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Koh SamuiThailand

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

Mae Nam

Mae Nam

Mae Nam
Chaweng City Center, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand

Chaweng City Center

4.5/5Wonderful!(51 area reviews)

Chaweng City Center is known for its stunning beaches, and you can see some sights area like Chaweng Beach and Chaweng Lake.

Chaweng City Center
Koh Samui showing tropical scenes and a beach

Lipa Noi

Lipa Noi

Top hotels in Koh Samui

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
SALA Samui Chaweng Beach Resort
SALA Samui Chaweng Beach Resort
5 out of 5
Chaweng, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is £105 per night from 30 Sep to 1 Oct

Located in Koh Samui, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Central Festival Samui, Chaweng Beach and Chaweng Lake. Chaweng ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (119 reviews)
Wonderful stay

"Fabulous hotel! Beautiful room, very helpful and friendly associates. Excellent breakfast variety, pool bar team are awesome offered special service above and beyond! clean sunglasses glasses, cucumber facial a credit to the management! Very nice F&B executive Mananger (French guy) forgot his name ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020

SALA Samui Chaweng Beach Resort
Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort
Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort
5 out of 5
99/9 Moo 1 Bophut Bay, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is £149 per night from 25 Sep to 26 Sep

Nestled on the beach, this Koh Samui resort is within a 15-minute walk of Bo Phut Beach and Fisherman's Village Plaza. Big Buddha Beach and Mae Nam Beach are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (311 reviews)
A little pocket of paradise.

"Awesome infinity pool & on the beach. Great location just a few minutes walk to Fisherman’s Village which is full of restaurants, shops, bars & great massage places. Staff were attentive & always greeted you with a smile. Breakfast was great too."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020

Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort
SALA Samui Choengmon Beach
SALA Samui Choengmon Beach
5 out of 5
10/9 Moo 5, Baan Plai Lam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £100 per night from 29 Sep to 30 Sep

Located in Koh Samui, this beachfront hotel is connected to a shopping centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Mini Golf International and Choeng Mon Beach. Chaweng ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (405 reviews)

"Great location, restaurant, pool and beach area. Excellent staff. Pool villa was a bit tired and would probably opt for a basic room if went back, but still a lovely stay."…"

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2020

SALA Samui Choengmon Beach

Top Holiday Rentals in Koh Samui

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Samui Bayside Luxury Villas
Samui Bayside Luxury Villas
4.5 out of 5
8/197 Moo 5, Samrong Beach, Plai Laem, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani

Nestled on the beach, this Koh Samui villa is within 3 mi (5 km) of Samrong Beach, Choeng Mon Beach and Big Buddha Statue. Chaweng Beach and Fisherman's Village ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Relaxing two weeks! Beautiful sea view!

"Our family had two amazing weeks at Samui Bayside villas. The sea view from our villa was amazing! The villa itself was clean with all necessary amenities and very close to the beach. We definitely want to come back!"…"

Reviewed on 1 Jun 2020

Samui Bayside Luxury Villas
Tango Luxe Beach Villa Samui
Tango Luxe Beach Villa Samui
4 out of 5
79/100 Moo 5 T. Bopud A., Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is £152 per night from 25 Sep to 26 Sep

Situated near the airport, this luxury villa is within a 15-minute walk of Wat Plai Laem and Big Buddha Statue. Chaweng Beach and Fisherman's Village Plaza are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (148 reviews)

"Amazing! Beautiful, quiet and relaxing. The service was incredible."…"

Reviewed on 26 Jan 2020

Tango Luxe Beach Villa Samui
Skye Beach Hotel
Skye Beach Hotel
4.5 out of 5
8/135 Moo 5, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is £82 per night from 25 Oct to 26 Oct

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 ...

5/5Exceptional! (3 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

Popular places to visit in Koh Samui

Chaweng Beach
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Chaweng Beach

4/5(93 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Chaweng Beach, a popular beach in Bophut. Visit the shops and top-notch restaurants in this romantic area.

Lamai Beach
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Lamai Beach

4/5(103 reviews)

Relax on one of Koh Samui’s most beautiful beaches, enjoy a massage in one of the many resorts and explore the surrounding picturesque fishing villages and temples.

Bo Phut Beach
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Bo Phut Beach

4/5(67 reviews)

Explore a more traditional way of life in one of Koh Samui’s oldest villages. Find Chinese teahouses, funky bars, and a distinctly Mediterranean feel.

Chaweng Noi Beach
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Chaweng Noi Beach

4.5/5(47 reviews)

A quieter neighbor to one of Koh Samui’s busiest beaches, this is the place to simply laze about in the water or lie in the sun.

Nathon Pier
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Nathon Pier

3.5/5(26 reviews)

Jutting out from the west coast of the island, this busy pier is the main entry and exit point for visitors to Koh Samui.

Fisherman's Village Plaza
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Fisherman's Village Plaza

4.5/5(99 reviews)

If you want to catch a glimpse of Koh Samui before tourism development, visit this wonderfully well-kept street of 19th-century Chinese shop-houses and French architecture.

Top things to do in Koh Samui

Wild Jeep Safari
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Wild Jeep Safari

£44
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Travstore Original Samui Discovery-Shared Half Day City Tour
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Travstore Original Samui Discovery-Shared Half Day City Tour

£20
Per adult
Just Jungle Eco-Safari Tour in Koh Samui
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Just Jungle Eco-Safari Tour in Koh Samui

£30
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Around the Island Tour
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Around the Island Tour

£23
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Jungle Tour With 4 Wheel Drive Jeep
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Jungle Tour With 4 Wheel Drive Jeep

£47
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Pig Island by Speedboat (Pig Feeding, 2 Islands, Snorkeling & Kayaking)
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Pig Island by Speedboat (Pig Feeding, 2 Islands, Snorkeling & Kayaking)

£76
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Koh Samui

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
165
5 - Excellent 57.69230769230769%
4 - Good
96
4 - Good 33.56643356643357%
3 - Okay
20
3 - Okay 6.993006993006993%
2 - Disappointing
5
2 - Disappointing 1.7482517482517483%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Mar 2020

Loved it!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Mar 2020

Amazing place to visit. Would definitely recommend & go back.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

14 Mar 2020

Was only there 1 day.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Mar 2020

Although there is more chaos than usual in Chewang due to the roads being taken up, still very lively!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Mar 2020

It such a great destination , a great experience

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Feb 2020

Great , but Cinnamon Beach Resort needs a rethink

Cities near Koh Samui

Koh Samui featuring a luxury hotel or resort and signage

Na Thon

Mae Nam

Mae Nam

Koh Samui showing tropical scenes and a beach

Lipa Noi