Ko Samui travel guide

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You're Going to Love Ko Samui

If somebody told you to imagine a tropical paradise filled with palm-fringed beaches, pristine dive sites, luxury resorts, and beautiful Buddhist temples, you would probably come up with somewhere like Ko Samui. This gorgeous Thai island seems to have been made for tourism, with sun, sand, and stunning views.

Ko Samui is heaven for beach lovers, with hundreds of places to relax, swim, snorkel, or indulge in water sports. It's the kind of place where everyone feels welcome, and everyone falls under its bewitching influence.

Whether you want to party all week or get away from it all under the tropical sun, Thailand's Ko Samui is one of the world's greatest vacation destinations.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Ko Samui

When to Visit Ko Samui

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Ko Samui is warm and usually sunny, pretty much all year round. However, if all you want is a tan, schedule a trip between December and April. After that, although the weather remains hot, rain is much more common. Then again, between May and September, room rates drop and there's still plenty to do. May is a great month to visit if you intend to do some wildlife spotting at Ko Tao.

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How to Get to Ko Samui

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Where to Stay in Ko Samui

The island is full of luxury resorts, family-friendly beach hotels, and backpacker hostels, so every visitor will find something to suit them. Some of the best high-end options include the Four Seasons Resort (which is situated in exquisite surroundings), the traditional-style Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui (which was once the summer palace of Thailand's king), and Chiva-Som International Health Resort, which is comfortably the island's finest spa hotel.

Popular Neighborhoods in Ko Samui

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How to Get Around Ko Samui

The Cost of Living in Ko Samui

Shopping Streets

The best place to shop on Ko Samui is the walking street in Bophut (every Friday between 5 pm and 11 pm), where you'll find an array of local craft stalls and great street food. There's a similar market every Monday next to the Centara Grand Beach Resort in Chaweng and one at Mae Nam beach every Thursday. If you want to visit a glitzy modern mall, head to Central Festival Samui in Chaweng, which hosts international brands like Uniqlo, Esprit, and Rip Curl.

Groceries and Other

Most of the beaches and resorts on Ko Samui will have a small grocery store, with companies including Big C, Tesco Lotus, and Makro all represented. Groceries won't be overly expensive, with a gallon of milk costing ฿180 and 12 eggs around ฿50.

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Where to Eat in Ko Samui

There aren't many better places to sample the range of spicy, creamy, fruity, and just plain delicious tastes that characterize Thai food. If you adore seafood, Bang Po Seafood is the place to head, where the gourmet food is matched by a picturesque seafront location. Dining on the Rocks at the Six Senses Resort offers panoramic views from its terraces, while every table enjoys its own treehouse dining area at Tree Tops. Meals should be fairly reasonably priced, at between ฿100 and ฿300 depending on the eatery you choose.