Koh Samui

Koh Samui

Overview

Famous with tourists around the world, Koh Samui continues to evolve, with stylish and upmarket resorts sitting happily alongside street-side food stalls.

Well known for its golden, sandy beaches the island is a cosmopolitan melting pot, hosting both budget travellers looking for fun in the sun and big spenders who are craving exclusivity and luxury. Add to that the friendly locals and you’ve got the recipe for one of the most enjoyable and exciting holiday destinations around.

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Traditional culture, water sports or meeting the locals, we’ve picked some top activities and things to do: 

Where to go

Although only 25kms long, this palm-fringed island has an array of beaches, towns and areas worth visiting.

Koh Samui's beaches

Chaweng beach

Chaweng is not only the biggest but the most exciting and developed town on the island. Located on the east coast, its sandy beach is popular for all kinds of fun activities including banana boat riding and parasailing. As you’d expect with this kind of tourism, you’ll find the usual dive shops, souvenir shops, internet cafés and tour companies. 

Lamai beach

Once a favourite for backpackers this beautiful beach, with its cosy and easy-going ambience is still quieter than Chaweng but lately has enjoyed a more sophisticated visitor and the opening of a number of luxury resorts, trendy cafés and restaurants to cater to their needs. 

Bhoput

On the northern coast of Samui lies Bophut, made up of two places: Bophut Beach, which stretches several kilometres between Big Buddha and Maenam beaches and the well preserved Fisherman's Village situated in the middle section of the beach. With its old wooden Chinese shop-houses and fishing boats coming and going this picturesque fishing village is a true taste of local Samui life. 

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Quick facts

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Currency

Thai Bhat

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Electricity

220V/50Hz

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Population

386,600

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Seasons

The island has three weather types; hot, dry or rainy. The best time to visit is between December and August when the weather is at its best.

Getting around

From the airport

If you’re hotel or accommodation doesn’t arrange transfers, an inexpensive and reliable minibus service serves all major beach towns around the island. Tickets can be bought in the arrivals hall. Alternatively you can hire a car.

In and around the island

Samui’s only public transport are the colourful ‘song-teows’ – converted pickup trucks that ‘run’ 24 hours.  The cheapest and fastest way to get around is by motorbike taxi. Metered taxis are also available but at present it’s a miracle if they turn the meter on for you therefore to bargain and agree on a price beforehand is a must.

Koh Samui car hire

Book car hire with Avis, Budget, Hertz and Thrifty. Qantas Frequent Flyer members could earn Qantas Points with Avis and Budget.

Getting you there

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