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Samui

A True gem of the Thai Gulf

Samui, one of Asia's leading island destinations, is an ideal playground of lush tropical charms, fluffy white sand fronting the azure sea, and the endless sight of coconut trees that go on forever into the island from the beach. 

Not only is Samui filled with natural beauty, tourists are never short of things to do if they are ready to explore. With that relaxed island slant, Bo Phut Beach in the north is a perfect place to experience the local laid-back lifestyle. For an exciting family time, the well-trained animals of Samui Monkey Theatre put several shows on daily. Samui Snake Farm, Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo are other family friendly activities on offer.

A one-day trip of snorkelling in the sea of Samui promises to be unforgettable, if you have a penchant for marine life. One of the best spots is only a short boat ride away at Ang Thong Marine Park. 

As the day draws to a close, climb up on a rooftop with a drink in hand to see the 360-degree view of Samui sunset, forgetting about the world back home.

Hau Thanon and Na-Torn Beach

In a quiet corner of south Samui, Hau Thanon and Na-Torn Beach paint a charming local atmosphere over a century-old residential area of Buddhists, Thai-Chinese and Muslims. If shopping among the locals is your thing, on Saturday nights, the long street of Na-Torn teems with vendors selling almost everything imaginable. It is a glimpse into the original island life before mass tourism arrived. 

Chaweng Beach

The most popular beach, the nearly 7-kilometre stretch of white sand is home to a wide range of international and boutique resorts, catering to all tastes and budgets. At night, Chaweng comes alive with candlelight, neon and restaurants by the sea, while on the main road clubs and pubs burst with a more urban lifestyle.

Fisherman Village

Fisherman Village in Bo Phut is another spot that has risen in popularity in recent years. It stretches beyond Samui for being the most elegant and well-preserved place on the island. Lined by old wooden Chinese shop-houses interspersed with a few modern buildings that match the tone, it retains a unique atmosphere of the Samui of old. Mixed in among the shops are several boutiques, selling high quality clothing and jewellery - a true paradise for chic shopaholics, especially on every Friday nights when the whole area is turned into a nightly carnival of shopping and snacking on Walking Street.

Hin Ta Hin Yai (Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks)

Legend has it that centuries ago an elderly couple drowned at sea, got washed up on the shore and then turned into a couple of fascinating-looking rock formations. No wonder this place situated on Lamai Beach is one of the most-photographed spots on the island, especially during the breathtakingly beautiful sunset. 

Na Muang waterfall

Na Muang waterfall is the most beautiful waterfall in KohSamui and is located in the heart of the island. Surrounded by mountains and lush tropical jungles, it is the perfect place for elephant trekking.

Angthong Marine National Park

Take 40 small pristine islands, add thousands of square kilometres of shimmering water, white sandy beaches and world-famous diving sites including around Koh Tao, and you have Angthong Marine National Park. With towering limestone mountains, thick jungle, fertile mangroves, waterfalls and hidden coves and lakes, it is a must destination within sight of Koh Samui.

WatYai temple

Before leaving the island, ensure you pay a visit to WatYai temple and appreciate the twelve metre tall Big Buddha. Tourists can climb up the steep steps and experience the splendid views of the immaculate beaches and the unique exotic airport.

Samui's dining scene

At the mere mention of Samui, its reputation as a culinary hotspot is second to none. Everywhere on the island is a sure bet for good eating, whether you are dining on small local dishes or ordering fancy seafood feasts. For local food tastebuds, must-trys include kaeng kua hed loop (mushroom yellow curry), wai kua (squid simmered in coconut milk) and yum hoi joh (local clam with spicy mango salad).

Fastest way to Koh Samui

Thought Samui was too far? Think again. After only an hour-long flight with Bangkok Airways, you can enjoy the sea, sun and smiles that Samui has to offer all-year long. Despite its short flight, the renowned inflight service of Bangkok Airways surely will keep you comfortable.

Samui Airport is a low-rise structure with charming thatched roofs, tall fine pillars made of palm tree, wooden and rattan walls that allow the breeze in its cool open structure.

Aside from its impressive structure and interior, Bangkok Airways' award-winning Boutique Lounge welcomes its passengers with a wide selection of snacks, hot and cold beverages and Thai sweets to enjoy. 

In 2010, Samui Airport and Bangkok Airways were ranked among world's Best Airports Worldwide Polls from online travel magazine Smart Travel Asia

Connecting Samui to the world

Despite the allure of a long vacation on Samui, other destinations also offer plenty of attractions only a few hours away, whether it will be Bangkok, Phuket,Krabi,Pattaya (U-Tapao), Chiang Mai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Hong Kong. Let Bangkok Airways fly you direct out from KohSamui, wherever your journey takes you to.

Route Round trip
Hong Kong - Samui 3,940 HKD*

*Not valid on HKG-USM PG874/876 and USM-HKG PG873

Route One way (All Inclusive)
Chiang Mai - Samui 5,790 THB
Samui - Chiang Mai 3,190 THB
Route One way
Samui - Phuket 3,600 THB
Phuket - Samui 3,400 THB
Route Starting from
Bangkok - Samui 3,400 THB
Samui - Bangkok 3,600 THB
Route Round trip
Singapore - Samui 280 SGD
Route One way
Samui - Krabi 3,600 THB
Krabi - Samui 3,350 THB
Route One Way Round Trip
Samui - Kuala Lumpur - Samui 7,000 THB 6,150 THB
Route Round Trip
Kuala Lumpur - Samui - Kuala Lumpur 530 MYR
Route One Way Round Trip
Samui - Singapore - Samui 8,000 THB 9,200 THB
Route One Way Round Trip
Samui - Hong Kong - Samui 8,790 THB* 16,500 THB*

*Not valid on HKG-USM PG874/876 and USM-HKG PG873

Route One way
Pattaya - Samui 3,940 THB
Samui - Pattaya 4,190 THB
Route Round Trip
Mumbai-Bangkok-Samui 20,400 INR*
Route Round Trip
Currency : USD
Vientiane-Bangkok-Samui 308
Route Round Trip
Currency : USD
Phnom Penh-Bangkok-Samui 258
Route Round Trip
Currency : USD
Siem Reap-Bangkok-Samui 390

Quick Facts


  • Currency

    Thai Baht (THB)
  • Electricity/Socket Adaptor

    220V 50Hz
  • Language

    Thai, English
  • Time zone

    UTC +7
  • Tel code

    +66 2
  • Religion

    Buddhism

Weather


  • JUN - NOV

    Rainy season - wet and humid
    30°C - 35°C
    Prepare for rainy days
  • DEC - FEB

    Cool season - breezy evenings and comfortable weather
    26°C - 30°C
    Great time for sightseeing
  • MAR - MAY

    Hot season - sunny and blazing hot
    30°C - 40°C
    Bring plenty of water when out and about
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