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Koh Samui IslandsThailand

Koh Samui is the island paradise you see in movies. Pristine white beaches, clear blue water, and incredible nightlife abound.

This small island off Thailand’s east coast is a land of mixed tastes. Young people come here to party the night away, others come for the relaxed culture, and still others come for the pristine beauty of both sand and sea. You’ll find the coasts of the island differ in their focus. The south and west coasts are more quiet and casual and give you the chance to either relax on the beach or experience the local culture. The north and east coasts are more popular, with the most famous beaches and nightlife on the island.

On the west coast you’ll find Lipa Noi, an isolated beach perfect for a romantic getaway. Further south Phang Ka offers some of the island’s finest resorts and is one of the best locations for watching the sun set over the ocean. Make your way to the bay of Thong Krut in the south and check out the fishing village or take a chartered boat to nearby Koh Mudsum and Koh Tan and try your hand at deep-sea fishing.

Dance all night at Chaweng, then recover on the incredible Chaweng Noi Beach. This little beach to the south of the village is a perfect spot to escape the crowds. In the northeast, Choeng Mon is the most exclusive part of the island, with resorts set on private beaches and an older, more family-friendly atmosphere.

Make your way to the Big Buddha, just north of the airport. This 40-foot (12-meter) high bronze statue sits atop its own little island just off the beach. Wander through Bang Rak and Bo Phut and experience the more traditional side of the island. On Friday nights Bo Phut’s main street is turned into a night market and is a great place to shop for souvenirs and enjoy the local street food.

The beaches are easily accessible by the ring road that hugs the shore in a 31-mile (53-kilometer) circuit. When one beach gets crowded, simply pack up and move a few miles down the road. If you’re keen to explore the surrounding islands, Koh Phangan and the spectacular Ang Thong National Marine Park are only a short boat ride away.

Top hotels in Koh Samui Islands

SALA Samui Chaweng Beach Resort
SALA Samui Chaweng Beach Resort
5 out of 5
The price is P6,594 per night from 7 Oct to 8 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 Mar 10, 2020

SALA Samui Chaweng Beach Resort
SALA Samui Choengmon Beach
SALA Samui Choengmon Beach
5 out of 5
The price is P5,725 per night from 18 Oct to 19 Oct

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 Aug 12, 2020

SALA Samui Choengmon Beach
Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas
Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas
5 out of 5
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is P7,550 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

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! (255 reviews)

"The property setting with beautiful gardens and right on the beach was fantastic. The ocean view villa was spacious and well fitted with a big terrace with a jacuzzi pool and view of the sea. Near the hotel within short walking distance and a quiet road are a number of local restaurants if u don’t ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas
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.

Vacation Rentals in Koh Samui Islands

Samui Bayside Luxury Villas
Samui Bayside Luxury Villas
4.5 out of 5

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 Jun 1, 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 P7,951 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

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 Jan 26, 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 P4,298 per night from 29 Oct to 30 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 Aug 26, 2020

Skye Beach Hotel
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.

Popular places to visit in Koh Samui Islands

Lamai Beach
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Lamai Beach

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

Genuine Thai with a Mediterranean vibe. Stay in one of the oldest villages on Koh Samui, where anything goes, from Chinese teahouses to funky young bars.

Chaweng Noi Beach
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Chaweng Noi Beach

Party with the crowds by night and escape them by day; get the best of both worlds in peaceful, accessible Chaweng Noi.

Nathon Pier
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Nathon Pier

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

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.

Silver Beach
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Silver Beach

Set amid swaying palm trees and turquoise water is this postcard-perfect beach is ideal for relaxing on soft golden sand, swimming in warm water and enjoying breathtaking sunrises.

Top things to do in Koh Samui Islands

Classic Thai Yachts Sunset Boutique Cruise to Ang Thong Park
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Classic Thai Yachts Sunset Boutique Cruise to Ang Thong Park

P5,187
Per adult
100% 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

P1,223
Per adult
Jungle Tour With 4 Wheel Drive Jeep
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Jungle Tour With 4 Wheel Drive Jeep

P2,987
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Just Jungle Eco-Safari Tour in Koh Samui
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Just Jungle Eco-Safari Tour in Koh Samui

P1,886
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Wild Jeep Safari
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Wild Jeep Safari

P2,798
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
SAMUI: Full Moon Party Regular Ticket Transfer To Haad Rin (Entrance fee 100THB)
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SAMUI: Full Moon Party Regular Ticket Transfer To Haad Rin (Entrance fee 100THB)

P1,689
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend