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Whether you're sun-seeking, dozing in a hammock, feasting on world-class cuisine, beach partying or discovering wellness in an exclusive spa, Ko Samui has it covered. The kiss of sun on tanned skin, the deep azure of the sky and the gentle lapping of warm waves on satin sands are ideal ingredients for the perfect retreat. Ko Samui’s beaches are a diverse bunch to boot: roll up your beach towel and see what you can find. Make it Coco Tam’s in Fisherman’s village for cocktails and serious chillaxing, Chaweng Beach for sunrise and people-watching, lengthy Mae Nam Beach for peace, or napping under a coconut tree before giving in to a west coast sunset across seas shimmering with bronze.

Koh Samui Weather Overview

Keeping warm is rarely a problem in Koh Samui with each month offering plenty of sunny days. Located off the east coast of Thailand between the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator, the island has a tropical monsoon climate with 3 distinct seasons; dry, hot and rainy.

The dry season runs roughly from December to March and is defined by warm weather, little rain and calm seas. Also known as high season, many consider this as the best time to visit Koh Samui for a beach vacation.

From April it’s the hot season in Samui with temperatures soaring well into into the 80s (around 30c). There’s an increase in rainfall with the weather following a pattern of hot daytime sunshine followed by cooling afternoon rain showers.

September through November sees the monsoon season and therefore the heaviest rainfall. Due to the unpredictable weather this may not be the best time for sunbathing or scuba diving but the upsides of visiting in low season are quiter beaches and lower accommodation rates. You’ll also find plenty of amazing activities to keep you busy on rainy days.

Check the below table for the general idea of Koh Samui weather throughout the year.

Month High/Low (°C) Rain
January 26°/ 23° 4 days
February 26°/ 24° 5 days
March 27°/ 25° 1 days
April 28°/ 25° 11 days
May 29°/ 25° 19 days
June 29°/ 25° 16 days
July 28°/ 25° 13 days
August 28°/ 24° 15 days
September 27°/ 24° 17 days
October 27°/ 24° 18 days
November 27°/ 24° 16 days
December 25°/ 23° 10 days

Best time to go to Koh Samui

Thailand’s second largest island is a year-round destination. You expect fantastic year-round temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius on Koh Samui. However, there are certain months that are ideal for a holiday. These months are January, February and March which have emerged as the best travel time for Koh Samui. The explanation is simple: during these months the perfect weather is waiting for you.

The temperatures are high but bearable. At night it doesn’t tend to drop below 24 degrees Celsius but don’t worry, your hotel should air conditioning. Another advantage of this season is that there are very few rainy days, so need to worry about lugging an umbrella around with you! February has the fewest day of rain, with only 4 in the entire month! In March it’s five and in January it’s eight days of rain. If you catch a rainy day on your Thailand holiday, you can expect it to rain heavily but only for a short time. During the rainy season on Koh Samui, there are 20 rainy days a month. If you travel to the island in January, February or March, a calm blue sea awaits you, with sun-kissed sands, perfect for topping up your tan!

You can find below the best time for some popular attractions or activities in Koh Samui:

Best Time for Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, and Day Trips to Angthong Marine Park: Koh Samui is not known for its snorkeling or scuba diving but day trips to Koh Tao are popular. The best time for diving on Koh Tao is anytime outside of November and early December with March, April, and May the best months to see huge whalesharks. Kayaking trips to Angthong Marine Park are also a highlight of a trip to Koh Samui and they’re best from late December to September with the park being closed every year in November and early December.

Best Time to Save Money: Visiting during the rainy months of October and November will certainly get you some great deals on hotels. While the weather can be stormy during this period sunny days are still possible. A better mix of good weather and prices is found during the months of April, May, and June. These months are hot and humid but very sunny and not a lot of tourists.

High Season (late December, January, July and August): Great beach weather. Sunny and warm but not blazingly hot like April and May. Expect some rain but it usually passes quickly. Book the Best Koh Samui Hotels and the Best Koh Samui Family Hotels months in advance – especially for the weeks around Christmas and New Years.

Shoulder Season (February, March, April, May, June, September, early December): Great beach weather with February and March being the 2 driest and sunniest months to visit Koh Samui.

Low Season (October and November): The rainiest months of the year but it’s still possible to have a string of nice days.

Koh Samui Seasonal Weather Guide

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 92.2°F (33.4°C) and 85.8°F (29.9°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 10 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see moderate precipitation with 7 to 10 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Koh Samui, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 89.9°F (32.2°C) and 85.2°F (29.6°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a great amount: 8 to 16 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Koh Samui to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 85.8°F (29.9°C) and 83.9°F (28.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 3 to 10 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.

Koh Samui Month-by-Month Weather Guide

January

January may be one of the coolest months in Koh Samui, but it’s also one of the most popular times to visit. It’s one of the driest months on the year with an average of 7 rainy days and the island stays warm with daytime temperatures in the high 70s (around 26c).

There are around 7 hours of sunshine per day in January and humidity is of little concern as conditions tend to stay consistently airy and pleasant. The sea is warm too, so you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling and water sports.

If you’re visiting Koh Samui in January be aware that it’s winter for those who live in the Northern Hemisphere so tourists will be flocking to the tropics to escape the cold.

Also, there are lots of people around following New year – the busiest time on Samui  – but it’s still a great time to go if you like a livelier vibe. From the second week though, as schools resume, Koh Samui really quietens down.

February

If you’re looking for warm, dry weather then February is one of the best times to visit Koh Samui. It has the lowest levels of rainfall than any other month of the year, and what’s more, it’s a good few degrees warmer than the preceeding months.

If it rains at all, showers are usually light and quickly followed by clear sunny skies. The sun shines for a good 8 hours a day throughout the month and the sea is beauifully warm and calm.

February is one of the best times to visit Koh Samui if you fancy a winter getaway. While it’s a busy time on the island you can avoid the worst of the vacation crowds if you travel during school time rather than in the UK’s half term holidays.

