Koh SamuiThailand

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Visit Koh Samui

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

Chaweng City Center, Koh Samui, Thailand

Chaweng City Center

4.5/5Wonderful!(40 area reviews)

Travellers to Chaweng City Center praise its stunning beaches. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to stop by Chaweng Beach and Phetch Buncha Thai Boxing Stadium.

Chaweng City Center
Big Buddha Statue showing a monument

Big Buddha Beach

4/5Very Good!(14 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Big Buddha Beach, Bangrak Beach and Fisherman's Village Plaza are top sights worth seeing.

Big Buddha Beach
Laem Sor Chedi

Laem Sor Beach

While visiting Laem Sor Beach, you might make a stop by sights like Laem Set Beach and Laem Sor Pagoda.

Laem Sor Beach

Top hotels in Koh Samui

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Bandara Resort & Spa
Bandara Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
178/2 Moo 1, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Rs7,911
per night
Jan 22 - Jan 23

Located in Koh Samui, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Bo Phut Beach and Fisherman's Village Plaza. Chaweng ...

4.4/5Excellent! (728 reviews)

"We loved being on the ground floor, easy access to the pool and beach."…"

Reviewed on 7 Jan 2020

Bandara Resort & Spa
Ark Bar Beach Resort
Ark Bar Beach Resort
3 out of 5
159/89, Moo 2, Chaweng Beach, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Rs2,858
per night
Jan 19 - Jan 20

Nestled on the beach, this Chaweng City Center hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Chaweng Beach and Chaweng Noi Beach. Fisherman's Village Plaza and Silver Beach ...

3.7/5Good! (724 reviews)

"Stayed with wife. The good: the staff is really nice and the check in/out experience was great, fast and friendly. The staff are really nice and smile all the time. The location is the best place you can get. Right in the middle and if you like night life this is the place to be no doubt. The pool ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Jan 2020

Ark Bar Beach Resort
Casa De Mar
Casa De Mar
4 out of 5
154/16 Moo 2, Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Rs7,621
per night
Jan 21 - Jan 22

Offering direct access to the beach, this Koh Samui hotel is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Central Festival Samui and Chaweng Beach. Chaweng Noi ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (361 reviews)

"Beautiful place, right by beach, with pool overlooking sea. Most lovely staff, which really made our stay! Shout out to Kell and all the other staff who were so incredibly warm and kind toward us."…"

Reviewed on 26 Dec 2019

Casa De Mar

Popular things to do in Koh Samui

Big Buddha Statue
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Big Buddha Statue

4.5/5(68 reviews)

Perched high upon its own dedicated island, the Big Buddha of Koh Samui glints golden in the sun, quietly surveying the buzz of island life going on below.

Namuang Waterfall
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Namuang Waterfall

4/5(54 reviews)

Enjoy an invigorating swim in natural pools while admiring lush vegetation and striking rock formations at this pair of beautiful waterfalls.

Fisherman's Village Plaza
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Fisherman's Village Plaza

4/5(88 reviews)

If you want to catch a glimpse of Koh Samui before tourism development, visit this wonderfully well-kept street of 19th-century Chinese shop-houses and French architecture.

Hin Ta and Hin Yai
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Hin Ta and Hin Yai

4/5(20 reviews)

Learn the story behind the grandmother and grandfather rocks, shaped like body parts, near the fishing village of Hua Thanon on Koh Samui.

Chaweng Beach
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Chaweng Beach

4/5(81 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Chaweng Beach, a popular beach in Koh Samui. Visit the spas and shops in this relaxing area.

Lamai Beach
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Lamai Beach

4/5(95 reviews)

Relax on one of Koh Samui’s most beautiful beaches, enjoy a massage in one of the many resorts and explore the surrounding picturesque fishing villages and temples.

Reviews of Koh Samui

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
145
5 - Excellent 58.23293172690763%
4 - Good
82
4 - Good 32.93172690763052%
3 - Okay
18
3 - Okay 7.228915662650603%
2 - Disappointing
4
2 - Disappointing 1.606425702811245%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 17, 2020

I hadn’t been to Samui for 20 years, so was interested to see how it has developed. It is a very busy island, but it’s good to see the infrastructure has improved (roads, hospitals, etc) and the newer beach clubs and restaurants are more upmarket.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

Only spent one night here so can’t comment

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 6, 2020

Pretty relaxing island with friendly people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 6, 2020

great place .But like most Asian countries you just need to be aware of the terrible upkeep of walkways and pavements .So many people on crutches and broken bones.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 5, 2020

After finding the right and the safe accommodation, This just made Koh Samui the best.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 4, 2020

It is very expensive now, they have noticed that tourism has increased and as a result they have bunked up the prices for a lot of things.