The best travel tips for Koh Samui

White beaches, countless coconut palms and a sea that shines from turquoise to blue: it is no coincidence that Koh Samui is one of the most famous holiday islands in Thailand. But beaches alone aren’t all that Koh Samui has to offer tourists. There is much more to discover on Thailand’s third largest island. TRAVELBOOK has all the tips.

Long considered “paradise on earth”, Koh Samui was difficult to reach until the late 1980s. Today you can get there from Germany by plane in less than 14 hours. Depending on the season, at least ten flights to Koh Samui depart from Bangkok each day. The flight time is approximately one and a half hours.

Flights from Frankfurt to Bangkok take around eleven hours. From Germany, this connection is considered the fastest and most convenient. However, it is also possible to reach the island by ferry from the mainland, for example from Chumphon and Surat Thani.

Bungalow or Hotel? – Overnight in Koh Samui

The small and simple beach huts, where you can stay overnight for a few euros, are still there, but you have to look for them right away. The former backpacker romance, which has attracted backpackers from around the world for decades, can only be felt in a few places on Koh Samui. Instead, there are increasingly modern luxury resorts and well-equipped bungalows with private beach access.

Depending on the season, wishes and budget, in Koh Samui you pay between 10 and 4000 euros per night.

Beaches of Koh Samui

Chaweng Beach

Chaweng Beach is the most famous beach on Koh Samui and is located in the northwest of the island. You haven’t felt alone for a long time, because here hotels and restaurants are lined up next to each other. In the village of Chaweng there are numerous clubs and discos where people party until the early morning.

There is always something going on: ChawengPhoto: Getty Images

Lamai Beach

Lamai Beach is the second largest beach on Koh Samui after Chaweng and is covered with coconut trees. At low tide, the beautiful white sand beach is very wide and spacious, but swimming is only possible to a limited extent. Although there are numerous hotels and restaurants on Lamai Beach, things are a little quieter here than in Chaweng.

The one kilometer long Lamai beachPhoto: Getty Images

Menam beach

Those who enjoy long walks on the beach will find the right place at Maenam Beach, which is about five kilometers long (see photo above). The beach is mostly quiet and undeveloped in places. There are also some cheaper bungalow complexes here.

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Popular attractions in Koh Samui

Beach and palm trees aren’t all that Koh Samui has to offer tourists. There are also some island attractions that you can explore as part of a guided tour or on your own with a moped or rental car.

The following attractions on Koh Samui are very popular:

great buddha

The twelve meter tall Buddha statue is considered the symbol of Koh Samui. Big Buddha is enthroned on the small island of Koh Fan, which is connected to Koh Samui by a causeway. The statue is part of a temple complex where the monks also live.

Big Buddha Koh Samui
Big Buddha, the landmark of Koh SamuiPhoto: Getty Images

Namuang waterfalls

About ten kilometers from Nathon, the largest village on the island, are the famous Namuang waterfalls. It is possible to swim in the natural pools (rock pools). There is also a water slide at the top of the two falls.

Hin Ta and Hin Yai (Grandpa Rock and Grandma Rock)

Nature has a sense of humor. For example, over time, south of Lamai, it created two rock formations that resemble a female and a male genital. “Nonno” is recognizable from afar, the grandmother is a little under the cliffs. The anatomically detailed slit is bathed in seawater from the surf.

Grandfather Rock, Koh Samui
Popular attraction in Koh Samui: Grandfather RockPhoto: Getty Images

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Day trip to Ang Thong National Marine Park

You should plan at least one day trip to visit Ang Thong National Marine Park. The area is located about 25 kilometers west of Koh Samui and is made up of more than 40 small islands, some of which grow lush rainforests. There are not only lonely beaches and animals like turtles, but coral reefs too. You can get there by ship. Tours can be booked at all travel agencies and most hotels on Koh Samui.

Ang Thong Marine Park in Thailand
Natural paradise around Koh Samui: Ang Thong National Marine ParkPhoto: Getty Images

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(Text: Friederike Ostermeyer)

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