Travel to Koh Samui and enjoy authentic cuisine

  • The tropical island of Koh Samui is located in the gulf of Thailand. Bangkok is 435 miles to the north and the nearest coast (Suratthani) approximately 25 miles to the south-west.  Phuket is located 186 miles away. The main island in the archipelago of Angthong, Samui, with an area of 96 sq mi is home to about 40,000 people. Its main production is coconuts. Although there are many beaches scattered ...
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Thailand

The tropical island of Koh Samui is located in the gulf of Thailand. Bangkok is 435 miles to the north and the nearest coast (Suratthani) approximately 25 miles to the south-west. Phuket is located 186 miles away. The main island in the archipelago of Angthong, Samui, with an area of 96 sq mi is home to about 40,000 people. Its main production is coconuts. Although there are many beaches scattered around the island, the most popular are located on the east coast (Chaweng, Lamai) and north coast (Choeng Mon, Maenam).

Nathon, the port city and the main urban area of the island, is located on the west coast and is usually only frequented by visitors passing through. The focus of tourist activity is located in Chaweng. The law prohibits any building whose height exceeds that of the coconut trees, which has prevented any large towerblocks being built in Samui like the ones that can be seen in Phuket. Therefore it has managed to be in relative harmony with its surrounding environment. While there are other areas of interest on the island such as temples and jungle hikes etc, the seaside activities are by far the main attraction.

Koh Samui: what to do?

Try an excursion to the jungle ... on the back of an elephant! It will probably be one of the most unforgettable memories you will keep from your trip.

  • Less tourists than Phuket
  • Easy connections by air
  • Well developed tourist infrastructure
  • No shortage of good quality hotels
  • Some really beautiful beaches
  • Too many tourists in high season
  • Unattractive urban areas
  • Few leisure activities outside of the beach areas

To avoid

Try to avoid the months of October and November due to monsoon rains.

Koh Samui: what to eat?

Thai cuisine is known for its finesse and variety. If you are into spicy dishes, you will love the local food, which features a marvellous blend of flavours and scents. Why not try the traditional tom yam soups?

Koh Samui Reviewedhotels
  • 8.95 /10
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    Four Seasons Koh Samui
    Koh Samui - Thailand
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    Open from 1st February 2007, the Four Seasons Koh Samui is worth ...

  • 8.9 /10
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    Le Royal Meridien Baan Taling Ngam
    Koh Samui - Thailand
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    Entirely away from the crowd, on the west coast of Samui, the ...

  • 8.7 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Zazen Bungalows
    Koh Samui - Thailand
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    The Zazen Bungalows is a small charming hotel touching the water. ...

  • 8.55 /10
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    Santiburi
    Koh Samui - Thailand
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    To the north of Koh Samui, the Santiburi Dusit Resort is located ...

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