Visit Thailand’s Second-Largest Island: Ko Samui

Experience the coastal lifestyle on Ko Samui Island as you indulge in swimming, feasting, kayaking, and relishing the local cuisines
A view of Ko Samui Island
A view of Ko Samui IslandDepositphotos

Ko Samui

Ko Samui Island, also known as the "Coconut Island" or simply Samui, is situated in the Gulf of Thailand off the east coast. The island was settled by fishermen from the Malay Peninsula and southern China 15 centuries ago and was known as Pulo Cornam on Chinese maps from 1687. Ko Samui is Thailand's second-largest island and is part of the Chumphon Archipelago, located approximately 700 km south of Bangkok and is easily accessible by air and sea. The island boasts a diverse range of beaches, each with its distinctive allure. Chaweng Beach is famous for its vibrant nightlife, while Lamai Beach offers a more laid-back atmosphere. Bophut Beach is known for its Fisherman's Village, filled with charming shops and restaurants.

Chaweng Beach
Chaweng BeachDepositphotos

Ko Samui Island is a tropical paradise that offers visitors the opportunity to explore lush rainforests, stunning waterfalls, and beautiful coconut groves. The island is popular for its nightlife, cultural festivals, and delicious Thai cuisine. With numerous accommodation options and easy access by air or sea, Ko Samui is the perfect destination for travellers looking for relaxation and adventure in a breathtaking setting.

Places To See

Fisherman’s Village

Bophut's Fisherman's Village, which was once a thriving fishing village, has now transformed into a lively pedestrian street with converted shophouses that house various restaurants, shops, beach bars, and hotels specialising in seafood and international cuisine. The weekly night market adds excitement to the area, offering cocktails, sweets, and global street food, including Thai stir-fry and homemade coconut ice cream. While you're there, take some time to explore the handicrafts and souvenirs, such as soft beach kaftans and coconut-carved bowls, making it a delightful destination for dining and shopping in a charming setting.

Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park

Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park
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Mu Ko Ang Thong is a magnificent destination in Thailand, consisting of 42 islands in the ocean near Surat Thani Province. These islands span an area equivalent to 50 football fields on land and are surrounded by crystal-clear waters. The decision to protect this stunning place and establish it as a national park was made on 12 November, 1980.

Wat Plai Laem

Wat Plai Laem
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Wat Plai Laem is a modern Buddhist temple that exudes beauty and grandeur, much like the nearby Big Buddha Temple. The temple boasts a unique blend of Chinese and Thai architectural styles and was partially designed by the renowned Thai artist, Jarit Phumdonming. The main statue at the temple is not of Gautama Buddha but rather a Chinese-style depiction of the bodhisattva of compassion and mercy, Avalokiteśvara, known as Cundi.

Chaweng Beach

Chaweng Beach is the most popular stretch of powdery white sand on Koh Samui. For decades, this wide bay has been the focal point for developing the island's tourism industry. It is an excellent spot for swimming and various water sports, offering a wide range of dining and accommodation options.

Where To Stay

The island has some excellent lodging options among which one of the best options is the Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui. The resort pays homage to the flourishing coconut trade on the island, and you can find coconut-related food, drink, spa treatments, and souvenirs all around the property. As you explore the resort, you will be transported to Coconut Island, where you can experience the island's beauty and the resort's luxury.

Spa at Four Seasons
Spa at Four Seasons

Whether you are looking for an adventure, a romantic getaway, or just some relaxation, Four Seasons is the perfect destination for an unforgettable escape to paradise. Travellers can also check out the SALA Samui Choengmon Beach Resort as well as the Melia Koh Samui for lodgings.

Things To Do

Late December to April is the ideal time to visit Koh Samui. For those interested in sea life, March and April are particularly great as you might spot whale sharks and enjoy outdoor activities. The island has many beaches where you can indulge in snorkelling and scuba diving. You can also book snorkelling tours at Koh Phangan and Angthong National Marine Park, among others.

Angthong National Marine Park
Angthong National Marine ParkDepositphotos

If you enjoy kitesurfing, Hua Thanon and Nathon Beach are great places to try it out. For kayaking enthusiasts, the Koh Mudsum and Angthong National Marine Park are popular spots. Additionally, you can experience the beauty of the island at a slow pace through elephant trekking.

How To Reach

Air: Samui International Airport is a privately-owned airport approximately 2 km north of the main city.

Rail: The train journey from Bangkok to Koh Samui takes 16 hours with a choice of three classes: first-class sleeper, second-class sleeper, and second-class seating.

Sea: Ferry services are available from both the train station and Surat Thani Airport. The Raja Ferry Port operates between Don Sak Pier and Lipa Noi Pier, located on the west side of the island. The journey is enjoyable and offers a pleasant experience.

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