill Resort)
Koh Samui beach view
Detail from Big Buddha Temple in Samui