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Koh Samui Holiday Guide

Koh Samui is just like the island paradise from the movies with its pristine white beaches, sapphire blue waters and legendary nightlife. This small island off the east coast of Thailand draws different types of visitors, from young travellers who come here to party every night, those looking for its relaxed culture, and others simply for the pristine beauty of the beaches and the sea. Each side of the island has something different to offer. The south and west coasts are more relaxed and casual, perfect for those looking to chill on the beach with a good book or looking to experience the local culture. The north and east coast are popular for the famous beach parties, bars and night clubs.

On the west coast is Lipa Noi, a secluded beach that’s perfect for a romantic stay. Further to the south lies Phang Ka, with a number of first-class resorts and one of the best places to see the sun set into the sea. To the south lies the Bay of Thong Krut; here you can explore the fishing village or take a charter boat to nearby islands Koh Tan and Koh Mudsum where you can go deep sea fishing.

Go dancing for the evening in Chaweng, then spend the day resting on the incredibly beautiful Chaweng Noi Beach. This beach, found south of the village, is a perfect place to escape from the maddening crowd. In the northeast lies Choeng Mon, the most exclusive part of the island, where the resorts and private beaches attract a bit more of mature, more family-friendly, crowd.

Visit the Great Buddha, just north of the airport. This 12 meter high bronze statue stands on its own little island just opposite the beach. Stroll through Bang Rak and Bo Phut to see the more traditional side of the island.

The beaches are easily accessible via the ring road that runs in a along the coast. When one beach is too busy, simply drive a few kilometres to the next beach. If you'd like to explore the surrounding islands, you're just a short boat trip from Koh Phangan and the spectacular Ang Thong National Park.


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Belmond Napasai €220
Reviewed on 30 Jan 2020
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Belmond Napasai

Belmond Napasai

65/10 Moo 5 Baan Tai, Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
     
    4.7 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Great hotel, really peaceful place. Lots of things to do and great to just relax by the pool and beach. Service excellent. Rooms beautifully done in very classic wooden features. Highly recommend

    Escape Beach Resort €15
    Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020
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    Escape Beach Resort

    Escape Beach Resort

    5/1 M.1 Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
       
      4.2 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      It was really to staying there, great view nice stuffs.

      ibis Samui Bophut €35
      Reviewed on 29 Nov 2019
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      ibis Samui Bophut

      ibis Samui Bophut

      Bophut Beach Surat Thani, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
         
        3.9 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Reasonably priced hotel with adequate rooms and a nice pool area next to the beach and sea.

        Melia Koh Samui €174
        Reviewed on 25 Mar 2020
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        Melia Koh Samui

        Melia Koh Samui

        83 Moo 5, Choeng Mon Beach, Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
           
          5.0 of 5
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Upea koko hotellialue ja superystävällinen ja auttavainen henkilökunta! Siisti valkohiekkainen ranta hotellin edustalla aurinkotuoleineen sekä suuri allasalue. Yövyimme 6 yötä, oikein rentouttava kokemus kaikinpuolin.

          The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui €252
          Reviewed on 16 Feb 2020
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          The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui

          The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui

          9/123 Moo 5 Tambon Borphud, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
             
            4.7 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Absolutely incredible hotel and staff.

            Mercure Samui Chaweng Tana Hotel
            Reviewed on 8 Feb 2020
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            Mercure Samui Chaweng Tana Hotel

            Mercure Samui Chaweng Tana Hotel

            37/97 Moo 3 Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
               
              4.1 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Large clean rooms, quiet, great staff, good buffet breakfast, beautiful swimming pool, good WiFi. The hotel is not directly on the beach, and about a mile south of the most popular Chaweng Beach area, but it’s a good value. Easy to get around if you rent a scooter, available directly across the ...

              Silavadee Pool Spa Resort €187
              Reviewed on 2 Jan 2020
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              Silavadee Pool Spa Resort

              Silavadee Pool Spa Resort

              208/66 Moo4, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
                 
                4.5 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This was great holiday for our us with young kids. The staff and service was excellent, we highly recommend this place for a family holiday or even as a getaway with friends or partner!

                W Koh Samui €511
                Reviewed on 18 Feb 2020
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                W Koh Samui

                W Koh Samui

                4/1 Moo 1, Tambol Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
                   
                  4.5 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  W Koh Samui February 2020, 2 nights VILLA: LOVED IT! So modern and spacious with lots of personality. Pops of color and fun details. Comfortable, clean, great living space and bathroom; great toiletries and linens; clean, big pool and green space. LOCATION: golf buggy avail for movement around property. ...

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