Koh Samui

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 featuring a sandy beach, general coastal views and tranquil scenes

Mae Nam

Mae Nam is beloved for its stunning beaches. Take some time to explore sights in the area like Mae Nam Beach and Mae Nam Beach Pier.

Mae Nam
Koh Samui showing a sandy beach and tropical scenes

Lipa Noi

Beaches and abundant dining options are well-reviewed features of Lipa Noi. Make a stop by top sights like Lipa Noi Beach while you're exploring the area.

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
The price is P5,403 per night

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! (118 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 P3,949 per night

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! (400 reviews)

"Superb in every respect! Location, staff, restaurant, accommodation all perfect!"…"

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2020

SALA Samui Choengmon Beach
Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort
Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort
5 out of 5
The price is P7,105 per night

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 Mar 16, 2020

Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort

Popular places to visit in Koh Samui

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

Koh Samui to Koh Tao by Seatran Discovery Ferry
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Koh Samui to Koh Tao by Seatran Discovery Ferry

P1,250
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Classic Thai Yachts Sunset Boutique Cruise to Ang Thong Park
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Classic Thai Yachts Sunset Boutique Cruise to Ang Thong Park

P5,351
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Jungle Tour With 4 Wheel Drive Jeep
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Jungle Tour With 4 Wheel Drive Jeep

P3,081
Per adult
84% 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

P1,255
Per adult
Around the Island Tour
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Around the Island Tour

P1,459
Per adult
74% 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
Koh Samui featuring a luxury hotel or resort and signage

Na Thon

Mae Nam featuring a sandy beach, general coastal views and tranquil scenes

Mae Nam

Koh Samui showing a sandy beach and tropical scenes

Lipa Noi