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"Idyllic, Sun-Drenched Getaway"

Koh Samui Tourism

The second-largest island of Thailand after Phuket, Ko Samui is a gem of an island in the Koh Samui (or Samui) Archipelago in the Gulf of Thailand. It is a part of the Surat Thani province and located 35km from Surat Thani. Once a hidden secret of only persevering travelers, Samui Island has transformed into one of Thailand's most visited tourist destinations. Breathtakingly beautiful beaches, a long coastline along the sea, dense mountainous forests, and luxurious resorts define Koh Samui. From the wealthiest holidaymakers to budget travelers, the island has something to offer everyone.

Koh Samui boasts a coastline with over 40 stunning beaches, each with unique charm. Whether you prefer the lively atmosphere of Chaweng Beach, the relaxed vibes of Lamai Beach, or the tranquil surroundings of Maenam Beach, you're sure to find the perfect spot to unwind. The island's beaches offer opportunities for water sports, family-friendly activities, and romantic sunsets, ensuring a beach experience tailored to your preferences. Additionally, the famous Fisherman's Village at Bophut Beach is a must-visit for its charming blend of boutique shops, beachfront dining, and the Friday Night Walking Street Market.

For adventure enthusiasts, Koh Samui provides a plethora of thrilling options. Explore underwater wonderlands through snorkeling and diving, with sites like Sail Rock and Angthong Marine Park offering world-class experiences. If you're an adrenaline junkie, embark on off-road jungle adventures or kayak through picturesque mangroves. For those captivated by natural wonders, the two Na Muang Waterfalls, the intriguing Hin Ta and Hin Yai rock formations, and the captivating Angthong Marine Park are waiting to be explored. Koh Samui isn't just about its natural beauty; it's also a treasure trove of culture and tradition. Explore Buddhist temples like Wat Phra Yai (Big Buddha Temple) and Wat Plai Laem, which provide insight into the island's spiritual heritage. 

Koh Samui's blend of natural beauty, vibrant culture, and many activities make it an ideal destination for travelers seeking a tropical escape. The island enjoys a tropical climate with three seasons, making it a year-round destination. Whether you long for relaxation, adventure, or a harmonious combination, Koh Samui welcomes you with open arms to experience a slice of paradise.

Must Know Before You Travel to Koh Samui

  • Ferry to Koh Samui: You can directly fly to Koh Samui or book a ferry ride. You need to first reach Donsak Pier in Surat Thani, which connects further to Koh Samui through a 2 hour ferry ride. Regular ferries are also available to Koh Tao and Koh Phangan. Check for the ferry location and timings before booking, as Koh Samui has 4 ferry piers
    -Nathon Pier mainly serves the Seatran and Lomprayah ferry companies. A ferry departs for Donsak every hour between 5:00 AM and 7:00 PM
    -Lipa Noi Pier serves the Raja ferry company. Ferries depart to Donsak Pier on the mainland every hour between 5:00 AM and 6:00 PM
    -Bangrak Pier is located very close to Big Buddha Temple and is also the closest port to Chaweng Beach and Koh Samui International Airport.
    -Maenam Pier serves Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Donsak Pier, and Chumphon. There are ferries for each of these destinations daily between 8:00 AM and 12:30 PM.
  • You can opt for combined tickets from Surat Thani or Bangkok Airport to Koh Samui, which includes a minivan or bus shuttle to the pier and the ferry ride to Koh Samui.
  • Where to Stay: Chaweng is the most developed and touristy area with accommodations in all budget ranges. If planning to stay here, book accommodation well in advance as rooms are always in demand. The best resorts, cafes, bars, and restaurants are also found in Chaweng. If looking for a more relaxed vibe, consider staying in the Bang Rak area.
  • If renting a vehicle, ask your hotel management as it is safer and relatively affordable.
  • Exchange rates are higher on the island, so carry sufficient cash before heading to Koh Samui.
  • Be sure to try the salted eggs when in town. Also popular is the tropical fruit Rambutan.

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Nightlife in Koh Samui

  • Don't just stick to Chaweng when it comes to nightlife. Also explore areas like Lamai, Bophut and Maenam.
  • Popular bars in Chaweng are the Ark bar, the Soi Green Mango and the Soi Reggae.
  • If in Lamai, check out the Lamai Central Plaza and Swing Bar.
  • The Emerald Irish Pub is quite popular among tourists in Bophut Beach. Rest assured that you will find something which suits your taste in Koh Samui.
  • Small, hole-in-the-wall kind of setups are also available with live music and cushion-laden mattresses where backpackers can feel more at ease.
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Shopping in Koh Samui

  • Apart from Chaweng and Lamai, Nathon is fast emerging as a shopping centre in Koh Samui.
  • Imitation products can be found galore in such places.
  • Local vendors may haggle, and you will have to drive a hard bargain to get a good price.
  • Head to Nathon if you want cheap items and Chewang if you want more swanky shops.
Here is the Complete Guide - Shopping in Koh Samui

Traveller Tips & Scams

Taxi Scams: Two types of taxis can be found in Samui - metered taxis and songthaews (pick-up taxis). Before boarding the metered taxis, ensure the meter is turned on (on distance 0) and never discuss the fare beforehand. Songthaews, on the other hand, are cheaper than metered taxis but have set routes, so they might not take you precisely to your destination. Most drivers are also guilty of applying double pricing. Should you feel that you have been cheated, stay calm, pay the fare, take note of the taxi's number plate and driver's license and report it to the authorities.

