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Koh Samui Travel Guide

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.

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Koh Samui Travel Tips

Ko Samui is a haven for every type of traveler. It still gets its steady stream of backpackers fresh (and not so fresh) in from Bangkok for their first Thai island experience, filling up the guesthouse and budget accommodation but the 3-5 star and more luxury 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.

Whatever type of traveler you are, your likely to spend most of your 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.

Getting to Koh Samui & How to Get Around

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 is possible to fly directly to Koh Samui from Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai although most arrive by ferry from Surat Thani or one of the neighboring islands. Flying direct to Koh Samui is quite expensive, so a good idea to save some money is to take a cheaper flight to Surat Thani, then get the bus to Donsak pier and catch the ferry.

Another popular option from Bangkok, especially with backpackers is to get a bus and ferry combination ticket, there are various different grades of comfort, economy, express, VIP and VIP 24.

Main Areas & Where To Stay

Chaweng

Chaweng, located 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 partying 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, there are some decent bars on the strip as well as a good selection of beach side bars with views out over the sea.

Chewang beach is the longest and most busiest beach in Koh Samui, the beach itself is roughly 7 kilometres in length and is split up into for main areas, North Chaweng, Central Chaweng, South Chaweng and Chaweng Noi, which means "Little Chaweng". Chaweng Noi is located at the most southern end of the beach.

Chewang offers a wide range of different accommodation options for all types of traveler and budget, you'll find cheap backpacker hostels, Guesthouses, beach front bungalows, hotels and exclusive 5 star resorts and villas.

Lamai

Lamai is located at the south of the island and is now the second largest tourist area on the island, only second to it's nearest neighbor Chewang. Lamai has a more laid back and quieter feel than Chaweng, although there are plenty of excellent bars, shops, restaurants and has some great accommodation options, which are often a little cheaper than that of Chaweng.

The area of Lamai, is a great place to stay if you like to relax as well as party and is also the perfect place to take the family. The more bustling Chaweng beach is not to far away, so you can easily have a few nights out in Chaweng if you want a change of scenery or want to party to the early hours.

Lamai has a fantastic white sand beach, lined with beautiful palms, beach front cafes and bars. Lamai beach is the perfect beach to sit back, relax, sunbath, go for a swim or enjoy your favourite water sports. Jet ski's, kayak's and other water sports gear is available to rent along the beach. The sea is generally quite calm here, so it's good for kids. There are some rocky parts at the northern end, but all in all is a really nice beach.

Bophut

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 adult-themed bars.

The beautiful white sand beach isn’t the best on the island for swimming as the water can get a little 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 tea houses. 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.

Mae Nam

Mae Nam Beach is located at the north of the island, it's one of the least touristy areas and popular with backpackers and travelers wanting to spend a few months on a limited budget.

Mae Nam offers a relaxing, calm and peaceful area of Koh Samui.

The beach itself is amazing, with crystal clear water and beautiful white sand and lined with hundreds of palm trees. If your looking for a quieter and more chilled placed to spend your time, this maybe the place for you.

There are many types of accommodation in Mae Nam Beach to choose from, you'll find budget guesthouses, mid range resorts, beach front bungalows as well as 5 star luxury resorts.

Best Things to See & What to Do in Koh Samui

Explore the Ang Thong National Marine Park

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.

Weather In Koh Samui


Average High/Low Temperature In Koh Samui

HighTemp(°C)LowTemp(°C)JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec051015202530MonthTemperatures (°C)
CityHigh Temp (°C)Low Temp (°C)
Jan2521
Feb2622
Mar2723
Apr2823
May2823
Jun2823
Jul2822
Aug2822
Sep2722
Oct2622
Nov2521
Dec2521


Average Rainfall In Samui

Rainfall(millimeters)JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0100200300400MonthRainfall (millimetres)
CityRainfall (millimetres)
Jan145.1
Feb57.7
Mar91
Apr81.9
May128.2
Jun117.8
Jul110.2
Aug104.1
Sep113.7
Oct252.5
Nov400.1
Dec220.6

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