Koh Samui

Travel Guide
Lamai Beach which includes a beach

Koh Samui is just like the island paradise from the movies with its pristine white beaches, sapphire blue waters and legendary nightlife. This small island off the east coast of Thailand draws different types of visitors, from young travellers who come here to party every night, those looking for its relaxed culture, and others simply for the pristine beauty of the beaches and the sea. Each side of the island has something different to offer. The south and west coasts are more relaxed and casual, perfect for those looking to chill on the beach with a good book or looking to experience the local culture. The north and east coast are popular for the famous beach parties, bars and night clubs.

On the west coast is Lipa Noi, a secluded beach that’s perfect for a romantic stay. Further to the south lies Phang Ka, with a number of first-class resorts and one of the best places to see the sun set into the sea. To the south lies the Bay of Thong Krut; here you can explore the fishing village or take a charter boat to nearby islands Koh Tan and Koh Mudsum where you can go deep sea fishing.

Go dancing for the evening in Chaweng, then spend the day resting on the incredibly beautiful Chaweng Noi Beach. This beach, found south of the village, is a perfect place to escape from the maddening crowd. In the northeast lies Choeng Mon, the most exclusive part of the island, where the resorts and private beaches attract a bit more of mature, more family-friendly, crowd.

Visit the Great Buddha, just north of the airport. This 12 meter high bronze statue stands on its own little island just opposite the beach. Stroll through Bang Rak and Bo Phut to see the more traditional side of the island.

The beaches are easily accessible via the ring road that runs in a along the coast. When one beach is too busy, simply drive a few kilometres to the next beach. If you'd like to explore the surrounding islands, you're just a short boat trip from Koh Phangan and the spectacular Ang Thong National Park.

OZO Chaweng Samui - SHA Plus
OZO Chaweng Samui - SHA Plus
4 out of 5
Chaweng Beach, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is RM267 per night from 27 Jan to 28 Jan
Located in Chaweng City Center, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of Chaweng Beach and Chaweng Thai Boxing Stadium. Central ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (815 reviews)
"It wa a worth every penny. The hotel was clean and stuff were so nice and helpful - even remember my name! As soon as they know My flight was at 3:30 pm, they gave me the late check out at 2 pm right away and didn’t give me a hard time. The facilities are clean and food was great. The pool was so ..."

Reviewed on 6 Jan 2022

OZO Chaweng Samui - SHA Plus
The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui - SHA Plus
The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui - SHA Plus
5 out of 5
9/123 Moo 5, Tambon Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM865 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
Nestled on the beach, this Koh Samui resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Choeng Mon Beach, Laem Samrong and Samrong Beach. Wat Plai Laem and Jungle Minigolf are ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (121 reviews)
Its good. But not luxurious
"Resort is quite good. How ever, breakfast is very very basic (though its covid time), and also bathroom utilities are so so... Not really luxury. But overall resort is quite okay."

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2020

The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui - SHA Plus
The Library - SHA Plus
The Library - SHA Plus
5 out of 5
14/1 Moo 2 Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is RM595 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Located in Chaweng City Center, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 10-minute walk of Chaweng Beach, Central Festival Samui and ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (195 reviews)
"A truly amazing hotel. Fabulous rooms and great facilities . Each and every one of the staff were excellent . Very friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble and they all really go the extra mile to make you feel welcome and relaxed . Will definitely return ."

Reviewed on 26 Apr 2020

The Library - SHA Plus
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Chaweng Noi Pool Villa
Chaweng Noi Pool Villa
4 out of 5
4/20 Moo. 3 Chaweng Noi Main Road, T.Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is RM168 per night from 20 Feb to 21 Feb
This family-friendly Koh Samui villa is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Chaweng Noi Beach and Chaweng Beach. Lamai Beach and Silver Beach are ...
4/5 Very Good! (325 reviews)
Outstanding villa
"Absolutely fabulous better than could have expected. Everything about the property was five star . The staff were friendly and very efficient. The villa was outstanding . Would highly recommend"

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020

Chaweng Noi Pool Villa
Baan Suaan Bua Pool Villa
Baan Suaan Bua Pool Villa
4 out of 5
7/1 Moo 5, Santi Sook 1 Road, Laem Sor, Taling Ngam, Koh Samui, Koh Samui, Thailand
This family-friendly Koh Samui villa is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Laem Sor Beach, Thong Kut Beach and Laem Sor Pagoda. Namuang Waterfall ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"สระว่ายน้ำสวยห้องดูสะอาดหน้าพัก.......... ..................... ."

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2019

Baan Suaan Bua Pool Villa
Samujana Villas - SHA Plus
Samujana Villas - SHA Plus
5 out of 5
63/154 Moo 5, Baan Plai Laem, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
This Koh Samui villa is located in the city centre, nestled on the beach a short distance away from Samui Football Golf, Choeng Mon Beach and Jungle Minigolf. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (13 reviews)
Will Definitely go back.
"The view was amazing, the ambience was very good. there was an unavoidable incident, however management handled it very well. Thanks."

Reviewed on 20 Dec 2019

Samujana Villas - SHA Plus
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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