Koh Samui

Travel Guide
Lamai Beach showing a beach

Koh Samui is just like the island paradise from the movies with its pristine white beaches, sapphire blue waters and legendary nightlife. This small island off the east coast of Thailand draws different types of visitors, from young travellers who come here to party every night, those looking for its relaxed culture, and others simply for the pristine beauty of the beaches and the sea. Each side of the island has something different to offer. The south and west coasts are more relaxed and casual, perfect for those looking to chill on the beach with a good book or looking to experience the local culture. The north and east coast are popular for the famous beach parties, bars and night clubs.

On the west coast is Lipa Noi, a secluded beach that’s perfect for a romantic stay. Further to the south lies Phang Ka, with a number of first-class resorts and one of the best places to see the sun set into the sea. To the south lies the Bay of Thong Krut; here you can explore the fishing village or take a charter boat to nearby islands Koh Tan and Koh Mudsum where you can go deep sea fishing.

Go dancing for the evening in Chaweng, then spend the day resting on the incredibly beautiful Chaweng Noi Beach. This beach, found south of the village, is a perfect place to escape from the maddening crowd. In the northeast lies Choeng Mon, the most exclusive part of the island, where the resorts and private beaches attract a bit more of mature, more family-friendly, crowd.

Visit the Great Buddha, just north of the airport. This 12 meter high bronze statue stands on its own little island just opposite the beach. Stroll through Bang Rak and Bo Phut to see the more traditional side of the island.

The beaches are easily accessible via the ring road that runs in a along the coast. When one beach is too busy, simply drive a few kilometres to the next beach. If you'd like to explore the surrounding islands, you're just a short boat trip from Koh Phangan and the spectacular Ang Thong National Park.

Where to stay in Koh Samui

Melati Beach Resort & Spa - SHA Plus
Melati Beach Resort & Spa - SHA Plus
5 out of 5
9/99 Moo 5, Bophut, Thongson Bay, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is £94 per night from 2 Dec to 2 Dec
Nestled on the beach, this Koh Samui resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Laem Samrong and Choeng Mon Beach. Chaweng Beach is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.
4.4/5 Excellent! (490 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 - SHA Plus
Silavadee Pool Spa Resort - SHA Plus
Silavadee Pool Spa Resort - SHA Plus
5 out of 5
208/66 Moo4, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is £167 per night from 2 Dec to 2 Dec
Nestled on the beach, this Koh Samui resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Escape Break and Lamai Beach. Silver Beach and Chaweng Noi Beach are also within 3 miles ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (454 reviews)
"This was great holiday for our us with young kids. The staff and service was excellent, we highly recommend this place for a family holiday or even as a getaway with friends or partner!"

Reviewed on 2 Jan 2020

Silavadee Pool Spa Resort - SHA Plus
Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui - SHA Plus
Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui - SHA Plus
5 out of 5
219 Moo 5 Tumbon Angthong, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is £512 per night from 7 Dec to 7 Dec
Located in Koh Samui, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Laem Yai Beach and Mae Nam Beach. Bang Por Beach is 1.9 ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (90 reviews)
Outstanding service
"Nice rooms with pool (but should be cleaned more often) The location is a bit off and you need a taxi or bike/car to look around. Food is good and your wishes can most often be accommodated if not on the menu. The staff is incredibly friendly and service-minded! Top notch!"

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2021

Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui - SHA Plus
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.
Chaweng Noi Pool Villa
Chaweng Noi Pool Villa
4 out of 5
4/20 Moo. 3 Chaweng Noi Main Road, T.Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is £34 per night from 7 Dec to 7 Dec
This family-friendly Koh Samui villa is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Chaweng Noi Beach and Chaweng Beach. Lamai Beach and Silver Beach are ...
4/5 Very 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
Skye Beach Hotel (SHA Plus+)
Skye Beach Hotel (SHA Plus+)
4.5 out of 5
8/135 Moo 5, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is £71 per night from 1 Dec to 1 Dec
Nestled on the beach, this Koh Samui villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wat Plai Laem and Choeng Mon Beach. Chaweng Beach and Bo Phut Beach are also within 3 mi ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
low-key and high-lux
"We felt like royalty in this beautiful apartment. We were impressed by the quality and attention to detail and by the attentiveness of the staff. Views are beautiful but as the beach is not for swimming, I recommend to rent a car. Also, there is no restaurant on site but you do have a nicely stocked ..."

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2020

Skye Beach Hotel (SHA Plus+)
Samui Boat Lagoon
Samui Boat Lagoon
4 out of 5
78/36 Moo 5, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Situated by the sea, this villa is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Wat Plai Laem and within 3 miles (5 km) of Chaweng Beach and Choeng Mon Beach. Bo Phut Beach is 2.8 mi ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (87 reviews)
"Really enjoyed our stay at the Boat Lagoon. The villa, with our own pool and outdoor kitchen area, was stunning. Situated in the North of the island was lovely and quiet yet with some good food and activities close by. The beach by the hotel wasn’t remarkable - although great for watching the sunsets, ..."

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2019

Samui Boat Lagoon
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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