Koh Samui was discovered as an idyllic destination by backpackers in the mid 70’s and it is now evolved into one of South East Asia’s top vacation destinations.
Koh Samui has a broad appeal attracting a multinational melting pot of backpackers, budget travellers and an ever increasing number of the world's wealthiest guests looking to stay in luxury beachfront holiday rental villas and upmarket hotels with 5 star service.
It is a very much a choose-your-own-adventure island that strives to grant every visitor their ultimate holiday wish, with an abundance of activities on the water or land-based. Visitors come from across the globe to experience Samui's tropical beaches, vast variety of marine life, world-class international cuisine, luxurious spas and so much more.
Away from the just as popular peaceful holiday locations of the north and west coasts the main town of Chaweng is renowned for it's endless sandy beach and it's awesome nightlife and is complimented with some of the finest restaurants on the island.
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Koh Samui is situated in the Gulf of Thailand and being 247sqkm in size is Thailand's 3rd largest island
Koh Samui, one of the newest Thailand holiday resorts having been discovered by backpackers in the mid 70’s is now one of South East Asia’s top vacation destinations and is very much a choose-your-own-adventure island that strives to grant every visitor their ultimate holiday wish.
Every year visitors are drawn to marvel at the unspoilt beauty and relax in a sun-drenched embrace.
Koh Samui is a pearl in the Gulf of Siam. This beautiful island epitomizes the idyllic simplicity of a tropical hideaway. It is characterised by beaches of soft white pearlescent sand, azure crystal clear waters and bright clear sunshine.
Taking over from the original industries of fishing and coconut farming, Koh Samui executes its thriving tourism industry with panache. The island provides the best in hospitality and you can experience international standard vacationing with 5 star luxury beach hotels and luxury beach villas established to carefully blend in with the tropical palmed beaches.
The inner mountains and forests areas are densely populated with coconut trees and lush jungle and is mostly uninhabitable, therefore life generally revolves round the beautiful white sand beaches. The perfect location to unwind.
As the accommodation on Koh Samui has become more sophisticated, so have the opportunities for dining out. There are fantastic restaurants and fine dining opportunities all over Koh Samui.
Located in the Gulf of Siam south east of Bangkok, Koh Samui (Koh meaning island) is just 12km from it's neighbouring island Koh Phangan and 35km from the nearest mainland point where access to the island can be by sea. Samui boasts a picturesque mountain ridge that runs east to west with lush tropical landscapes swooping down to the palm fringed sandy shores.
By far the simplest way to travel to Koh Samui from the Thailand mainland is by air with a flight of 45 minutes from the capital Bangkok.
Koh Samui has an award winning boutique International airport operated by Bangkok Airways who have the majority of flights into Koh Samui.
Other domestic arrivals can be made from Phuket, Krabi, Chiang Mai and Pattaya with direct international flights from Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia.
If you think arriving at Koh Samui Airport is fun the departure experience is just as enchanting
Alternatively several ferries run from Surat Thani or Donsak. The mainland is only 35km away and is a pleasant slow journey to take in, once there it is very easy to connect with bus or train services. Please note however, that ferry times change frequently and long waits are common so a degree of patience is necessary. Boats also connect the neighbouring islands of Koh Tao and Koh Phangan.
The management of our Koh Samui villas will arrange for transportation to your villa as there are no taxis at the airport.
Not sure where to rent your dream Koh Samui Villa? Our locations below provides our knowledge of each location in this paradise island.
Do you wish to be close to the bustling nightlife in Chaweng? Have pristine beachside bliss in peaceful Lipa Noi? Experience paradise on beautiful Maenam beach or Bang Por beach? or simply get away from it all in a Hilltop hideaway in Bophut? Choose from some of our finest Koh Samui villas.
Bang Por takes up the north west corner of Koh Samui located between the towns of Maenam in the north and Nathon in the west. This tranquil area boasts a stunning coastline of white sand beaches, swaying palms and amazing views from the hills above.
Big Buddha area is located in the north east of Koh Samui, between the areas of Bophut to the west and Plai Laem to the east. The village that runs parallel to the beach retains the name of Bang Rak which translates to “Village of Love”.
