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Koh Samui Holidays

Dip your toes into soft white sand and the alluring blue waters of the best beaches in Koh Samui, which are a major attraction for discerning holidaymakers to this tranquil island. Amid the natural beauty, you can indulge in exclusive resorts and ensure that Koh Samui holidays are just as relaxed or action-packed as you choose.

Whether you want a bustling or deserted beach, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to picking the right Koh Samui beach to relax on. 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 in the west of Koh Samui is virtually footprint-free and backed by virgin jungle.

Sun-kissed shores on Koh Samui holidays

Beyond the beach, Koh Samui island also offers a taste of appealing Thai culture, from mouthwatering cuisine to cultural sites, including impressively decorated temples and unusual rock formations that have become part of local legends.

There is no shortage of things to do in Koh Samui – explore the island on hiking and cycling trails, go kite surfing on the calm, blue waters surrounding the island, or spend an afternoon or evening shopping at Fisherman’s Village walking street in Bophut, in the north east.

Koh Samui island is part of the Chumphon Archipelago, which also includes the perennially popular Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. Each island its own individual style and ambience, so why not visit all of them during your Koh Samui holiday?

Flights to Koh Samui from Bangkok only take one hour, so after an exciting city break you can be relaxing on one of the best beaches in Koh Samui before you know it.

Destination Highlights
  • Visit the neighbouring islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao for relaxed vibes and world-class diving and snorkelling
  • Tuck into a Thai food cooking class at the excellent SITCA (Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts)
  • Head to the exquisite Ang Thong National Marine Park, the location inspiration for Alex Garland’s novel, The Beach
  • Head to Wat Phra Yai - the Big Buddha Temple - on a tiny island offshore, which is one of the most popular things to do in Koh Samui

Our favourite hotels

For your Koh Samui holiday, whether you fancy an all-inclusive hotel or the ease of your own exclusive villa, we can help you find your dream accommodation to rest your head in Koh Samui.

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Melati Beach Resort and Spa

Thongson Bay

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £2,299  pp

Melati Beach Resort and Spa
Swimming pool

Amari Koh Samui

Chaweng Beach

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,499  pp

Amari Koh Samui
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Centara Villas Samui

Natien Beach

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,199  pp

Centara Villas Samui
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Chaweng Regent Beach Resort

Chaweng Beach

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,799  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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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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

    “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."

     

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    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.”

     

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Koh Samui holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.

 

  • Songkran

    Every April the Thai people celebrate the incoming New Year with joy at the Songkran festival. It’s a time to visit temples and splash each other with a lot of water.

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