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Party island, beach haven, culinary centre – there’s not much about Koh Samui that’s not to like. Which might explain why it’s one of the most popular destinations in Thailand.
There is no real best time to visit Koh Samui, as the climate makes year-round holidays a possibility.
However, it does depend on what you want to do during your trip. For snorkelling and diving, the best time of year is between December and March. The rainy season between October and November is perhaps the best time for finding cheap flights, but not guaranteed weather.
You can find the best value air ticket to Koh Samui using Expedia’s search tools. Click on the ‘Nearby airports’ option and you can see flights from other convenient air hubs. Similarly, to see flights on days around your chosen departure, use ‘Show flexible dates’.
There are numerous flights to Koh Samui from UK airports.
Originally built by Bangkok Airlines, Koh Samui Airport runs regular flights to the capital and other Thai destinations. Ground transportation is good, with a choice of private minibus and taxi options. Watch out for local hustlers offering hotel deals that sound too good to be true.
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As in many Thai resorts, motorbikes and scooters are available for rent and the road network on Koh Samui is generally good. However, there are also plenty of taxis around day and night. Just make sure you haggle and establish a price before you get in as drivers can be reluctant to use the meter. Pick-up trucks known as songthaews also run regular services around the area.
Koh Samui is a big island and blessed with an exceptional choice of beaches. Some of the most popular include Mae Nam, Laem Yai, Bang Rak and Choeng Mon. While some beaches have suffered from over development in recent years, others remain quiet and peaceful, untouched by the worst excesses of tourism. Elsewhere on the island you’ll find temples, gardens and aquariums to explore.
British travellers arriving by land or air can stay for up to 30 days, with a visa exemption. But you can only use this exemption twice within the space of a year. More frequent visitors will need to get a visa in advance.