The best time to visit Koh Samui is from late December to April, that’s when the weather is sunny and pleasant for sightseeing as well as enjoying the different activities there. You can also visit here from May to September, although the weather is still sunny, you might get a bit of rain, but lesser number of tourists during this time would make your trip perfect.
- Samui International Airport is also known as Koh Samui Airport is currently the country’s seventh busiest airport. The airport is connected to major cities across Asia like Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. It is also connected to Thai cities like Krabi, Phuket, Pattaya and Bangkok.
- The other way to get in is by boat from Surat Thani and other nearby places.
Brimming with life and a rich culture, Koh Samui is a perfect holiday destination offering multiple options for all kinds of travellers. Koh Samui offers a lot of different experiences and has gorgeous and unique attractions that will leave you delighted.
- Ang Thong National Marine Park
- Big Buddha shrine
- Bophut Fisherman’s Village
- Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks (the Grandpa and Grandma rocks)
- Koh Tao or ‘Turtle Island’
- Wat Plai Laem Temple
- Na Muang waterfalls
- Secret Buddha Garden
- Wat Khunaram
- Samui Aquarium and Zoo
- Maenam Beach
- Laem Sor Pagoda
Koh Samui is one of the most visited islands in Thailand. Being a famous beach and party destination there are numerous things to do here that will keep your adrenaline pumping.
- Watch the Ladyboy Cabaret Show at Chaweng Beach
- Explore the Secret Buddha Garden
- Visit the Koh Samui Snake Farm for various performance by trained professionals
- Go Scuba Diving near Koh Samui
- Party at Chaweng Beach
- Go on a ‘Thai Experience’ dinner
- Zipline at Canopy Adventures
- Hike around Elephant Rock
- Go karting and ATV Rides
- Mountain biking in Maenam Valley
- Sea Walking in Koh Tan, Koh Nang Yuan and Koh Tao
- Camping near Hin Lad Waterfall
- Parasailing and Paragliding
- Canoeing in the Ang Thong National Marine Park
- Windsurfing and Kiteboarding
- Kayaking at Coral Island
- Elephant trekking at Namuang Safari Park
- Jet skiing at Koh Tan
- Sky fox rides
- Sail and explore the exotic islands
- Stand up paddling at Big Buddha Beach
- Deep Sea fishing near Ang Thong Marine Park
In Samui, you can feast on fish, shellfish, crab, lobster, squid, prawn, and seaweed freshly caught on a daily basis. Prepared Thai-style, with tamarind, lemon, ginger or basil coconut sauces, Samui seafood is second-to-none in popularity.
- Samui is also known to produce the best coconuts in Thailand so you’ll want to add a fresh coconut to your daily routine – they’re incredible. Coconut jam should earn a worthy place in your souvenir stash, too.
- Going to The Thai Experience Restaurant is a dinner like no other. It is a place where everyone is social right from the beginning. You will be greeted with a cocktail and introduced to all the other guests. For dinner you can taste and experiment many different types of Thai food being brought out for all to sample.
- Hua Thanon Fishing Village - There’s some good street food for sale here — keep an eye out for banana-leaf-wrapped hor mok pla (fish steamed with coconut milk).
- Apart from these, Thailand is full of restaurants, cafes and street food stalls, each with its own unique ambience and style of cooking. The night markets are usually packed with unique Thai food stalls, for you to try out different Thai flavours on a budget.
Below mentioned is the best public transport to commute around Koh Samui:
- Songthaew - The main ring road for Songthaews is 51km and cuts through every major beach town. It is the most popular and convenient way around Koh Samui.
- Taxis- This is the best way for a little far off destinations or routes. Although you need to bargain and set the rate in advance so as not to be fleeced.
- Scooter taxis - These are the best way to travel for a wilder experience of Koh Samui.
- Rental bicycles - If you’re feeling particularly energetic and eco-friendly, there are some shops available for renting bicycles, also making it the cheapest way of moving around Koh Samui.
Like the rest of the country, the people in Koh Samui speak Thai as well. Today, Standard Thai is spoken by over 20 million people, but there are also over ten other related Tai languages and dialects spoken in the country. Some of the common Thai greetings are:
- Hello - S?w?s?d? (Su- ad- ni)
- How are you? - Khu? p?n x??ngr? (Khun pen hyangrai)
- Good morning - S?w?s?d? txn chê? (Su- ad- ni ton chaoo)
- Good night - R?tr? s?w?s?di? (Ratri su-aad)
- What is the price of this? - R?kh? n?? kh??x xar? (Rakha ni khu arai)
- How far is ? - K?l khæ? h??n (Kluai khae nai)
Below mentioned are the best shopping places:
- Central Festival Samui - This mall describes itself as 'the most complete and largest lifestyle shopping complex in Samui’.
