Koh Samui is one Thailand’s biggest islands situated in the Gulf of Thailand, the palm fringe beaches, dense rainforest and captivating culture are all marvellous reasons why you should choose a Koh Samui holiday.
Holiday goers that love nature will definitely get to explore their passion on Koh Samui, Ang Thong National Marine Park is an idyllic collection of 42 islands sitting on the Gulf of Thailand with majestic limestone formations, dense jungles and white sandy shores. Dig a little deeper and you’ll discover charming waterfalls, hidden coves and dreamy lakes.
You don’t have to head to mainland Thailand to find captivating culture, Koh Samui is home to the Big Buddha, Mummy Monk at Wat Khanaram, the secret Buddha garden and What Plai Laem.
If you’re the type of traveller who loves to step beyond the resort gates, then you’ll love what Koh Samui has to offer with a range of activities designed to entice families, friends and couples alike. Why not go snorkeling in Koh Tao, go Elephant trekking in the dense jungle, scuba dive the clear blue waters or Go Kart at Samui Go-Kart. For a more calming activity, you can cook like a local with a cooking class at Hua Tanon, or enjoy some land sports at Samui Football Golf. Chaweng Beach offers a wonderful 4-wheel drive Safari tour where you’ll see elephants, ancient culture and waterfall pools.
Of course, visiting Koh Samui without trying out a few beaches is unheard of. Chaweng Beach is the perfect place for water enthusiasts, as it’s known for being a fine spot for surfing. For a more relaxed beach ambience, Lamai Beach is your best bet, set on the corner of the southern part of the Island; you’ll easily find a quiet spot for two. Coconut palms, trendy shops and restaurants fringe Bophut beach, this fishing village is an idyllic spot for a quiet afternoon and a book in hand.
Koh Samui Family holidays will transform even the adults in enjoying some light-hearted fun! Coco Splash Adventure & Waterpark is a 1-o000 sq. meter park with epic waterslides, bungee trampolines, an inflatable castle and many attractions. While you relax on Bophut beach you can send the kids off in the Ocean, home to an inflatable playground made up of pyramids, bridges and trampolines.
Pirates of the Marioland is situated between Chaweng Lake and Beach, set in the largest shopping and dining all on the Island, this pirate adventure park is a gaming arcade and a 6D motion ride experience.
The restaurant and nightlife scene on the Island is lively with modern built nightclubs and elegant restaurants. For a romantic experience for two head to dining On The Rocks at six Senses Samui, set on a deck terrace with sublime views of the Ocean.
Looking to grab a bargain while in koh Samui? The fisherman’s village walking street is brimmed with market stalls including branded clothes, electrical goods and unique finds. The markets are open every Friday from 5pm-11pm.
What is the currency in Koh Samui?
The currency in all of Thailand is the Baht.
What language is spoken in Koh Samui?
Thai is the national language of Thailand; however English is widely spoken at the resorts.
How long does it take to fly to Koh Samui?
11 ½ hours
What is the time difference in Koh Samui?
GMT +7 hours
Should I tip in Koh Samui?
If a service charge is not added to your restaurant bill, tip 10-15% and tip porters and hotel staff if you are happy with their service.
When is the best time to visit Koh Samui?
Do I need a visa to travel to Koh Samui?
You will only need a visa if you plan on staying longer than 30 days and this can be attained from the Thai Embassy. We recommend that you have at least 6 months validity on your passport. For up to date travel advice please visit the FCO website here.