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Koh Samui

Known for its white sandy beaches, Koh Samui is a cosmopolitan paradise. Ideal for all types of travellers, the island is a generous mix of village life and luxury resorts. Roll out your beach towel, tuck into spicy fish curries or relax in a spa, there’s so much to do in Koh Samui – made easy using our travel guide.

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Places to stay

From the luxury of an all included resort to bungalow style accommodation nestled high in the jungle, Koh Samui has accommodation to suit any type of traveller. If you’re after a secluded bungalow experience, stay in Koh Samui’s Jungle Club. The private bungalows have enviable views of Chaweng Beach, on-site dining, bars and some with their own plunge pool. Even if you don’t plan to stay here, we suggest taking the bus up the hill for a cocktail at dusk.

Looking to unwind or after a honeymoon destination? Book a room at the luxurious Six Senses Samui. A stunning set of villas, each with their own infinity pool overlooking Silent Bay. Stay in this resort for a truly unforgettable experience.

Things to do

Though only 25kms long, this palm-fringed island has an array of beaches, towns and areas worth visiting.
Chaweng is not only the biggest but the most exciting and developed town on the island. Located on the east coast, its popular for banana boat riding and parasailing. You’ll find the usual dive shops souvenir items, internet cafés and tour companies.

Once frequented by backpackers the beautiful Lamai Beach, with its cosy and easy-going ambience may be quieter than Chaweng but has recently enjoyed opening a number of luxury resorts, trendy cafés and restaurants.

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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Food and drink

Come for the views, stay for the curries. If you’ve never tried Thai cuisine before, you’re in for a real treat. Flavoursome curries, fresh tangy salads and some of the best seafood in the world, Koh Samui’s regional Thai cuisine is worth the plane ticket. With decent restaurants in each resort as well as fantastic food in faceless wooden shacks frequented by hungry locals.

For a dinner that is truly unforgettable opt for one of Koh Samui’s beachside restaurants. Feast on local cuisine and watch the sunset next to the water. 

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The best shopping can be found in local markets. Head to Fisherman's Village Walking Street on a Friday night and Lamai Walking street on a Sunday night for bargain hunting, street food and cheap cocktails. But guard your wallets people, because these areas are frequented by pickpockets.

If you’d rather shop in a stylish open air mall take yourself to the Wharf. Conveniently located right next to the beach, you’ll find an array of restaurants, boutiques and services.

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Getting around

From the airport: there are options to suit all budgets to get from the airport. Hotels may arrange a transfer, or there are buses, minivans and taxis, all clearly signposted in the arrivals hall.

In and around the city: 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 turning the meter on is a rarity, so it’s best to agree on a price beforehand.

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