Koh Samui Holidays

Koh Samui’s white sands and relaxed ambience may have boosted the island’s popularity in recent years, yet much of its sleepy charm and natural beauty remains.

Lively Chaweng is the island’s hub with an impressive beach, vibrant nightlife, great restaurants, along with street markets, boutiques and malls. Further south is Lamai, which while quieter, has dining and shopping aplenty, while on the north coast, Mae Nam and Bophut provide a more serene setting for sun-seekers. Within Bophut you’ll find Fisherman’s Village, where rustic buildings house boutique stores and trendy restaurants.

If you can drag yourself away from the sparkling ocean and silky-soft sands, attractions include the 39 foot high Big Buddha shrine which is the island's most well-known landmark; the two Na Muang Waterfalls, which are incredibly picturesque and have pools at their base to swim in; while hidden away in the hills of Koh Samui's interior is the Secret Buddha Garden. For a rewarding day out, head to the Ang Thong National Marine Park, a pristine archipelago of 42 islands in the Gulf of Thailand where along with amazing scenery and uninhabited beaches you can snorkel and dive.

When it comes to food the island has a huge array of restaurants, cafes, bakeries and local places to eat, so you can be certain that you'll never go hungry! From international favourites to local specialities; from air-conditioned chic restaurants to barefoot beach dining, Samui has all this and more.

    Why visit Koh Samui?
  • Pristine beaches & crystal clear waters
  • Lush hinterland & natural attractions
  • An abundance of watersports
  • Tempting dining options
  • Lively resorts & serene hideaways
  • Excellent array of hotels and resorts
  • Ideal for couples & families alike
  • Easy to get around & explore


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Essential facts about Koh Samui
Local Time

GMT +7 hours

Currency

Thai Baht

Travel information

There are no direct flights from the UK to Koh Samui. Bangkok is approximately 11 hours 30 minutes (non-stop flights) from the UK and the onward flight to Koh Samui is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

Best time to go

Koh Samui has a tropical monsoon climate, with generally good weather year round and temperatures averaging around 28ºC. The dry season runs from December to March and many consider this the best time to visit. The hottest time of year is between March and April, while from May until September late afternoon thunderstorms can roll in. The heaviest rainfall tends to fall between September and November, however it doesn’t rain everyday and is often only in short bursts.

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