Koh Samui is the premier island destination in the Gulf of Thailand and is serviced by Samui International Airport with frequent direct flights from Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Kunming (Sth China), Penang, Phuket and Bangkok.
Koh Samui, Thailand’s second most popular island destination, is located in the Gulf of Thailand roughly 700 km. south of Bangkok and 80 km. from Thailand’s southern coast. Samui is the third largest island in Thailand and the largest in an archipelago of more than 80 islands that includes the Ang Thong National Marine Park, a kayaking paradise and day trip from Koh Samui. While Samui is small enough to be circumnavigated in just a couple of hours by motorbike, car or for the brave bicycle, the island features such a variety of beaches and activities that it would be impossible to experience everything in a single visit. Activities on and around Koh Samui include mountain biking, Muay Thai training, scuba diving, cooking courses, yoga instruction and even golf.
With glorious weather and amazing food it’s easy to see why so many tourist fall in love with this little island.
The palm-fringed white sands of Bang Po Beach lie on a quiet stretch of the northern coast of Koh Samui, facing towards the neighbouring island of Koh Phangan. The beach itself stretches some 4km between Ban Tai in the east and Bang Po in the west, with beach restaurants an easy stroll along the shore.
The calm shallow waters in this part of the Gulf of Thailand offer excellent snorkeling opportunities with shallow coral reefs and many colorful fish within easy reach of the shore.
Quiet and lacking the mass-tourism development found in other areas of the island, there is no noisy nightlife in the immediate vicinity to disturb the tranquility, and only small neighborhood shopping outlets.
On an island of this size however, nothing is ever very far away. Just a 5 minute stroll down the beach you will find yourself at KruaBangpor beach restaurant offering excellent Thai cuisine or Vela Beach Lounge which offers Spanish Tapas and sunset cocktails. Nightlife in the old fisherman’s village of Bophut is a mere 10 minute drive, and the main tourist center of Chawaeng just 20 minutes away.
The Ko Samui Calendar
Children and their families can enjoy many attractions for free on the annual Children's Day, celebrated on the second Saturday in January.
More than 10,000 people party from dusk until dawn at the monthly full moon party held at HaadRin Beach, KohPhaNgan.
A national water fight traditionally celebrates Songkran, the Buddhist lunar New Year.
Tourists can take part in candlelight processions on May 15 in celebration of Buddha's birthday. Keelboats and beach catamarans compete during the International Yachting Regatta.
A colourful firework display marks the Queen's birthday on Thailand's Mother's Day, August 12.
Live Thai rock bands and tasty cuisine are featured for the five entertaining days of the Fisherman's Village Festival.
Symbolizing the call for a happy future, kratong (mini floats) made from banana leaves, flowers and candles float along the water during LoiKrathong, November's full moon festival.
December – January
Government buildings, private homes and businesses are illuminated to celebrate the King's birthday on December 5.