Bophut is located in the north of Koh Samui between Big Buddha and Maenam and it is considered a popular place to stay or visit as it is a good compromise between the hustle and bustle of the larger towns on the east coast and the more tranquil setting of the south and west coasts.
Most famous for it’s Friday night walking street market which is well worth a visit on a Friday night from 4.30 - 10.30
Chaweng is a picturesque tourist oasis nestled in a bay on the east coast, flanked by hillside and it's Ko Samui's busiest hub. Most famous for it's beautiful 7km beach and it's vibrant nightlife. With the abundance of dining options and nearby amenities, Chaweng is considered the most popular amongst other coastal locations.
Located on the east side of the north eastern peninsular of Koh Samui, Choeng Mon is considered one of the best areas for its choice of Koh Samui villas. It has something to offer every member of the family.
Hua Thanon starts just beyond Hin Ta and Hin Yai in the south of the island and is one of Samui's last remaining traditional fishing fleet, with it's brightly painted fishing boats creating quite a spectacle in this corner of Koh Samui where it appears that time has stood still. Our Hua Thanon villas are located a few minutes drive from this traditional village
Laem Set is located within Ban Kao Bay on the south east of Koh Samui and far from the hustle and bustle of Koh Samui’s north and east coasts. The bay is shared by Laem Set beach to the east with Laem Sor beach occupying the western end.
Laem Sor is in the deep south with Laem Set to the east and to the west the area finishes at a headland, beyond which is Thong Krut a popular fishing village offering a small choice of restaurants and boat tour operators. The area is very peaceful and the main attractions are the golden pagoda perched at the waters edge, together with the unspoiled tropical beach and beautiful views.
Lamai is located in the centre of the east coast and is a mix between the more commercial Chaweng area and the quieter areas of the north coast. The beautiful 4km long sandy beach is the second most popular on Koh Samui and there is an abundance of shops, restaurants, bars and attractions.
Lipa Noi generally is a quiet rural area with waterfalls and coconut plantations in the hills that tumble down to the sunset facing beaches. Our Lipa Noi villas are some of the most luxurious on Koh Samui. The working town of Nathon a short drive away is full of tourist shops and the usual amenities of a town such as banks, pharmacies and convenient stores. Tourist shopping in Nathon is the best value on Koh Samui compared with the main tourist hubs of Chaweng and Bophut but are not open in the evenings.
Maenam is centrally located on the north coast of Koh Samui to the west of Bophut and has a beautiful stretch of golden sand palm-fringed beach, separated from the lush tropical backdrop of the palm covered hills by the main ring around Koh Samui. The ring road is quite a distance away from the beach and therefore is a peaceful area.
The town of Nathon is the main administrative centre of Koh Samui located on the west coast where local government offices and the state hospital are situated as well as the main car ferry port where the ferry and fast catamarans leave for the mainland and the islands in between. Probably the best tourist shopping on the island compared with the main tourist areas such as Chaweng and Bophut.
The Plai Laem area is located between Big Buddha and Choeng Mon and encompasses most of northeast peninsular of Koh Samui.
The soft golden sands on this more or less west facing palm-fringed beach stretch for 2 km, however in certain months the sea is quite shallow and swimming is restricted as at the most it is only 2 metres deep.
Taling Ngam (translated "beautiful shore") is an area in the south west of Koh Samui and with its picturesque coastline known as the "Virgin Coast", together with the village where time seems to have stood still. The natural beauty of this unspoilt area is appealing to those looking for a perfect tropical retreat in a stunning location.
Thong Krut is set between the ocean and the coconut plantations in the deep south west of Koh Samuia and is the place to visit if you are looking to appreciate the quieter side of Koh Samui’s island life and to enjoy the fabulous scenery.
This small picturesque fishing village is a great place to enjoy a spot of lunch in one of the restaurants overlooking the moored up brightly coloured long tail tour boats.
Koh Samui has a coastline made up of good number of various size beaches and secluded coves separated by headlands and connected by spur roads from the main Koh Samui road.
