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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.
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.
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.
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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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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:
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.
After getting to the mainland it is very easy to get buses to any major city in Thailand.
With sealed roads it is very easy and cheap to get around the island in the back of a pick up truck.
Apart from tours or chartering a boat, there are no internal passenger connections.
All of the beaches being like little towns they have plenty of eating options.
If looking for a large night life it is best to stick to the bigger and more crowded beaches.
Most beaches have a range of accommodation from budget to luxury.
|AKWA Guesthouse||28/12 Chewang Beach Road Koh Samui||Guesthouse||77|
|Amarin Victoria Resort||12/71 Moo 1, Tumbol Mae Nam, Koh Samui, Suratthani||Hotel||82|
|ARKbar Beach Resort||159/89, Moo 2, Chaweng Beach Bophut||hotel||-|
|Atlantis Resort and Spa||63/150 Moo 5 , Choengmon, T. Bophut, Koh Samui, Su||Hotel||-|
|Baan Hin Sai Chaweng Noi Boutique Resort and Spa||5/5 Moo 3, Bophud||Hotel||74|
|Banburee Resort & Spa||102/8 Moo 3 Laem Set Road, Namuang||Hotel||-|
|Buddy Samui Boutique Hotel||173/24 Robkoh Road Maret||Hotel||-|
|Chaweng Budget Hotel||Moo 3 Bophut Chaweng Beach||hotel||-|
|Chaweng Cove Resotel||17/4 Moo 3, Bophut Chaweng Beach||hotel||-|
|Chaweng Garden Beach Resort||162/8 Chaweng Beach||Hotel||-|
|Chaweng Lakeview Condotel||71/50 Moo 6 Koh Samui||Hotel||82|
|Cinnamon Beach Villas||146/6 Moo4,Kho Samui Suratthani 84310||Hotel||-|
|Coconut Resort and Spa||114/1 M. 4 Taling-ngam Koh Samui||hotel||-|
|Como Resort Samui||58 Moo 4||hotel||84|
|Destination Beach Resort & Spa||69/34 Moo 5 Bophut||hostel||-|
|Embassy Guesthouse||3/26 moo2 Chewang Beach Bophut||Guesthouse||70|
|Embassy Lakeview||Moo 2||Guesthouse||-|
|Fair House Villas||39 Moo 1 Maenam||Hotel||-|
|First Bungalow Beach Resort||4/6 Moo 3 Chaweng Beach Bophut||hotel||-|
|Fullmoon House Samui||124/301 Moo3, Lamai Beach Rd., Maret Suratthani||Hotel||72|
|German Guesthouse||6/40 Moo 3 84320 Bophut||Guesthouse||-|
|Grand Sea View Resotel||175/4 Moo 3 Angthong||hotel||-|
|Harry's Bungalows & Restaurant||26/5-9 Mu4 Wat Naprahlarn Mae Num||Hotel||-|
|Hi Coral Cove Bungalow||Between Chaweng and Lamai 210/3 moo4, Tumbon Maret||Hostel||-|
|Hutcha Resort||82/11 Moo1, Maenam Suratthani||Hotel||-|
|I-Bed||124/24 MOO 3 Lamai Beach||Hostel||-|
|Jinta Beach Samui||Tong krude beach Taling gnam,Namoeng||Hotel||-|
|Jinta City Hotel||310/7 Moo 3 Tumbol Angthong Suratthani||Guesthouse||77|
|Joy Residence||28/19 Moo. 3 Bohphut||hotel||-|
|Kandaburi Resort & Spa||20 Moo2 Chaweng - Chongmon Road Bophut Suratthani||hotel||-|
|Laem Din Hotel||3/57 Moo 2 - Soi Poonsawad Chaweng Beach||Hotel||81|
|Lamai Wanta Resort||124/264 Moo 3, Tumbon Maret||hotel||-|
|Maya Boutique Resort & Spa||9/193 Moo 4, Bond-Kai Road Tumbol Bophut||Hotel||-|
|MM Hill Hotel||140/140 Moo 6 Tambol Bophud||hotel||-|
|Moby Dick Guesthouse||168/37 Moo 2 Chaweng Beach Koh Samui, Surat Thani||Guesthouse||69|
|Moonlight Budget Guest House & Hostel||90/10 Moo 2 Bophut Chaweng Beach Road||Hostel||-|
|Natural Wing Health Spa and Resort||11/5 Moo 6, Bang Por Beach Maenam||Hotel||-|
|New Star Beach Resort||83 Moo 3 Bophut Chaweng Noi Beach||Hotel||-|
|Nid's Bungalows||Soi Poolsawad, Chaweng Koh Samui||Guesthouse||78|
|Panupong Apartment||147/1 Moo.2, Chaweng Beach Bophut||Apartment||-|
|Paradise Beach Resort||18/8 Maenam Beach||Hotel||-|
|Pavilion Samui Boutique Resort||124/24 Moo 3 Lamai Beach||hotel||-|
|Peace Resort||178 Moo 1, Bophut Beach||hotel||-|
