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Koh Samui is an island in the Champhon Archipelago or group of islands near South Thailand. Coconut and rubber are the main exports of the island and tourist trade is the main source of revenue.
50 years back even getting to the centre of the island involved arduous treks in the middle of a thick jungle. Head to south Samui if you want lesser crowd. Places like Chewang and Lamai although famous for their night life may tend to get overcrowded at peak seasons. Adventure activities are fast becoming popular in Koh Samui but overall the island is still most popular for its resorts and relaxed beaches. Be sure to try the salted eggs when in town. Also popular is the tropical fruit Rambutan which tourists cannot stop talking about even when they get back to their home countries.