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Popular hotels in Koh Samui

LOBBY Cheeky Monkey's Samui

Cheeky Monkey's Samui

46/14 Moo3, Bophut, Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui, Chaweng, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand, 84320

8.6 / 10

Very Good

Lobby Escape Beach Resort

Escape Beach Resort

5/1 Moo 1, Maenam, Mae Nam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand, 84330

8.9 / 10

Very Good

SWIMMING_POOL ibis Samui Bophut

ibis Samui Bophut

Bophut Beach Surat Thani, Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand, 84140

8.7 / 10

Very Good

EXTERIOR_BUILDING Aspira Samui

Aspira Samui

199/99 Moo 6, T.Bophut, Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand, 84320

8.5 / 10

Very Good

Nantra Chaweng Beach

155/62 Chaweng Beach Road, Bophut Samui Island, Chaweng, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand, 84320

8.2 / 10

Very Good

Replay Residence Samui

199 Moo 1, Bo Phut, Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand, 84320

8.5 / 10

Very Good

Others Boonjumnong Modern Apartments

Boonjumnong Modern Apartments

1/46 Moo 6, Bophut, Chaweng , Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand, 84320

8.8 / 10

Very Good

LOBBY Go Samui Hotel

Go Samui Hotel

9/99 Moo 2, Bo phut, Koh Samui, Surathani, Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand, 84320

8.0 / 10

Very Good

SWIMMING_POOL Baan Hin Sai Resort & Spa

Baan Hin Sai Resort & Spa

5/5 Moo 3, Bo Phud, Koh Samui, Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand, 84320

8.5 / 10

Very Good

Ark Bar Beach Resort

159/89, Moo 2, Chaweng Beach, Bophut, Koh Samui, Chaweng, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand, 84320

8.8 / 10

Very Good

EXTERIOR_BUILDING D Varee Diva Avenue Samui

D Varee Diva Avenue Samui

3/55 Moo.2 , Laem Din Street , Tumbon Bophut , Chaweng, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand, 84320

7.7 / 10

Good

BEDROOM MM Hill Hotel Samui

MM Hill Hotel Samui

141/40 Moo 6 Tambon Bophut, Amphur Koh Samui, Suratthani, Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand, 84320

7.7 / 10

Good

LOBBY Samui Mermaid Resort

Samui Mermaid Resort

34/1 Moo 4 , Bophut, Bangrak Beach, Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand, 84320

8.0 / 10

Very Good

Jinta City Hotel

310/7 Moo 3 Tambon Ang Thong, Koh Samui,Suratthani, Ang Thong, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand, 84140

8.0 / 10

Very Good

BEDROOM Chaweng Skybar & Hotel

Chaweng Skybar & Hotel

155/34 Moo 2, Chaweng, Bo Put, Chaweng, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand, 84320

8.1 / 10

Very Good

SWIMMING_POOL Centra by Centara Coconut Beach Resort Samui

Centra by Centara Coconut Beach Resort Samui

114/1 M. 4 T. Taling-ngam, Koh Samui, Taling Ngam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand, 84140

8.6 / 10

Very Good

SWIMMING_POOL Samui First House Hotel

Samui First House Hotel

4 Moo.3 Chaweng Beach , Tambon Bophut ,Koh Samui, Chaweng, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand, 84320

8.1 / 10

Very Good

BEDROOM Samthong Resort

Samthong Resort

Bophut , Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand, 84140

8.3 / 10

Very Good

SWIMMING_POOL The Hammock Samui Beach Resort

The Hammock Samui Beach Resort

82/13 Moo 1, T.Maenam, Koh Samui, Mae Nam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand, 84330

8.7 / 10

Very Good

LOBBY The Mud

The Mud

57/1 Moo 5 Bang Makham, Koh Samui Suratthani , Ang Thong, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand, 84140

9.1 / 10

Excellent

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About

Introduction

Koh Samui is one of the most popular destinations in Thailand, right in the ranks of Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Bangkok. It’s also one of the bigger islands, and thus is much less densely populated, except for certain areas. Koh Samui is a popular destinations for honeymooners, couples, families, and travelers not particularly looking for a thumping, vibrant party scene compared to some of the other beach destinations in Thailand. Not to say that Koh Samui is boring - there are fantastic bars, restaurants, and entertainment options abound. The beaches in Koh Samui are much less crowded than in other locations such as Phuket.

