Thailand's 2nd Largest Island
The origin of the name Samui is unknown. It may come from the Sanskrit-Tamil word สมวย, meaning 'sea weather'. Or it may derive from the name of a tree known locally in southern Thailand as ต้นหมุย (full name ต้นสมุย). A third possibility is that it originated from early Hainanese traders to Samui. In Hainanese Chinese, เซ่าบ่วย means 'first island', 'barrier', or 'gate', or literally 'beautiful beach'. As it was their first port of call in Thailand, it became its name and evolved over time to สมุย. Some people believe that the word "samui" derives from the Malay word saboey, or 'safe haven'.

Koh Samui, Thailand’s second largest island, lies in the Gulf of Thailand off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus. It's known for its palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves and dense, mountainous rainforest, plus luxury resorts and posh spas. I love Koh Samui and if I had it my way I would stay in a little beach bungalow and...

Wait, that is exactly what I did! I need to go back and do it again.

I stopped at this beach restaurant in Koh Samui and ordered a fresh prawn. The cook comes out of the kitchen, puts on goggles and jumps in the ocean and comes out with a prawn. He shows it to me, goes back to the kitchen and prepares it. It was delicious. True story.

A sign outside a temple in Koh Samui read, "Do Good. Receive Good. Do Evil. Receive Evil." I am not a religious man, but I agree with the sentiment. The law of karma states that our actions have consequences, both positive and negative. When we do good, we can expect good things to happen to us. When we do evil, we can expect bad things to happen to us. This is a simple but powerful message that can help us live a more ethical and fulfilling life.

I believe that this message is relevant to everyone, regardless of their religious beliefs. We all want to live in a world where good things happen to good people and bad things happen to bad people. The law of karma reminds us that we have the power to make that world a reality by choosing to do good in our own lives. Thank you Buddha! 🙏🙏🙏