Don’t forget it’s Valentine’s Day on February 14 making it an ideal time for a romantic trip. You’ll find plenty of romantic things to do with your better half including sunset cruises, couple’s massages and romantic dinners on the beach.

Chinese New Year also falls in February this year bringing with it street parties, fireworks and island-wide celebrations.

March

March is one of the best times to visit Koh Samui with its great combination of low rainfall and lots of sunshine. Temperature-wise you should expect averages of around 83F and sea temperatures that are bath-warm.

Beach vacations are a good idea in March with an average of 8 hours sunshine per day. It’s a great month for other pursuits too like mountain biking, off-roading to a mountain top and elephant trekking throught the forest.

Throughout March and into mid-April it’s Spring Break for vacationing college students so you should expect the island to be busy. If the idea of partying students doesn’t appeal to you consider avoiding the main tourist areas like Chaweng.

April

If you’re visiting Koh Samui in April you’ll be contending with the Easter and Spring Break crowds, plus you’ll be in town for the lively Thai New Year festival.

However, given the extra heat and humidity, few tourists venture far from their air-conditioned villas during the hot afternoons. Daily temperatures can reach 84F+ which means that the sea and swimming pools are beautifully warm for swimming, although you may have little interest in strenuous activities like hiking, biking and exploring.

If you’re wondering where to stay why not consider renting a private villa? You’ll find some great deals during the latter half of the month with the added perk of private facilities and air-conditioned rooms.

May

With the hot season firmly in place, May is a fantastic time to visit Koh Samui. May is the hottest month of the year, plus it’s pretty quiet compared to July and August which is when families arrive for their summer vacations.

On average, rainfall is slightly heavier with around 9 rainy days, but although heavier, showers still dry up pretty quickly. Temperatures can be anywhere between 85-91F throughout May so you’ll welcome the cooling rain showers when they come.

Sun-seekers will love the hotter daily highs, especially with the abundance on water-based activities on offer. There are plenty of other advantages to visiting at this off-peak time including lower fares, quieter facilities and a better chance to appreciate the island’s laid-back way of life.

Head down to the Koh Samui Regatta if you’re on the island from 26 May to 2 June 2018.

June

The month of June sees average temperatures of around 84F which makes it the second-hottest month of the year together with April.

There are around 9 days of rainfall expected in June, but any showers are a welcome break from the heat, giving you an excuse to cool off in a beach bar with a good book and a cold Thai beer.

June is regarded as the beginning of peak season in most resorts especially towards the end of the month when many students embark on their summer vacations.

July

July is one of the best times to visit Koh Samui for a summer vacation. The island is at its busiest and best with families flocking in from all over the world. The average temperature in July is 83F and there are around 9 days of rainfall.

If you’re planning on visiting Koh Samui in July, be prepared for the humidity which peaks at midday. Plan any sightseeing for the mornings and evenings, and stay in the shade through the afternoon.

There are 6 hours of sunshine per day in July and it also tends to get pretty cloudy. July is nearing Samui’s monsoon season which runs from September through November.

August

Like all other summer months in Koh Samui, August is a very hot time of year. Temperatures are the same as June and July, and the average highs and lows don’t change much throughout the course of the month.

As August creeps towards the wet season it recieves its fair share of rainfall, but there are plenty of rainy day activities to keep you entertained. Most restaurants, including those on the beach, have rain screens. You can also hit the shopping malls, chill out at a spa or take a Thai coooking class.

September

For many travellers, September is one of the best times to visit Koh Samui. After the summer holidays everyone has returned to the real world so you’ll get the beaches pretty much to yourself.

There’s still a while until the heavy rain of November so you’re likely to get a good number of sunny days, and even if it does rain there are still loads of ways to have fun.

You can soak up some culture rather than sun rays at a famous temple like Wat Plai Laem or check out a Muay Thai match at various locations across the island.

Don’t fancy heading out? Consider your rainy days as a chance to chill out and watch all your favorite movies in the comfort of your Koh Samui vacation home.

October

October is one of the wettest months of the year in Koh Samui – you’re likely to see some rain on around half of the days. It could be a downpour that lasts for just a few minutes, or it could be a continual rainfall for a few hours.

Despite the rain, October can still be a good time to visit Koh Samui as even with the showers there’s still around 6 hours of sunshine per day. It’s still the low season too, so you can expect lower prices, however they usually creep up during the UK’s half term week.

November

November is the last official month of the monsoon season. It’s also edging towards the busiest time of the year with visitors flocking in to the resorts in search of some winter sun.

Despite this officially being classed as winter, average daily temperatures still hover at 80F and the evenings stay warm too.

Rain aside, November is one of the best times to visit Koh Samui before the Christmas crowds arrive. You can take advantage of the fantastic shopping malls and stock up on Christmas gifts ahead of time.

December

The start of the dry season in Koh Samui, December is an exciting time to visit. Christmas is on the horizon and school is out at the end of the month so there are some fantastic vacation options to choose from.

Visit in early December and you’ll get gorgeous weather and lower prices than in the holidays. Go later in the month and you’ll get to spend Christmas and New Year on the beach.

Daytime temperatures in December are around 80F so it’s a great time to go if you want pleasant conditions as opposed to the oppressive heat of summer.

Koh Samui Current Weather & 7-Day Forecast

KO SAMUI WEATHER

Koh Samui attractions extend beyond the beautiful beaches the island is known for, though they are definitely attractive in their own right. If you want a break from all of that lounging in the sand, though, there are a host of unusual things to see, which make the most of the island’s unique culture and charms.

1. Sunbathe and Swim at Koh Samui Beaches

Koh Samui's beaches provide variety and serenity in equal parts. Chaweng Beach is one of the most popular on the island and the most developed. It's home to luxury resorts like Vana Belle and Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort. Chaweng Noi, to the south, is one of the top-rated beaches in Thailand.

