Koh Samui (Samui Island) is a popular resort island in the Gulf of Thailand with stunning beaches and plenty of fun activities. This cosmopolitan beach destination attracts a wide range of visitors, from budget travelers staying in simple beachside bungalows to the wealthiest vacationers enjoying the luxury of one of the many 5-star resorts and villas on Koh Samui.

There are 3 main beach towns on Samui island, each offering different experiences. From the hustle and bustle of Chaweng Beach to the lively yet relaxed atmosphere of Lamai Beach and the timeless feel of Bophut's Fisherman's Village, Koh Samui is unique among Thailand's islands in maintaining a broad appeal for many types of visitors. 

What to see & do in Koh Samui

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Koh Samui attractions extend beyond the beautiful beaches the island is known for, though they are definitely attractive in their own right. If you want a break from all of that lounging in the sand, though, there are a host of unusual things to see, which make the most of the island’s unique culture and charms. Many of the best things to do in Koh Samui lean more towards low key, natural attractions,...

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Where & what to eat in Koh Samui

The sheer quantity and variety of Koh Samui restaurants ensure that you need never go hungry anywhere on the island. From delicious local snacks to international 5-star cuisine, every taste is catered to. No matter where you're from or what food you like, you'll find it somewhere on Samui for you. The range of restaurants, cafés, street stalls, beach vendors, bakeries and local places to eat is huge. Head to Chaweng Beach for...

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Where to shop & what to buy in Koh Samui

Shopping in Koh Samui is diverse, with hundreds of bargains to be found around the island. While almost every corner of the island has a store worth visiting, the main shopping sites are Chaweng, Lamai and Nathon. Chaweng offers the most choice and Lamai has a nice range of quirky little stores, but Nathon usually has the cheapest deals. The shopping scene in Thailand is famous for the wide variety of...

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Where to go & what to do at night in Koh Samui

Koh Samui nightlife is famous for being one of the best in Thailand, if not the world. The island’s full moon parties are legendary and continue to attract an endless stream of visitors keen to party on the soft white sand until the break of day. The wealth and variety of discos, clubs and beer bars is also a major pull, bringing a lively young crowd of revelers. There is a...

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Useful information

Gather as much information about Koh Samui as you can ahead of your visit, so that you're prepared for your trip and ready to experience the best of the island. The same could be said of anywhere in the world, but the best way to get the most out of your time on Koh Samui is to do your research. The comprehensive guides below should give you all of the local knowledge you’ll need. Although Koh...

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Where to stay in Koh Samui

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