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In 1971 two tourists arrived on Thailand’s third-largest island via a coconut boat from Bangkok and stumbled upon paradise – white-sand beaches with palms blowing in the wind an...

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In 1971 two tourists arrived on Thailand’s third-largest island via a coconut boat from Bangkok and stumbled upon paradise – white-sand beaches with palms blowing in the wind and clear green seas sparkling in the sunlight, against a picture-perfect background of lush green hills and brown roads interspersed with rough wooden structures.

Ko Samui (or Koh Samui, Thai: เกาะสมุย, Thai pronunciation: ), or often simply Samui as it is referred to by locals, is an island off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus in Thailand. It is located close to the mainland town of Surat Thani in Surat Thani Province. It is Thailand's third largest island after Phuket and Ko Chang, with an area of 228.7 km2 and a population of over 62,000 attracting 1.5 million tourists per year. Ko Samui has abundant natural resources, white sandy beaches, coral reefs and coconut trees. It is part of Mu Ko Samui.

Samui's weather patterns are a little different from the rest of Thailand. In April through September, when most of the country has its monsoon, Samui stays fairly dry, but from October to December, it's wet in Samui and drier elsewhere. The driest season is from January to March.

Language:Siamese, Central Thai

Timezone:UTC+07:00

Koh Samui’s Mummified Monk at Wat Khunaram is an unusual sight yet it offers a unique insight into Buddhist and Thai culture. The monk Luong Pordaeng died in 1973 in a seated meditative position, and ever since his body has been on display in an upr...

  We innovated an awesome aquarium with a marvellous collection of tropical marine life, such as sharks, turtles, tropical fish etc. and all other undersea creatures that you ever think of, for all your family to enjoy a wonderful moment with us...

Big Buddha temple sits majestically on a small rocky island off Koh Samui’s north-eastern corner. Known locally as Wat Phra Yai, its golden, 12-metre seated Buddha statue was built in 1972 and remains one of the island’s most popular attractions. Se...

Hin Ta and Hin Yai, some fascinating rock formations on Koh Samui’s south coast, have been a source of mirth and wonder on the island since they were discovered by the locals many years ago. Art often imitates Nature, but less common is Nature imita...

Ang Thong National Marine Park is a fascinating archipelago of 42 or so islands in the Central Gulf Coast of Southern Thailand. It is north west of Ko Samui. Most of the islands are close to each other making a breathtaking panorama sailing arou...

Na Muang Waterfall

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Na Muang Waterfalls, a majestic set of two cascades on Koh Samui, show that the island’s beauty is not limited to its beaches. Found inland about 12 kilometres south-east of Nathon Bay, the Na Muang falls are reached by taking a walking path from th...

Ladyboy Cabarets might not be everyone's cup of tea but on Chaweng Beach you can enjoy a sparkling evening out with this fun form of entertainment. Thai society is generally more open to ladyboys than many other cultures, and its katoey, or the 'thi...

  Secret Buddha Garden is hidden away high in the hills in Koh Samui's interior, offering majestic views and an unusual collection of statues amid lush jungle surrounds. The gardens are a creation of an old Samui fruit farmer, Nim Thongsuk, who ...

  Surrounded by lush green jungle in the south-west corner of Koh Samui is the Samui Snake Farm, a very popular and fascinating family attraction.  Twice a day visitor can watch and enjoy the only Snake Show on Koh Samui. 

Wat Plai Laem is a Buddhist temple compound on Samui's north-east coast of Samui, featuring a striking white 18-arm image of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion. Close to the Big Buddha temple, Wat Plai Laem offers visitors a view into Chin...

At Wat Samret, near Th Ban Hua, you can see a typical Mandalay sitting Buddha carved from solid marble – a common sight in India and northern Thailand, but not so common in the south.

Make a spa date with Kamalaya so you can sneak a peek at this decades old cave temple built by local monks for meditation. Temple caves are a vital part of the forest temple tradition in Thailand and in the past, monks have lived inside the cave as med...

The largest cove following Ao Thong Sai has several names, but the beach is generally known as Hat Choeng Mon. It's clean, hushed and recommended for families or for those who don't need nightlife and a variety of restaurants (these can be found at nea...

This little temple has several large attractions: three gigantic depictions of Buddha set in a man-made lake. The centrepiece is an 18-armed Hindu-style Buddha next to a lotus blossom and a fat, Chinese-style Buddha. Considered an act of merit, Thai Bu...

By the light of the harsh daytime sun, Chaweng Lake is an example of everything that is wrong with Samui. The public park is poorly maintained, half constructed and devoid of shade. But come sunset, it springs to life – ordinary Thai life, that is – wi...

This temple is the island’s most famous temple for its mummified monk on display. The mummy sits upright in a glass casket and devotees offer it flowers and incense. The mummy is in fact the body of a very revered former abbot of the temple who was als...