On the less developed southeast coast lies Laem Setbeach. This peaceful, palm-fringed slice of paradise has a beautiful coral garden off the coast and unusual rock formations. To catch the sunset, head northwest to Phang Kabeach for a spectacular view.

At Lamai Beach, Koh Samui's second largest resort area, look for the distinctive rock formations colorfully described as "Grandpa" (Hin Ta) and "Grandma" (Hin Yai), referring to the anatomical likeness to their names. You can stay right on the beach here at the four-star Rocky's Boutique Resort, or go with five-star Banyan Tree Samui for sumptuous villas overlooking the bay. Northeast of here, Silver Beach (Haad Thong Ta-khian) is a picturesque, palm-lined cove flanked by smooth granite boulders, with great snorkeling in the calm bay.

On the north side of the island, peaceful Maenam Beach offers views of Koh Phangan. You'll find an appealing range of accommodations here, from affordable backpacker bungalows to mid-range boutique hotels, like Code, and five-star resorts, like the Santiburi Koh Samui and the W Koh Samui.

2. Take a Boat to Koh Phangan

Just a stone's throw (in fact, you can see one island from the other's shore) is Koh Phangan, the second largest of the three islands and one of the most popular day trips from Koh Samui. Koh Phangan's coast is more rugged than Koh Samui, with huge granite rocks and jungle-cloaked mountains rising behind the beaches. Most of the development clusters along the south and west coasts.

Unlike the many wide stretches of flat beach along Koh Samui, Koh Phangan's coastline tends to scallop into sheltered coves, flanked by outcroppings of granite and backed by lush hills. On the island's relatively quiet east coast, Thong Nai Pan Noi and Thong Nai Pan Yai are among the most popular beaches—Noi in particular tends to be cleaner and has plenty of food stalls. Accommodation options here range from budget resorts to the five-star Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas and the four-star Buri Rasa Koh Phangan.

On the island's northwest coast, Haad Yao, Hat Salad (Salad Beach), and Haad Son, also known as "Secret Beach," are great options, with decent snorkeling a short kick from shore. Accommodation options here are mainly budget and mid-range resorts, like Sunset Hill Resort, perched high on the hills overlooking Secret Beach.

Just to the south, Haad Chao Phao, about 30 minutes from the pier and main tourist area, provides a perfect balance of comfort and quiet, with several good restaurants and small seaside bungalow resorts, like Seaflower Bungalows. It's easy to find transportation to other parts of the island, but quiet enough that you feel you have a little piece of Phangan (almost) to yourself.

For a truly secluded experience, Bottle Beach (Hat Khuat) on the island's north coast is an excellent choice, but it's best accessed by long-tail boat—unless you don't mind a hike through the steamy jungle along a rutted dirt road.

Accommodation here is fairly basic, like the beachfront bungalows at Bottle Beach 1 Resort.

3. Tour Ang Thong National Marine Park

Both Koh Samui and Koh Phangan are part of this breathtaking archipelago of 42 islands. If you take only one tour while you're on vacation in this area, make it a sightseeing tour around Ang Thong. Many tour companies offer one-day packages, and you can typically arrange these through your hotel or guesthouse.

Most include a boat tour through the islands with stops for snorkeling, kayaking, and hiking to viewpoints, where you can admire this amazing island chain. Limited accommodation is available in the park, so plan your time well if you want to return to the main islands for the night. Be sure to keep your camera handy and find a spot above deck, because you won't want to miss the breathtaking photo ops.

4. Hop Over to Ko Tao for Diving and Snorkeling

From the air, Ko Tao (the smallest of the three islands) looks like mounds of granite boulders cloaked in green, drifting on a jade-green sea and linked by dazzling sweeps of white-sand beach. Diving is the most popular thing to do here.

Colorful coral reefs lace the clear waters that are home to some of the best diving spots in Southeast Asia. Vast schools of fish, brightly-colored sea anemones, stingrays, and even whale sharks are among the sea creatures spotted here, and the island is a popular and relatively affordable place to obtain PADI scuba diving certification.

Though it's certainly no off-the-beaten-path destination, Koh Tao typically has less tourists than both Samui and Phangan. Accommodation consists mainly of villas and bungalows that peek out from the jungly slopes, with breathtaking views of the bay, like Monkey Flower Villas and The Place Luxury Boutique Villas.

5. Head to Sail Rock for Even More Diving

Experienced divers will want to check out this popular diving site between Koh Tao and Koh Phangan, marked by a huge limestone rock jutting 10 meters out of the water. This famous wall dive, with a maximum depth of about 40 meters, is known for being one of the best areas in Thailand for swimming with a range of exotic fish, and even whale sharks if you're lucky.

You can also see giant black coral, moray eels, and large schools of fish, such as batfish, snapper, and trevally. Another feature is the vertical chimney swim-through. While popular with experienced divers, Sail Rock is actually suitable for all levels of divers, depending on conditions.

6. Discover the Secret Buddha Garden

Set at the top of Pom Mountain, one of the highest hills in Koh Samui, the Secret Buddha Garden (AKA Tarnim Magic Garden) is a sculpture park worth a visit. Getting here requires a long and somewhat difficult climb, though, so be prepared for it.

The entire garden was the beloved project of Khun Nim, a retired farmer who worked on it for 14 years until his death at the age of 91.

He originally envisioned the place as an oasis to meditate and relax in solitude, but also as his final resting place one day. Over the years, however, he also added little houses with roofs covered in vegetation that traveling monks could use as a place to rest or meditate.

The final result is a magical place full of enclaves; fountains; and sculptures, including many Buddha statues in different poses, but also animals, angels, and musicians. There are even a couple of sculptures representing his parents, grandparents, and himself as a child. A short walk away, on a staircase path surrounded by a lush flowering garden, Nim's tomb offers the final peace he so eagerly wanted.