Koh Samui is in Surat Thani province and about 11 hours of travel away from Bangkok. It’s known for its densely grown coconut trees. The free, blue sky is easily seen due to the government ban of any buildings higher than coconut trees, which is about 4 stories. The majority of hotels and guesthouses in Koh Samui are in the bungalow form - a singular hut style building with a sloping roof and often elevated a bit by stilts and accessible by a small flight of stairs. Therefore, much of the housing in Koh Samui is far from the Western standard of apartment buildings or condos.

Millions of tourists visit Koh Samui every year. The residents of this resort island are quite fluent in English, as it’s well known that those in the tourism industry that can speak English can often obtain a better quality of life. There’s a wide variety of international cuisine on Koh Samui, since it’s a hot destination for expat communities from Europe, Scandinavian countries and Russia.

 

History of Ko Samui

Until the end of 20th century, Ko Samui was mostly an isolated island, with minimum contact to the Thailand mainland.  The island even possessed no paved roads until the beginning of the 1970s.

Koh Samui was mostly inhabited by Malay fishermen who migrated from the South China Sea. Eventually, the tranquility and beauty of Koh Samui was discovered by travelers, and word spread like wildfire. By the 1990s, Koh Samui was a well known destination for luxury travelers, families, backpackers and lovers looking for a romantic getaway.

There are two possible origins of where the name “Koh Samui” came from. “Koh” means “island” and Samui could come from one of two places. The word “saboey” means “safe haven” because Koh Samui is so beautiful and far from the mainland of Thailand, and thus people could feel safe here. Another possibility is from the word “mui” which is the name of a tree native to Koh Samui.

Surrounding Environment

Koh Samui is the largest of its two sister islands, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. The nearest mainland is Surat Thani.

 

Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan is well known for its full moon party, as well as its half moon parties, quarter moon parties, and so on. In recent years, it has been trying to shed its reputation as a party island and is instead trying to be more family friend, as well as digital nomad friendly. Koh Phangan has great scenery, diving, hiking, and beautiful, white sand beaches. There is no shortage of expats on Koh Phangan, as the island is made up of European, North American and Burmese migrants as well as native Thais.

 

Koh Tao

Koh Tao is known for scuba diving, and that’s its main industry. Every year, thousands of divers come to get certified in PADI, SSI and IDC. Koh Tao is the smallest island of the three sister islands, but has by far the most gorgeous dive sites of the three. However, Koh Tao also has climbing, a few hikes, and a bustling expat community.

 

Surat Thani

Surat Thani is the mainland to Koh Samui, and is often a destination for travelers who don’t wish to fly to Koh Samui. Surat Thani is a major transport hub to all of the islands in this region. There are both ferries and speedboats that pick up and drop off at Surat Thani. The train station that connects the south of Thailand to Bangkok is also here.

 

Hotels

Koh Samui has accommodations for all types of travelers as it’s the most Westernized island in this region. Here are some of our favorites.

Ark Bar Beach Resort

Located right on Chaweng beach, the location is unbeatable. There are plenty of Thai Boxing stadiums nearby for boxing enthusiasts. There’s also a pool, a poolside bar, and is only 2km from Koh Samui airport.

Nid's Bungalows

The pinnacle of backpacker life is here at Nid’s Bungalows. Cheap rooms, fantastic amenities, and friendly staff make this an ideal place to call home base. There are private rooms available for families or couples. There’s a game room to be social in as well.

Maryoo Samui Hotel

Located in Bo Phut, which is a bit quieter and more serene, this hotel is located less than 2km from Koh Samui airport. There is a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, multilingual staff, 24 reception, and airport transfer shuttles are available with an additional fee. Maryoo Samui Hotel is a fine example of luxury on Koh Samui.

Mercure Samui Chaweng Tana

Only 3.5km from the airport, Mercure Samui Chaweng Tana is luxury at its best. Beautiful rooms, a pool, friendly staff, 24 hour reception and a fitness center make this a fantastic place to relax after a day of exploring Koh Samui.

Rich Resort Beachside Hotel

In quiet, peaceful Lamai, Rich Resort Beachside Hotel, is in a wonderful location. Right next to the Lamai Night Market and Coco Splash Waterpark, this resort is right where it needs to be. Wifi, a beach bar, and an area shuttle make it convenient as well.

