Koh Samui Travel Information and Travel Guide
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Koh Samui Samui Island is a rare gem, preserving the idyllic simplicity of a tropical hideaway. It is characterized by beaches of powdery white sand, crystal-clear waters. Here you can delight in a latter-day Robinson Crusoe experience-in comfort.
The island, Thailand's third largest, measuring 21 kilometres at its widest point and 25 kilometres in maximum length, is one of a group of more than 80 tropical islands, only a few of which are inhabited. A mountain ridge runs east to west and most of the hinterland comprises forested hills. The rich hues of wild vegetation are dappled throughout with the contrasting greens of coconut palms and emerald paddy fields.

Samui Island
Le Royal Meridien Baan Taling Ngam Samui Island
Le Royal Meridien Baan Taling Ngam
72 rooms. A luxurious complex of villas and rooms climbs up a hillside to offer a panoramic view of he sea and Ang Thong Marine National Park.

Santiburi Dusit Resort & Spa Samui Island
Santiburi Dusit Resort & Spa
71 rooms. Enjoy a Thai-style villa with its own sitting room and private terrace set in lush gardens. Choice of Asian and western restaurants. Full facilities for sports, plus spa.

The Tongsai Bay Samui Island
The Tongsai Bay
68 rooms. Charming rooms and villas are situated on a picturesque hillside overlooking its own private beach. The complex offers all the facilities for a memorable holiday.

Amari Palm Reef Resort Samui Island
Amari Palm Reef Resort
186 rooms. Spaced around free-form pools, these delightful clusters of thai-style cottages offer an excellent escapist holiday with activities.

Central Samui Beach Resort Samui Island
Central Samui Beach Resort
208 rooms. A full range of facilities including a spa and watersports is provided by this tropical resort, located on prime beachfront with each room boasting a sea view.

Chaweng Regent Beach Resort Samui Island
Chaweng Regent Beach Resort
145 rooms. Cottages and villas set amongst landscaped gardens, pools, and lake look charmingly rural, but the facilities offer everything a modern traveller needs.

Central Samui Village Samui Island
Central Samui Village
100 rooms. Coconut palms tower over bangalow-style villas with a beautiful beach in front, a forested hill behind and a seaside seafood restaurant.

Imperial Boat House Samui Island
Imperial Boat House
210 rooms. Experience the unusual accommodation of authentic rice barges converted into chalets at this beachfront location with southern-style low-rise buildings.

Imperial Samui Samui Island
Imperial Samui
155 rooms. For travellers seeking comfort and un spoiled scenery of tropical beauty and landscaped gardens. This hotel offer a unique beachside location.


Koh Samui (the full name, with ko meaning "island" in Thai) is located some 80 kilometres off the coast of Surat Thani, about 560 kilometres from Bangkok. It can be reached by air from Bangkok, or by ferry boat from Surat Thani town.

The major access to the island is still by sea, with a large car ferry running continuously from Don Sak to the west coast and passenger craft running between Surat Thani and Na Thon. Buses carry passengers over the ferry, allowing uninterrupted travel between Samui and Bangkok, or Samui and Hat Yai.

By Ferry
Two ferry companies operating from three ferry piers along the Surat Thani coast on the main land and two on Koh Samui

Ratcha Ferry Co.
Operates the vehicle and passenger ferries from the Don Sak pier to the Thong Yang pier on Koh Samui. The ferry departs Don Sak daily at 8.00 am, 10 am,12 noon, 2 pm and 5 pm and the crossing takes one and a half hour and costs about 25 Baht.
From Samui's Thong Yang pier, there are seven daily departures at 7 am, 8 am ,10 am, 12 noon, 2 pm, 4 pm and 5 pm.

Express Passenger Ferry
Songserm Travel operates the express passenger ferries from the Tha Thong pier with 3 daily departures at 7.30 am, 11.30 am, and 2 pm.
Songserm Travel also operates a slow night boat from Ban Don pier in downtown Surat Thani to Koh Samui, departing at 11 pm nightly and reaching the Nathorn pier around 5 am.

The major accommodation beaches, Lamai and Chaweng, are both on the east coast and are lined with bungalows and hotels, though most are hidden among the foliage, allowing the natural beauty to remain intact.