Hin Lat Falls is worth visiting if you're waiting in town for a boat back to the mainland. Catch a sǎwngthǎew south 2km and get off after the 7-Eleven, then walk 2km or so south of town on the main road and turn left at the first major intersection. Go...

Popularised by its role as home to a utopian beach society in the movie version of Alex Garland's novel The Beach, Ang Thong National Marine Park is made up of an archipelago of about 40 small islands combining sheer limestone cliffs, hidden lagoons, w...

Chaweng Beach is the major beach on Ko Samui and one that has developed tremendously since the early 1990s. Just 20 years ago the beach was home to just a sprinkle of wooden bungalows but now the place is swamped with hotels, Italian pizzerias, Irish p...

Ethno-chic has come a long way since those embroidered hem sacks of yore. Chandra scours Asia, but mainly Bali, for wispy dresses that show off newly acquired suntans.

If you’ve exhausted your souvenir tolerance with far too many factory-made chotchke, go local at this small shop tucked nicely into the far end of this main street café. Pick up a few coconut-based body products made by Samui’s very own Simply Samui co...

Strongly focused on providing cuisine at the highest level, the resort's signature dining experience, H-Bistro features a fresh French Mediterranean menu and exclusive wine list. Enjoy true Mediterranean spices merged together with ingredients rangi...

Open for over 10 years with the intent of providing visitors to learn the way of life or culture of eating. The Samui Beach Resort Samui, which is in addition to another form of tourist attraction. Natural beauty.

  Originally built more than 40 years ago, this tastefully decorated restaurant, bar and lounge offers you a memorable time in the comfort of spectacular surroundings, with tasty food, attentive service and a trendy ambiance.   Koh Samui...

  Poppies restaurant is renowned for fine Thai and international cuisine in a romantic tropical garden and seaside setting. You can choose to dine under the stars, by the sea or in an Ayuthaya-style teak pavilion overlooking the pool.   ...

  Located in the centre of Chaweng, the buzzing beach district that makes Koh Samui the leading nightlife destination in South East Thailand, Green Mango is the heart and soul of upbeat, party all night entertainment on this dazzling tropical is...

9Gems Lounge Restaurant has an alfresco bar where you can sip on one of our best cocktails. We also provide rooftop private dining with 360 view.

The Q Bar Samui also has an outside bar where you can sip on one of our signature drinks. We also provide inside and outside waterfront dining in a relaxed atmosphere - sure to please everyone! Enjoy state of the art lighting and sound while you dan...

  With its views of the busy beach and Chaweng Bay, the Chom Talay Restaurant is where you can awaken with a hearty Western or Asian breakfast and a selection of freshly baked goodness.   Relax on the deck during the day and savor Intern...

Otaru Sushi Japanese Restaurant in Chaweng, Ko Samui, Thailand. We do best with traditional sushi and sashimi, including some incredible melt-in-your-mouth Otoro. Open daily 11.30 - 22.30

Is Koh Samui's premier nighblub with 2 seperate areas of music. Featuring local and international DJs you can expect to hear to very best in house music.

Nikki Beach taps the exotic beaches of Koh Samui, adding this alluring locale to its well-established jet set itinerary. Leave the BlackBerry behind and prepare for complete seclusion along the shores of Lipa Noi Beach, an ideal setting mixed with N...

More classic than chic, Samui Shamrock is a good-times pub where house bands belt out dated cover tunes that inspire the tipsy crowd to sing along. At some point in the night you’ll hear ‘Hotel California’, the ultimate foreigner tribute song.

A popular place with the before-midnight crowd. Local DJs spin R&B and hip-hop early on, followed by the usual dance music hoopla.

Overlooking Chaweng Lake, Q Bar is a little piece of Bangkok nightlife planted among the coconut trees. The upstairs lounge opens just before sunset treating cocktail connoisseurs to various highbrow tipples and a drinkable view of southern Chaweng – m...

Usually a high-powered view like this – stretching from Ko Matlang to the tip of Chaweng Noi – should cost a lot more, but Café Aux Amis is friendly to small spenders. The open-air restaurant is casual chic with a menu that expertly, but unpretentiousl...

Don’t let the frump factor deter you from this eager-to-please Thai restaurant. The food-phobic Europeans get plenty of hand-holding, but the food-flexible can get fresh and fabulous Thai meals in an oh-so pretty setting.

This is the biggest and busiest of Samui’s fresh markets, selling the usual kitchen goodies as well as takeaway food. On the same side of the street as the 7-Eleven is a row of food shops selling kôw gaang (curries served over rice). Keep an eye out fo...

If mermaids had a choice, they’d surely cast off their fish tails for these chic, sequined bikinis, made of high-quality lycra. One of 10 boutiques, this Thai-based company was founded by a Spanish businesswoman who wanted to solve the kingdom’s shorta...