7. Explore Phra Yai Temple Complex

A somewhat majestic, somewhat overwhelming mix of reds and golds, this Buddhist temple is located in Ko Phan, less than three kilometers offshore from Koh Samui. Home to a massive 12-meter-high gold Buddha statue at the top of a staircase, Phra Yai (also known as the Big Buddha Temple) is one of the most popular temples in Koh Samui and a massive attraction for tourists year-round. Aside from the main Buddha statue, there are also smaller statues here, as well as a collection of bells on the grounds of the temple.

Visitors who arrive in the early morning will be able to see local monks during their daily prayers. After a walk around the grounds, you can pick up some food or Buddhist statues and meditation supplies to take with you. Nearby Ang Thong National Marine Park and Wat Plai Lem are also worth a visit while you're here.

8. Stop by Wat Plai Laem

Wat Plai Laem is a Buddhist temple dedicated not to Buddha but to Guanyin (or Kuan Yin), the Chinese goddess of compassion and mercy. Although the temple is relatively new, it's been decorated using ancient techniques and murals. Guanyin herself is depicted in her ancient form, as a massive gold and white statue with 18 arms. She's sitting on a platform-pavilion decorated with a large dragon, who is said to be able to carry the goddess to aid shipwrecked sailors. From here, she watches over the temple and a pond filled with fish—visitors who make a donation to the temple can grab a small bag of fish food in exchange.

On the other side of the temple complex, a giant laughing Buddha holding prayer beads presides over the ordination hall

9. Kayak in Koh Taen

Koh Taen or Coral Island is located just five kilometers off the coast of Ko Samui. Technically part of the main archipelago, Koh Taen is only accessible by boat and rarely visited by tourists despite offering stunning coral reefs, great mountain biking trails, and a unique mangrove forest buzzing with local fauna. The island is also home to many monitor lizards—-which can reach a size of up to 2.5 meters long—and a number of simple bungalows that can be rented for overnight stays.

Although Koh Taen has less than 50 permanent residents year-round, a number of companies offer day tours to the island for kayaking and snorkeling. Because of its location among other small archipelagos, the waters of Koh Taen are soft and calm and perfect for kayaking along the coastline.

10. Eat and Shop at Fisherman's Village Bophut

On the island's north coast, Bophut beach is right by the old Fisherman's Village, with its Chinese shophouses, funky boutiques, and popular night market. The Fisherman's Village Walking Street comes alive every Friday at 5pm—its sidewalks crammed with stalls, food vendors, and street performers. While many night markets in Thailand focus mainly on cheap souvenirs and street food, Bophut offers a unique range of handicrafts, high-quality handmade jewelry, high-quality textiles, and even local spices and snacks.

Aside from shopping, this is a great place for local dining—both sitting down cafés and restaurants or food stalls where you can pick up a quick bowl of som tam or pad Thai to savor while you keep walking and exploring. Keep your eyes open for performances, too, once you reach the junction near the pier —traditional Thai dancers and Muay Thai fighters often put on short shows here that are full of color and charm.

11. Go Rock Climbing at Chaweng and Lamai Beaches

The stretch of coast near Koh Samui's most developed beaches has become a popular climbing and bouldering spot. With limestone walls up to 40 meters high and the promise of stunning views of the island's scenery from the top, both Chaweng and Lamai beaches offer great hot spots for rappelling and climbing. There are suitable routes here for both beginners and advanced climbers. Nearby Koh Tao island also has plenty of granite blocks, ideal for bouldering.

It's also possible to rock climb farther inland—but since much of the inland mountains can only be reached after a jungle trek, this option is best for experienced outdoor enthusiasts or those joining an organized climbing group. Day tours can be organized if you're a beginner or just want some help conquering the rocky formations.

12. Trek to See Some Waterfalls

There's a lot more to Koh Samui than white sandy beaches—just venture inland and away from the turquoise waters, and you'll discover a jungle paradise that's equally enchanting. If you're up for a slightly steamy but fascinating trek through a tropical forest, set off to find Koh Samui's three major waterfalls.

Na Muang 1 and Na Muang 2 (the "Purple Waterfalls") are located inside a park of the same name, which can be accessed by car. Na Muang 1 is close to the park's parking lot and easily accessible on foot; Na Muang 2 requires a steep but short trek uphill from the first waterfall. The first waterfall is the biggest and offers a small pool, perfect to cool down or for a swim.

Another waterfall worth a visit is Khun Si Waterfall. Located just a few minutes away from Khun Si viewpoint over Chaweng Beach, this waterfall is smaller and harder to find but that means smaller crowds—and if you come in the morning, a good chance you'll have the waterfall all to yourself. Surrounded by thick lush jungle, this waterfall makes for a refreshing stop before you continue on to other attractions

The sheer quantity and variety of Koh Samui restaurants ensures that you need never go hungry on the island! From delicious local snacks to international five-star cuisine, every taste is catered to. No matter where you're from or what food you like, you'll find it somewhere on Samui for you. The range of restaurants, cafés, street stalls, beach vendors, bakeries and local places to eat is huge.

Head to Chaweng Beach for its high concentration of internationally-acclaimed restaurants, or stop in Lamai for high quality, reasonably priced Thai food. Fancy dining underneath the stars on a moonlit beach? Or in a chic restaurant with a live band? Or maybe in a hilltop restaurant with a fantastic view? There are restaurants in Koh Samui which offer all of this and more.

Samui Seafood Grill & Restaurant

Koh Samui is the second largest island in all of Thailand, and with so much coastline to work with, you must try the seafood dishes before departing this particular paradise. This is where Samui Seafood Grill & Restaurant comes in. The restaurant is the perfect venue for those who have yet to try any one of Southern Thailand’s most noteworthy seafood dishes, with lobster, prawn, and crab-based meals to choose from. Unlike many of restaurants that specialize in sea cuisine, Samui Seafood Grill & Restaurant is actually pretty affordable, despite its prime location near Chaweng Beach. The restaurant can accommodate up to 150 people, so bring your friends, families, and grab a few strangers to dine at this delicious, seaside eatery.

