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Koh Samui Islands
Travel Guide

Koh Samui is the island paradise you see in movies. Pristine white beaches, clear blue water, and incredible nightlife abound.

This small island off Thailand’s east coast is a land of mixed tastes. Young people come here to party the night away, others come for the relaxed culture, and still others come for the pristine beauty of both sand and sea. You’ll find the coasts of the island differ in their focus. The south and west coasts are more quiet and casual and give you the chance to either relax on the beach or experience the local culture. The north and east coasts are more popular, with the most famous beaches and nightlife on the island.

On the west coast you’ll find Lipa Noi, an isolated beach perfect for a romantic getaway. Further south Phang Ka offers some of the island’s finest resorts and is one of the best locations for watching the sun set over the ocean. Make your way to the bay of Thong Krut in the south and check out the fishing village or take a chartered boat to nearby Koh Mudsum and Koh Tan and try your hand at deep-sea fishing.

Dance all night at Chaweng, then recover on the incredible Chaweng Noi Beach. This little beach to the south of the village is a perfect spot to escape the crowds. In the northeast, Choeng Mon is the most exclusive part of the island, with resorts set on private beaches and an older, more family-friendly atmosphere.

Make your way to the Big Buddha, just north of the airport. This 40-foot (12-meter) high bronze statue sits atop its own little island just off the beach. Wander through Bang Rak and Bo Phut and experience the more traditional side of the island. On Friday nights Bo Phut’s main street is turned into a night market and is a great place to shop for souvenirs and enjoy the local street food.

The beaches are easily accessible by the ring road that hugs the shore in a 31-mile (53-kilometer) circuit. When one beach gets crowded, simply pack up and move a few miles down the road. If you’re keen to explore the surrounding islands, Koh Phangan and the spectacular Ang Thong National Marine Park are only a short boat ride away.

Top hotels in Koh Samui Islands

The Lamai Samui
The Lamai Samui
5 out of 5
146/24 Moo4 Lamai Beach, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is HK$466 per night from 29 Mar to 30 Mar

Located in Koh Samui, this beachfront resort is in the historical district and within a 10-minute walk of Lamai Beach and Silver Beach. Chaweng Noi Beach is ...

4.3/5Excellent! (370 reviews)

"Wonderful staff and spa was serene and calm on the quiet side of the island."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2020

The Lamai Samui
KC Resort and Over Water Villas
KC Resort and Over Water Villas
5 out of 5
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This family-friendly Koh Samui resort is located on the Strip, within 1 mi (2 km) of Central Festival Samui, Chaweng Beach and Chaweng Lake. Chaweng Noi Beach ...

3.9/5Good! (358 reviews)
Scenic view

"Beautiful hotel, in and scenic place, amazing staff!"…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2020

KC Resort and Over Water Villas
Melati Beach Resort & Spa
Melati Beach Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
The price is HK$741 per night from 5 Mar to 6 Mar

Nestled on the beach, this Koh Samui resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Laem Samrong and Choeng Mon Beach. Big Buddha Beach and Big Buddha Statue are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (491 reviews)

"The see pool was amazing. The bathtub room was also nice but too many worms and bugs"…"

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2020

Melati Beach Resort & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Koh Samui Islands

Chaweng Noi Pool Villa
Chaweng Noi Pool Villa
4 out of 5
The price is HK$279 per night from 29 Mar to 30 Mar

This family-friendly Koh Samui villa is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Chaweng Night Market, Chaweng Noi Beach and Chaweng Beach. Silver Beach ...

4/5Very Good! (325 reviews)
Outstanding villa

"Absolutely fabulous better than could have expected. Everything about the property was five star . The staff were friendly and very efficient. The villa was outstanding . Would highly recommend"…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020

Chaweng Noi Pool Villa
Villa Anavaya
Villa Anavaya
4.5 out of 5

Situated in Koh Samui, this luxury villa is within 1 mile (2 km) of Samui Football Golf and Choeng Mon Beach. Chaweng Beach and Big Buddha Statue are also within ...

Villa Anavaya
Chuz Villas Samui
Chuz Villas Samui
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$531 per night from 20 Mar to 21 Mar

Located in the heart of Koh Samui, this villa is within 1 mile (2 km) of Lamai Street Night Market, Lamai Beach and Silver Beach. Chaweng Noi Beach is 2.9 mi ...

5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)

"Die Villas sind in ausgezeichnetem Zustand und das Personal kümmert sich hervorragend um die Gäste."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020

Chuz Villas Samui
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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