Koh Samui Tourism

Palm trees, clear water, and white sand beaches - one of the world's most luxurious seaside destinations!

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Review and Ratings (14)

Read 14 Koh Samui reviews with average rating of 4.5/5

Harshul Shahratingratingratingratingrating5.0/5

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Amazing Island

If you're visiting Thailand and not going to Koh Samui, you're missing something. It's amazing island with superb sightseeing and water activities. Must plan 4 to 5 days in Koh Samui. To do proper Island tours and other sightseeing. It's a very beautiful island.

Kamlesh Sulratingratingratingratingrating5.0/5

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A place to get free & enjoy

Ko Samui should be on your cards, if your planning a trip to Thailand because of the great beaches & some great music. The undisputed Ground Zero of night-life on Samui is of course Chaweng, which is the Samui version of Patong Beach in Phuket; featuring a myriad of lounge clubs, naughty bars, beach bars, and discos, it is definitely the place to have fun at night.

A must visit is Ark Bar beach resort at Chaweng beach, good rooms, good food & great music if you are an party animal. They have a live DJ & the pool party starts from 2 PM in afternoon and stops at 2 am in the night. If you are a Non Vegetarian, visit Curry hut an Indian restaurant at Chaweng beach, a saviour for many non vegetarians from dying without food. Also don't forget to ask your hotel about under water diving, kayaking & rope sliding a must must do.

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Getting to Koh Samui

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Visa: On arrival

Cost: THB 1,000 (₹1,979 approx)

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Transit

Transit time: 6hrs from major cities

Cost ₹24,000 per person

Koh Samui Overview

Situated to the south of Bangkok in Surat Thani Province, Koh Samui is the third largest island in Thailand. It is surrounded by the Gulf of Thailand and almost all of it, especially the eastern coasts have a concentration of luxury resorts.

Previously frequented by hippies and backpackers it is now visited by family and leisure travellers as well. Once a pristine island with starched white beaches, swaying palms and balmy waters, the island now bustles with activities like water sports, adventure tourism and myriads of other family attractions to make it a popular resort island in the true sense.

Koh Samui boasts of having the greatest number of coconut species in the world. However, wide-scale income generated from tourist development initiatives has curtailed the rubber and coconut plantations. 

The Samui International Airport is connected to other parts of the world with over 20 flights operating on a regular basis. Though tourism has led to increase in revenues for the island it has also negatively contributed to environmental hazards including wastewater and disposal problems. 

Though mid-December to mid-January is the best time to visit, the island is a popular tourist destination throughout the year. It gets quite hot after April but frequent tropical storms bring relief. October to mid-December is the rainy season with heavy rainfall and winds during November. While the eastern side becomes rough for swimming during such times, summer monsoons from the mainland can be felt on the western part of the island from July to August.

The Full Moon party on nearby islands like Koh Phangan is a popular attraction for visitors to Koh Samui. Shuttle bus, sawngthaew, motorbikes, cars, taxis and Tuk Tuks help to travel within the island and it’s near vicinity.

The beaches, weather and simplicity of life in the island of Koh Samui make it an attractive retreat. Chewang Beach, Lamai and Boh Phut are ideal for travellers wishing to spend their holidays in peace and solitude. Ao Thong Sai is a popular destination for a family visit. Most beaches have beach bars, sun umbrellas, restaurants and sun loungers.

Important sightseeing options include Buddhist temples like Wat Laem Saw, Wat Phra Yai and Wat Samret. The Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo, Namuang Safari Park and Ang Thong Marine National Park are good for young visitors. Visitors can polish their culinary skills by subscribing to The Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts.

The resorts in Koh Samui offer exciting nightlife and have a wide array of international and local cuisines. Formal restaurants and street food stalls are also available. Shopping is fun around the Chaweng and Nathon area but some resorts even have their private boutique shops.