Samui Seafood Grill & Restaurant, Koh Samui, Chang Wat Surat Thani, 84320, Thailand, +6677429700

Jahn

Those in search of Koh Samui’s best 360-degree views need to head to Jahn. The Thai fusion cuisine served as Jahn is almost as noteworthy as the views from the luxurious venue, as it is cooked up by one of the island’s most renowned chefs. Chef Berm has quite the reputation for fantastic food. The restaurant is a bit out of the way unlike the rest of the restaurants on our list, but visitors will surely be pleased they made the trek after trying one of the delectable dishes founded at Jahn. The restaurant is super exclusive as well, with a smart casual dress code and a venue that only holds 28 people, so be sure to put on your best attire before heading to this excellent dining option.

Jahn Restaurant, Hillcrest Road, Tambon Taling Ngam Chang Wat Surat Thani, 84140, Thailand, +6677915888

Baci Italian Restaurant

You no longer have to venture from the Land of Smiles to enjoy some of the most delicious Italian cuisines. Baci Italian Restaurant in Koh Samui pleases even those who hail from Milan and Rome with its delicious, authentic cuisine. The restaurant is under the watchful eye of Tiziana Vairolati, an Italian who has resided on the island for some 20 years. Though all of this restaurant’s Italian cuisine is noteworthy, pizza lovers will be delighted to hear that the restaurant is equipped with its own wood stove pizza oven, making you feel as though you have left the Kingdom and ventured to Europe for that perfect slice.

Baci Italian Restaurant, Tailandia, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand, +66 77 300 492

Zazen Restaurant

Restaurants do not get much more romantic than Zazen Restaurant on Koh Samui. The restaurant’s hanging and candlelit lighting lend the entire outdoor seating area a gorgeous red glow, the perfect place for couples to enjoy a nice meal together. The restaurant sits right along the Gulf, providing diners with some of the best views of the surrounding sea. Those looking for both delicious cuisine and an authentic Thai cultural experience will be happy to hear that the restaurant puts on a traditional Thai dance performance every Sunday and Thursday night. Diners can chow down on the amazing Thai and International cuisine while watching one of Thailand’s most coveted art forms come to life.

Zazen Restaurant, Moo 1, Tambon Mae Nam Chang Wat Surat Thani, 84320, Thailand, +66 77 425 085

Dr. Frogs Italian Bar & Grill

Do not let the seemingly strange name fool you. Dr. Frogs Italian Bar & Grill serves up some of the most delicious cuisine on the island. The restaurant only opened in 2007 and has been impressing diners ever since. The restaurant’s décor is certainly striking, but it’s Dr. Frogs menu that keeps customers coming back for more. Chef Massimo Mariani is behind the dishes at Dr. Frogs, having hailed from Milan and bringing back more than a bit of his home country’s delicious cuisine to the island of Koh Samui. The menu aims to please all those who visit, with Massimo’s delicious Italian dishes, traditional Thai dishes, and a bit of seafood sprinkled in for good measure.

Dr. Frogs Italian Bar & Grill, 103 Bontji Moo 4, Koh Samui, Chang Wat Surat Thani, 84320, Thailand, +66 77 448 505

Poppies Restaurant

Poppies Restaurant has the best of both worlds. With both International and Western cuisine to choose from, even the pickiest of diners will be able to find a dish that fits their culinary needs. The restaurant first opened in 1995, and since then it has been working to find new ways to impress its diners in terms of its aesthetics as well as its cuisine. Found near Chaweng Beach but away from the crowds, this is the perfect place to frequent if you want both a delicious meal and some much-needed privacy on a busy island such as Koh Samui. The restaurant has an Ayutthaya-style teak pavilion that overlooks its crystal clear swimming pool. Be sure to check out Poppies Restaurant on Saturday, when the restaurant has live traditional Thai music and dance performances for diners to enjoy with their delicious meals.

Poppies Restaurant, Bo Put Surat Thani, 84320, Thailand, +6677422419

Barracuda Restaurant

Barracuda Restaurant combines unique Thai cuisine with distinct Mediterranean flavors, making for some of the most coveted dishes on the island. Found on the impeccable Maenam Beach, this restaurant has been dubbed one of the best on the island, since it opened in 2010. Owner and executive chef Ferdinand Dienst is behind all of the culinary delights at Barracuda Restaurant, which has been awarded titles including “Best Restaurant” by the Kingdom’s own Thailand Tatler Magazine.

Barracuda Restaurant, 90/24, Moo 2 Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand, +66 77 956 289

Supattra Thai Dining

Seafood does not get any fresher than that being served at Supattra Thai Dining. Visitors can expect to come across Asian fusion dishes in combination with their favorite Gulf catches, all of which can be enjoyed in the restaurant’s outdoor dining area. All seafood served has been purchased fresh that day from local fishing boats, as opposed to being imported or farmed. This is why diners will not find a printed menu at Supattra Thai Dining: just a simple blackboard exclaiming what the delicious catch of the day is. Wooden tables and chairs add to the rustic vibe, with lush jungle surrounding the dining area. Cooked by Supattra herself, all of the dishes at this Thai restaurant aim to please even the pickiest of diners and are best paired with one of the restaurants many international wines. The restaurant has limited seating (about eight tables or so), so be sure to get there early to enjoy some of the best seafood on the island of Koh Samui.

The Hut Cafe

Usually packed with plenty of regulars is The Hut Cafe’. This Thai restaurant serves up local and tourist favorites at affordable prices, considering the cafe is found near the Fisherman’s Village Bophut, a more upscale part of the island.

The Hut Cafe, Bo Put Surat Thani, 84320, Thailand, +66872781536

Are you planning to visit Koh Samui (Thailand)? Would you like to know what are the best areas to stay in Samui? Some of the renowned hotspots on the island are Chaweng Beach, Lamai, Bophut, or Taling Ngam. However, there are so many other places that you can explore, which is why it makes sense to figure out where to stay in Koh Samui.

