The island of Koh Samui has approximately 50,000 permanent residents. In Thai, Koh means ‘island’ so you will often hear locals refer to the island as simply ‘Samui’.
The main town of the island is Nathon. The island itself is approximately 247km².
It is thought that the island itself has been inhabited for around 1500 years and first showed up on Chinese maps around 500 years ago. For a long time the main source of income for the island was fishing and coconut plantations. However, in recent years the tourism industry has overtaken as the major industry in the region with approximately 1.5 million tourists visiting the island every year.
Most people come to the island for its beautiful white beaches which are lined with palm trees and year round 30 degree Celsius temperatures.
Samui is generally considered to have three seasons:
The dry season: December to February
The dry season tends to get very little rain and is pretty warm. You can often catch a refreshing breeze off the surrounding oceans which makes the weather very pleasant.
The hot season: March to August
Although you may get a little more rain in this season it is generally quite a bit hotter (up to 35 degrees Celsius). However, if you don’t mind this sort of temperature it is usually very sunny and a great time to visit the island.
The wet season: September to November
Although this island’s temperatures remain fairly constant, during this season you could find yourself caught in a refreshing monsoonal rain. If you don’t mind a heat and humidity this is the time for you. Just keep an eye out for weather warnings and slight flooding of areas.
Most resorts, including the Weekender Villa Beach Resort have a schedule of rates for the high season and low season which correspond with the wet and dry seasons.
The Weekender Villa Beach Resort’s high season begins on the 19th of December and continues through until the end of March.
The major shopping centre for Koh Samui is Chaweng, however Lamai is a close second. Although it is smaller than Chaweng it still contains a huge variety and is slightly cheaper than the Chaweng district and not so hard to bargain for items.