Tropical Koh Samui is the largest, and most well known of the island’s off Thailand’s south-eastern coastline. It is easy to get around; with a wealth of nightlife, great food and shopping, with the option of quiet, idyllic resorts further away from the airport on the northern and western coastlines. Despite the extensive development, a local law stating that no building is allowed to be taller than the closest coconut palm, has helped preserve a picturesque shoreline.
Home to some of the best luxury resorts, the island can easily be reached with plenty of ferry connections and flights into its international airport.
Koh Samui is a great base to go off and explore the neighbouring islands of Koh Tao and Koh Phangan as well as the Ang Thong National Marine Park. Aside from lazing on one of the many beaches, you can venture into the jungle-clad interior and sample delicious Thai food all over the island. You will find some western shops and chain restaurants, which should be avoided at all costs.
Samui is larger than people realise, with somewhat lively nightlife in some locations, particularly along Chaweng Beach. Choosing your location is key. Speak to our Thailand experts to discover the best location and resort to suit your needs.
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