Koh Samui Vintage
Koh Samui today is known as a paradise island, with it’s white sand beaches fringed by around 4 million coconut trees that constantly yield coconuts but also chopra.
Koh Samui is located 35 km from the mainland and 800 km south of Bangkok and has remained for a very long time off the tourist track. It is only in the last few decades that the island has become one of the worlds top tourist destinations.
Until the eighties, it’s inhabitants, who’s descendants arrived around 1,500 years ago from the Malay Peninsula and various areas around the China sea were mainly living from fishing and coconut farming.
Nowadays around 60,000 people are still living from the proceeds of these original activities, however most of the new generation make their living in one way or another from the tourism industry.
After a few backpackers happened upon this jewel of an island in the seventies, it remained relatively untouched by the tourism industry until the end of the eighties. The construction of Koh Samui’ s airport (privately owned by Bangkok Airways) and it’ s opening to traffic in 1989 marked the end of an era for the locals and indeed general life on the island. Nowadays (around) 10 airplanes arrive daily in Koh Samui, in addition to which, ferries and passenger boats arrive on a daily basis.
The opening of the airport marked the beginning of rapid development of the island. Infrastructure progressed at a high speed to serve the tourism industry, other transport networks naturally developed and an island that prior to the nineties didn’t even have a road network started to show all the makings of a small city. 25 years ago, 80 % of the general infrastructure of Koh Samui didn’t even exist.