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Koh Samui

Welcome to Thailand Travel Hub here in Koh Samui, discover the truly amazing island of Koh Samui, located in the Gulf of Thailand around 35km northeast from the city of Surat Thani. Here you can see the best places to visit on the island, best things to do, top accommodation options plus lot's more.

An Introduction To Koh Samui

Ko Samui is a haven for every type of traveller. It still gets its steady stream of backpackers fresh (and not so fresh) in from Bangkok for their first Thai island experience, but the 5 star luxe side of the island is thriving now too. Families arrive to frolic in the sea, adventurists traverse the lush island interior and clubbers come for the hedonistic nightlife. But all of them spend most of their time devouring the deliciously paradisiacal scenery, watching in awe as blissful sunny days turn into colourful sunsets that wash the white sands and stunning azure waters with a seductive orange glow, before finally the day turns into night and the sky is covered with a blanket of stars.

Ko Samui is a paradise of white sand beaches, decadent parties and world-class water sports.

Ko Samui is the second largest Island in Thailand and located in the almost entirely uninhabited Chumphon Archipelago in the Gulf of Thailand, around 700 km south of Bangkok and 80 km from the coastline of Southern Thailand. It’s possible to fly into Ko Samui from Bangkok, though most arrive by ferry from Surat Thani or one of the neighbouring islands.

Chaweng on the east side of Ko Samui is pretty much the liveliest of the towns on the island so it’s good for those looking for non-stop drinking at night and water sports during the day. Set around a sandy palm-lined beach the town boasts a huge collection of amenities and nightlife – which spans the gamut of sports bars, cocktail bars and full on nightclubs along what’s known as the Green Mango strip. At the end of the strip you’ll find the Tropical Murphy’s Irish Bar for when you need a tropical Guinness, and across from that a McDonald’s, like an Irish-American bookend framing the stories of a thousand rowdy travellers, all lit by neon. That aside – there are some decent bars on the strip and a good selection of beachside bars with views out over the sea.

On the northern coast of the island is the slightly chicer Bophut. Here you’ll find a much more refined, even old-fashioned experience, without the neon strip and a complete absence of the adult-themed bars and services that accompany some of the more raucous spots on the island. The beautiful white sand beach isn’t great for swimming as the water can be murky at times but there is Jet Ski hire, and there are a number of hotels, shops, bars and fine restaurants in the village that are housed inside the original, and quite well-preserved wooden Chinese shop-houses. In fact, Bophut is one of the best places to eat on Ko Samui and has everything from Thai-French fusion food and Thai seafood to Australian cuisine, pubs and teahouses. There’s also a weekly night market on Fridays, which is a good option for picking up gifts or grabbing a quick bite to eat.

Easily one of the most beautiful trips that you will make when on Ko Samui is to the idyllic Ang Thong National Marine Park – which can be reached by a number of boats – from large passenger ferries to speedboats and private hire boats. This stunning national park is a 40-strong collection of islands jutting from the sea like a scattering of precious of emeralds – each betrothed with hidden bays, white sand palm-fringed beaches, limestone peaks and lush forests. Of the islands, Ko Mae Ko is the most memorable. Much like the other islands - it’s beautiful, breath taking and luscious, but with an added surprise. Walk up a series of staircases until you reach almost the very top of the island and you’ll find a perfectly still turquoise lake surrounded on all sides by limestone cliffs and connected to the sea by an underground tunnel. It is magical, unexpected and simply stunning. Besides the lake you’ll also be rewarded with wonderful views of the archipelago.

Keep reading to explore some of the top places to go, things to do and some of the top accommodation options that Ko Samui has to offer.