Dangerous Driving: Thailand consistently ranks as one of the world's most dangerous places to drive but shows no signs of implementing road safety rules and checks. Due to the increasing number of vehicles and the tropical maritime climate, which, in the low season, spoils the road surfacing, the roads are in poor condition. However, driving in Samui can be very pleasant for experienced drivers. Ensure you pay more attention while driving and ride your rented motorbike slowly, especially at night.

Infamous Jet Ski Scam: One might have heard about the jet ski scams. In this scam, after you enjoy 15 to minutes in the sea and return to the shore, the jet ski owner claims that you've damaged his vehicle, and you are liable to pay exorbitant amounts of money to get it fixed. He threatens to call the police as well. The best way to avoid playing a victim to this is not to rent a jet ski. Instead, if you can't resist it, make sure you take as many photos of the vehicle as possible, including close-up shots, before you ride it.

Nightlife Hazards: Being vigilant at night is most important in any part of the world to avoid troubles. Only carry the cash you need for that night, and better not to get into any arguments with anyone.

Creepy Crawlies:Since Ko Samui is a tropical island, chances are that some unwelcome guests like centipedes, scorpions, or cobras may enter your room. To avoid this, keep your windows and doors closed, and, if you keep your shoes outside, double-check inside them before putting them on. Also, carry a good mosquito repellent as mosquitoes are plentiful in Samui.

History of Koh Samui

Even though there were hardly any tourists on the island, even 50 years back, Koh Samui has always been in the world's eye. Popular from the time when Chinese merchants visited for trade and named it Pulo Cornam on the map, Koh Samui has fast become a haven for tourists from around the world. However, the origin of the name Samui is still a mystery, while the word Koh in Thai means island.

Here is a brief timeline of Ko-Samui's history -

  • Historians discovered that Ko Samui was inhabited 15 centuries ago.
  • Ko Samui, earlier called the name Pulo Cornam appears on Chinese maps dating back to 1687.
  • In the late 1800s, sailors, fishers and sea traders from China and Malaysia rediscover the island. Impressed by the beauty and abundance of the island, the seamen stay on the island.
  • Foreigners make the island their home, influenced by the fertile soil, pleasant climate, calm seas and plenty of fish. They also brought Buddhism, which is the main religion of the island, along with a small Muslim population
  • Tourism didn't exist on the island before the 1940s, and only a brave traveller could reach the island. A six-hour night boat journey was the only option to get from mainland Thailand to Ko Samui.
  • To move around the island, one would either walk or use boats, as there were neither roads nor vehicles on Ko Samui.
  • Owing to the fertile soil and growing tourists, the settlements on the island increased and soon became an excellent place to live and work. Various fruits, rubber plantations and coconut exports attracted more visitors to start new ventures in Ko Samui, and Ko Samui soon played a significant role in Thailand's economy.
  • The mountainous topography of the island made the transportation and running of heavy machinery arduous and retarded the growth of infrastructure on the island. As the task was treacherous, the road construction project never took off.
  • In 1967, the leader of the island, Khun Dilok Suthiklom, petitioned the Thai government for assistance in improving the island's infrastructure. After the government's approval, the road construction began, and despite all the hurdles, hundreds of labourers pressed on. 
  • Finally, in 1973, the project emerged triumphant after having built a 52 km long and 2-metre wide road circumnavigating the island! Expansion of the roads to accommodate more traffic happened gradually.
  • Somewhere in the mid-1970s, beach lovers discovered this hidden gem and started visiting the pristine paradise of Ko Samui. They slept on the beach in little hammocks or simple bungalows until the islanders saw this as a business opportunity and built simple guesthouses, restaurants, and other services for the foreigners. 
  • Through the rest of the 1970s and 1980s, the island became a popular tropical island getaway amongst people looking for a real escape. Fruit and coconut exports to Thailand grew exponentially.
  • In 1980, the Government of Thailand gave the go-ahead for a project to develop and promote the island as a tourism destination. Quickly Ko Samui became a favourite destination for both Thai nationals and foreign tourists.
  • Though very popular, it was quite a daunting task to get to Ko Samui until Bangkok Air themselves funded the first ever international airport on the island in 1989. This airport is still in use and is the most charming tropical airport in the world.
  • With the new airport, the island saw an influx of visitors, and many hotels, restaurants, dive shops and cafes popped up.
  • The island continued to grow as one of Thailand's best tourist destinations through the 2000s. Currently, the island has a permanent population of over 63,000 people and a hotel occupancy rate of 73% for its 17,479 hotel rooms, with the number still expanding.

