Koh Samui is coconut-land, situated in the south of Thailand,
about 30 km offshore in the Gulf of Siam. Samui produces about two
million coconuts per month - that is more than you can eat. Nearby
Suratthani, the province capital, is a monkey training center, where
monkeys are taught to pick coconuts, since climbing coconut palms
is not as easy as it might appear. (better never try!) Coconut trees
are very useful. The young coconut is filled with juice, which is
delicious to drink. As long as the fruit appears green, the inside
flesh is soft, that makes it a perfect fb-combination. Once brown
on the outside, the meat is hard, the juice turns slightly bitter.
The hard meat can be eaten, but is mainly used to make oil or coconut
milk. You'll find coconut milk in many thai dishes. The leaves of
the tree are used to make roofs and the trunk, finally, is cut and
found in simple huts. The wood is hard, but not very durable. There
is no official report, whether people were killed by dropping coconuts
or if so - how many.
For about 20 years now, the residents (and by today
more and more aliens) built bungalows, hotels and resorts, restaurants,
bars and discotheques under these palms. That made coconut-land
altering into tourist-land.
What turns coconuts into tourists? 10 years back a domestic
airport was built. Roads were increased by number and some were
increased in width. Electricity was plugged into every building
(it's not always available but most of the time) and phone lines
(slow!) were installed. Computers were brought in. Here we go...
Koh Samui is developing fast. You can live in zero star
huts for almost no money or five star residences or resorts for
lots of money. You find tranquil places, all surrounded by nature
as well as nightlife strips for dining, clubbing and parties
through the night. You can look at art,
listen to live music, check out a MK47 at the shooting range or just get stoned.
It's this great variety which attracts many people to visit or live
on Samui island.