Culture in Koh Samui

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Koh Samui locals are very amiable and you will be relaxed after your trip. Local markets are flooded with numerous interesting things. One market is located at Lam Din, situated behind Chaweng. The other ones are the Hua Thanon fishing village and the Nathon fresh food market. These places are sure to give you the actual view of native Samui life. The primary source of income in Koh Samui is tourism. The local culture is lively and you need to interact with the locals to get the actual experience of Samui culture.

Festivals play a vital role in Koh Samui. People commemorate nearly all the festivals with a great gusto. Some important festivals on this island include: Songkran, Chinese New Year and Loi Krathong. Songkran festival is Thai New Year that falls in April. Chinese New Year falls in February and Loi Krathong or Festival of Light is normally commemorated in November. In these festivals, processions, food fairs, temple celebrations and live performances are held. Tourism Authority in Nathon holds periodic cultural events on the island.

Koh Samui has temple fairs, held throughout the year. They move from village to village and have heavy local participation. The larger fairs have market stalls, live amusement, street food, thick crowds etc. They also show a Kung Fu movie and fortune tellers are the main center of attraction here.

The country bars in Koh Samui are the preferred venues. Many locals spend time chilling out here. Live music, local drinks, and food are the main attractions here. The locals are your best guide if you are looking for an ideal place to utmost enjoyment. The cowboy type logos are very popular in the prime ring road. Foreigners are warmly welcomed to take part in the revelries.

Buffalo fighting is one of the more famous sports on the island. The winning buffalo gets 7 million baths. The fighting season is fixed as per the olden rites and rituals. Stadium is situated at Ban Saket and Ban Makham, to the south. There is a vibrant atmosphere outside the ring.

Songkran festival is very famous here. It is held in April, at the termination of the Buddhist lunar cycle. It is celebrated in both conventional as well as contemporary way. Locals go to the temples in the morning and join others in partaking food and drink. Parties are held in the evening, throughout the island. Water plays a vital role in this festival and people throw water on each other. So if you dislike getting wet, don't visit Koh Samui during this period.

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"So if you dislike getting wet, don't visit Koh Samui during this period." If you don't like getting wet, stay out of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and a few other predominately Buddhist countries during Songkran. I always head for either Malaysia or Vietnam. This year it will be Malaysia.

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