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Introduction

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Ko Samui (เกาะสมุย) is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand. It is the third largest island in Thailand and has a population of about 47,874 people making it very underpopulated. This island started as the originally hippy backpacker destinations in the 1970s and because of the influx of massive tourism the island has changed. Although many backpacker places can still be found, most of that scene has relocated to the nearby island of Ko Pha Ngan.

One of the major advantages of Ko Samui is that it is larger with more tourist options and has an international airport. Also there is an excellent road system around the island making it easy and cheap to get around. If looking for great diving, beaches and fun, Ko Samui is an amazing place.

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Geography

The island is located only 35 kilometres northwest of the mainland, in the Gulf of Thailand. It is the largest of about 60 islands that cover the area. The island is in a circular shape and about 15 kilometres from tip to tip. Most people live along the coast because the center of the island is very dense mountainous jungle. The highest point on the island is Khao Pom, which is 635 metres. The major port is in the town of Nathon on the southwest coast of the island.

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Cities

  • Nathon is seat of the regional government and commercial hub for Samui locals. If looking for cheap food or supplies this is the town to go to. There is an old Chinese district that is interesting.

Beaches

With the growth of tourism most beaches on Ko Samui have turned into towns aimed to make foreign tourists happy. Therefore during most trips one never really has to leave the area around the beach.

  • Chaweng Beach is a large beach on the northeast coast. It is the most crowded and tourist friendly beach on the island. Along the beach there is lodging ranging from budget bungalows to luxury villas. 100 metres from the beach there is a bustling town with all kinds of western and asian food options, including a Starbucks.
  • Lamai Beach - Just south of Chaweng Beach is this smaller beach that is a little more chill and cheaper then its neighbour to the north.
  • Maenam Beach is on the north coast of the island giving this beach amazing views! Its golden sand beach is stunning and is usually less crowded then the east coast beaches. The area is still heavily Thai making food and housing more reasonably priced.
  • Bophut Beach - Known as the Fisherman's Village this beach has a more chill vibe and is a good place to relax.
  • Bang Rak Beach is home to Big Buddha, which makes it a is very relaxed beach and close to the airport.
  • Choeng Mon Beach is one of the smallest tourist beaches on the island, although it lies in a nice secluded bay on the north eastern tip of Koh Samui. This is a nice place if looking for some peace and quiet.
  • Ao Tong Takian Beach - Also known as Silver Beach, for its white sands, this small cove just north of Lamai Beach has always been popular with the ganja fans for decades.
  • Lipa Noi Beach is the only good swimming beach on the west coast of coast of the island. Looking due west it has amazing sunsets every night. Also this is one of the least touristy beaches on the island.

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Sights and Activities

Koh Samui Temple

Koh Samui Temple

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  • Big Buddha is an impressive 12-metre-high statue of Buddha. The Buddha rests at the top of the dragon-steps at the Wat Phra Yai temple on Bang Rak Beach.
  • Wat Khunaram - This nice temple has the mummified remains of Loung Pordaeng, a monk who died while meditating.
  • Ang Thong National Marine Park - Take a wonderful day trip to this beautiful national park.
  • Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks are at the south end of Lamai Beach and amuse tourists by their similarity to a penis and vagina.
  • Hiking - Explore the mountainous jungle of the interior of the island with a guide and see some impressive forests, gardens, water falls and rubber plantations.
  • Na Muang Falls are some pretty falls in the center of the island.
  • Muay Thai Boxing - Watch regular matches at several of the more popular beaches.
  • Animal Activities - Go for an elephant trek, check out a crocodile or snake farm and maybe go watch a monkey show. For the more relaxed person maybe a few hours in a butterfly garden would be nice.

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Events and Festivals

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Weather

Like much of Thailand, Ko Samui has a warm tropical climate with high temperatures and humidity. Temperatures during the day average between 29 °C and 32 °C (May - September being the warmest time) while nights are mostly around 24 °C or 25 °C. Unlike much of Thailand though, there is not a very dry or very wet season. Rain is possible during most of the year and most of this falls during October (300mm) and especially November (400mm). Then from December to March, there are still heavy rainshowers possible, while from April it becomes drier regarding the amount of rain, but there are more days with rain (around 20 versus 12-14 during December to March), meaning less intense rain.