This flashy joint offers free gà·teu·i (ladyboys; also spelled kàthoey) cabaret every night at 11pm and attracts a mixed clientele of both sexes. Other ladyboys loiter out front and try to drag customers in, so to speak.

Five Islands defines the term ‘destination dining’ and offers the most unique eating experience on the island. Before your meal, a traditional longtail boat will take you out into the turquoise sea to visit the haunting Five Sister Islands where you’ll...

Samui’s ultimate dining experience takes place on nine cantilevered verandahs of weathered teak and bamboo that yawn over the gulf. After sunset (and a glass of wine), guests feel like they’re dining on a wooden barge set adrift on a starlit sea. Each ...

  Located in the centre of Chaweng, the buzzing beach district that makes Koh Samui the leading nightlife destination in South East Thailand, Green Mango is the heart and soul of upbeat, party all night entertainment on this dazzling tropical is...

9Gems Lounge Restaurant has an alfresco bar where you can sip on one of our best cocktails. We also provide rooftop private dining with 360 view.

The Q Bar Samui also has an outside bar where you can sip on one of our signature drinks. We also provide inside and outside waterfront dining in a relaxed atmosphere - sure to please everyone! Enjoy state of the art lighting and sound while you dan...

Is Koh Samui's premier nighblub with 2 seperate areas of music. Featuring local and international DJs you can expect to hear to very best in house music.

Nikki Beach taps the exotic beaches of Koh Samui, adding this alluring locale to its well-established jet set itinerary. Leave the BlackBerry behind and prepare for complete seclusion along the shores of Lipa Noi Beach, an ideal setting mixed with N...

More classic than chic, Samui Shamrock is a good-times pub where house bands belt out dated cover tunes that inspire the tipsy crowd to sing along. At some point in the night you’ll hear ‘Hotel California’, the ultimate foreigner tribute song.

A popular place with the before-midnight crowd. Local DJs spin R&B and hip-hop early on, followed by the usual dance music hoopla.

Overlooking Chaweng Lake, Q Bar is a little piece of Bangkok nightlife planted among the coconut trees. The upstairs lounge opens just before sunset treating cocktail connoisseurs to various highbrow tipples and a drinkable view of southern Chaweng – m...

This flashy joint offers free gà·teu·i (ladyboys; also spelled kàthoey) cabaret every night at 11pm and attracts a mixed clientele of both sexes. Other ladyboys loiter out front and try to drag customers in, so to speak.

Ladyboy Cabarets might not be everyone's cup of tea but on Chaweng Beach you can enjoy a sparkling evening out with this fun form of entertainment. Thai society is generally more open to ladyboys than many other cultures, and its katoey, or the 'thi...

Strongly focused on providing cuisine at the highest level, the resort's signature dining experience, H-Bistro features a fresh French Mediterranean menu and exclusive wine list. Enjoy true Mediterranean spices merged together with ingredients rangi...

Open for over 10 years with the intent of providing visitors to learn the way of life or culture of eating. The Samui Beach Resort Samui, which is in addition to another form of tourist attraction. Natural beauty.

  Originally built more than 40 years ago, this tastefully decorated restaurant, bar and lounge offers you a memorable time in the comfort of spectacular surroundings, with tasty food, attentive service and a trendy ambiance.   Koh Samui...

  Poppies restaurant is renowned for fine Thai and international cuisine in a romantic tropical garden and seaside setting. You can choose to dine under the stars, by the sea or in an Ayuthaya-style teak pavilion overlooking the pool.   ...

  With its views of the busy beach and Chaweng Bay, the Chom Talay Restaurant is where you can awaken with a hearty Western or Asian breakfast and a selection of freshly baked goodness.   Relax on the deck during the day and savor Intern...

Otaru Sushi Japanese Restaurant in Chaweng, Ko Samui, Thailand. We do best with traditional sushi and sashimi, including some incredible melt-in-your-mouth Otoro. Open daily 11.30 - 22.30

Usually a high-powered view like this – stretching from Ko Matlang to the tip of Chaweng Noi – should cost a lot more, but Café Aux Amis is friendly to small spenders. The open-air restaurant is casual chic with a menu that expertly, but unpretentiousl...

Don’t let the frump factor deter you from this eager-to-please Thai restaurant. The food-phobic Europeans get plenty of hand-holding, but the food-flexible can get fresh and fabulous Thai meals in an oh-so pretty setting.

Five Islands defines the term ‘destination dining’ and offers the most unique eating experience on the island. Before your meal, a traditional longtail boat will take you out into the turquoise sea to visit the haunting Five Sister Islands where you’ll...

Samui’s ultimate dining experience takes place on nine cantilevered verandahs of weathered teak and bamboo that yawn over the gulf. After sunset (and a glass of wine), guests feel like they’re dining on a wooden barge set adrift on a starlit sea. Each ...