Ko Samui and Area
With world-class restaurants, chic cocktail and wine bars, high-end resorts, luxury spa retreats, and tranquil beaches, this is the spot to holiday in Thailand.
Fast becoming as popular as Phuket, Ko Samui has gone from a hippy, backpacker haunt to a trendy holiday spot with international appeal.
Situated in the Gulf of Siam, Koh Samui is the third largest island in Thailand, and attracts more than a million visitors a year.
The story goes that in 1971 two tourists stumbled on Ko Samui via a coconut boat from Bangkok. There was not much there at the time, apart from white sandy beaches, crystal clear water and palm trees.
Today, it is a very different story, and many visitors come a for a few days and stay a few months.
The nightlife is lively or subdued as you want to make it, with the beachstrips of Chaweng and Lamui bustling with cool bars and restaurants. The full moon parties held at Ko Pha-Ngan have become legendary.
1. Visit the Ang Thong Marine Park
2. Check out Ko Samui’s most famous mummified monk, Loung Pordaeng, who is displayed in a glass case at Wat Khunaram.
3. Visit the coconut plantations where monkeys collect coconuts, which are then sold to tourists
4. Elephant trekking