Delicious food, pristine beaches and unique culture await on the island of Koh Samui, a place where you can have your holiday any way you like it, kicked back and relaxed or active and fast-paced. Party like a rock star, go diving or snorkelling, explore Central Chaweng, the island’s main hub with its diverse range of shops and restaurants, or just relax under the shade of a coconut tree. Koh Samui and its neighbour, Koh Phangan, lie on the Gulf of Thailand.
Renowned for its exuberant nightlife, Koh Phangan lives up to its reputation as a party island, but it also offers plenty of other activities to fill the day. You can enjoy all kinds of watersports, try your hand at Thai cooking or Thai boxing, learn how to make your own jewellery, ride an elephant, or simply be pampered with a traditional Thai massage
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Weather in Koh Samui and Koh Phangan is almost always beautiful. Blue sky days and a pleasant ocean breeze are the norm. For the purists, the period between late December to the end of March provides the ideal tropical island weather experience, but then some like it hot and if that’s you, April to June are sizzling! The months from October to early December see the heaviest rainfall, although it doesn’t usually rain every day and often falls in short bursts.
TOP THINGS TO DO
ROUND ISLAND SIGHTSEEING TOUR
A boat tour is one of the most relaxing and pleasant ways to see the key attractions of these amazing islands.
Standing majestically at the northern end of Samui, the modern Buddha, Wat Phra Yai, is one of the island’s most famous landmarks. Nearby is the colourful temple of Wat Plai Laem featuring an enormous 18-armed Buddha.
FULL MOON PARTY
The famous Full Moon Party at Haad Rin beach on Koh Phangan draws large crowds every month. With music, fire dancers, jugglers and dancing, the party typically carries on all night until sunrise the following day.
ANGTHONG NATIONAL PARK
This unique park off the shores of Koh Samui consists of 42 stunning, untouched islands with tropical rainforests and deserted beaches. There are daily excursions with sightseeing, snorkelling, kayaking or walking included. The park is closed in November-December to allow for the natural rehabilitation of the environment.
Located in the tranquil resort of Bophut, Fisherman’s Village boasts one of Koh Samui’s finest beaches and has a charming, traffic-free ‘walking street’ lined with cafés, restaurants and shops selling local handicrafts.
Take your camera to this stunning garden with amazing coastal views