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Travel to Koh Samui and enjoy authentic cuisine

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

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.

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.

To try

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?

Weather Koh Samui

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Koh Samui . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Koh Samui so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Koh Samui , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather October
Overall rating 53/100
  • Temperature indicators 72% Very hot

    The maximum temperature is <24°, temperature felt between 33°C and 36°C.

  • Bad weather indicators 4% Heavy rain

    Heavy rain - averaging over 4.5mm per day.

  • Sunbathing indicators 22% Cloudy

    Overcast 60% to 80% cloud cover.

  • Swimming indicators 94% Very pleasant / Optimal

    High air temperature (>24°C), high sea temperature (>24°C), light to moderate winds (between 7 mph and 12 mph).

  • Wind indicators 88% Light breeze / Optimal

    Optimal comfort: optimal wind speed (between 7 mph and 12 mph) in a warm environment (>24°C).

  • Humidity indicators 58% Uncomfortable

    Considerable discomfort from high levels of air humidity. Air feels damp.

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