Ko Samui

With wonderful beaches, excellent hotels, and easy access, Ko Samui has long been a favourite destination for travellers. The biggest and most developed island in the Gulf of Thailand, Samui attracts a broad range of visitors. Whether it’s families looking for a relaxing holiday, couples seeking a romantic getaway, or solo travellers in search of adventure, Ko Samui has a little bit of something for everyone. 

Highlights of Ko Samui

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the spectacular Ang Thong National Marine Park. Located off the coast of Ko Samui, this collection of islands is a popular day trip from Ko Samui and can easily be arranged by tour offices and hotels on Samui.

Ang Thong National Marine Park

Tourism plays an important role in the local economy of the island, but traditionally fishing and coconut farming have been important for Ko Samui. If you’re interested in exploring the local culture of Ko Samui, you can opt for a half-day or full-day bicycle tour. You can find some beautiful old wooden houses and shops in the Fisherman’s Village at Bophut, which also has an excellent night market every Friday.

Situated near Lamai Beach, the phallic rock formations of Hin Ta (Grandfather Rock) and Hin Yai (Grandmother Rock) are popular attractions. The Overlap Stone is another rock formation that has become well-known thanks to social media.

The Big Buddha statue at Wat Phra Yai is an impressive sight with a viewing platform offering fine ocean views.

Ko Madsum (aka ‘Pig Island’) is a small island located just off Samui’s south coast. The island is famous because it is home to a family of pigs which were originally rescued from a market on the mainland and brought to Ko Madsum.

Big Buddha, Wat Phra Yai
Fisherman’s Village, Bophut
Ko Madsum
Hin Ta and Hin Yai

If you’re planning on being active during your holiday, Ko Samui has plenty of options to choose from. You could give kiteboarding a try or play a round of golf at the beautiful 18-hole Santiburi Golf Course. If you’re not confident in your golf skills, there are two fun alternatives to consider: frisbee golf and soccer golf.

For those who are fans of Thai boxing, you can train with Muay Thai at Superpro (which also offers yoga and MMA classes) or Lamai Muay Thai camp, which offers classes for all ages and fitness levels.

Food and drink on Ko Samui

Fisherman’s Village in Bophut is home to some excellent restaurants and also hosts a popular weekend market. The Happy Elephant gets consistently good reviews as does Dining on the Rocks at Six Senses.

If you’re travelling with children or just want a selection of international food, you’ll find lots of dining options in Chaweng and Lamai with Western dishes served up alongside Thai classics. For lunch or dinner with a view, head to the Jungle Club where you can soak up some of the best views on the island.

Jungle Club
(Photo: Wuttisit Somtui / Shutterstock.com)
Lamai Walking Street Market

Where to stay on Ko Samui

The longest and most popular beaches on Ko Samui are Chaweng and Lamai. You’ll find lots of accommodation options in both areas. For somewhere quieter but still with a good choice of hotels, take a look at Bophut Beach or Choeng Mon. Laidback Maenam Beach has traditionally been popular with budget travellers but also has a good selection of more upmarket hotels. The same can also be said for Bangrak Beach which, although not the most beautiful beach on Ko Samui, is still a good choice for a relaxing holiday.

Chaweng Beach
Lamai Beach
Maenam Beach
Crystal Bay Beach

Best time to visit Ko Samui

Temperatures on Ko Samui are consistently high throughout the year, but the Gulf Coast islands are affected by a different weather system compared to the opposite Andaman Coast. This means the rainy season on Ko Samui arrives at a different time of year than it does in Krabi and Phuket.

The driest months of the year are January to March when you can expect plenty of sunshine and mostly settled weather. The weather heats up from March to May before dropping slightly in June. The timing of the south-west monsoon can vary from year to year but usually blows in from late June or mid-July and lasts until around October. Although Ko Samui can experience tropical showers during this period, July and August also see lots of good weather.

The wettest month is usually November, but it’s worth noting that when the rain does arrive it tends to come down in short, sharp bursts. Storms can result in rough seas and in some years the unsettled weather can continue into December. By mid-December, the weather on Samui is usually more settled with extended periods of blue skies and sunshine.

Silver Beach

Travel to Ko Samui

Ko Samui can be reached via direct flights from locations including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya (U-Tapao) and Phuket. Arriving at the award-winning tropical airport is an experience in itself with lovely views on approach. As an alternative, you can fly or take a train to Surat Thani on the mainland and then connect for ferry services across to Ko Samui.

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