Koh Samui has been settled for about 1500 years. The first arrivals here were fishermen. The island is to be found on 500 years old maps from Chinese Ming dynasty. Fishing and later coconuts were the major source of income on Koh Samui island.
Koh Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand in South China Sea in the Pacific Ocean.
The island is a district in the Surat Thani Changwat or province.
Samui itself is divided into seven sub districts : Maenam, Bophut, Maret, Taling Nam, Namuang, Lipa Noi and Angthong.
Koh Samui has been a backpackers destination since the late 1970's. Today, tourists come from all over the world.
It´s located in the Gulf of Siam and surrounded by more than sixty other islands, some small and inhabited, some bigger as Koh Phangan, Koh Tao (divers island) Koh Nang Yuan and Angthong Islands, the National Marine Park.