|Penzy Guesthouse||37/75 Soi Alibaba Chaweng Beach||Guesthouse||85|
|Phalarn Inn Samui||28/1 m.4 Maenam Beach||Guesthouse||75|
|Rajapruek Samui Resort||95/5 Moo 2 Lipa Noi Thong Yang Beach||Hotel||82|
|Rak Samui Residence||106/26 Ring Road Bophut||guesthouse||-|
|Royal Cottage Residence||101/21, Moo 3, Tambol Maret Amphoe||hostel||-|
|Samui Beach Apartments||28/14 Moo 3, Chewang Beach, Bophut||Apartment||74|
|Samui Beach Resort||124/11 Moo 3 T Maret Lamai Koh Samui, 84310 Surat-Thani||Hostel||81|
|Samui Beverlyhills||211 Moo4 Tumbol Maret||hotel||-|
|Samui Cliff View Resort & Spa||211/1 Moo 4, T. Maret||Hotel||-|
|Samui dojo Resort||Samui Dojo Resort 404/7 Himathong Road Moo 1, Marat||hotel||88|
|Samui Garden Home||97/11 Moo.1, T.maret Koh Samui, Suratthani||Guesthouse||-|
|Samui Heritage Resort||157/43, Moo.1, Bophut Koh Samui, Suratthani 84320||Hotel||-|
|Samui Honey Cottages||24/34 Moo 5 Tambon Bophut Bo Phut / Choeng Mon Koh Samui, Suratthani||hostel||-|
|Samui Island Beach Resort & Hotel||154/3 Moo 2, Boput Chaweng Beach Koh Samui, Suratthani||hotel||-|
|Samui Native Resort and Spa||13/3 Moo 2 Maenam Soi 4||hotel||-|
|Samui Orchid Resort & Aquarium||33/2 Moo 2, T. Maret||hotel||83|
|Samui Palm Beach Resort||175/3 Thaveerat-Pakdee Road Bophut, Koh Samui||hotel||-|
|Samui Reef View Resort||404/23 Moo 1 T. Maret||hotel||89|
|Samui Sense Beach Resort||124/61 Moo 3 Maret Lamai Beach Amphur||Hotel||-|
|Sand Sea Resort & Spa||155 Moo 4 T.Maret Lamai Beach||hotel||82|
|Saver Guesthouse||17/56 Moo.3 Chaweng Beach,||Guesthouse||-|
|Seascape Beach Resort||28/14 Moo 3 Chaweng Beach||hostel||86|
|Sibaja Palms Samui Resort||Nara Taling Ngam Rd. 39/1 - 39/6 Moo 3, Taling||hotel||-|
|Sukasem Bungalows||206 Lamai Beach Koh Samui||apartment||80|
|Sunny Guesthouse||37/77 Moo 3, Soi Alibaba Chaweng Beach||Guesthouse||-|
|The Boardroom Beach Bungalows||21/1 Moo 4, Banrak,(Big Buddha)Bophut||Hotel||84|
|The Empire||111/2 Moo 3 Bophut||Guesthouse||76|
|The Imperial Boat House Hotel||83 Moo 5 Choeng Mon Beach||Hotel||-|
|The Imperial Samui Hotel||86 Moo 3 Chaweng Noi Beach Bophut||Hotel||-|
|The Kala Samui||210/8 Moo 4 Tambon Maret||Hotel||-|
|The Passage Samui Resort||57/6-7 Moo 5, Angthong||Hotel||-|
|Tropical Garden Lounge||19/9 Moo 1 Maenam||Guesthouse||73|
|Chaweng Tara||6/36 M.3 T.Bophut Suratthani||HOTEL||-|
|Rich Resort Beachside Hotel||109/12 M3 Maret Lamai Beach||HOTEL||79|
|green canyon||127/7 Moo 3 Maret||Guesthouse||86|
|Chaweng Bay View Resort||9/39 Moo2 Chaweng Beach, Bophut,Koh Samui Suratthani||Hotel||-|
|Wimaan Buri Resort||222 Moo 6, Bophut Koh Samui Suratthani||Hotel||-|
|Monkey Samui Hostel||66/4, Moo 5, Ban PlyLam, Bo Put, Kho Samui, Surat Thani||HOSTEL||81|
|Aloha Resort||128 Moo 3, Lamai Beah T.Maret||Hotel||-|
|Hakuna Matata Hotel||119/22 Moo 2 Chaweng beach road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Kinnaree Resort||73/2,moo4,bo phut, koh samui||HOTEL||81|
|Punnpreeda Hip Resort||32 Moo 4 Bangrak Beach Bophud, Koh Samui, Suratthani 84320||Hotel||-|
|Moonlight-Samui||9/57 Moo2, Bophut, Koh Samui, Suratthani 84320||Apartment||78|
|Auberge Resort||Auberge Resort 143 Moo 4 Lamai||HOSTEL||-|
|Z Hotel||155/36 Moo 2 Chaweng Beach||HOSTEL||72|
|Samui Laguna Resort||124/103 Moo 3, Lamai Beach Koh Samui, Suratthani||Hotel||-|
|Baantai Cluster||101/34 Moo 3 Tambon Maret||Hostel||-|
|The Wave Samui||11/5 Moo 2 Chaweng Beach Road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Tuk Tuk Hotel||73/28-29, Moo 4||Hotel||-|
|Siva Buri Resort||127/199 moo 3 maret||Hotel||-|
|Mobydick Guesthouse||Soi Mango||Guesthouse||-|
|Buddy Oriental Samui Boutique Hotel||173/41 Robkoh Rd Maret||Hotel||-|
|Nomads Paradise Resort Koh Samui||18/8 Moo 1 Maenam Beach||HOSTEL||-|
|The Lounge||77/20, Moo 4 Bangrak, Bophut, Koh Samui||HOSTEL||-|
|Chaweng Grand View Resort||83/71 Moo.2, Boh Put||Hotel||-|
|Backpacker Samui Hostel||191/13 Moo 2 Chaweng||HOSTEL||-|