- Koh Samui’s capital Nathon Town - There are Chinese shop houses that sell a wide range of goods including lots of gold. If you are looking for souvenirs this will be the cheapest place on the island to purchase them.
- Lamai Walking Street (aka Lamai Jai Dee Walking Street) - This is held every Sunday on Lamai Beach Road. The road is closed off to traffic and is full of stalls selling clothes, handicrafts and local street food
- Chaweng Beach - There is a market nearby that sells traditional items as well as various crafts and fabrics.
- Fisherman’s Village Walking Street - It brings the quiet, sleepy town of Bophut to life every Friday from 17:00 to 23:00.
- Elephant Walk Koh Samui - It is a small night market which opens every night in Fisherman’s Village which is a fun and quirky shopping experience in Bophut and a good place to find some interesting souvenirs.
- Lamai Night Bazaar - A mini-version of Bangkok's Patpong night market. With lots of pirated goods, copied clothes, trashy 'Swiss' army knives, the usual displays of flip flops.
Koh Samui beaches are world-famous for their fine white sands and crystal clear waters, as well as the wild parties under the soft light of the full moon. Fringed by coconut palm trees and various adventure activities, the beaches in Koh Samui are worth a visit
- Chaweng Beach - From beachside hotels to sophisticated cocktail bars, Chaweng is the busiest and most popular beach in Koh Samui. Chaweng's nightlife is streets ahead of anywhere else on Samui.
- Maenam Beach - If you are looking for a cheaper location on the island to stay and also hang out on the beach, this would be the ideal choice.
- Lipa Noi Beach - is the most child friendly of the beaches on Koh Samui, the water is completely clear of rocks and coral and the water remains shallow for a very long way.
- Bophut Beach - It sweeps down several kilometres between Bangrak and Maenam beaches. It is also famous for the charming Fisherman’s village which is probably one of the oldest places on the island.
- Lamai Beach - It is a lot quieter and not as busy as other beaches. You can enjoy swimming here or just relax at the various beach bars and restaurants, sipping on cocktail and tasting great food.
- Choeng Mon beach - It is made up of a series of bays on the northeastern tip of Samui Island. Dominated by a handful of three- to five-star resorts, it is a still a quiet beach where you can enjoy snorkelling as well as kayaking to its nearby islets.
- Silver Beach is a 250m-long tropical beach paradise set in a charming little bay located just north of Lamai Beach. You can enjoy good sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling here.
Snorkeling and scuba diving is an exotic experience and journey into a whole new world. The underwater marine life is vibrant, picturesque as well as scary at times.
- The best locations for snorkeling are e in Koh Tao, Koh Nang Yuan, The Ang Thong National Marine Park and Koh Pha Ngan.
- Sail Rock is a prime place for scuba diving with colourful coral gardens. Advanced divers can enjoy and dive in at Chumpon as well.
Koh Samui offers much in the way natural beauty, with tropical vegetation, hidden waterfalls, indigenous species and fascinating rock formations most of which remain unseen by most visitors to Samui. Cycling Tours will take you beyond this to immerse the unspoilt beauty of the island.
- A half day cycling tour will take you by beautiful and quiet southern beaches, Coconut trails and tracks, through beautiful rubber plantations, you can also visit the amazing Pagoda Temple etc. You can also cycle through and see the exotic Five Islands of Koh Madsum, Koh Rarb, Koh Tan and Koh Phang.
- For a full day cycling tour you can Ride through the Muslim Fishing Village market and Mosque, Ride around the Southern reservoir, Visit beautiful quiet southern beaches, Ride along the Coconut trails and tracks, Visit small Fishing Villages, Ride through beautiful rubber plantations, Visit the amazing Pagoda Temple, Short walk to the Golden Buddha, White Pagoda and most southern point on Samui, Ride into Phang Ka Bay etc
Below mentioned are the best places for water activities in Koh Samui:
- Stand up Paddling at Ban Tai, Big Buddha Beach, Taling Ngam Beach and Lamai Beach
- Kayaking and Canoeing at Coral Island as well as the Ang Thong National Park
- Kiteboarding in Maenam, Bophut and some other beaches
- Windsurfing is perfect on the East Coast beaches of Chaweng, Lamai, Bophut and Maenam.
