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HISTORY

Koh Samui’s history is only very little documented due to the fact that the knowledge was passed from generation to generation by word of mouth

HISTORY

  • Koh Samui’s history is only very little documented due to the fact that the knowledge was passed from generation to generation by word of mouth
  • The name might derived from the local tree ‘mui’ or from the Chinese word ‘Saboey’ which has the meaning ‘safe haven’ and ‘Koh’ means literally ‘Island’ in Thai
  • Based on findings of Chinese ceramics from the 17th century one can assume that the island was discovered approximately 1500 years ago as a hideaway for sea traders and as a place for fishermenReplica Rolex Daytona watches
  • People from China immigrated and settled in the Northern part of Koh Samui and made their income with coconut tree plantations
  • The South and East of the island was discovered and settled by Muslims arriving from now Malaysia
  • Koh Samui was an isolated island community until the 20th century with almost no connection to Surat Thani or other parts of the mainland
  • The inhabitants lived in small and autonomic villages with only little contact to other villages on the island due to the lack of passable roads
  • Most people still made their income with coconut tree plantations or other tropical fruits and vegetables
  • 1967, Khun Dilok Suthiklom – the island chief, helped to improve the infrastructure of the island and authorities of Bangkok agreed to build the now famous 51 km long ring road around Koh Samui
  • The building works were not finished until 1973
  • As soon as the road was built first tourists arrived on the island – backpackers and hippies from Europe discovered the beauty of Koh Samui
  • Slowly, more and more ferry or boat transfer connections between the mainland and the island were established cheap breitling replica watches
  • The last 15 years have brought major changes and developments – Thai and international investors started to build huge five star resorts and