1. Chaweng

Koh Samui’s most heavily developed and popular beach, Chaweng is home to a great selection of hotels and resorts. If you want to be close to Koh Samui’s best bars, restaurants and nightlife options, this is where you’ll want to stay.

Accommodation on and around Chaweng ranges from budget hotels and bungalows to several of Koh Samui’s most luxurious resorts. This is also where you’ll find Samui’s most diverse range of dining options, with a great selection of Thai and Western restaurants.

Luxury Hotels in Chaweng

Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui

The Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui is a large resort with beautiful grounds, a convenient location right beside the beach, nine dining options, a spa, large outdoor pool and a wide range of rooms and suites.

Nora Buri Resort & Spa

Located right on the beach, this five star luxury resort has a beachside infinity pool, stylish and spacious rooms, beachside dining and all of the facilities you’d expect from a five star resort.

Mid Range Hotels in Chaweng

OZO Chaweng Samui

OZO Chaweng Samui is an upmarket four star resort located directly on Chaweng Beach. With a selection of modern rooms and direct beach access, this hotel is a great option if you want to be right beside the beach.

Chaweng Garden Beach Resort

Located right beside Chaweng Beach, Chaweng Garden Beach Resort has modern rooms and bungalows, a beachside swimming pool and great dining options for guests.

Budget Hotels in Chaweng

Samui Green Hotel

With a great location less than 150 metres from Chaweng Beach, Samui Green Hotel has clean, simple and comfortable rooms that are perfect for backpackers and budget travellers.

Chaweng Budget Hotel

As its name suggests, Chaweng Budget Hotel offers simple, affordable rooms that are ideal for backpackers and budget travellers seeking a clean, comfortable place to stay near the beach.

2. Lamai

Located south of Chaweng on Koh Samui’s east coast, Lamai Beach has a more laid back vibe than its larger, more developed neighbour to the north. If you want to relax and enjoy the beach while still having modern conveniences nearby, Lamai is an ideal place to stay.

Like Chaweng, Lamai is a long, sandy beach that’s lined with beachside bars, restaurants and resorts. While Lamai offers some nightlife (especially around Lamai Night Plaza), it’s a quieter, more laid back area than Chaweng and ideal for people that want to take it easy.

Lamai is also where you’ll find most of Koh Samui’s budget accommodation, making it a better option than Chaweng for backpackers and budget travellers.

Luxury Hotels in Lamai

Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa

Located on quiet and peaceful Thong Takian Beach, the Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa is a luxurious and relaxing hideaway that’s less than 10 minutes from Lamai.

Banyan Tree Samui

Another option on Thong Takian Beach, the Banyan Tree Samui offers a selection of luxurious villas with direct access to one of Samui’s most beautiful beaches.

Mid Range Hotels in Lamai

Royal Beach Boutique Resort and Spa

This four star resort on Lamai Beach has a large selection of rooms and private bungalows with views over the beach.
Samui Beach Resort

Located right on Lamai Beach, Samui Beach Resort has a selection of spacious rooms offering beautiful beach views, all at very reasonable prices.

Budget Hotels in Lamai

At Lamai Resort

Located a 15-minute walk from Lamai Beach, At Lamai Resort offers clean, spacious rooms at low prices. Motorcycles are available to rent from the hotel, making it easy to get to the beach.

Amarina Hotel

Less than five minutes from Lamai Beach, the Amarina Hotel has clean, spacious rooms and a small outdoor pool for guests, all with very reasonable pricing.

3. Bophut

Located in the north east of Koh Samui, Bophut is a chilled out beach village that offers a great mix of modern conveniences and relaxed atmosphere that made Koh Samui famous as a tourist destination.

Bophut can be split into two areas. There’s the popular Fisherman’s Village, which is home to an exciting night market and a selection of bars, cafés and restaurants. There’s also Bophut Beach, which offers white sand and great views over to Koh Phangan.

Hotels and resorts in Bophut range from cheap and simple favourites like Smile House to some of Koh Samui’s most luxurious accommodation. Dining here is a mix of Thai and Western food, with a variety of good seafood restaurants overlooking the Gulf of Thailand.

Luxury Hotels in Bophut

Hansar Samui Resort & Spa

One of Koh Samui’s most luxurious resorts, Hansar Samui offers modern luxury rooms right on the beach, with a stunning infinity pool and world class facilities.

Mantra Samui Resort

Set back from Bophut Beach on a small hill, Mantra Samui Resort features a variety of luxurious suites, a hillside infinity pool and other impressive facilities.

Mid Range Hotels in Bophut

Baan Bophut Beach Hotel

Located close to Bophut Fisherman’s Village, Baan Bophut Beach Hotel has direct access to the beach and a selection of modern, comfortable rooms and suites with excellent sea views.

Deva Samui Resort & Spa

Deva Samui Resort & Spa is an upmarket resort located on Big Buddha Beach, offering a quiet and relaxing atmosphere with free shuttle services to Choeng Mon and Chaweng.

Budget Hotels in Bophut

Smile House

Smile House is a mid-sized resort a short walk from Bophut Beach with a large range of cheap and simple bungalows, two pools and large gardens.

Pelegrin Hotel Samui

Conveniently located right on the beach in Bophut, Pelegrin Hotel Samui offers fan and air con rooms with comfortable beds and free WiFi.

4. Taling Ngam

Quiet and secluded, Taling Ngam is a beautiful area in Koh Samui’s south west that’s home to some of the island’s most luxurious resorts. Largely undeveloped, Taling Ngam is also where you’ll find one of Samui’s best snorkelling beaches.

Accommodation in Taling Ngam ranges from ultra-luxury options such as the InterContinental and Conrad to a variety of affordable resorts. As one of Samui’s least developed areas, this is the place to stay if you’re looking for peace and quiet.

