Koh Samui Holidays

Lying some 50 miles off the eastern coast of mainland Thailand, the idyllic island of Koh Samui starts to spin its magic around you from the minute you arrive. The glorious soft sand beaches, relaxed ambience and selection of hotels has increased the island's popularity in recent years, however it has also retained much of its sleepy charm and natural beauty.

Featuring a variety of beaches the island has a broad appeal, whether you want to be in the heart of the action or away from it all. Chaweng Beach, on the east coast, is Koh Samui's lively hub with numerous hotels and restaurants fringing the beautiful beach along with lively nightlife and good value shopping. To the south of Chaweng is the slightly smaller resort of Lamai, which is less bustling but still has plenty of accommodation, dining and shopping options.

On the north coast, the smaller resorts of Mae Nam and Bo Phut provide a more peaceful option, yet are still within 15 minutes drive of Chaweng. At the centre of Bo Phut is charming Fisherman's Village, which is perhaps one of the oldest places on the island, with a number of ancient Chinese shophouses dating back to the 19th century.

While the sparkling turquoise ocean and soft white sands may be hard to resist, there are many more attractions to be found across the island, including 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 with towering limestone mountains, uninhabited beaches, waterfalls and fertile mangroves to explore, along with excellent snorkelling and diving.

Shopping options also abound in Chaweng, Lamai and Nathon, from street markets to boutiques and malls; there are plenty of opportunities for you to hunt for bargains. 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
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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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