Koh Samui is Thailand's third largest island and the second largest on the eastern coast of Thailand. It is world famous for its long pristine beaches, which attract close to 500,000 travelers every year.
The largest beaches on Koh Samui are Chaweng and Lamai. Chaweng is the more expensive alternative, but if it's a party you're looking after then this is the place to be.
There are also smaller and quieter beaches to explore such as Big Buddha Beach and Bo Phut Beach.
The climate in Koh Samui is similar to the climate in the rest of Thailand, but Koh Samui tends to be drier than the rest of Thailand during the monsoon season and can be a great alternative for travelers visiting Thailand during this period.
Dishes with fish and shellfish are always a good choice on Koh Samui. Along the beaches there are numerous international restaurants, but it is also possible to eat great Thai food at some of the island's local eateries.
If you visit the Great Buddha at Bang Rak you can also shop at the colorful bazaar at the foot of the stairs. There are also several souvenir stalls and friendly cafes that are ideal for a rest between adventures on Koh Samui.
Most travelers visit Koh Samui to enjoy the beautiful beaches. If you are into diving there are plenty of opportunities to join diving day trips and to participate in diving courses here. The north coast of Koh Samui offers powerful directional winds and attracts thousands of windsurfers in the period between December and February. Join a sailing tour and enjoy Koh Samui and the surrounding area from the sea.
The town of Bophut to the north has many great facilities and peaceful beaches that are appreciated especially by families and backpackers. As the majority of visitors stay along the coast, the inland nature of Koh Samui's is an almost untouched gem, with mountains and lush forests.
Other sights and activities on Koh Samui are the Big Buddha and deep-sea fishing and diving.
You can fly directly to Koh Samui Airport from Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Singapore and Hong Kong. Most backpackers travel to Koh Samui by boat from Surat Thani.
It's easy to get around Koh Samui. Rent a motorbike or bicycle, hire a taxi or use the local busses.
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