Although Ko Samui is a part of Thailand, it has its own distinct set of local customs, which can be traced back to the island’s rich history. The first people to inhabit the island were traders from China. The local population may also trace its roots from Muslim fishers who were among the early settlers in the place. This mix of Chinese and Muslim customs, combined with those of Thai traditions, gave way to uniquely interesting culture and festivals in Samui.
If you are planning for a Samui getaway, try to catch some of the most celebrated festivals in the island. The Loy Krathong, or the Light Festival, is held on the full moon of every 12th lunar month. It is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Ko Samui celebrates this festivity together with neighboring areas like Sukhothai, Bangkok, and Chiangmai. During Loy Krathong, men and women head out to the water, dressed in special attire and carrying objects called krathongs often designed like large flowers that are shaped like cups. These flowers are then released into the water where they float and eventually disappear into the horizon. Loy Krathong is the most colorful festivity in Ko Samui. [Read more…]