There are no private beaches on Koh Samui but some hotels or resorts have taken up some of the more remote beach coves and the only access is through the properties or by sea with kayak, jet ski etc.
The most famous of beaches and the most popular is the 5km Chaweng Beach. This busy beach commercialised beach stretches down the east coast to the southern tip and has the whitetist sand and calm waves and lined with hotels and small resorts. This is in quite a contrast to the palm fringed quieter beaches of the north, south and west coasts of the island.
Koh Samui has so many choices when it comes to getting out there and really enjoying yourself with the various activities on offer.
The islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and the stunning Angthong Marine Park make up what is known as the Koh Samui archipelago. The waters surrounding these islands are perfect for exploring the vivid sub aquatic life and there are a number of tour operators offering boat trips for diving, snorkelling, kayaking and sight seeing.
There are now a number of Watersports Centres around the island offering offshore activities, such as jet ski tours, kiteboarding and wind surfing and wave boarding.
Alternatively you can have free reign tearing around the go-kart track, join a jeep safari trip through the jungle of inner Koh Samui, a must see cultural trip visiting temples like the golden Big Buddha, or enlist on a Thai cooking class and learn the secrets of the amazing local cuisine.
Long before wellness tourism became mainstream, Samui lured those in search of healing, new-age therapies and Asian beauty secrets. Today, the island is the Spa capital of Thailand with several dedicated holistic health, weight loss, detox and yoga resorts such as Kamalaya and Absolute Sanctuary offering all-inclusive packages to stimulate mind, body and soul.
There is also a great selection of stand-alone day spas, such as the award-winning Tamarind Springs while top-end resort spas such as Banyan Tree's hydrothermal The Rainforest also welcome out-of-house guests.
There are activities and something to do for everyone on Koh Samui - if you can tear yourselves away from lazing around the private pool at your Koh Samui villa.
Koh Samui has developed into a gourmet paradise with an amazing choice of restaurants with menus created by top international chefs who have settled here to serve the travellers in the luxury tourism sector brought about by the number of Koh Samui luxury villa rentals available and the high end hotels chains that have moved in. Naturally the delicious freshly made Thai food can also be enjoyed whether you choose to eat from the roadside stalls or dine in style with cutural and traditional surroundings accompanied by a 5 star service.
The main town of Chaweng beach has a high concentration of internationally acclaimed restaurants as well as the resort restaurants on the beach and more recenty the sophisticated Beach Clubs serving top class food and beverages for "Sunday Brunch" around the poolside accompanied by music and entertainment.
The new tropical style open air shopping experience - Central Festival - has a good choice of contemporary style al fresco dining on both floors as well as the normal family favourites such as KFC and Dairy Queen and both Chaweng and Lamai have a MacDonalds. They have solved the parking problem with a large underground car park entered from the "lake road".
At the ‘Old Fisherman’s Village’ of Bophut and you will find high quality reasonably priced Thai food in a mega choice of restaurants on either side of the villa streets with those on the ocean-side offering fine international cuisine as well as romantic candelight dining on the beach
From aromatic Thai food to international 5 star cuisines, Koh Samui caters for every taste with an extensive choice of places to eat.
When the sun goes down, Chaweng and Lamai come to life and offers spectacular evening entertainment for all ages in the form of beach bars, western style pubs most of which feature in live music and large screen TV and of the course the all night clubs starting at midnight.
In Chaweng centre particularly, the noise and loud music cannot be avoided after 8.30pm at night and will continue on into the early hours of the morning in certain areas on the beach and along the beach roads.
Resorts also provide magnificent entertainment such as dinner cabarets, where professional singers and dancers display their talents in stylish surroundings. Sophisticated Beach Clubs are also being established such as Nikki Beach at Lipa Noi that put on special party events.
Other areas of Koh Samui that have any form of nightlife at all do not stay open much after midnight at all and is more subdued in places such as the Old Fisherman's Village at Bophut which although has two or three pub bars really focuses on fine dining and the bistro scene.
The Big Buddha/Bang Rak area is frequented mostly by residents rather than tourists and there are hostess bars and sports bars that do get noisy at times however they are concentrated in one area and many close before the early hours.