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Holidays to Koh Samui

Koh Samui Holidays, Thailand

Koh Samui Holidays

Koh Samui is Thailand's second biggest Island. Its location in the warm, crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Thailand means that visitors to this tropical paradise can expect palm-fringed white beaches, pleasant bathing in the water and spectacular sunrises.

It's no surprise that this picturesque isle boasts a variety of beachfront hotels and resorts, open-air restaurants and bars, and a lively beach scene during the day and at night.

The island offers something to suit all budgets and tastes.

When to go:

Koh Samui offers year-round sunshine and warm climate. June, July and August are probably the best times to visit, but January and February are also great choices if you want a winter getaway.

Average humidity levels stand between 70% and 85%, and temperatures average around 28⁰C. March to May are the hottest months of the year, with temperatures regularly reaching over 30⁰C. Travellers may experience heavier rainfall from September to November during the island's monsoon season.

Top Attractions:

While there is no official city centre, shopping, restaurants and attractions tend to be around beach and tourist hubs.

You may choose to journey into the island's tropical undergrowth on a leisurely elephant ride at Namuang Safari Park.

Or take advantage of Samui’s numerous natural waterfalls. The most picturesque waterfalls, and worth prioritising a visit to, are the two Na Muang waterfalls.

The Secret Buddha Garden makes for an interesting trip, too!

Beaches:

The beaches of Chaweng and Lamai are the most popular and beautiful, with Chaweng offering a more vibrant atmosphere than the quieter, more secluded Lamai area.

Natural art awaits visitors at Lamai beach and Hin Ta and Hin Yai are not-to-be-missed geographic rock formations.

Dining:

Savour the gastronomic delights of the region at five-star hotel restaurants or road-side food stalls.

Bophut’s Fisherman’s village offers a great opportunity to combine Samui’s culture with food. A historical area with rustic buildings and modern restaurants, it’s just perfect.

Entertainment:

There are various clubs and restaurants scattered over the Island of Koh Samui.

Ark Bar is popular for its beach-front nightlife, while the brightly-coloured On Street Bar in Chaweng offers a true urban bar experience (the bar itself is located on a street corner and made of corrugated iron and painted wood).

And if you have a taste for the obscure? The Ladyboy Cabarets at Chaweng Beach could be an out-of-the-ordinary watch.

Culture:

For holidaymakers seeking to combine the island's cultural delights with its oceanfront wonders, Koh Samui offers a number of ancient temples and structures.

Travel to the gilded 12-metre-high Buddha statue of Wat Phra Yai or the striking Thai-Chinese architecture of Wat Plai Laem temple.

And if you’re looking for something different, why not take a look at Samui’s most famous mummified Monk, Luang Pordaeng?

Adventure and Sports:

Take a day trip to Ang Thong Marine Park, a 42-island archipelago that provides a spectacular setting for snorkelling, sunbathing or kayaking.

And if you like to Scuba Dive, take a boat to Koh Tao, also known as Turtle Island, as it’s the most popular scuba-diving location.

On the more relaxing end of the spectrum, enjoy relaxing massages and retreats at high-end spas or low-key parlours.

Getting around:

Songthaews have to be the most notable form of transport on Koh Samui, and are the Island’s version of a bus. The benches in the back seat 8-10 people.

If a Songthaew doesn’t suit you though, you can still find taxis and rent cars or scooters on Koh Samui.