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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

Great sample itineraries


Here's a selection of popular itineraries to give you some ideas of where to stay on Koh Samui and what to do. But almost anything's possible so call us now and we'll create an amazing holiday just for you.

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Phuket And Koh Samui Holiday

  • 13 Days
  • Guide Price £1,699 PP
Starting on Thailand’s largest island, Phuket, you’ll find lots to explore from shimmering temples to colonial mansions and stunning palm-fringed...
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Bangkok, Koh Tao and Koh Samui Multi Centre

  • 13 Days
  • Guide Price £2,599 PP
Bangkok is an enthralling destination overflowing with cultural attractions, excellent shopping opportunities and mouth-watering cuisine to rival anywhere in the...
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Chiang Mai And Koh Samui Holidays

  • 11 Days
  • Guide Price £2,399 PP
Start your trip with a stay in Chiang Mai where you will find distinctive Thai culture, arts, and traditions amid...
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Koh Samui, Koh Phangnan and Koh Tao Multi Centre

  • 14 Days
  • Guide Price £2,299 PP
Start your adventure in Koh Samui, an island where exotic rainforests and lively nightlife co-exist in tropical harmony. Next head over...

Our favorite 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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Koh Samui

Melati Beach Resort and Spa

Step into a jungle paradise and sink your toes into the white sands of the tropical island of Koh Samui...
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Guide Price £2,299
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Amari Koh Samui

Sink your toes into the pristine white sands of the Chaweng Beach at the Amari Koh Samui and immerse yourself in...
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Guide Price £1,499
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Centara Villas Samui

Located on a gentle hillside leading to the private sandy Natien Beach, Centara Villas Samui offers a secluded location and...
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Guide Price £1,199
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Koh Samui

Chaweng Regent Beach Resort

Combining a peaceful atmosphere with a convenient location, Chaweng Regent Beach Resort is the perfect retreat for couples and families...
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Guide Price £1,799
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Explore Koh Samui

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 Info

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

Island Tour Koh Samui

The first stop will be Ladd Koh View Point for panoramic views of the famous, powdery sand Chaweng Beach. Next stop...
  • PRICE: £40 per person ( price is subject to change)
Koh Tao

Excursion Koh Tao

Just 70 kilometres north of Koh Samui, Koh Tao and it’s smaller sister island Koh Nang Yuan are blessed with beautiful bays...
  • PRICE: £72 per person by Catamaran or £84 per person by speedboat (price is subject to change)
  • APPROX. 4 HRS

Koh Samui Street Food Tour

Discover one of Asia’s great cuisines on one of its most beautiful tropical islands, in a fun and relaxed setting at...
  • PRICE: £108 per person (price is subject to change)
  • APPROX. 4 HRS

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
28° C
90 mm

Average Weather in February

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29° C
30 mm

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31° C
30 mm

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32° C
80 mm

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33° C
160 mm

Average Weather in June

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32° C
100 mm

Average Weather in July

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32° C
120 mm

Average Weather in August

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32° C
100 mm

Average Weather in September

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31° C
130 mm

Average Weather in October

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30° C
290 mm

Average Weather in November

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29° C
430 mm

Average Weather in December

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Koh Samui
29° C
150 mm
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."

 

Charlotte
Destination Specialist
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“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.”

 

Katie
Destination Specialist

Events & Festivals

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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