Koh Samui is one of the three largest islands in Thailand and is one of the most popular destinations for a beach holiday in all of Asia. This place is easy to confuse with paradise, it is striking at first sight for its beauty, clear transparent waters, snow-white beaches, picturesque bays and waterfalls. Here, perhaps like nowhere else in Thailand, you can feel the unity with nature. Due to its remoteness, the island managed to survive from the destructive influence of the civilization of glass and concrete. Come and see for yourself, and we will tell you more about the island in our guide.
How to get to Koh Samui?
Samui has its own airport, and although it has international status, there are few direct flights here, mainly from China, Malaysia and Singapore. Basically, all international flights are operated with transfers in Bangkok. However, in the future, the airport management plans to significantly expand the number of international flights. To get from the airport to the city, you can use a taxi or bus. Often hotels provide their guests with a shuttle service, so this is another reason to book a hotel in advance.
The island can also be reached by sea. To do this, you need to get to the city of Surat Thani, and then go to one of the berths (for example, Donsak). This method is very budgetary, but it takes a lot of time. So, for example, if you decide to go to Surat Thani by bus or train, then the total travel time (along with the ferry) will take about 10-12 hours.
Things to do in Koh Samui
Tourists come to Koh Samui for a great beach holiday, active entertainment, relaxing spa treatments and of course tours and excursions to local attractions. However, first things first:
- Beaches of Samui;
The best beaches are on the east coast of the island, the most famous of which is Chaweng Beach. In addition to sunbathing and relaxation, you can also surf, dive or rent a ski jet. Another no less interesting beach is Lamai Beach. The sea is deeper, and the waves are larger. It is an ideal place for windsurfing. Also, most of the island’s spa centers are located here.
- Sights of Samui;
In order to somehow diversify beach holidays, many tourists prefer to go on tours. They can be bought at any of the agencies or directly at the reception in your hotel. Among the most visited places are Big Buddha, Laem Sor Pagoda, Hin-Lad Waterfall, Buddha’s Magic Garden, Rum Factory and others.
Hotels in Koh Samui
Hotels on Koh Samui offer a wide selection of accommodation for every taste and budget. There are many luxurious hotels offering many additional services from spa centers to tennis courts. There are mid-range hotels on the island that offer standard accommodation with no frills. The most economical tourists can also find hotels, though most likely they will be without air conditioning and hot water.