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Koh Samui IslandsThailand

Oozing with style and replete with idyllic sandy beaches, the Gulf Islands up the ante when it comes to special holidays.

Arguably the most famous of Thailand’s Gulf Islands, Koh Samui is a glamorous place to visit and also a draw for backpackers. The island's popularity means it is bursting with all kinds of facilities, from high-quality restaurants to glossy bars and opulent spas. But there’s no beating its natural assets: those classic sandy beaches dotted with coconut palms and that diversely tropical inland terrain.

Koh Samui has a collection of waterfalls to discover, and two of the prettiest are at Nam Muang. Nam Tok Na Muang is one of the highest on the island and the pool at the bottom is a good spot to admire the falls. Many take a picnic and enjoy the peace and quiet for the day. For further aquatic beauty while you're visiting Koh Samui, tour the Ang Thong Marine Park. This archipelago of 40 islands is blissfully unspoiled. You'll fall in love with it instantly.

Soak up some traditional history and culture in Wat Phra Yai. Here, a majestic 15-metre-tall Buddha is set on a rocky island off the coast that visitors can reach by causeway. Thanks to its size and situations, most visitors get their first glimpse of this Big Buddha when flying into the island from the mainland.

Many visitors to Koh Samui enjoy visiting the Phetch Buncha Thai Boxing Stadium in central Chaweng to see some traditional Thai boxing on their holiday. The sport is an integral part of modern Thai culture and the stadium attracts locals and tourists looking for an evening that promises a palpable atmosphere and exciting sport.

Chaweng is also the go-to place in Koh Samui if you enjoy nightlife and dancing. Packed with bars and clubs, you can dance the night away in this spot while the DJ spins the tunes. If dancing is not your thing, this is the place that can change all that. Otherwise, just sit back with a cocktail or sharpen up your skills on the pool table.

Koh Samui is easily reached from mainland Thailand. Many visitors transfer here directly from Bangkok, just a one-hour flight away.

Top hotels in Koh Samui Islands

Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort
Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort
5 out of 5
63/182 Moo 5, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is £72 per night from 27 Nov to 28 Nov

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

4.4/5Excellent! (251 reviews)

"It was nice and relaxing. The staff were ready to help. The only problem was the shower and air condition which needed fixing while I was in the room. This is something which should be checked before the guest arrives."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2020

Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort
The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui
The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui
5 out of 5
9/123 Moo 5 Tambon Borphud, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is £174 per night from 4 Dec to 5 Dec

Nestled on the beach, this Koh Samui resort is within a 15-minute walk of Laem Samrong and Choeng Mon Beach. Big Buddha Beach and Big Buddha Statue are also ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (116 reviews)
10/10 in all respects.

"Very relaxing place, with friendly staff who couldn't do enough for us. It is not cheap, but then you get what you pay for in life. Overall, 10/10 for me"…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020

The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui
Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa
Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
The price is £57 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec

Nestled on the beach, this Ko Pha-ngan resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach, Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach and Bottle Beach. Haad Than Sadet Beach ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (990 reviews)

"Spacious and quiet despite being a big hotel. Had our own pool villa."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Santhiya Koh Phangan 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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Koh Samui Islands

3 Bedroom Villa Baan Putahracsa Private Pool
3 Bedroom Villa Baan Putahracsa Private Pool
4 out of 5
7/2 Moo 5.Soi Santi Sook 1, Koh Samui, Surat Thani

Situated near the beach, this villa is within a 15-minute walk of Laem Sor Beach, Laem Sor Pagoda and Thong Kut Beach. Samui Snake Farm and Thong Krut are also ...

3 Bedroom Villa Baan Putahracsa Private Pool
Wild Cottages Luxury and Natural - Adults Only
Wild Cottages Luxury and Natural - Adults Only
4 out of 5
127/177 Moo 3 Tambol Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is £129 per night from 30 Nov to 1 Dec

Located in Lamai City Center, this golf villa is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Hin Ta and Hin Yai, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Namuang Waterfall and Namuang Waterfall ...

Wild Cottages Luxury and Natural - Adults Only
Panorama Samui Residences
Panorama Samui Residences
4 out of 5
79/7 Bang Por Soi 4 Moo 6 Maenam, Koh Samui, Suratthani
The price is £128 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec

Situated near the beach, this spa aparthotel is 1.3 mi (2 km) from Mae Nam Beach and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Bang Por Beach. Nathon Pier and Mae Nam Beach Pier ...

Panorama Samui Residences
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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