Samui has a few deluxe hotels but the island's characteristic style of accommodation is the beach bungalow. Usually palm-thatched and commanding uninterrupted views of the beach and sea beyond. Bungalows offer good, simple facilities, with or without air-conditioning. You are assured of all basic comforts and yet the amenities we all appreciate do not detract from the easygoing Robinson Crusoe feel of an island retreat.



Against the backdrop of hills, the beaches of Koh Samui stands out as one of the palm-fringed beaches, with strands of fine sand. The best spots are Chaweng and Lamai. Both are on the east coast where each day greets you with a spectacular sunrise.

In such an idyllic setting the temptation is simply to laze peacefully on the beach and soak up a tropical sun tan. But if you want more there are amenities for water sports, such as windsurfing and snorkeling. The coastal waters are exciting to explore and are especially rich in shoals of brightly coloured fish and exotic coral formations. Principal among Samui's natural sights are two picturesque waterfalls, Hin Lat and Na Muang, while on neighboring Ko Fan, connected to Samui by a causeway, in Wat Hin Ngu temple and meditation centre.

Island hopping is another attraction and boats can be easily hired for trips to Ko Pha Ngan (the nearest and largest island next to Samui), and to the smaller islands of Ko Tao and Ko Nang Yuan , where beautiful bays with colourful coral formations offer excellent conditions for snorkeling.

A more adventurous full day excursion can be made to Ang Thong Marine Park, a group of 40 islands northwest of Samui. Here you will see spectacular limestone formations, caves, blue lagoons and amazingly beautiful beaches.

The mainland is well worth exploring either on your way to or from Samui. Surat Thani, the ferry terminal, is a bustling fishing and shipbuilding centre of considerable interest. A casual stroll around town or a canal tour on the Tapi river are rewarding for the glimpses they give of southern culture. Surat Thani is also famous for its oyster farms where a giant species of the mollusc is harvested.

More specifically for the serious sightseeker, Chaiya, about a 45-minute drive north of the town, is a major historical site. Its importance stems from the fact that scholars contend that it was a possible capital of the ancient Srivijaya kingdom.

Other rewarding destinations are Khao Sok National Park, about 100 kilometres west of Surat Thani, and Chumphon which lies some 195 kilometres north of Surat Thani on a picturesque stretch of coastline with fine beaches and offshore islands.

A 50-kilometre ring road skirts Samui's coastline, giving ready access to all beaches and the little administrative centre of Na Ton, a compact beachside huddle of houses, shops, restaurants and small hotels. The best form of transport is a motorbike which can be readily hired. This gives the freedom to explore at your leisure, although mini buses do ply the main routes. Organized tours to Ang Thong Marine Park are available from local travel agents.

It takes about an hour to drive completely around the island, if you don't stop along the many beaches or take to some of the side tracks. A couple of rough trails cross the mountainous interior, but this is strictly 4WD or motorcycle territory. The only real town on the island is Na Thon, the administrative and communications centre.

Most beach bungalows have their own restaurants, while other small establishments are common. Fresh seafood and tropical fruits are the natural specialities of Samui, though you will find menus sufficiently varied to cater to all tastes. International favorites as well as spicy Thai dishes are available.


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Tour Code : USM01 (Around Koh Samui - Half Day Tour)
Price : Approx. 1,200 Baht per person
Discovery Samui by visiting The Big Buddha, 15 meters tall was built in 1972 by local society. Then, process to see "Hin Ta - Hin Yai", strangely shaped rocks at south Lamai beach, followed by Na Muang Waterfall, most scenic on the island.

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Tour Code : USM02 (Ang Thong Islands National Marine Park)
Price : Approx. 1,200 Baht per person
Boat Trip to Angthong Na Mae Ko Island and visit the volcanic inland lake, salt water lagoon in the mountain of the island. Enjoy the climb to the view point (approx. 10 minutes walk) A Thai lunch will be provided on board.

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Tour Code : USM03 (Snorkelling Tour to Coral Island [Ko Tan])
Price : Approx. 1,100 Baht per person
Boat Trip to Ko Tan, visit Bo Muang Temple, enjoy swimming and snorkelling. Seafood buffet lunch will be provided. Afternoon visit to Ko Madsam for more swimming and snorkelling (masks and snorkes included).

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