Situated in the Gulf of Thailand’s Suratthani Province, Koh Samui is the third largest island in Thailand, roughly 25Km across at it’s widest point.
The island has been popular with visitors for decades now, and it’s international airport and frequent ferry services bring many visitors to enjoy the resorts, restaurants, nightlife and activities on the island.
Most development on Samui is found around the coastline of the island, inhabiting the many beaches and bays. The centre of the island is mostly untouched as from sea level the topography rises steeply up to a +600M peak.
There’s plenty to do and see around Samui, and begin a tropical island naturally watersports and water based activities are popular. Scuba diving, snorkeling and deep sea fishing trips are all possible from Samui. Also boating and sailing are popular, and there is an annual sailing regatta held each year.
Not to be missed is Mu Koh Ang Thong National Park which is a chain of islands lying about a 1 hour boat ride west of Koh Samui. These small and largely uninhabited islands have some of the most impressive scenery in the Gulf of Thailand, with striking rock formations rising up out of the water meeting dense jungle and scattered idyllic beaches. Kayaking is possible in the marine park, and you can visit some islands such as Koh Wua Talap for treks up to jungle view points, checking our local wildlife such as spectacled langurs. Out on the water is possible to see a variety of whales breaching the surface if you are lucky.
Koh Samui has a small airport which is operated by primarily Bangkok Airways. Flight connect Samui via both domestic and some international routes to destinations including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Laos, Malaysia and India.
From the Thai mainland the main access point to Samui is the Don Sak pier, just outside Suratthani. From here regular ferries (including both passenger and car ferries) operate regularly to Samui. Plus a number of passenger ferries connect Samui with Koh Phangan and Koh Tao further north, with services usually running 2-3 times daily.
Temperatures are pleasant in Samui year round, with high temperatures usually staying within the 29-35C range. Peak temperatures are usually reach around April.
Summer months on Samui will have some scattered showers but generally nothing major, whilst December through till April is the driest season.
The one time of year to avoid is November when Koh Samui receives an annual monsoon. This means a few weeks of strong winds and heavy rain, so best avoided.
Full day tour from Samui to amazing Ang Thong marine park, kayaking & snorkelling through one of Thailand's most scenic groups of islands
Full day fishing tour from Koh Samui by boat, fishing for barracuda, mackerel, trevally and sailfish in the Gulf of Thailand
Full & half day boat tours spying dolphins off Koh Samui, with options for snorkelling and Thai cultural visits around Koh Samui
Fun for all, making your way round Samui's 18 hole football-golf course, situated in an old coconut plantation
Visit Nathon, the capital of Koh Samui and see the Big Buddha, Grandma & Grandpa Rocks & Namuang Waterfall
Visit Koh Samui's famous landmarks, temples, monkey and crocodile shows and try elephant trekking with a full or half day safari tour
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