The island of Koh Samui is probably the most chic destination of all the Thai beaches, where the sun shines all year round.
Located in the Gulf of Thailand to the south of Bangkok, it is one of the most beautiful islands also for its unspoiled landscapes that contrast, the jungle, its white sand beaches and the warm and calm waters of its turquoise sea.
Being very oriented to wellness, it’s a perfect place to do a detox: healthy food, sport, leisure, spa, yoga, tai-chi, naturopathy, acupuncture…
It is an hour flight from Bangkok, and there are several flights a day, therefore it can be a good idea to combine it with different destinations.
We recommend using Bangkok Airways which offers very good quality and prices are around €250 in high season. There is a private lounge at the airport in Bangkok, with “amenities” for those passengers waiting for their next flight.
There are also direct flights from Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore.
The island has a well paved perimeter road.
You can rent scooters, but these are not insured so if something happens to the bike, you have to pay for it. Otherwise, you can hire a driver for about 60 € for 4 hours.
Note that they drive on the left (like in Britain).
It is less developed than the Phuket area therefore its beaches remain mostly unspoiled. The best known are Chaweng, Lamai, Bophut, Big Buddha, Choeng Mon, Hua Thanon and Maenam.
It has a tropical climate so it’s always warm and quite humid. From February to May it almost never rains, but still, even in times of monsoon, rains are brief and refreshing.
You can visit the neighboring islands:
– Koh Phangang, once a month the famous “full moon party” takes place to honor the full moon, a party with lots of young people with a hippy style.
– Koh Tao, which is the number one diving destination in Asia.
– Koh Tan and Koh Nang Yuan
– Another option is to rent a speedboat and visit the “National Marine Park” a spectacular archipelago which is just one hour away from the main island.
Visit the falls:
Go to Namuang Safari Park, from there go quad biking, elephant trekking or to go see the “Waterfall number 1” and “Waterfall number 2”, which are more than 80 metres high, located in the middle of the jungle within the central area of the island.
In the same “safari” you may get to see elephants and tigers, in semi-captivity, as well as cubs, and may have the opportunity to play with them.
Shooting Range / Karts / Jet skis / Kite-Surf / Yoga Classes / Bikram Yoga / Muay Thai Classes / Thai cooking classes / basic Thai conversation lessons / Golfing at Santiburi Golf Club
FOR A DRINK:
Koh Samui is a very quiet island but the few night places one can visit are in Chaweng or Lamai, both tourist profile, not too glamorous, so I recommend that you stay and enjoy the hotel lounges.
RESTAURANTS: There is a variety of mouth-watering restaurants in Samui.
– Jahn restaurant in the Conrad Hotel, Thai food in a beautiful setting.
– Nikki Beach Sunday Brunch, a brunch buffet at the restaurant on the beach, which is very popular on Sundays and it is located on the very well-known Nikki Beach.
– The Dining Room at Rocky Resort, candle lit French cuisine looking on to the sea, very romantic.
– Dining on the Rocks at the Six Senses Hotel with panoramic views, this outdoor restaurant offers the best “new Asian food.”
– Prego, the best Italian restaurant on the island.
– 9 Gems, in the Chaweng area, a modern restaurant ideal for cocktails while enjoying dinner and then have a drink in the Lounge.
– Namu at the W Hotel, a fantastic Japanese restaurant. Then have a drink in “Sip” the outdoor lounge of the hotel.
HOTELS: (price and preference)
– Four Seasons: Probably the best hotel on the island. Cascading over green hills to the north of the island, it has an energy and a view which will surely take your breath away.
– Banyan Tree: On Lamai Bay, this boutique hotel, with all the details, has the best cuisine and impeccable service, as well as the best spa on the island.
– W Hotel: The most modern with a young atmosphere and the most spectacular lobby you’ve ever seen! The beach is unbeatable.
– Nikki Beach Residences: They are small huts on the beach, ideal for young people or to go with a group of friends. They are quite affordable (180 € in high season)
– Banyan Tree: is the best spa on the island. The chain began as a luxury spa and have their own training school. Do not miss “The Rainforest”, a hydrothermal rejuvenating experience.
– Four Seasons: it is spectacular both for its treatments and its venue.
– Massage Home & Spa: much cheaper than the previous two and without the magic of the environment, but run by very good professionals.
– Most of the shops are in the Chawang area, though they are mostly souvenir shops.
– Not much to buy in Samui except coconut creams from the palm trees on the island