Koh Samui tourist information Thailand

The boutique island of Koh Samui is one of Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations with its trendy mix of picture-perfect beaches, five star resorts and heady nightlife. The most popular beach area of Chaweng is situated in the east of the island and boasts soft white sand, throngs of bars and plenty of both high-end and budget accommodation.

Lamai is the second most popular beach resort in Koh Samui with a burgeoning array of nightlife and dining options, whilst Mae Nam Beach to the north of the island faces nearby Koh Phangan and offers golden sand and soft, lapping waves. For a complete guide to Koh Samui visit 1stopSamui.

Bungalows & resorts

Koh Samui has one of the best selection of high-end hotels in Asia with exclusive resorts attractions the international jet-set as well as traditional beach huts right on the sand...more

Nightlife & bars

Make no mistake, Samui is a party island that welcomes hordes of both backpackers and more affluent tourists who are desperate to let their hair down and shake a tailfeather...more

Beaches

There are plenty of gorgeous strips of sand all over Koh Samui with developed Chaweng and Lamai offering strings of bars and restaurants and quieter bays off the beaten track as well...more

Transportation

Getting to Koh Samui is simplicity itself with the island's own international airport and ferry connections to Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and the mainland at Surat Thani and Chumphon...more

Boutique guide to visiting Koh Samui from Koh Tao

Situated just 90 minutes by ferry from Koh Tao, Koh Samui is also equipped with an international airport meaning getting here and away is child’s play. Taxis are easily available – if comparatively expensive – and red pick-up trucks called songthaews ply major routes between the beaches for a nominal charge.

There are plenty of tourist attractions on Koh Samui which sets it apart from its less developed neighbours, with the enormous statue of Lord Buddha by Big Buddha beach one of the most visited. There is also Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks, which bare an unnerving resemblance to the male and female genitalia, and a mummified monk to gawp at.

Koh Samui is also a great place to get active, with some decent golf courses and opportunities for windsurfing, paragliding and hiring jet-skis. The island hosts and annual sailing regatta and taking to the sea in a catamaran is a great way to see a completely different side to the island and learn some new skills at the same time. But for many people visiting Samui from Koh Tao, the ideal way to spend their day is just to relax on the sand with a good book and admire the pristine natural beauty of the Thai Gulf.

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