Taling Ngam is quite an isolated area, meaning you’ll need to embark on quite a long drive to get to any of Koh Samui’s other beaches. Still, if you’re looking for a secluded place to unwind with your partner or family, Taling Ngam’s peaceful atmosphere is very hard to beat.

Luxury Hotels in Taling Ngam

Conrad Koh Samui

Peaceful, secluded and luxurious, the Conrad Koh Samui offers a variety of beachside villas and world class facilities a short walk from Taling Ngam Beach.

InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort

The InterContinental is one of the Samui’s most luxurious resorts, with a variety of rooms, suites and villas located minutes from isolated and peaceful Taling Ngam Beach.

Mid Range Hotels in Taling Ngam

Am Samui Resort

Located right on Taling Ngam Beach, Am Samui Resort offers a selection of studios and beach cottages for guests, as well as beachfront dining.

Phangka Paradise Resort

Phangka Paradise Resort is a quiet, isolated beach resort located on the south western tip of Koh Samui. With a selection of spacious villas, this three star resort is a great hideaway with direct access to one of Koh Samui’s quietest beaches.

Budget Hotels in Taling Ngam

Villa Giacomelli

Located close to Taling Ngam beach, Villa Giacomelli is a cheap and simple beach resort that offers clean, comfortable and conveniently located rooms near one of Samui’s best beaches.

Getting from Bangkok to Koh Samui

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and one of the top cities around the world for tourists. Bangkok is a major city which makes it completely different from an island like Koh Samui. The city has plenty to do to stay entertained, but it’s always good to see all sides of a country like Thailand. If you’re in Bangkok, Koh Samui is a place you should visit if you want to get away from the busy city life.

Bangkok is more centrally located in Thailand. Travelling from Bangkok to Koh Samui depends a lot on your travel budget since there are so many different options. Flying is the simplest and fastest way. Bangkok has its international airport along with another local airport. Both of these have flights going to Koh Samui. There will be a lot of transfer flights directly from Bangkok to the island’s airport.

You could also find cheaper flights going to airports close to the island such as Surat Thani or Chumphon airport. It’s only a short flight to either of these airports, but you’ll have to transfer to a ferry to take you to Koh Samui.

Another method of getting from Bangkok to Koh Samui is a combination of land and water. The best port to reach Koh Samui is from the mainland port of Donsak. Most of the trip options will take you here by land. There are several bus and train services from Bangkok to Donsak. It’s more than a ten-hour trip to the port, so there are special overnight sleeper options for buses and trains. Once you reach Donsak, you will be able to transfer to a ferry going to Koh Samui. Companies conveniently package bus and ferry tickets or train and ferry tickets for the journey.

Getting from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui

You will hear a lot of talk about Koh Phangan while on Koh Samui. Many of the people on Koh Samui are visiting from Koh Phangan or have plans to travel there at some point during their trip. Koh Phangan is another island in the Gulf of Thailand. It is most known for its Full Moon Party which happens monthly. Around this time especially you will find many trip options for travelling between the two islands.

The major port on Koh Phangan to get to Koh Samui is Thong Sala. Many of the ferries operate out of Thong Sala that has daily trips going to Koh Samui. The Lomprayah Ferry is the fastest option of getting from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui. This ferry will take you to the Maenam Pier at Maenam Beach. Also, the Seatran Ferry that arrives at Bophut Beach is a common ferry between the islands.

Koh Phangan’s Full Moon Party takes place on its beach called Haad Rin. Around the time of the party, there will be a lot of local boat services that arrive in Koh Phangan and these same services can provide a return trip to Koh Samui. There are speedboats that leave from Haad Rin and travel to Fisherman’s village on Koh Samui. Long Boats are also available from this beach that can get you to Koh Samui from Koh Phangan.

Getting from Koh Tao to Koh Samui

Koh Tao is an island in the Gulf of Thailand that is one of the premier destinations around the world for diving. Many people come to Koh Tao to enjoy this water activity to experience some of the best marine life that Thailand has to offer. Koh Tao is relatively close to Koh Samui so there are a lot of day tours to either island from the other. You can find several accommodation options on both islands too, so it’s common for visitors to split up their time between the two.

The main pier on Koh Tao is called Mae Haad Pier. This pier is where you will find most of the trips leaving to Koh Samui. Ferries that depart from Mae Haad Pier can take you to one of the Koh Samui piers such as Maenam Pier, Bangrak Pier, and Nathon Pier. These have difference locations around Koh Samui so make sure the right trip is taken to save additional travel time when you arrive on Koh Samui. Each of the ferry services from Mae Haad Pier has multiple daily trips to Koh Samui.

Koh Tao to Koh Samui is a further distance than some of the other popular trips to the island. The ferries range from about one to three hours travel time to get to Koh Samui. Taking the ferry or reserving a private speedboat are the main travel options because of the distance.

Getting from Krabi to Koh Samui

Bangkok is an area comparable to Koh Samui. It’s known for its beaches and also world class islands right off of its coast. It’s also for visitors to explore both of these places since they both have their own unique offerings. Krabi is also located on the mainland of Thailand so there are similar options for travel just as if you were coming from a city like Bangkok.

The most convenient way to travel from Krabi to Koh Samui is by plane. Krabi International Airport has a daily direct flight that goes to Koh Samui.

Krabi is much closer to the Donsak Pier than Bangkok, so a bus and ferry travel route are more common coming from Krabi. There are many bus and shuttle services around Krabi that can take you to the pier. It’s about a 6-8 hour ride to Donsak Pier. You will then transfer to one of the ferry services leaving from this pier heading to Koh Samui. This takes an additional 1-2 hours depending on the ferry you select.

Getting from Phi Phi Islands to Koh Samui

The Phi Phi Islands is another one of the top islands in Thailand along with Koh Samui. There are major differences between the islands and their development, so it’s definitely worthwhile to visit both if you have the opportunity. These islands are located on opposite coasts of Thailand and separated by the Gulf of Siam, a land strip between the islands. This land strip makes the journey from the Phi Phi Islands to Koh Samui a bit more complex.

