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Koh Samui

Ko Samui is the premier island destination in the Gulf of Thailand. Samui is easily accessible, features beautiful beaches and a variety of activities, and caters to visitors on any budget.

Ko Samui, Thailand’s second most popular island destination, is located in the Gulf of Thailand roughly 700 km. south of Bangkok and 80 km. from Thailand’s southern coast. Samui is the third largest island in Thailand and the largest in an archipelago of more than 80 islands that includes the Ang Thong National Marine Park, a kayaking paradise and day trip from Ko Samui. While Samui is small enough to be circumnavigated in just a couple of hours by motorbike or car, the island features such a variety of beaches and activities that it would be impossible to experience everything in a single visit. However, this was not always the case. Until the late 20th century, Samui was home to a small community engaged primarily in fishing and harvesting coconuts. There were not even any roads on the island until the early 1970’s. However, once foreign visitors discovered this island gem, lush with tropical forest, fringed with palm tree lined stretches of golden sand, and surrounded by pellucid, aquamarine water, development quickly followed. Today the beaches of Chaweng and Lamai are bustling beach towns with fabulous beach resorts, internationally acclaimed restaurants, and world-class nightclubs. Activities around Ko Samui include cooking courses, yoga instruction, Muay Thai training, scuba diving, and even golf. While there are a few quieter beaches that are ideal for relaxation, particularly those that feature some of the finest 5-star resorts in the world, and some that exude old world charm, such as Bo Phut, which features converted, old Chinese shop houses, Samui is a lively, exciting place than it was a few decades ago. Ko Samui has developed into its own style of island paradise, retaining much of its natural beauty while offering nearly every imaginable activity or service for the ultimate beach holiday.

Key Tips
  • While affordable and convenient, motorbikes are the cause of numerous accidents and fatalities; always wear a helmet, never drive drunk, and drive defensively at all times.
  • Negotiate all taxi and tuk-tuk fares prior to departing for your destination.
  • Be careful walking on the beach or swimming at night, particularly if alone.
  • Make sure your scuba diving instructor is fully certified.
  • Respect Thai values regarding dress: women should not go topless on the beach and men should not walk around shirtless other than at the beach.
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Accommodation
Q Signature Samui

Discover the perfect place to take a step back from the hectic pace of modern day life and just take it easy - The Q Signature Samui. This beautiful resort is located north of Chaweng Beach. With its ...

Samui Buri Beach Resort & Spa

Retreat to the Ko Samui seaside and experience the contemporary offerings of Mercure Samui Buri Resort. Situated in an idyllic position on Maenam Beach, just 25 minutes from Samui Airport, this peacef...

Lawana Resort Samui

Your dream vacation! You will be surrounded by the sun and the sea on our peaceful beach. Everything you expect from a tropical island vacation is here! Our resort is small and unique with only 40 bun...

Tours & Packages
Koh Samui Kayak Camp(2 Days 1 Night at Angthong National Park)

Angthong National Marine park is an archipelago in the Gulf of Thailand consisting of 42 separate islands. The principle islands are Phaluai, Wau T a Lap, Mea Ko, Sam Sao, Hin Dap, Nai Phudh, and Phai...

Food & Drink
Big John Seafood

Big John Restaurant, named in memory of the man who built the first bar on the land, is famous on the island for fresh seafood, bought daily from local fishermen. The seafood platter, a mixture of fre...

Green Olive

English chef Ian Sherlock prides himself on the freshness of his produce, sourced daily from local markets. With daily changes to the seafood menu, the personal touch extends to the dining area where ...

Prasuthon

Thai food has transcended from street food to be hailed as one of the world’s culinary masterpieces – at Nora Beach Resort you’ll see why. As Nora’s main restaurant, the Prasuthon offers Royal Thai di...