With clear blue sea, soft white sand, and gently swaying palm trees, Koh Samui welcomes more than a million visitors each year and is seen by many as the ultimate beach destination in Thailand. It’s home to some of the Kingdom’s most luxurious resorts, with upmarket hotels, plush spas, world-class international cuisine and swanky beach bars nestled amongst the rows of coconut palms that fringe the beach – local law states that buildings must remain lower than the nearest palm, ensuring the island isn’t spoilt by unsightly development.
Many of the beaches offer watersports, snorkelling and scuba diving, and there are opportunities for enjoying yoga, sampling Muay Thai, trying your hand at Thai cookery, and playing a round or two of golf.
The island caters for all budgets, from luxury to backpacker and it’s a great base for exploring the nearby islands of Koh Pha Ngan, Koh Tao and the aquamarine waters and dazzling nature of the Ang Thong National Marine Park.
Our Spin: Koh Samui is lovingly known as coconut island, given the number of coconut plantations it has, so if you're going to try fresh coconut anywhere then this is the place to do it. If you stop by at the right time you may even have your coconut handpicked fresh by a local, furry, employee... a monkey!"