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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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Chaweng Regent Beach Resort €120
Reviewed on 28 Oct 2019
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Chaweng Regent Beach Resort

Chaweng Regent Beach Resort

155/4 Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
     
    4.2 of 5
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Excellent service, extremely friendly staff, beautiful grounds, centrally located, breakfast is terrific, view and access to chewang beach is fantastic. This was our 5th time at the resort, it gets better every time!!! Will definitely be back

    Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa €60
    Reviewed on 25 Oct 2019
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    Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa

    Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa

       
      4.7 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Absolutely gorgeous facility with every single amenity that you could ever want. The staff was amazing, the breakfast buffet was incredible and the location is breathtaking. If you want to be treated as a king/queen then look no further, these guys have got you covered. It was a treat to stay here ...

      Amari Koh Samui €124
      Reviewed on 13 Nov 2019
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      Amari Koh Samui

      Amari Koh Samui

      14/3 Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
         
        4.3 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Loved the location and the services at the property.

        OZO Chaweng Samui €90
        Reviewed on 29 Oct 2019
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        OZO Chaweng Samui

        OZO Chaweng Samui

        Chaweng Beach, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
           
          4.4 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Beautiful modern beach hotel , large swimming pool and on beautiful beach Breakfast very good

          Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort €203
          Reviewed on 26 Aug 2019
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          Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort

          Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort

          92/1 Moo 2, North Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
             
            4.4 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            The resort is beautiful! The location is close to town for shopping and restaurants and 10 minutes from airport. Much thanks to Bee and the rest of the staff for making our stay wonderful and memorable!

            Novotel Samui Resort Chaweng Beach Kandaburi €76
            Reviewed on 23 Aug 2019
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            Novotel Samui Resort Chaweng Beach Kandaburi

            Novotel Samui Resort Chaweng Beach Kandaburi

            20 Moo 2 Chaweng Chongmon Rd, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
               
              3.9 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Absolutely loved this place. The staff were extremely friendly and pools and grounds were kept very clean. It’s located right on the beach although we stayed on the mountain side it wasn’t that big a drama crossing the road. It’s a bit out of town but if you hire a scooter as we did that’s not a ...

              Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort €151
              Reviewed on 20 Oct 2019
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              Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort

              Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort

              99/9 Moo 1 Bophut Bay, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
                 
                4.5 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                We felt so welcomed the moment we stepped onto Anantara Bophut resort, with special shout out to Ten and Tak who expressed a high level of hospitality and professionalism throughout our stay. Staff at the resort was also always very smiley and made our stay overall pleasant and very comfortable. ...

                Melati Beach Resort & Spa €138
                Reviewed on 7 Nov 2019
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                Melati Beach Resort & Spa

                Melati Beach Resort & Spa

                9/99 Moo 5, Bophut, Thongson Bay, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  It is amazing. Staffs are friendly and the food is very delicious 😋

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