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Getting There

By Plane

Boat to Ko Samui

Boat to Ko Samui

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Samui Airport (USM) is a privately owned airport approximately 2 kilometres from Chaweng Beach. Interestingly the airport has no indoor area, except for the gift shop. There are domestic flights to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Phuket and U-Tapao. There are also international flights to Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Penang. The airlines that fly in and out of Samui Airport are:

By Boat

There are several ferry ports on the island, with main ferry entrance being at Nathon. Several smaller ferry ports are at Bang Rak Beach and Maenam Beach, which have boats going to and from Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao.

By Bus

After getting to the mainland it is very easy to get buses to any major city in Thailand.

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Getting Around

By Car

With sealed roads it is very easy and cheap to get around the island in the back of a pick up truck.

By Boat

Apart from tours or chartering a boat, there are no internal passenger connections.

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Eat

All of the beaches being like little towns they have plenty of eating options.

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Drink

If looking for a large night life it is best to stick to the bigger and more crowded beaches.

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Sleep

Most beaches have a range of accommodation from budget to luxury.

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
AKWA Guesthouse28/12 Chewang Beach Road Koh SamuiGuesthouse78
Amarin Victoria Resort12/71 Moo 1, Tumbol Mae Nam, Koh Samui, SuratthaniHotel-
ARKbar Beach Resort159/89, Moo 2, Chaweng Beach Bophuthotel-
Atlantis Resort and Spa63/150 Moo 5 , Choengmon, T. Bophut, Koh Samui, SuHotel-
Baan Hin Sai Chaweng Noi Boutique Resort and Spa5/5 Moo 3, BophudHotel82
Banburee Resort & Spa102/8 Moo 3 Laem Set Road, NamuangHotel-
Buddy Samui Boutique Hotel173/24 Robkoh Road MaretHotel-
Chaweng Budget HotelMoo 3 Bophut Chaweng Beachhotel-
Chaweng Cove Resotel17/4 Moo 3, Bophut Chaweng Beachhotel-
Chaweng Garden Beach Resort162/8 Chaweng BeachHotel-
Chaweng Lakeview Condotel71/50 Moo 6 Koh SamuiHotel82
Cinnamon Beach Villas146/6 Moo4,Kho Samui Suratthani 84310Hotel-
Coconut Resort and Spa114/1 M. 4 Taling-ngam Koh Samuihotel-
Como Resort Samui58 Moo 4hotel69
Destination Beach Resort & Spa69/34 Moo 5 Bophuthostel-
Embassy Guesthouse3/26 moo2 Chewang Beach BophutGuesthouse84
Embassy LakeviewMoo 2Guesthouse-
Fair House Villas39 Moo 1 MaenamHotel-
First Bungalow Beach Resort4/6 Moo 3 Chaweng Beach Bophuthotel-
Fullmoon House Samui124/301 Moo3, Lamai Beach Rd., Maret SuratthaniHotel80
