Why Book a Vacation in Koh Samui?

With year-round sun, stunning beaches and endless activity and entertainment offerings Koh Samui is a dream vacation destination. Why book a vacation in Koh Samui? Read on to find out…

Buddhist pagoda, Wat Plai Laem

Buddhist pagoda, Wat Plai Laem

History

Thailand is the hub of Buddhist culture and Koh Samui is certainly not short on grand and beautiful temples. The most popular ones are Big Buddha (Wat Phra Yai) on the north-east corner of the island, Wat Plai Leam nearby and Wat Khunaram, home to the mummified monk. Big Buddha is known for its golden, 12 metre tall, seated Buddha statue, which can often be seen by people flying in to the island. It was built in 1972 and is a representation of a moment in a Buddha’s journey of enlightenment when he subdued the temptations and dangers beset on him by the devil by meditating and staying calm. The Wat Plai Leam is also a great feat of architecture, as this temple houses a towering statue of a white 18-arm image of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion. This temple gives visitors a view of Chinese-Thai beliefs and showcases some Buddhist art and architecture.

Nightlife

Koh Samui boasts plenty of entertainment offerings, but the island is at its most lively after dark. Here you will find everything from exotic cabarets, thriving nightclubs and festive beach parties to beach bars, bbq’s, parades and much more. The full moon party just a short boat ride away in Koh Phangan is an experience that should definitely not be missed. Chaweng Beach is the centre for many evening activities as it has the highest concentration of bars, club and beach parties in addition to being the home of three different cabaret venues. In Chaweng, the Soi Green Mango Street is the best place to find a club or a bar to start off a fun-filled evening. The Green Mango Club is a great attraction for party animals, Henry Africa’s Samui is the best pub style bar in the area and The Ark Club – hard to find, but worth looking for – has an excellent line-up of DJs and sells cheap alcohol in buckets.

Food

With a wide selection of street food, bistros and high end restaurants, Koh Samui has become a renowned culinary destination. Visitors can eat in places that serve traditional Thai cuisine, such as green Thai curry, ‘ho muk talay’ – seafood curry cooked in a coconut – or find traditional Thai sweets in the food markets. But there is no need to limit the taste buds to local specialties. The Barrio Latino in Lamai Beach serves authentic Mexican food while playing salsa beats all night long; Café 69 in Bophut is a new experience of fusion cooking that is both baffling and delicious; and The Boudoir in Mae Nam is a cosy restaurant that serves French-style cuisine in Middle-Eastern décor, perfect for couples in search of an intimate evening.

Relaxation

There is no shortage of spas, spa resorts or spa villas in Koh Samui. Yoga, meditation and cleansing are very big in Thailand and Koh Samui is one of the best places to seek rehabilitation and rejuvenation. The Eranda Herbal Spa is located on a mountainside, so visitors are surrounded by waterfalls and palm trees while they are treated to Thai massages and facials. The Trinity Yoga Studio has classes that improve inner strength, promote balance in the body and generally improve flexibility. There are a variety of small spas that provide the Dr Fish treatment – where little fish nibble away at dead skin cells and leave skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated – for either the feet or the full body.

Activities

Koh Samui is an island with plenty of exquisite beaches, however, sunbathing and swimming are not the only ways to pass the time. Koh Samui beaches may be famous for their white sand, crystal clear waters and after-dark parties, but during the light of day they offer various water sports and tours. Samui Bungee offers a bungee jump experience in Soi Reggae on Chaweng Beach for anyone looking for an exhilarating activity. Additionally, guests can take water taxis or ferry tours to other surrounding islands where activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling and kayaking are offered as a package deal. Other activities in Koh Samui include elephant tours, jungle trekking, golf, Thai boxing, quad tours and much more! Book a holiday in Koh Samui to explore everything this stunning island has to offer.

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Top 10 Things to Do in Chaweng

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

Chaweng is the most popular beach on the east coast of Koh Samui boasting 6 kilometres of white sand packed with a variety of activities to suit every kind of traveller. Here’s a guide to the top 10 things to do in Chaweng.

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Top 5 Nightlife Attractions in Koh Samui

Koh Samui Nightlife

Koh Samui is an exciting place to explore during the day, with plenty of beaches, shops, historic villages and temples to see – but at night a whole new side of the island is revealed. Here’s our guide to the top 5 nightlife attractions in Koh Samui.

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Visiting Bophut – Koh Samui

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Bophut Koh Samui is a large and beautiful beach in Koh Samui, spanning over two exquisite locations – here’s a guide to visiting this exquisite area.