Air is one method to travel. The Phi Phi Islands are located in the middle between Krabi and Phuket. Both of these have their own airports. You can take a ferry from Phi Phi Islands to either of these and get a direct flight into the Samui airport.

The more scenic route to travel includes a land leg of the journey. You can take a ferry from Phi Phi Islands to the mainland. Most likely you will arrive at Krabi. From Krabi, you can take one of the many bus or shuttle services to the Donsak Pier for the final ferry to Koh Samui. This total journey is about 8-9 hours, but most people don’t mind this trip for the sights along the way.

Getting from Surat Thani to Koh Samui

Surat Thani is a hub in southern Thailand. It’s where you will find transportation to and from most of Thailand including its major cities and routes to the islands. Travelling from Surat Thani to Koh Samui is one of the more popular trips.

Surat Thani has a major airport as well as the train station to give you access to anywhere in the country. A lot of travellers make the journey from Surat Thani airport to Koh Samui, so all of the major ferry service companies to Koh Samui have shuttle service directly from the airport. This service is a bus and ferry combination that will first take you to Donsak Pier and then transfer to a ferry to Koh Samui. This method is common for travellers who opt not to fly directly into Koh Samui. You can find many bus service options at the train station that also will first take you to Donsak before transferring to the Koh Samui ferry.

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As some of you may have seen in the news, Thailand is gearing up for a ‘soft reopening’ to vaccinated travellers a month from now on July 1.

It is official, sort of. After months of kicking sand around debating if it will really happen, the Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) has officially approved the Phuket Sandbox plan, an important step forward. The announcement, made late this afternoon, June, 4th, appears to answer the often-posed question if the sandbox plan would ever happen after the much more intense and deadly third wave of Covid-19 swept through Thailand.
Then, the island will be opening Phuket International Airport to foreign travellers as proposed by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

The trial will be the first of its kind in the country, and if successful, may be rolled out across other parts of Thailand. The Thailand Authority of Tourism (TAT) has already earmarked Krabi, Pattaya, Bangkok, Buriram, Cha-am, Koh Samui, Phang-nga and Hua Hin as possible destinations to try out the scheme.

Each model will be slightly different, depending on geography, and international visitors will still have to get a visa in advance and fill out some paperwork (see details below). Nevertheless, this will come as promising news to those travellers desperate to visit Thailand!

If the Phuket Sandbox Scheme goes ahead, from June to September 2021, Thailand is expecting to receive up to 129,000 international visitors – will you be one of them? In this article, we’ll attempt to answer all of the questions you might have about the Phuket Sandbox and more!

Disclaimer – Information regarding the Phuket Sandbox Program is changing literally every day and is dependent on the COVID-19 situation across Thailand. While we update this article regularly to the best of our ability, we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.

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Also known as the Nine Emperor Gods Festival or the Kin Jay Festival, the Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event celebrated primarily by the Chinese community in Thailand and throughout Southeast Asia.

Running for nine days, the vegetarian festival in Phuket is considered by many to be the most extreme and bizarre of festivals in Thailand. The Phuket Vegetarian Festival could be Thailand's answer to the Tamil festival of Thaipusam celebrated in neighboring Malaysia. Devotees not only adopt a special diet for the holiday, a select few participants prove their devotion by practicing self-mutilation.

Some of the feats performed include piercing cheeks with swords, walking on nails or hot coals, and climbing ladders made of knife blades! Most participants miraculously heal up without needing stitches or medical care.

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Buddhist Lent Day (Thailand Wan Khao Phansa, Laos Boun Khao Phansa) is the start of the three-month period during the rainy season when monks are required to remain in a particular place such as a monastery or temple grounds. Here, they will meditate, pray, study, and teach other young monks. In the past, monks were not even allowed to leave the temple, but today, most monks just refrain from traveling during this period. You will still see them out during the day.

It is said that monks started remaining immobile in a temple during this time because they wanted to avoid killing insects and harming farmland. Apparently, traveling monks were crossing through fields, thus destroying the crops of villagers and farmers. After catching wind of this, Buddha decided that in order to avoid damaging crops, hurting insects, or harming themselves during the rainy season, monks should remain in their temples during these three months.

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The Hmong New Year celebration is a cultural tradition that takes place annually in select areas where large Hmong communities exist and in a modified form where smaller communities come together. During the New Year's celebration, Hmong dress in traditional clothing and enjoy Hmong traditional foods, dance, music, bull fights, and other forms of entertainment. Hmong New Year celebrations have Hmong ethnic traditions and culture and may also serve to educate those who have an interest in Hmong tradition. Hmong New Year celebrations frequently occur in November and December (traditionally at the end of the harvest season when all work is done), serving as a Thanksgiving holiday for the Hmong people.

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Magha Puja (also written as Makha Bucha Day) is the third most important Buddhist festival, celebrated on the full moon day of the third lunar month in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Sri Lanka and on the full moon day of Tabaung in Myanmar. It celebrates a gathering that was held between the Buddha and 1,250 of his first disciples, which, according to tradition, preceded the custom of periodic recitation of discipline by monks.

On the day, Buddhists celebrate the creation of an ideal and exemplary community, which is why it is sometimes called Saṅgha Day, the Saṅgha referring to the Buddhist community, and for some Buddhist schools this is specifically the monastic community. In Thailand, the Pāli term Māgha-pūraṇamī is also used for the celebration, meaning 'to honor on the full moon of the third lunar month'.

Finally, some authors referred to the day as the Buddhist All Saints Day. 

In pre-modern times, Magha Puja has been celebrated by some Southeast Asian communities. But it became widely popular in the modern period, when it was instituted in Thailand by King Rama IV in the mid-19th century. From Thailand, it spread to other South and Southeast Asian countries. Presently, it is a public holiday in some of these countries.

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