According to history, the island of Ko Samui remained practically independent and indifferent to mainland Thailand until the late 20th Century. It was a self-sustaining island that operated within its own distinct culture; many people, even the Thai, were not aware of its existence. Slowly, the island became known to its neighboring islands and to mainland Thailand, and in the last 20 years or so, it became popular as a tourist destination. It may therefore come as a surprise to some people to learn that Samui has been inhabited as early as the 15th Century, possibly even earlier, by Chinese traders and Malay fishers. This can be seen in the ancient structures that still stand in Samui today, such as the Old House, which was designed as a Chinese-style house.
This Old House has been standing on the island for two centuries. It is a display of the island inhabitants’ Chinese roots. It is one of the [Read more…]