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Thailand’s second largest island has seen first Chinese and Malay fishermen settlers some 1500 years ago and until 1970's, the island has lived its own life without much interacting with the mainland. This mountainous isle with unspoiled jungle and coastline lined with coconut palms and sandy beaches is home to approx. 63'000 inhabitants. The locals earn income with fishing, coconut and rubber export. Over the last fifty years, the infrastructure, accommodation and services have developed to the point when wealthy European and North American holidaymakers come to spend weekends in numerous upscale resorts and luxury spas. The tourism has become a dominant industry on the Ko Samui. Today, there are almost 18 000 hotel rooms in all levels of bungalows, hotels, resorts and villas. Samui attracts not only upper clientele but also budget travelers who come to relax and work in beachside bungalows.
Except the picture-perfect holiday location, great local foods (try seafood, rambutan and salted eggs), water sports and various fun activities, international visitors are drawn to annual events and tournaments such as the Samui Triathlon, Samui Regatta (sailing tournament) and the Ten Star Samui Art Party (art and cultural event). The life is busiest in commercial centers of Samui Town, Nathon and Chaweng. For peace and calm you have to head to the western and southern side of the island. Do not leave the island before you have a chance to walk to the golden statue of Big Buddha sitting on a tiny archipelago and overlooking the island.
Even though Ko Samui is far from a bustling business-oriented metropolis, it is an emerging MICE destination. Airlines have increased the number of flights, hotels and resorts offer various types of rooms and spaces perfect for meetings, conferences, workshops or company events. Local resorts' meeting planners will work with you to arrange a customized-to-your-visions event that will stay fresh in memories of your delegates for years.
KO SAMUI AIRPORT
Operated by Bangkok Airways, Samui International Airport (IATA code: USM) belongs to the most beautiful airports you ever pass through. It is nicely decorated in lovely natural surroundings. Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways are the two main airlines servicing the Samui Island. The airport is located in the north-east corner of the island and transports over 1 million passengers annually. The taxis typically cost between THB 200-500 depending on the distance of your resort from the airport.