Samui dating

It appears on Chinese maps dating back to 1687, under the name Pulo Cornam. Perhaps it is an extension of the name of one of the native trees, mui, or it is a corruption of the Chinese word Saboey, meaning "safe haven".Until the late 20th century, Samui was an isolated, self-sufficient community, having little connection with the mainland of Thailand.Some entail a 60-minute bus ride to Donsak pier followed by a 90-minute ferry crossing.

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In April through September, when most of the country has its monsoon, Samui stays fairly dry, but from October to December, it's wet in Samui and drier elsewhere. A 300 baht surcharge is levied on domestic departures, as well as the 500 baht surcharge on international departures.

If you fly via Bangkok to an international destination, the tax is only 200 baht as the Bangkok International departure tax is already included in your ticket.

Visa-on-Arrival and Visa-Free entries are available at Samui Airport for some nationalities. Ground transportation from the airport is readily available.

A seat on a mini-bus for the 20-minute ride to Chaweng costs 120 baht/person; a faster private mini-bus will cost 400 baht upwards.

Samui is now the second-most popular place as an island destination in Thailand (the first is Phuket).

Samui's weather patterns are a little different from the rest of Thailand.

There are also regular speedboats and ferries of other operators.

From Surat Thani Both train station and Surat Thani Airport (URT), there are combined bus/ferry services to Ko Samui for 200-300 baht.

There are no real Taxis at the airport, and since many drivers refuse to use their meters you will probably pay the same if your try to get a Taxi outside the airport.

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