Koh Samui

Koh Samui in Surat Thani province is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand

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Koh Samui in Surat Thani province is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand. The island has beautiful beaches, waterfalls, spectacular viewpoints, temples, as well as a lively fishermen’s village and several world class wellness spas. The island has its own airport and options of accommodation to suit all budgets. The best time to visit Koh Samui is in the dry season, from January to July. 

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Beach after beach

Koh Samui has many white sandy beaches, with Chaweng and Lamai on the east being the most popular, both having accommodation, restaurants, bars and shops

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Angthong National Park

Comprising 42 islands in the Gulf of Thailand, Ang Thong National Park features towering limestone mountains, thick jungle, white-sandy beaches, waterfalls, hidden coves and lakes

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Big Buddha

The famous Big Buddha can be found on the north coast of Koh Samui. It’s Samui's best known landmark and can be seen from several kilometres away

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Hin Ta and Hin Yai Lamai Beach

Set on the rocky coastline between Lamai and Hua Thanon, Hin Ta Hin Yai is a natural phenomenon caused by the erosion of the sea water on granite

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Koh Tao and Koh Pha-Ngan

Home to a beautiful coral reefs teeming with marine life and pristine white sandy beaches, these two small islands in the Gulf of Thailand

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Wat Plai Laem

Located near the Big Buddha in the north of the island, Wat Plai Laem is a colourful and interesting Buddhist Temple

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Na Muang Waterfalls

Apart from beautiful beach and sea, Koh Samui has on-shore attractions such as Na Muang Waterfall 1 and 2

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Secret Buddha Garden Hills

Secret Buddha Garden is hidden away high in the hills of Koh Samui's interior, with majestic views and an unusual collection of statues amid lush rainforest

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Mummified Monk at Wat Khunaram

Koh Samui’s Mummified Monk at Wat Khunaram is an unusual sight that offers a unique insight into Buddhist and Thai culture

TRANSPORTATIONS

The most convenient way to get to Samui is by plane. Bangkok Airways flies from Bangkok to Koh Samui several times daily. The flight takes just over an hour. Daily flights are also available between Phuket and Samui. For more information, visit http://www.bangkokair.com 

For those who wish to drive, from Bangkok, take Highway 4 till you pass Phetchaburi and Chumphon Provinces then drive on to Highways 41 and 401 to Surat Thani Province. From Surat Thani, visitors can take their cars to Koh Samui on a vehicle ferry at Donsak Pier. The ferry takes 1.5 hours.

For cheaper means of transport, you can travel to Koh Samui by bus or train. Air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned buses leave Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal for Surat Thani several times daily. The trip takes about 11 hours. Several trains leave Bangkok’s Hualamphong Station for Surat Thani daily. The trip takes about 12 hours. 

From Surat Thani to Koh Samui

An express ferry departs from Tha Thong Pier in Surat Thani every morning, with a return trip departing Na Thon Pier on Koh Samui every afternoon. It takes approximately 2.5 hours each way.

Another express boat operates three times a day between Ban Don Pier and Koh Samui. Departure times are 7am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm. The trip takes two hours.

Seatran Ferry, which accommodates 60 cars and 400 passengers, operates several trips per day between Don Sak (Surat Thani) and Koh Samui, from 5am to 5pm The trip takes about 1.30 hours.

A slow night ferry leaves Ban Don Pier nightly at 11pm and reaches Na Thon Pier at Samui around 5am (6 hours). The return trip leaves Na Thon Pier at 9pm and arrives at Ban Don Pier at 4am (7 hours).

While in Koh Samui, you have options of taxis, rental car, rental motorcycle or scooter. Be sure to wear a helmet if you choose to ride a motorcycle of scooter.