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Welcome to Kho Samui

Seaside spa resorts, secluded white sand beaches and year-round sun.

Ko Samui is Thailand’s third-largest island. It lies in the southeast of Thailand in Surat Thani Province to the south of the Thai capital, Bangkok. All of the resorts are coastal, and most are on the eastern beaches with resorts such as Chaweng and Lamai.

 

Known as the ‘Coconut Island’, it became a major tourist destination in the 1990s. It’s white-sand beaches and turquoise waters welcome visitors to its shores. The onslaught of tourism thankfully hasn’t diminished the island’s beauty. Rather than erecting ugly high rise hotels, visitors can stay in attractive wooden bungalows and Thai-style accommodation.

 

Ko Samui’s main draw is its beaches, however, should you ever tire of lazing around in the Sun, the island does have a few other distractions for you. There are plenty of opportunities for snorkeling and diving, especially among the coral reefs off the coast of Ko Samui and in the waters around the nearby islands of Koh Tao and Koh Tan.

 
Away from the coast, much of the interior of the island is covered with rainforest and rubber plantations. There are also a number of stunning waterfalls that are definitely worth seeking out.

 
Today the island is a fully equipped resort destination. Its original charms (swaying palms, white beaches, and balmy waters) are still very much intact. You can enjoy anything from buzzing party beaches to quiet sheltered coves, as well as numerous water sports, adventure tourism, and family attractions.

Weather

The average daily temperature tends to be consistent throughout the year at around 29°C. The rainy season is from September to November but the showers are generally short-lived and the nights are comfortably cool. The hottest time is between March and August when temperatures can reach 34°C, which can be humid at times.  

 

The average monthly temperatures are:

 

°C

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Day

29

29

30

32

32

31

31

31

31

30

29

29

Night

22

23

24

25

25

24

24

24

24

23

23

22

Shopping

Shopping

Most of the shopping on Ko Samui is directed at the tourist. All the well-developed beaches on the east coast have shops and stalls. The main shopping areas are Na Thon, Chaweng and Lamai (the latter especially for tailored clothing) but all towns have markets that are generally worth a browse.

 

Most of the large luxury hotels have their own boutique shops. If you want to mingle and shop with the locals head for Na Thon as this is where most of the islands inhabitants shop.

 

Popular items are coconut-wood products and Thai handicrafts such as hand-woven silk, benjarong (enameled ceramics), black lacquer and carved wood products.

Food & Drink

  • Chaweng Noi Beach Huts

  • Mr Samui Gallery & Cafe

  • Black Canyon

  • Poppies Restaurant

  • Poppies Restaurant

  • Eat Sense

  • Sunset House

  • Munchies Restaurant

  • Pisces 99 Resturant

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entertainment

Although you shouldn’t expect to find big resort nightlife on Ko Samui, it doesn’t do too badly. Most of the hot spots are in Chaweng which is home to numerous bars and clubs. The bars tend to fall into two categories – open-air beer bars (where the hostesses tend to outnumber the patrons) and western-style pubs where anyone, including families can enjoy a drink. A few suggestions are:

 

Bars

  • Tropical Murphy’s, Chaweng Beach Road
  • Frog & Gecko, Bophut Beach
  • The Three Monkeys, Chaweng Centre
  • Black Jack, Chaweng Centre
  • The Pub, Bophut

Clubs

  • Green Mango, Chaweng
  • The Reggae Club, Chaweng
  • Remix, Lamai
  • Sub, Lamai

 

You can also catch about of Thai kickboxing (Muay Thai) at the Chaweng Stadium or Samui Bullfighting (which is actually 2 buffaloes pitted against each other) although that’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

festivals month

  • January

    Western New Year Celebrations
  • April

    Songkran (Thai New Year)
  • May

    Ko Samui Regatta
  • November

    Loi Krathong Festival

excursions

Many of the best excursions are boat trips for the excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities that are available. Further information about these and other excursions can be found in the see and do section.

Health & Safety

The most common illnesses are diarrhea, sunstroke, and dehydration. Tap water is unsafe so you should always buy bottled water and drink plenty to avoid dehydration.

 

Don’t eat any raw vegetables and fruit as they may have been washed in tap water. The food in most of the restaurants is unlikely to cause stomach upsets but the same can’t be said for the many street stalls. If in doubt avoid the meat and seafood and stick to the cooked vegetable dishes.

 

Always ensure you use plenty of high factor sun cream and stay out of the midday sun to avoid sun stroke and burning.

 

Ko Samui is a safe place however you should always take the usual precautions with your valuables, watch out for pickpockets in busy areas and never leave your belongings unattended on the beach.

 

Drug offenses are taken very seriously in Thailand. Possession or smuggling drugs carry heavy custodial sentences or even the death penalty. Therefore always pack your own bag and never agree to carry someone else’s bags for them.