Koh Samui Islands

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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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa
Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
P5,650
per night
Feb 22 - Feb 23

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! (1,201 reviews)

"Lovely hotel in a great location. Village is a short beach walk away."…"

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa
Chaweng Regent Beach Resort
Chaweng Regent Beach Resort
4.5 out of 5
P7,017
per night
Mar 11 - Mar 12

Located in Chaweng City Center, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of Chaweng Beach and Chaweng Lake. Chaweng Noi Beach ...

4.2/5Very Good! (927 reviews)

"The staff were exceptionally helpful whenever I had a problem.The maids cleaned thoroughly every day. The pool was always clean and though we have stayed in 5 star hotels. The Chaweng Regent was just as good . If I had one issue. It is that with the hotel and sun beds so close to the sea. You can ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2020

Chaweng Regent Beach Resort
Novotel Samui Resort Chaweng Beach Kandaburi
Novotel Samui Resort Chaweng Beach Kandaburi
4 out of 5
P5,394
per night
Mar 12 - Mar 13

Nestled on the beach, this Koh Samui hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Central Festival Samui, Chaweng Beach and Chaweng Lake. Chaweng Noi Beach and Choeng Mon ...

3.9/5Very Good! (282 reviews)

"Friendly and responding staff. Its time to reconsider to renew the aircond system."…"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2020

Novotel Samui Resort Chaweng Beach Kandaburi

Popular things to do 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 activities in Koh Samui Islands

Drinks Tasting Tour Beer, Wine, Rum & Cocktail with Lunch
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Drinks Tasting Tour Beer, Wine, Rum & Cocktail with Lunch

100% of travellers recommend
P4,744
Per adult
Snorkel Tour to Koh Nangyuan with Catamaran Cruise from Samui to Koh Tao
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Snorkel Tour to Koh Nangyuan with Catamaran Cruise from Samui to Koh Tao

P4,295
Per adult
Wild Jeep Safari
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Wild Jeep Safari

94% of travellers recommend
P2,913
Per adult
Koh Phi Phi to Koh Phangan by Ferry, Lomprayah Coach and Catamaran
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Koh Phi Phi to Koh Phangan by Ferry, Lomprayah Coach and Catamaran

P1,636
Per adult
Phuket to Koh Samui by Lomprayah Coach and High Speed Catamaran
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Phuket to Koh Samui by Lomprayah Coach and High Speed Catamaran

80% of travellers recommend
P1,882
Per adult
3 nights camping in Koh Phaluai includes accommodation and boat trip
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3 nights camping in Koh Phaluai includes accommodation and boat trip

P15,555
Per adult