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Koh Samui
Travel Guide

Lamai Beach showing a beach

Koh Samui is just like the island paradise from the movies with its pristine white beaches, sapphire blue waters and legendary nightlife. This small island off the east coast of Thailand draws different types of visitors, from young travellers who come here to party every night, those looking for its relaxed culture, and others simply for the pristine beauty of the beaches and the sea. Each side of the island has something different to offer. The south and west coasts are more relaxed and casual, perfect for those looking to chill on the beach with a good book or looking to experience the local culture. The north and east coast are popular for the famous beach parties, bars and night clubs.

On the west coast is Lipa Noi, a secluded beach that’s perfect for a romantic stay. Further to the south lies Phang Ka, with a number of first-class resorts and one of the best places to see the sun set into the sea. To the south lies the Bay of Thong Krut; here you can explore the fishing village or take a charter boat to nearby islands Koh Tan and Koh Mudsum where you can go deep sea fishing.

Go dancing for the evening in Chaweng, then spend the day resting on the incredibly beautiful Chaweng Noi Beach. This beach, found south of the village, is a perfect place to escape from the maddening crowd. In the northeast lies Choeng Mon, the most exclusive part of the island, where the resorts and private beaches attract a bit more of mature, more family-friendly, crowd.

Visit the Great Buddha, just north of the airport. This 12 meter high bronze statue stands on its own little island just opposite the beach. Stroll through Bang Rak and Bo Phut to see the more traditional side of the island.

The beaches are easily accessible via the ring road that runs in a along the coast. When one beach is too busy, simply drive a few kilometres to the next beach. If you'd like to explore the surrounding islands, you're just a short boat trip from Koh Phangan and the spectacular Ang Thong National Park.

Where to stay in Koh Samui

The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui
The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui
5 out of 5
9/123 Moo 5 Tambon Borphud, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is Rs23,993 per night from 27 Apr to 28 Apr
Nestled on the beach, this Koh Samui resort is within a 15-minute walk of Laem Samrong and Choeng Mon Beach. Big Buddha Beach and Big Buddha Statue are also ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (121 reviews)
Its good. But not luxurious
"Resort is quite good. How ever, breakfast is very very basic (though its covid time), and also bathroom utilities are so so... Not really luxury. But overall resort is quite okay."

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2020

The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui
The Lamai Samui
The Lamai Samui
5 out of 5
146/24 Moo4 Lamai Beach, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is Rs4,323 per night from 2 May to 3 May
Located in Koh Samui, this beachfront resort is in the historical district and within a 10-minute walk of Lamai Beach and Silver Beach. Chaweng Noi Beach is ...
4.3/5Excellent! (371 reviews)
"This hotel gives us a good vibe and homey feeling. Spacious and secluded at same time, with good restaurant and access to beach."

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2021

The Lamai Samui
Melia Koh Samui
Melia Koh Samui
5 out of 5
83 Moo 5, Choeng Mon Beach, Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is Rs11,904 per night from 16 May to 17 May
Nestled on the beach, this Koh Samui resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Samui Football Golf and Choeng Mon Beach. Chaweng Beach and Big Buddha Beach are also within ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
Just excellent
"This is just an excellent hotel. You find everything that you need. Very polite and kind service. The hotel is very beautiful, with great pools. We loved everything. We got just what we needed."

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2021

Melia Koh Samui
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
3-Bedroom Villa Baan Kluay Mai with Private Pool
3-Bedroom Villa Baan Kluay Mai with Private Pool
4 out of 5
7/3 Moo 5. Soi Santi Sook 1, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is Rs8,154 per night from 21 Apr to 22 Apr
This family-friendly Koh Samui villa is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Laem Sor Beach, Thong Kut Beach and Laem Sor Pagoda. Samui Snake Farm ...
3-Bedroom Villa Baan Kluay Mai with Private Pool
Panorama Samui Residences
Panorama Samui Residences
4 out of 5
79/7 Bang Por Soi 4 Moo 6 Maenam, Koh Samui, Suratthani
The price is Rs17,203 per night from 13 May to 14 May
Situated near the beach, this spa aparthotel is 1.3 mi (2 km) from Mae Nam Beach and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Bang Por Beach. Nathon Pier and Laem Yai Beach are ...
Panorama Samui Residences
Chaweng Noi Pool Villa
Chaweng Noi Pool Villa
4 out of 5
4/20 Moo. 3 Chaweng Noi Main Road, T.Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is Rs2,226 per night from 20 May to 21 May
This family-friendly Koh Samui villa is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Chaweng Night Market, Chaweng Noi Beach and Chaweng Beach. Silver Beach ...
4/5Very Good! (325 reviews)
Outstanding villa
"Absolutely fabulous better than could have expected. Everything about the property was five star . The staff were friendly and very efficient. The villa was outstanding . Would highly recommend"

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020

Chaweng Noi Pool Villa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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