- Sea Walking in Koh Tan, Koh Nang Yuan and Koh Tao
Koh Samui has several golf areas and green regions to best enjoy golfing. The golf courses have 9 hole courses where anyone, from a novice to an expert can enjoy playing. The famous golf courses in Koh Samui are :
- Santiburi Samui Country Club which is currently the only 18 hole golf course in Koh Samui and has earned its nickname as the beast of Samui.
- Royal Samui Golf & Country Club is a 9 hole golf course is located between Chaweng and Lamai
Namuang Safari Park provides elephant trekking through jungle trips. The trek takes you through varied flora, fauna and refreshing waterfalls for a dip. A trek with this mighty animal is a truly enriching experience.
The Koh Samui archipelago is home to over 50 gorgeous islands, many of which are uninhabited. Exploring this area by a chartered yacht or cruise is a delightful experience and a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Ideal for honeymooners, families and groups of friends, cruising in Koh Samui gives your holiday that extra added dimension of magic.
- You can book different types of cruising options from sunset cruises, half day charters, day charters or overnight trips to the neighboring islands.
- The idyllic islands for sailing include the Angthong National Marine Park, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and Koh Samui.
For those ardent and passionate fishing experts, Koh Samui is just the right place. You'll love Big Game Fishing here with an experienced captain and crew. This tour will take you to the richest waters around Samui to where the big underwater game is. Live bait, great atmosphere, on-board lunch and excitement guaranteed.
- The best places for fishing in Ko Samui are at the Ang Thong National Park, and along the islands of Ko Mudsoom, Ko Rarb, Ko Tan as well as Wang Bay.
- The regular catches include barracuda, cobia, shark, mackerel, sailfish, snapper, grouper, trevally and many more.
Koh Samui is known for its picturesque beaches, clear waters and its gorgeous natural scenery, but there’s more to the island than this.
- A sky fox ride over Samui’s tropical jungle on cable rides on a zip-line adventure offers amazing bird’s eye views of the lush rainforest. Zipping along from line to line and pretending to be a modern-day Jane or Tarzan is a perfect and unique way to complement your Samui stay. You can enjoy the Sky Fox Ride at Maenam, Bophut, Choeng, Chaweng and Lamai.
- Strap yourself to a chute, jump and fly with the currents of the wind, while enjoying the beautiful views and thrill of being right up there. The best place for paragliding is in the SouthEast part of the island.
- Glide through the air and enjoy the thrill of parasailing at Bophut Beach, Lamai Beach and Maenam Beach.
The Koh Samui islands apart from having a gorgeous landscape and rich culture is also home to wildlife and unique vegetation. Some of the best wildlife experiences in Koh Samui are
- Samui Aquarium and Zoo - You can see leopard sharks, catfish, tropical fish, and manta rays and feed the sea turtles here. After the aquarium you can head to the zoo which has many different species of animals, but most people come here for the majestic Bengal tigers which take part in a live show each day. You can also have your photograph taken with the tigers if you are brave enough.
- Koh Samui Snake Farm- Here trained professionals put up shows with snakes such as the king cobra and giant python. The snake wranglers find a way to make the snakes show off their fighting moves in front of an excited audience. You may also touch and hold some of the less dangerous snakes here.
- Ang Thong National Marine Park is a protected area of more than 100 square kilometres of land and sea, and home to a rich variety of exotic wildlife and sea creatures. You can hike through anyone of its various trails to see animals like dusky leaf monkey, long-tailed macaque, leopard cat, fishing cat, wild boar and smooth-coated otter etc. This is also an amazing place for rare bird watching.
Chaweng beach is the most happening area in Koh Samui. People usually flock here for the happening nightclubs and beach parties. Chaweng is nearly three kilometers long and you can make your way from one bar to another taking advantage of the cheap drinks and the loud music. If you want a drink in quieter surroundings then there are also some nice beach front bars offering a relaxing view and see breeze for a quiet evening.
- The most happening entertainment here are the Ladyboy Cabaret Shows which usually consist of popular songs being lip synced whilst the performers wear beautiful costumes and make up, the ladyboys are all at various stages of their journey but in most cases it is very hard to tell that they are men. The shows are light hearted so you’ll enjoy them thoroughly.