|Chaweng Beach Backpackers Hostel||Chaweng Beach Road koh samui||HOSTEL||-|
|Chaweng Place Samui||Near Chaweng Post Office 42/68 Mo 6, Tambon Bopud||HOTEL||-|
|Aloha Apartment||77/2 Moo 3||Apartment||-|
|Samui Backpakers||191/13 Moo.2 Bophut Koh Samui||Hostel||-|
|Citin Urbana||199 M 6 Bophut||HOTEL||-|
|Imperial Samui Beach Resort||86 Moo 3 Chaweng Noi Beach Bophut, Surat Than||Hotel||-|
|Sea Valley Hotel and Spa||123/3 moo 2 Lipa Noi Koh Samui||HOTEL||-|
|Siva Buri Resort||127/199, Moo 3 Maret||Hotel||-|
|BB Hotel Samui||155/34-35 Moo 2 Chaweng Beach T. Bophut||HOTEL||-|
|Samui Hostel||37/71 moo.3 Bophut, Chaweng Beach||HOSTEL||76|
|Sibaja Palms Sunset Beach Resort||Nara-Taling-Ngam Road 39/10-03 Taling Ngam||Hotel||-|
|Lotus Hotel Samui||119 / 61 Moo : 2 Chaweng Beach Road||HOTEL||88|
|Baan Smile Hostel||119/46 Chaweng Beach Road, Bo Phut||HOSTEL||81|
There are countless internet bars across the country in big and small towns. Internet cafés are widespread and most are inexpensive. Prices as low as 15 baht/hour are commonplace, and speed of connection is generally reasonable, but many cafes close at midnight. Higher prices prevail in major package-tourist destinations (60 baht/hour is typical, 120 baht/hour is not unusual). Keyloggers are all too often installed on the computers in cheap cafes, so be on your guard if using online banking, stock broking or even PayPal. Remember that in the smaller towns and more traditional areas the owners and staff of internet bars prefer if customers take off their shoes at the entrance and leave them outside. This might seem strange although this gesture goes a far way to make friends and give a positive image of foreigners to Thai people.
Outside the most competitive tourist areas, free Wi-Fi is not as common as in neighbouring countries in many budget hotels and guesthouses and they may charge small fee for Internet by LAN or Wi-Fi even if you bring your own laptop. Wi-Fi is commonly available in cafes and restaurants serving Westerners.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The international code for Thailand is 66. 999 connects to all emergency services. Standard GSM emergency number 112 is supported in mobile networks. 911 for Tourist Police Department, English available.
For mobile phone users, Thailand has three GSM mobile service providers - AIS, DTAC and Truemove - which may be useful if you have a mobile phone that will work on either one or both of the GSM 900 or 1800 frequency bands (consult your phone's technical specifications). If you have one, you can buy a prepaid SIM card for any of the Thai carriers in any convenience store for as little as 50-200 baht and charge it up as you go. Using your own mobile phone while on holiday with a Thai pre-paid SIM card can save a lot of money and lets you give your number to family back home, so they can have an emergency contact number.
Thailand Post is the Thai postal service that deals with all local and international mail in Thailand. The business is operated from local post offices. Post offices are easy to recognise with their red white and blue motifs and the words 'Thailand Post' in English and Thai above the entrance. They are open from Monday to Saturday, usually 8:30am to 4:30pm (main ones until around 8:00pm), though keeping shorter hours on Saturdays (usually until 1:00pm). They are generally closed on Sundays and Public Holidays. Each post office offers a comprehensive service which includes an Express Mail Service (EMS) and parcel post. They also have a price calculator for letters, postcards and parcels, both domestically as well as internationally. They also have a track and trace system and money transfer services. If you want to send packages, it might be a good idea to check with private courier companies like DHL, TNT or UPS, as they are fast, reliable and generally quite competitively priced.
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