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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

Villa The Spot Koh Samui
Villa The Spot Koh Samui
3.5 out of 5
110/67 Village No. 3 Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is Rs2,188 per night from 3 Sep to 3 Sep
Situated in Koh Samui, this golf hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Coral Cove Beach, Chaweng Noi Beach and Silver Beach. Chaweng Beach and Chaweng Thai Boxing Stadium ...
Villa The Spot Koh Samui
The Briza Beach Resort, Samui
The Briza Beach Resort, Samui
4.5 out of 5
173/22 Moo 2 Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is Rs3,772 per night from 11 Aug to 11 Aug
Located in Koh Samui, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Chaweng Beach, Phetch Buncha Thai Boxing Stadium and Big Buddha ...
3.9/5Very Good! (550 reviews)
"Since we had an unrefundable room, we still came to Samui admist a 2nd Covid spread in the area. So understandably the hotel needed to cater to only a handful of guests. However the beds were really hard, we didn't have hot water the first night, and the pool was dirty until we complained. Also there ..."

Reviewed on 9 Jan 2021

The Briza Beach Resort, Samui
The Lamai Samui (formerly Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa)
The Lamai Samui (formerly Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa)
5 out of 5
146/24 Moo4 Lamai Beach, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
This Koh Samui resort is located by the ocean and set on its own private white sand beach, a short distance from Escape Break, Silver Beach and Lamai Beach. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (372 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 (formerly Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa)
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.
Skye Beach Hotel
Skye Beach Hotel
4.5 out of 5
8/135 Moo 5, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is Rs6,224 per night from 20 Aug to 20 Aug
Nestled on the beach, this Moo 5 villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wat Plai Laem and Choeng Mon Beach. Chaweng Beach and Bo Phut Beach are also within 3 mi (5 ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
low-key and high-lux
"We felt like royalty in this beautiful apartment. We were impressed by the quality and attention to detail and by the attentiveness of the staff. Views are beautiful but as the beach is not for swimming, I recommend to rent a car. Also, there is no restaurant on site but you do have a nicely stocked ..."

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2020

Skye Beach Hotel
Samujana Villas
Samujana Villas
5 out of 5
63/154 Moo 5, Baan Plai Laem, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is Rs38,063 per night from 7 Aug to 7 Aug
Located in Koh Samui, this beachfront villa is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Samui Football Golf and Choeng Mon Beach. Chaweng Beach and Big Buddha ...
4.4/5Excellent! (13 reviews)
Will Definitely go back.
"The view was amazing, the ambience was very good. there was an unavoidable incident, however management handled it very well. Thanks."

Reviewed on 20 Dec 2019

Samujana Villas
Villa Anavaya
Villa Anavaya
4.5 out of 5
63/154 Moo 5 Baan Pai Laem, Tambon Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Situated in Koh Samui, this luxury villa is within 1 mile (2 km) of Samui Football Golf and Choeng Mon Beach. Chaweng Beach and Big Buddha Statue are also within ...
Villa Anavaya
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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