Koh Samui Holidays

Holidays to Koh Samui are packed with sandy beaches, soothing sunshine and wildlife rich waters. This tropical island offers the best of Thailand - from mouth-watering cuisine to fascinating cultural sites. Savour the flavour of freshly caught seafood prepared with tamarind, ginger and coconut followed by kalamae, a sweet, sticky candy made of glutinous rice. When you’re happily satiated, head on a cultural tour of impressive temples and unusual rock formations.

Opportunities for fun activities abound – learn how to carve vegetables at The Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts, go kite surfing on the calm, blue waters surrounding the island or spend an afternoon shopping at Fisherman’s Village in Bophut, in the north east.

Destination Highlights
  • Soft white sand and alluring clear waters
  • Fisherman’s Village walking street - Friday evening
  • Great for island hopping
  • Many diving and snorkelling opportunities
  • Hiking and cycling trails
  • Visit the Big Buddha temple
  • Feast on delicious Thai cuisine

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.

Melati Beach Resort and Spa

Thongson Bay

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,239 pp

Melati Beach Resort and Spa
Swimming pool

Amari Koh Samui

Chaweng Beach

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,529 pp

Amari Koh Samui

Centara Villas Samui

Natien Beach

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,369 pp

Centara Villas Samui

Chaweng Regent Beach Resort

Chaweng Beach

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,479 pp

Chaweng Regent Beach Resort

Time Zone

+7 GMT

Flight Time

Various in-direct carriers 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.

Currency

Thai baht

Visa Information

British citizens do not need to obtain a visa for stays under 30 days.

Language

Thai - English is widely spoken

Health Information

No mandatory vaccinations required. It's important to contact your GP for latest recommendations.

You’re going to love Koh Samui. It’s the second largest island in Thailand, which offers glorious temples, cosmopolitan towns and fantastic hotels. You will not be able to get enough of it’s gorgeous beaches and you will be within reach of the stunning Ang Thong National Park, which can promise incredible island hopping adventures. Do not miss the 12 metre-tall big Buddha statue that hosts many key cultural events including the energetic water festival known as Songkran, or Thai New Year.

  • Cooking class - Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts

    Learn all the skills you need to cook one of Asia’s most varied and fascinating cuisines with Thai expert chefs.

  • Island tour on land

    Koh Samui certainly has impressive seascapes, but there’s much to see by road too. The curious formations of grandmother’s and grandfather’s rocks are sights of wonder – it won’t be difficult to see why they’re so named once you spot them. At Wat Kunaram, meet Luang Por Daeng, the mummified meditator, then admire the sparkling waters of the Na Muang Waterfall. Finish off your day with some shopping in Nathon, Koh Samui’s capital.

  • Wildlife

    Thailand’s diverse geography of dense rainforest, tropical seas and vast mountains makes for a rich fauna and flora. Koh Samui’s underwater world is home to an impressive array of colourful tropical fish, turtles and sharks, and in the trees dwell more than 900 bird species. Thailand has over 100 national parks, where you can get up close with majestic Thai elephants, cheeky primates and – if you’re lucky – big cats like clouded leopards or the extremely rare tiger.

  • Wat Phra Yai Koh Samui

    Big Buddha

    This huge golden temple is located on a tiny island off the north eastern coast of Koh Samui, and it’s unmissable – in fact, you may even spot it from the plane as you arrive. At 12 metres high, it’s a glowing symbol of Thailand’s main religion, Buddhism, and a homage to purity and enlightenment. At the nearby Wat Plai Laem, see a different kind of Buddhist temple, this time featuring an 18-armed statue of the goddess Guanyin.

Select month

Average weather in January

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Koh Samui
28ºC
90mm

Average weather in February

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Koh Samui
29ºC
30mm

Average weather in March

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Koh Samui
31ºC
30mm

Average weather in April

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Koh Samui
32ºC
80mm

Average weather in May

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Koh Samui
33ºC
160mm

Average weather in June

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Koh Samui
32ºC
100mm

Average weather in July

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Koh Samui
32ºC
120mm

Average weather in August

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Koh Samui
32ºC
100mm

Average weather in September

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Koh Samui
31ºC
130mm

Average weather in October

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Koh Samui
30ºC
290mm

Average weather in November

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Koh Samui
29ºC
430mm

Average weather in December

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Koh Samui
29ºC
150mm
  • Charlotte, Destination Specialist

    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 many restaurants, shops and bars – but the best night is Friday night when they have their night market."

  • Christie, Destination Executive

    Christie

    Destination Executive

    "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

Koh Samui 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 Koh 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.

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