Koh Samui travel guide and hotels
Thailand’s self-styled ‘boutique island’ is a classic tropical Thai experience. Samui boasts some of the best commercial beaches in the region, with classy villa resorts, plenty of activities plus a relaxing atmosphere. Nearby is Koh Pha Ngan with its full moon parties, great diving at Koh Tao and the amazing Ang Thong Archipelago.
Plan and book your Samui travel with this comprehensive 100-page online travel guide.
Explore the many lovely beaches of this island by bike, marvel at the giant Buddha, seek out viewpoints and waterfalls or take trip offshore to Ang Thong or Koh Pha Ngan…click and read more
The most happening beach on Samui, Chaweng stretches for miles of crunchy sand and aqua waters with every activity or service you can possibly think of… click and read more
Samui’s second favourite, Lamai beach is a classic tropical gem lined with coconut palms and plush resorts, developed with a more ‘village’ feel and loaded with fun… click and read more
Boutique is certainly the word when you check into a Samui resort, with most enjoying beachfront locations, soothing atmosphere, spa pampering service and agreeable rates…click and find good deals
Samui offers you the chance to step out of your hotel room and straight onto the sand at almost all its resorts. Endless beaches offer plenty of cool water to sink into before breakfast, eaten of course within earshot of soft lapping waves. We’ll say it again, there’s a distinctive boutique feel to the accommodation of Samui, where anyone can afford a sea view plus fresh lobster for dinner. It’s all served up with a famous Thai smile, whether you’re in a fun pub, girlie bar or relaxing spa. We’ve teamed up with Agoda to offer you best rates on more than 200 Samui hotels.
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Koh Samui travel highlights
The beaches are the star attraction on Samui, with east coast gems Chaweng and Lamai the two most popular for visiting tourists. North-facing Bang Rak, Bo Phut and Mae Nam are quieter with great views, while Choeng Mon is quaint. Here too you find the bizarre Big Buddha, but not as bizarre as the mummified monk at Wat Khunakaram. The south of the island retains its authentic Muslim coconut harvesting villages while the hilly interior offers waterfalls and viewpoints, along with Uncle Nim’s Rock Garden. Then there’s the strange genitalia-shaped rocks at Lamai south, which is so Thailand! Diving and beach activities are popular along with a spa treatment, while offshore trips will take you to the famous full moon parties of Koh Pha Ngan, the dive spots near Koh Pha Tao and the lovely Ang Thong Archipelago.
Motorbiking around Koh Phangan
Koh Phangan and Koh Tao are tiny and a small Honda motorcycle is ideal for exploring. Ferries from Samui to Koh Phangan are frequent and with journey times of 45 minutes it is quite possible to enjoy the latter’s attractions as a daytrip when using a motorcycle. Rental motorbike shops can be found close to the Koh Phangan arrival piers at Haad Rin and Thong Sala. …more