Thailand's Third Largest Island
Trip Start Nov 05, 2007
58Trip End Jun 22, 2008
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The name Samui is mysterious in itself. 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. The island was even without roads until the early 1970s, and the 35miles or so journey from one side of the island to the other involved a whole-day trek through the mountainous central jungles.
As you can see, things have changed from those days. Now it has restaurants on the beach, hotels and shops.