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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 featuring a sandy beach, general coastal views and tranquil scenes

Mae Nam

Mae Nam
Koh Samui showing a sandy beach and tropical scenes

Lipa Noi

Lipa Noi

Top hotels in Koh Samui

SALA Samui Chaweng Beach Resort
SALA Samui Chaweng Beach Resort
5 out of 5
The price is P6,876 per night from 23 Nov to 24 Nov

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! (120 reviews)
100% thumbs up!

"An incredible first holiday after the lockdown measures eased. Everything was well thought through and staff were professional and friendly, not to mention the exceptional breakfast!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 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
Free Cancellation
The price is P6,244 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Nestled on the beach, this Koh Samui resort is within a 15-minute walk of Bo Phut Beach and Fisherman's Village Plaza. Chaweng Beach and Chaweng Noi 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
SALA Samui Choengmon Beach
SALA Samui Choengmon Beach
5 out of 5
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is P5,061 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

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! (408 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
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

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 P8,053 per night from 27 Oct to 28 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 P3,265 per night from 2 Nov to 3 Nov

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

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

VIP Fast-Track Service: Samui International Airport (USM)
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VIP Fast-Track Service: Samui International Airport (USM)

P2,499
Per adult
5 Star Luxury Spa Treatments at Melati Beach Resort
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5 Star Luxury Spa Treatments at Melati Beach Resort

P2,672
Per adult
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

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

Mae Nam

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Koh Samui showing a sandy beach and tropical scenes

Lipa Noi