 

Transportation

By air

Koh Samui has its own airport, Koh Samui International Airport (USM). About 18 km, or a 40 minute trip downtown, it is sometimes said to be one of the most beautiful airports in the world. It has a garden, a view of sunset, restaurants, shops and cafes. Flights are mostly operated by Bangkok Airways, although Silk Air and Firefly Air also have occasional flights to Koh Samui.

Transportation to and from the airport

Taxi or minivan

There are set rates at the arrival counter. The minivans can carry up to 6 passengers. Prices will range from 600-1500 THB depending on the location.

Shared minivan

You can also chose to share a minivan with other passengers. Sometimes these minivans will take you to a tour agency and try to sell you tours. They are usually pretty nice if you refuse kindly and just wait until they’re done and take you to your hotel.

 

Transportation on Koh Samui

Songtaew

A modified truck bed, songtaews are an ideal way to get around Koh Samui. You ask for the fare before boarding the songtaew and pay when you get off. Prices are per person, and range from 30-200 THB. A songtaew can fit up to 10 people.

Mototaxi

An efficient and quick way to get around Koh Samui. Prices are negotiated beforehand.

Taxi

Taxis on Koh Samui don’t use meters and fares are always negotiated beforehand.

 

Main Areas

  • Chaweng

  • Lamai

  • Bophut

  • Maenam

  • Lipa Noi

  • Nathon

  • Silver Beach

  • Taling Ngam

  • Hua Thanon

  • Choeng Mon

 

Attractions

Wat Khunaram (Mummified Monk)

A monk named Luong Pordaeng died while in a seated, meditative pose. Rumor has it that he said, shortly before he died, to be cremated if he decomposed, but that if he didn’t, he’d like to be on display as a symbol of his Buddhist faith. For some, this might be a frightful sight, since a dead body (wearing sunglasses) is on display, but others find the sight to be rather peaceful and inspiring of introspection. Please be respectful and wear clothes that cover your shoulders and knees.

Opening hours: sunrise to sunset, daily

Entrance fee: free

Hin Lad Waterfall

While not the biggest or most spectacular waterfall you’ve ever seen, it’s the overall experience that draws people to Hin Had Waterfall. About a 30-45 min hike is required before you reach the falls. Going during rainy season (July-November) is when the falls will be the most impressive. Proper shoes are recommended, as is bringing enough water and snacks to keep up  your energy levels. Bring a swimsuit if you’d like to swim in the waterfall.

Opening hours: sunrise to sunset, daily

Entrance fee: free

 

Tamarind Springs Forest Spa

The ultimate place to relax. Filled with hot pools, cool pools, and with services such as massages and other spa treatments. This is a high end spa activity great for friends, couples, and solo travelers wanting to recharge. 

Opening hours: 9am to 8pm

Entrance fee: services start at 300THB and up.

 

Activities

Cooking classes

A great way to spend a day or even just a half day if you’re short on time. Most of the cooking classes will offer some variation of the following schedule: learn about the ingredients you’ll use, cook 3-7 dishes, eating as you go, usually includes dessert.

Opening hours: most schools open around 7-8am for the morning class.

Entrance fee: classes start at 600THB for a half day and 1000 THB for a full day.

 

Beach activities

Part of the beauty of Koh Samui is the lack of high rise buildings, large chains and shopping malls. The main attraction here is the beach and all that one can do there. Sunbathing, snorkeling, swimming, even scuba diving for those so inclined.

 

Travel Tips

  1. Renting a scooter - one of the best ways to explore Koh Samui is by scooter. You can usually rent one from your hotel or off of one of the beach roads. Rates should be about 250 THB/day. It’s relatively safe if you wear a helmet and drive slowly.

  2. Animals - there are a lot of animal activities on Koh Samui. Make sure that you do some research on how the animals are being treated and where the profits go to. There are some great organizations out there who truly care about their animals and want the best for them, but it may take just a little digging to find the right ones.

  3. Negotiating fares - fares on Koh Samui for transport and shopping are often higher than other places in Thailand. If you’re coming from Bangkok or Chiang Mai, you’ll see a difference right away, especially on the busier beach roads.