Once home to small fishing communities, in recent years the stunning island of Koh Samui has become a favorite for tourists visiting Thailand, accommodating wealthy and budget-conscious travellers alike. Here are 6 of its best attractions.
Historically considered Koh Samui’s best beach, it’s no surprise Chaweng has become its most popular too. As well as gorgeous scenery, there are plenty of beachside cocktail bars!
If Chaweng’s a little busy for your tastes, head to laid-back Lamai instead. Though quieter, there’s no shortage of amenities and, for the time being, at least, they’re cheaper too!
Koh Samui’s most famous landmark is the centerpiece to Wat Phra Yai. The temple is rich with shrines and ornate sculptures, with a neighboring market peddling snacks and souvenirs.
Wat Plai Laem
Big Buddha is rivaled by this colorful temple’s 18-armed sculpture of the goddess Guanyin. And if you’re charmed by life’s simple pleasures, its lake teems with fish to feed.
Ang Thong National Marine Park
Whether you feel like exploring or relaxing, take the boat over to this picturesque archipelago for pristine beaches, jungles, waterfalls, limestone mountains, and hidden coves.
This nearby island is known for its offshore sand bars and famous Full Moon Party: an all-nighter beloved by young backpackers that takes place – you guessed it – every full moon!
Koh Sumai’s weather is generally hot and humid (especially from March to May), with rainy season between September and mid-December. This isn’t necessarily a bad time to go, as the rains come and go in short bursts, bringing welcome relief from the heat, as well as quieter beaches and heavy discounts on hotels and all inclusive holiday packages! For good weather November is definitely a month to avoid, however, as the island is hit by monsoons that go through five-year cycles of intensity.
The easiest way to reach Koh Samui is by flying into Samui International Airport, particularly if traveling there following a trip to Bangkok. It’s also one of the most charming airports you could ever hope to visit! There are also several boats leaving from Surat Thani. They take about two or three hours (depending on the boat) and leave from Tha Thong, Ban Don, and Donsak piers.
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If you visit between December and February, you’ll bypass the rainy season. March to September is the warmest time of the year in Koh Samui.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Well organized and very flexible as I booked at short notice
For my daughter and I, this was the highlight of our stay in Koh Samui and we have enjoyed our visit to the island immensely. This was my daughter’s first encounter with elephants.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Great tour, amazing guides, well worth it!
I highly recommend this tour. The tour guide was fantastic, really cared about our safety and showing us some really cool sea life!
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Fantastic day out and afternoon off-roading jeep style
Great fun. Lots of jeeps so you have a big crowd when you arrive at the various attractions. Loved the waterfall and slides. Only the brave do the fast ones.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Wild and super fun ride through the jungle of Koh Samui!
We had a super fun and wild day in a 4×4 Jeep through the jungle. We were four Jeep’s in total, with an average of 8 persons per Jeep.
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