Tropical Ko Samui is the largest, and most well known of the island’s off Thailand’s south-eastern coast line. It is easy to get around with a wealth of nightlife and shopping but also with the option of quiet, idyllic resorts. There are some terrific hotels on Ko Samui ranging from the small and boutique to huge resorts. It is a larger island than some people realise, with somewhat lively nightlife in some locations, particularly along Chaweng Beach, so choosing your location carefully is key. Our consultants are more than happy to help with this.
Off to the north of Ko Samui is Ko Pha-ngan, a less developed island surrounded by coves of warm turquoise sea. Previously known as a backpacker hang out, there are now a few well priced and good quality resorts. Ko Pha-ngan is famous for the monthly full moon party on Hat Rin Beach – a great party and not to be missed, if you like dance music! The island also has some lovely relaxed spots and some good value resorts.
Nearby is Ko Tao, a quiet smaller island fringed by coral reefs and an abundance of marine life. It is a perfect destination for divers and snorkellers or those wanting to learn to dive. We love the laid back charm of this island and the island retains much of the charm that attracted intrepid travellers in the first place. Choosing the right resort is important, though most will be dominated by divers during the season.
Hotels in the region
Zazen Boutique Resort, Koh Samui Island
Unique beach resort in great location
Haad Tien , Koh Tao Island
Boutique hotel in one of Thailand's most beautiful spots; a sheltered beach on Koh Tao.
Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood
A truly indulgent luxury resort on the island of Koh Kood along Thailand's east coast.
Sripakpra Resort, Phatthalung
A stilted resort sitting over Songkhla Lake. Rooms are light, modern and overlook the water, with lovely facilities and excursions on offer.