German Guesthouse6/40 Moo 3 84320 BophutGuesthouse-
Grand Sea View Resotel175/4 Moo 3 Angthonghotel-
Harry's Bungalows & Restaurant26/5-9 Mu4 Wat Naprahlarn Mae NumHotel79
Hi Coral Cove BungalowBetween Chaweng and Lamai 210/3 moo4, Tumbon MaretHostel-
Hutcha Resort82/11 Moo1, Maenam SuratthaniHotel85
I-Bed124/24 MOO 3 Lamai BeachHostel86
Jinta Beach SamuiTong krude beach Taling gnam,NamoengHotel-
Jinta City Hotel310/7 Moo 3 Tumbol Angthong SuratthaniGuesthouse72
Joy Residence28/19 Moo. 3 Bohphuthotel-
Kandaburi Resort & Spa20 Moo2 Chaweng - Chongmon Road Bophut Suratthanihotel-
Laem Din Hotel3/57 Moo 2 - Soi Poonsawad Chaweng BeachHotel85
Lamai Wanta Resort124/264 Moo 3, Tumbon Marethotel-
Maya Boutique Resort & Spa9/193 Moo 4, Bond-Kai Road Tumbol BophutHotel-
MM Hill Hotel140/140 Moo 6 Tambol Bophudhotel-
Moby Dick Guesthouse168/37 Moo 2 Chaweng Beach Koh Samui, Surat ThaniGuesthouse75
Moonlight Budget Guest House & Hostel90/10 Moo 2 Bophut Chaweng Beach RoadHostel-
Natural Wing Health Spa and Resort11/5 Moo 6, Bang Por Beach MaenamHotel-
New Star Beach Resort83 Moo 3 Bophut Chaweng Noi BeachHotel-
Nid's BungalowsSoi Poolsawad, Chaweng Koh SamuiGuesthouse73
Panupong Apartment147/1 Moo.2, Chaweng Beach BophutApartment-
Paradise Beach Resort18/8 Maenam BeachHotel-
Pavilion Samui Boutique Resort124/24 Moo 3 Lamai Beachhotel-
Peace Resort178 Moo 1, Bophut Beachhotel-
Penzy Guesthouse37/75 Soi Alibaba Chaweng BeachGuesthouse89
Phalarn Inn Samui28/1 m.4 Maenam BeachGuesthouse79
Rajapruek Samui Resort95/5 Moo 2 Lipa Noi Thong Yang BeachHotel76
Rak Samui Residence106/26 Ring Road Bophutguesthouse-
Royal Cottage Residence101/21, Moo 3, Tambol Maret Amphoehostel-
Samui Beach Apartments28/14 Moo 3, Chewang Beach, BophutApartment78
Samui Beach Resort124/11 Moo 3 T Maret Lamai Koh Samui, 84310 Surat-ThaniHostel88
Samui Beverlyhills211 Moo4 Tumbol Marethotel-
Samui Cliff View Resort & Spa211/1 Moo 4, T. MaretHotel-
Samui dojo ResortSamui Dojo Resort 404/7 Himathong Road Moo 1, Marathotel-
Samui Garden Home97/11 Moo.1, T.maret Koh Samui, SuratthaniGuesthouse-
Samui Heritage Resort157/43, Moo.1, Bophut Koh Samui, Suratthani 84320Hotel-
Samui Honey Cottages24/34 Moo 5 Tambon Bophut Bo Phut / Choeng Mon Koh Samui, Suratthanihostel-
Samui Island Beach Resort & Hotel154/3 Moo 2, Boput Chaweng Beach Koh Samui, Suratthanihotel-
Samui Native Resort and Spa13/3 Moo 2 Maenam Soi 4hotel-
Samui Orchid Resort & Aquarium33/2 Moo 2, T. Marethotel84
Samui Palm Beach Resort175/3 Thaveerat-Pakdee Road Bophut, Koh Samuihotel-
Samui Reef View Resort404/23 Moo 1 T. Marethotel89
Samui Sense Beach Resort124/61 Moo 3 Maret Lamai Beach AmphurHotel-
Sand Sea Resort & Spa155 Moo 4 T.Maret Lamai Beachhotel83
Saver Guesthouse17/56 Moo.3 Chaweng Beach,Guesthouse-
Seascape Beach Resort28/14 Moo 3 Chaweng Beachhostel86