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What is famous about Koh samui?

  • One gets excellent island-hopping opportunities to Ang Thong Park, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.
  • Tourists have plenty of leisure and sporting activities to make their trip memorable.
  • One can find a superb choice of dining and nightlife entertainment options all around the island.
  • The island has a wide range of hotel for all the price slabs.
  • The weather is pleasant year-round and never gets too cold nor too hot.

What is not so good about Koh samui?

  • There is heavy traffic at rush hours
  • The most popular places can be crowded during high seasons

What is the best time to visit Koh samui?

The best time to visit Koh Samui is from the end of December to April. Though there is not much variation in temperature there are high chances of rain throughout the year which is why Koh Samui is the most pleasant during these months.

The weather is mostly dry and warm, and it is the best time to visit the beaches. The average temperature through the year varies from 26-27 degree Celsius but can cross 30 degrees during the hot summer months of May and June. October to late December is when the tropical rain lashes down on the island and is regarded as the wettest months of the year. The wet months are not the best time for scuba diving or bathing, but there are plenty of activities that you can take recourse to.
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What is the local food in Koh samui?

With several world-class restaurants serving both traditional Thai food and trendy fusion creations, Ko Samui has become a culinary destination. Being an island, visitors can feast on delicious seafood. Please note that Thais consider vegetarian food to be anything which doesn't have 'visible' pieces of meat hidden items like fish sauce and pork stock might spring up on you out of nowhere. One should note that most traditional dishes are generally served with sticky rice.

Here is the list of some top-rated restaurants on the island -

1. The Boudoir, Maenam

With magnificent interiors featuring swirling silks, scintillating satins, luxurious textiles, and oriental lanterns, The Boudoir provides one a splendid dining experience. Mainly serving French cuisine, you'll also find cheeses, meats, foie gras and even escargots – and excellent and cheap house wine.

2. Tree Tops, Chaweng

Tree Tops, located in Anantara Lawana in north Chaweng, is one of the top-rated and busiest restaurants of Ko Samui. The place serves red meats, seafood and Thai cuisine – all up to highest standards and is a must-visit place for a fine-dining enthusiast. The area has only eight tables with each table an individual' treehouse', providing a distinct dining experience. Make sure you book in advance as the place is always crowded. 

3. Dining on the Rocks, Six Senses Hideaway

Sitting on the top of the high-end Six Senses Samui Resort, this restaurant is built on rocks hosting a vast wooden terrace as well as an open-sided dining room, both overlooking the sea. The place serves both regional and international cuisine, which can be paired up with wine. With 270° view of the ocean, this place is a treat to all the six senses as the name says.

4. 2 Fishes Samui, Bophut

Love Italian food? Then you must head to 2 Fishes Samui located in the heart of Bophut's Fisherman's Village. You get to savour the freshest local seafood prepared by the talented Chef Leandra Panza who has over 25 years of experience in quoted Italian restaurants in various cities. 'Grilled king prawns with hot garlic oil, chilli and lemon' and 'Steamed Red snapper fillet with sautéed kale and hot garlic dressing, olive oil parsley and aged red wine vinegar' are a few of the must-try dishes.

A few places which serve excellent Thai food like the world-famous tom yum Goong (spicy shrimp soup) to pad thai (fried noodles) to the lesser-known Kua Kling (dry curry from southern Thailand) are Saffron (part of Banyan Tree Samui resort, Lamai), Kob Thai (Lamai), Khaw Glong Thai Restaurant (Chaweng) and Farmer Restaurant (Maenam).

Here are a few recommendations for Indians who are looking out of pure vegan hotels: Curry Pot Indian Restaurant (Chaweng Beach road), The Art Club (next to Koh Samui Hospital), Pure Vegan Heaven (Lamai), Jay Tamachad and Wild Tribe.

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What is the best way to reach Koh samui?

Koh Samui is an island so the only way to reach is by boat or flight.
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How much does a package cost for Koh samui?

The packages for Koh samui start at INR 13887 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What are the things to do in Koh samui?

The top things to do in Koh samui are Wat Phra Yai, Ang Thong National Marine Park, Wat Khunaram, Na Muang Waterfall, Hin Ta & Hin Ya Rocks, Wat Plai Laem . You can see all the places to visit in Koh samui here

What are the places near Koh samui?

The top places near to Koh samui are Surat thani which is 86 km from Koh samui, Krabi which is located 199 km from Koh samui, Phuket which is located 253 km from Koh samui, Pattaya which is located 391 km from Koh samui, Phi phi islands which is located 237 km from Koh samui

What are the top hotels in Koh samui?

There are 1579 in Koh samui which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Koh samui are Whispering Palms Bophut, Samui Green Valley Resort, Baan Bon Khao, Villa Skyfall, Baan Leelawadee, Baan Hinyai. You can see all the hotels in Koh samui here

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