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Koh Samui Holidays

Dip your toes into soft white sand and the alluring blue waters of the best beaches in Koh Samui, which are a major attraction for discerning holidaymakers to this tranquil island. Amid the natural beauty you can indulge in exclusive resorts and ensure that Koh Samui holidays are just as relaxed or action-packed as you choose.

Whether you want a bustling or deserted beach, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to choosing the right Koh Samui beach for you to relax on. Chaweng Beach on the east coast is one of the most popular, with watersports, bars and beach parties. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Taling Ngam in the west of Koh Samui is virtually footprint-free and backed by virgin jungle.

Sun-kissed shores on Koh Samui holidays

Beyond the beach, Koh Samui island also offers a taste of appealing Thai culture, from mouthwatering cuisine to cultural sites, including impressively decorated temples and unusual rock formations that have become part of local legends.

There is no shortage of things to do in Koh Samui – explore the island on hiking and cycling trails, go kite surfing on the calm, blue waters surrounding the island, or spend an afternoon or evening shopping at Fisherman’s Village walking street in Bophut, in the north east.

Koh Samui island is part of the Chumphon Archipelago, which also includes the perennially popular Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. Each island its own individual style and ambience, so why not visit all of them during your Koh Samui holidays?

Flights to Koh Samui from Bangkok only take one hour, so after an exciting city break you can be relaxing on one of the best beaches in Koh Samui before you know it.

Destination Highlights
  • Visit the neighbouring islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao for relaxed vibes and world-class diving and snorkelling
  • Tuck into a Thai food cooking class at the excellent SITCA (Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts)
  • Head to the exquisite Ang Thong National Marine Park, the location inspiration for Alex Garland’s novel, The Beach
  • Head to Wat Phra Yai - the Big Buddha Temple - on a tiny island offshore, which is one of the most popular things to do in Koh Samui

Our favourite hotels

For your Koh Samui holiday, whether you fancy an all-inclusive hotel or the ease of your own exclusive villa, we can help you find your dream accommodation to rest your head in Koh Samui.

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Melati Beach Resort and Spa

Thongson Bay

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 €1,439  pp

Melati Beach Resort and Spa
Swimming pool

Amari Koh Samui

Chaweng Beach

H&J Rating
Amari Koh Samui
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Centara Villas Samui

Natien Beach

H&J Rating
Centara Villas Samui
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Chaweng Regent Beach Resort

Chaweng Beach

H&J Rating
Chaweng Regent Beach Resort

Time Zone

+7 GMT

Flight Time

There are various indirect carriers which operate in conjunction with Bangkok Airways from the UK and offer a daily service to Koh Samui from Bangkok. In addition Bangkok Airways operates a daily service from Chiang Mai, Phuket and Krabi to Koh Samui.

Currency

Thai Baht

Visa Information

Irish citizens do not need to obtain a visa for stays under 30 days.

Language

Thai - but English is widely spoken

Health Information

No mandatory vaccinations required.

You’re going to love Koh Samui. The second largest island in Thailand, you can count on a holiday that’s rich in glorious temples, cosmopolitan towns and fantastic hotels. You won’t be able to get enough of its gorgeous beaches and you’re within reach of the stunning Ang Thong National Park which promises incredible island hopping adventures. Don’t miss the 12 metre-tall Big Buddha statue which hosts many key cultural events including the energetic water festival known as Songkran, or Thai New Year.

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    Cooking Class - Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts

    Learn all the skills you need to cook one of Asia’s most varied and fascinating cuisines with Thai expert chefs.

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    Around Samui Island by land

    See the highlights of this fantastic island in one day.

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    Angthong National park by Speedboat

    Visit this amazing national park which is composed of more than 40 islands with lush rainforests, white sandy beaches, limestone cliffs and off shore reefs.

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    Wildlife

    Thailand is undoubtedly a nature lover's dream location.

  • Wat Phra Yai Koh Samui

    Big Buddha

    Visit the famous 12-metre high golden Buddha.

Select month

Average weather in January

Best travel weather

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Koh Samui
28ºC
90mm

Average weather in February

Best travel weather

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Koh Samui
29ºC
30mm

Average weather in March

Best travel weather

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Koh Samui
31ºC
30mm

Average weather in April

Best travel weather

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Koh Samui
32ºC
80mm

Average weather in May

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Avg. rainfall
Koh Samui
33ºC
160mm

Average weather in June

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Koh Samui
32ºC
100mm

Average weather in July

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Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Koh Samui
32ºC
120mm

Average weather in August

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Koh Samui
32ºC
100mm

Average weather in September

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Koh Samui
31ºC
130mm

Average weather in October

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Avg. temp
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Koh Samui
30ºC
290mm

Average weather in November

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Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Koh Samui
29ºC
430mm

Average weather in December

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Koh Samui
29ºC
150mm
  • Charlotte, Destination Specialist

    Charlotte

    Destination Specialist

    “Beware of the Durian fruit. This Asian speciality has an unusual taste (to say the least) and such a strong smell that many hotels forbid you to bring them onto the premises."

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    Katie

    Destination Specialist

    “I love Fisherman’s Village in Bophut, Koh Samui. There are many restaurants, shops and bars – but the best night is Friday night when they have their night market.”

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Koh Samui holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.

 

  • Songkran

    Every April the Thai people celebrate the incoming New Year with joy at the Songkran festival. It’s a time to visit temples and splash each other with a lot of water.

     

Frequently Asked Questions

Koh Samui’s beaches run from bustling white-sand stretches to deserted golden swathes. Chaweng Beach on the east coast is one of the most popular, with watersports, bars and beach parties. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Taling Ngam out west is virtually footprint-free and backed by virgin jungle.

A flight is the quickest way to get from Bangkok to Koh Samui – the journey takes just over an hour. You’ll arrive at Samui Airport in the northern part of the island. You can also get to Koh Samui by bus, train and ferry, although the journey time is significantly longer.

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