Sibaja Palms Samui ResortNara Taling Ngam Rd. 39/1 - 39/6 Moo 3, Talinghotel-
Sukasem Bungalows206 Lamai Beach Koh Samuiapartment80
Sunny Guesthouse37/77 Moo 3, Soi Alibaba Chaweng BeachGuesthouse-
The Boardroom Beach Bungalows21/1 Moo 4, Banrak,(Big Buddha)BophutHotel88
The Empire111/2 Moo 3 BophutGuesthouse80
The Imperial Boat House Hotel83 Moo 5 Choeng Mon BeachHotel-
The Imperial Samui Hotel86 Moo 3 Chaweng Noi Beach BophutHotel-
The Kala Samui210/8 Moo 4 Tambon MaretHotel-
The Passage Samui Resort57/6-7 Moo 5, AngthongHotel-
Tropical Garden Lounge19/9 Moo 1 MaenamGuesthouse78
Chaweng Tara6/36 M.3 T.Bophut SuratthaniHOTEL-
Rich Resort Beachside Hotel109/12 M3 Maret Lamai BeachHOTEL83
green canyon127/7 Moo 3 MaretGuesthouse86
Chaweng Bay View Resort9/39 Moo2 Chaweng Beach, Bophut,Koh Samui SuratthaniHotel-
Wimaan Buri Resort222 Moo 6, Bophut Koh Samui SuratthaniHotel-
Monkey Samui Hostel66/4, Moo 5, Ban PlyLam, Bo Put, Kho Samui, Surat ThaniHOSTEL77
Aloha Resort128 Moo 3, Lamai Beah T.MaretHotel-
Hakuna Matata Hotel119/22 Moo 2 Chaweng beach roadGUESTHOUSE-
Kinnaree Resort73/2,moo4,bo phut, koh samuiHOTEL81
Punnpreeda Hip Resort32 Moo 4 Bangrak Beach Bophud, Koh Samui, Suratthani 84320Hotel-
Moonlight-Samui9/57 Moo2, Bophut, Koh Samui, Suratthani 84320Apartment79
Auberge ResortAuberge Resort 143 Moo 4 LamaiHOSTEL-
Z Hotel155/36 Moo 2 Chaweng BeachHOSTEL74
Samui Laguna Resort124/103 Moo 3, Lamai Beach Koh Samui, SuratthaniHotel-
Baantai Cluster101/34 Moo 3 Tambon MaretHostel-
The Wave Samui11/5 Moo 2 Chaweng Beach RoadGUESTHOUSE-
Tuk Tuk Hotel73/28-29, Moo 4Hotel-
Siva Buri Resort127/199 moo 3 maretHotel-
Mobydick GuesthouseSoi MangoGuesthouse-
Buddy Oriental Samui Boutique Hotel173/41 Robkoh Rd MaretHotel-
Nomads Paradise Resort Koh Samui18/8 Moo 1 Maenam BeachHOSTEL-
The Lounge77/20, Moo 4 Bangrak, Bophut, Koh SamuiHOSTEL-
Chaweng Grand View Resort83/71 Moo.2, Boh PutHotel-
Backpacker Samui Hostel191/13 Moo 2 ChawengHOSTEL-
Chaweng Beach Backpackers HostelChaweng Beach Road koh samuiHOSTEL-
Chaweng Place SamuiNear Chaweng Post Office 42/68 Mo 6, Tambon BopudHOTEL-
Aloha Apartment77/2 Moo 3Apartment-
Samui Backpakers191/13 Moo.2 Bophut Koh SamuiHostel-
Citin Urbana199 M 6 BophutHOTEL-
Imperial Samui Beach Resort86 Moo 3 Chaweng Noi Beach Bophut, Surat ThanHotel-
Sea Valley Hotel and Spa123/3 moo 2 Lipa Noi Koh SamuiHOTEL-
Siva Buri Resort127/199, Moo 3 MaretHotel-
BB Hotel Samui155/34-35 Moo 2 Chaweng Beach T. BophutHOTEL-
Samui Hostel37/71 moo.3 Bophut, Chaweng BeachHOSTEL78
Sibaja Palms Sunset Beach ResortNara-Taling-Ngam Road 39/10-03 Taling NgamHotel-
Lotus Hotel Samui119 / 61 Moo : 2 Chaweng Beach RoadHOTEL-
Baan Smile Hostel119/46 Chaweng Beach Road, Bo PhutHOSTEL-

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 9.5342253898258
  • Longitude: 99.9353742599487

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