Expect postcard scenery of crystal clear water next to white-sand beaches fringed by coconut palms and a lively restaurant, bar and club scene at night. Chaweng and Lamai, in the east, are the most touristy areas. While Bang Rak and Bo Phut, in the north, have a more relax atmosphere. The beaches in the west and south of the island are much more remote and untouched.
Fun in the sun with a side dish of Gourmet Traveller-standard dining.
When to Go
From mid December to June you’ll have the best chance of avoiding the rainy season with involves heavy downpours and torrential storms, the heaviest of which are in October and November. The warmest months are March till June when temperatures reach 35 degrees Celsius regularly. December to February is peak time when temperatures are a more comfortable 30 degrees.
From Australia : Direct flights from Perth to Koh Samui take 9 hours;
Melbourne and Sydney around 13 hours with stopovers.
From Singapore: 3 hours.
From Europe: 16 hours
Travel from Airport
Koh Samui Airport is about 2kms north of the largest city and resort centre of Chaweng. If you have rented a villa in Koh Samui it’s easier to book a transfer since taxi drivers aren’t always familiar with villa addresses. Your villa driver will be waiting for you at the airport with a sign and there’s no need to haggle a price with a taxi driver when you’ve just arrived.
If you are travelling from Australia, Singapore and Europe to Bangkok Airport or directly into Koh Samui airport from overseas you can obtain a visa on arrival at the airport. There is no cost for the 30-day ‘transit visa’ stamp in your passport.
The villa options are numerous with a high proportion that are beachfront. Samui is a known for its beachfront luxury and peaceful atmosphere.
Top Things to do
- Learn to kick box or just watch the professionals at the Muay Kick Boxing Stadium.
- Take a big game fishing tour to catch Barracuda, Snapper, Groupa and more in the waters around the island.
- Play a round of golf in the unique18-hole championship course on the Samui Island hillside.
- Visit the unusual rock formations, the Grandma and Grandpa rocks.
- Make a pilgrimage to the 12-metre high golden Big Buddha at Phra Yai Temple near Chaweng beach.
Where to Go
Ang Thong National Maritime Park – where you’ll find 42 small islands with numerous coves, beaches and species of local fauna. Samui Jungle – trek on foot or on the back of an elephant through the verdant forest. Secret Buddha Gardens – fascinating array of religious statues in lush gardens set in the jungle atop the Tar Nim Waterfall peak, best accessed by four-wheel drive.
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