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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
Koh Samui showing a sandy beach and tropical scenes

Lipa Noi

Lipa Noi

Top hotels in Koh Samui

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Chaweng Regent Beach Resort
Chaweng Regent Beach Resort
4.5 out of 5
P4,389
per night
26 Apr - 27 Apr

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! (941 reviews)

"Great hotel very helpful and friendly staff ideal for beach and shops right outside hotel with plenty of restaurants"…"

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2020

Chaweng Regent Beach Resort
Mercure Samui Chaweng Tana Hotel
Mercure Samui Chaweng Tana Hotel
4 out of 5
37/97 Moo 3 Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
P2,505
per night
30 Mar - 31 Mar

Located in Chaweng City Center, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chaweng Beach and Phetch Buncha Thai Boxing Stadium. Fisherman's Village Plaza ...

4.1/5Very Good! (296 reviews)

"Good stay,except the 5 th night doesn't want to offer us the breakfast because the stay was 20 euros more expensive and ti ask them to make a commercial gesture and they didn't want.At this point they were pretty rude with us ,normal that's the bad french hospitality and i can say that because i ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 24, 2019

Mercure Samui Chaweng Tana Hotel
ibis Samui Bophut
ibis Samui Bophut
3 out of 5
P1,644
per night
30 Mar - 31 Mar

Nestled on the beach, this Koh Samui hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Samui Go Kart, Bo Phut Beach and Mae Nam Beach. Fisherman's Village Plaza is 1.2 mi (2 km) ...

3.9/5Very Good! (489 reviews)
Nice pool area

"Reasonably priced hotel with adequate rooms and a nice pool area next to the beach and sea."…"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2019

ibis Samui Bophut

Popular things to do 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 activities in Koh Samui

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
P4,598
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

P4,235
Per adult
Wild Jeep Safari
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Wild Jeep Safari

96% of travellers recommend
P2,872
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
P1,855
Per adult
Koh Samui to Koh Tao by Seatran Discovery Ferry
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Koh Samui to Koh Tao by Seatran Discovery Ferry

84% of travellers recommend
P1,244
Per adult
Bike Riding - South of Island (Koh Samui)
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Bike Riding - South of Island (Koh Samui)

P426
Per adult