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Etiquette in Thailand

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When travelling to any country, there are a number of customs that should be carefully observed. Here’s a short guide to etiquette in Thailand. Continue reading

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Getting Around in Koh Samui

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Koh Samui is just 25 kilometres long and 21 kilometres wide with a ring road linking its beaches and other attractions.

You can rent a car and drive around in little over an hour – or travel by scooter, taxi, songthaew, bus or boat. Whatever you decide to do and no matter what your budget you’re sure to find an easy way of getting around in Koh Samui Continue reading

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Wildlife in Koh Samui

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The wildlife in Koh Samui is as diverse as the island itself – and you needn’t go all the way to a zoo to see it!

You’re sure to spot plenty of native creatures during your Koh Samui vacation, here’s a short guide to making the most of what you see on your travels… Continue reading

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How Big is Koh Samui?

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Koh Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand just 80 km from the eastern coastline of Southern Thailand. At 25 km long and 21 km wide, Samui is big enough for some serious exploration but can be circumnavigated in just a couple of hours by motorbike or car.

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Top 10 Restaurants in Koh Samui

Top 10 restaurants in Koh Samui

There are a plethora of superb restaurants in Koh Samui, catering for all tastes and budgets. Whether you want a romantic ocean front venue or a BBQ on the beach the island offers something for everyone. Here’s a guide to the top 10 restaurants in Koh Samui to help you find your way around.

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Packing for Koh Samui

Packing for Koh Samui

Before going on Koh Samui villa vacation it’s a good idea to know before you go what to pack and what not to! Here’s a handy guide to packing for Koh Samui to make your departure as easy as possible. Continue reading

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The Koh Samui Archipelago

Koh Samui Archipelago - Angthong Marine Park

The Koh Samui Archipelago is probably the nearest you’ll ever get to paradise. The Archipelago, a phrase used to describe a cluster of islands, includes the ever popular Koh Samui plus two other exotic isles and a national marine park.

Head to this area in the Thai Gulf for exquisite beaches and breath-taking beauty. Continue reading

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Koh Samui Culture

Koh Samui Culture

Koh Samui may be a picture perfect vacation destination but it’s also a living and working island with distinctive local customs and habits. Read on to learn more about Koh Samui culture including its markets, festivals, sports and more. Continue reading

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Nightlife in Koh Samui

Nightlife in Koh Samui

Nightlife in Koh Samui

Known as one of the best holiday destinations in southern Thailand, Koh Samui is home to an impressive choice of nightlife entertainment options. The heart of the night time action takes place in Chaweng with its myriad of beach bars, lounge clubs and discos. Continue reading

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Why Book a Vacation in Koh Samui?

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The boutique island of Koh Samui is exotic, interesting and unforgettable which is why it’s fast becoming one of the most popular vacation destinations for tourists and travellers all over the world. Here’s a guide to why so many travellers book a vacation in Koh Samui.

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Koh Samui With Family

Koh Samui With Kids

Not only is Koh Samui one of the most beautiful islands on earth – it is also one of the safest.  The culture is friendly and family orientated meaning children of all ages are welcome. Read on for our list of things to do in Koh Samui with family. Continue reading

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Keeping Fit in Koh Samui

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A Koh Samui vacation is a great way to relax and unwind – but that needn’t mean you pile on the pounds during your trip. From health spas and island activities to great food and stunning scenery, there’s plenty to keep you fit and healthy in Koh Samui. Continue reading

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Koh Samui Weather

Koh Samui weather

The Koh Samui weather is known for its gorgeous climate with temperatures ranging from 24°C to 34°C throughout the year.

The island has its own hot, dry and rainy seasons which may affect when you’ll want to visit and what you’ll want to do. Be sure to read our handy guide to the weather in Koh Samui before you book your trip.

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Things to Do in Koh Samui – Part 2

Things to Do in Koh Samui - PART 2

Our second installment of our “Things to Do in Koh Samui” feature shows further examples of just how this boutique holiday destination offers an endless array of activities and entertainment for all the family.

Fom elephant trekking to football golf, here’s part two of our guide to the best things to do in Koh Samui…

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Things to Do in Koh Samui – Part 1

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With miles of stunning scenery, year-round sun and endless cultural sites you’d be forgiven for wondering where to start when you explore Koh Samui.

Here’s part one of our selection of the best things to do in Koh Samui

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Weddings in Koh Samui

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For couples in search of the picture perfect wedding destination – look no further than the tropical island of Koh Samui. Weddings in Koh Samui are renowned for being idyllic.

This boutique vacation destination in the Gulf of Thailand offers idyllic beach backdrops, luxury wedding accommodation, a whole host of professional wedding planners and superb value for money.

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