Koh Samui lies in the Gulf of Thailand off the coast of Surat Thani and is easily accessible by both boat and plane. This idyllic tropical island enjoys hot weather 12 months of the year and is lined with palm-fringed, white sand beaches and a host of world-class resorts. Take a luxury Koh Samui holiday and experience true relaxation.
As with many other Thai islands, large swathes of central Koh Samui are dominated by lush jungle, which means the resorts are found dotted around the coast. Fantastic 4 and 5-star hotels can be found across the island, but many of the best establishments are situated along the northern and northeastern coasts, close to Mae Nam, Bophut and Chaweng. Not only are these areas close to Samui Airport, they also boast excellent stretches of beach, a range of bars, restaurants, clubs and attractions such as the Wat Plai Laem temple.
The most lively region here is Chaweng, a hotspot for nightlife and water sports. Further down the eastern coast, Lamai Bay provides excellent resorts and boasts easy access to fascinating historic and natural attractions. Travel inland and you can explore Koh Samui’s wild side, hiking through the jungle to visit astonishing waterfalls and animal parks.
On the island’s southern coast you’ll find a select number of resorts. Here there are fewer shops, attractions and nightclubs, which makes for a quieter and more relaxed vibe. Visit the southern coast to truly escape the world, stretching out on secluded beaches and snorkelling in calm blue waters.
Koh Samui is hot and sunny year-round, with temperatures ranging from 25 degrees Celsius to around 30 degrees Celsius. The heat tends to peak in May, but the driest weather is usually in February and March. Green season occurs over October and November, while rain showers tend to be brief outside this season.
Most visitors come to Koh Samui during July and August, and then around Christmas and New Year. At other times of year, the weather is still excellent and accommodation prices are often lower.
Koh Samui’s luxury hotels are designed to deliver the full package when it comes to food and drink. Indulge in fresh seafood, sophisticated takes on classic Thai dishes and modern plates inspired by international cuisines.
You’ll dine in open-air beachfront restaurants, sip cocktails watching the sun set and start days with delicious breakfast platters. Traditional dishes to try include spicy soups such as tom kha gai and tom yum, massaman curry and the internationally-beloved pad thai – best washed down with a cold local beer.
British nationals don’t usually require a visa to enter Thailand for a holiday, however you should still check before you book. Details of entry requirements can be found at GOV.UK. While in Thailand, it’s a good idea to carry identification with you and keep photocopies of official documents.