Sun-kissed shores and exclusive resorts

Known as Thailand’s most dynamic chameleon, Koh Samui is a cosmopolitan melting point of experiences and sensations; from palm-fringed shorelines and lush rainforest to cultural sights and delicious cuisine.

It’s an easy island to explore; travel along the one main road to see stunning beaches and resorts, all with their own unique identity. The more active traveller can enjoy a range of island activities including kite surfing and quad biking while culture vultures can visit the Big Budda, Koh Samui’s most prominent landmark situated in the north of the island. We also recommend paying a visit to the Fisherman’s Village in Bophut; a great place for evening dining and a spot of shopping.

If you’re visiting Koh Samui as part of a multicentre holiday, this is the perfect place to relax after a city break in Bangkok; or, follow your trip with a hideaway stay in Koh Tao

 

Destination Highlights
  • Soft white sand and alluring clear waters
  • Fisherman’s Village Walking Street - Friday evening
  • Great for Island hopping
  • Lots of diving and snorkeling opportunities
  • Hiking and cycling trails
Essential Information
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  • Time Zone +7 GMT
  • Currency Thai Baht
  • Visa Information British citizens do not need to obtain a visa for stays under 30 days.
  • Language Thai - but English is widely spoken
  • Flight Time There are various indirect carriers which operate in conjunction with Bangkok Airways from the UK and offer a daily service to Koh Samui from Bangkok. In addition Bangkok Airways operates a daily service from Chiang Mai, Phuket and Krabi to Koh Samui.
  • Health Information No mandatory vaccinations required.

Top Tips from our Experts

Charlotte

Destination Specialist

"Make sure to enjoy a romantic evening dinner on the beach – the sunsets are incredible and great for pictures. Many hotels will make this really special with flowers and candles – a wonderful way to celebrate a special occasion."

Katie

Destination Specialist

"I love Fisherman’s Village in Bophut, Koh Samui. There are lots of restaurants, shops and bars – but the best night is Friday night when they have their night market."

Damon

Destination Specialist

"Beware of the Durian fruit. This Asian speciality has an unusual taste (to say the least) and such a strong smell that many hotels forbid you to bring them onto the premises."

Types of Koh Samui holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Koh Samui’s beaches run from bustling white-sand stretches to deserted golden swathes. Chaweng Beach on the east coast is one of the most popular, with watersports, bars and beach parties. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Taling Ngam out west is virtually footprint-free and backed by virgin jungle.

A flight is the quickest way to get from Bangkok to Koh Samui – the journey takes just over an hour. You’ll arrive at Samui Airport in the northern part of the island. You can also get to Koh Samui by bus, train and ferry, although the journey time is significantly longer.

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Ocean Front Pool Villa Suite

Six Senses Samui

Baan Plai Laem

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Six Senses Samui

Anantara Lawana

Chaweng Beach

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Anantara Lawana

Pavilion Samui Villas & Resort

Lamai Beach

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Pavilion Samui Villas & Resort

Centara Villas Samui

Natien Beach

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Centara Villas Samui

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