Holidays in Koh Samui

Hotels in Koh Samui

Essential information for Koh Samui

Local Time

Language

Thai

Currency

Thai Baht
Official currency of Thailand

Do I need a VISA?

British citizens do not require a visa for stays less than 30 days.

Flight Information

Bangkok
11 hours 30
Direct

Flight schedule

  • Direct flights to Bangkok depart daily with EVA Air or Thai Airways. Onward flights to regional airport are operated by Thai Airways or Bangkok Airways.

Diving

If you’re into your diving or you fancy doing a PADI course then nearby Ang Thong National Marine Park has a wonderful world of underwater adventure. Tropical fish, coral reefs and safe conditions, all-year-round, make Koh Samui an awesome area for first-timers and gnarly old experts alike.

Highlights of Koh Samui

This idyllic destination has more beaches than any other island in Thailand. Here are some of the best Koh Samui attractions.

Beaches

- Chaweng Beach, nearly four miles long, is known as the most beautiful beach in Koh Samui.

- Choeng Mon is one of the most relaxing beaches, away from the crowds.

- The shallow waters of Maenam, Bophut and Big Buddha Beaches are great for families.

- Lively Lamai Beach attracts a young crowd and offers bars, shops and nightlife.

Sightseeing and Attractions

- Visit Wat Khunaram in the south to see Koh Samui’s mummified monk, Loung Pordang. Head north to see the colossal ‘Big Buddha’ statue.

- Visit the curious Grandma and Grandpa Rock formations in the fishing village of Lamai.

Adventure and Wildlife

- Enjoy an excursion to the jungle-clad hills for zip-lining and breathtaking views. Explore Namtok Na Muang, the ‘Purple Waterfalls’.

- Swim, kayak and explore the caves and ‘keyhole’ lake in Anthong National Marine Park.  

Luxury

- Enjoy a private pool at Six Senses or a Thai-style haven at Centara Villas – ideal for honeymoon couples.

- Enjoy a relaxing Thai massage in an outdoor cabana at Centara Grand Beach Resort or relax in the hydrotherapy spa at the award-winning Banyan Tree.

 

Food and Drink

- Visit a market in market and pick up local coffee and Chinese doughnuts.

- Enjoy a tasting menu with breathtaking views at Dining on the Rocks restaurant, Six Senses.

- Lively Sala-Thai is a great place on Lamai Beach for Thai and international food.

 

Events and Festivals

- May: Yachts set sail from Chaweng Beach for Koh Samui Regatta.

- Mid-autumn: Locals give thanks by offering boats, flowers and candles for The Moon Festival.