Previously an extended coconut plantation and haven for backpackers, Koh Samui is now one of Thailand's most popular holiday destinations and has become a trendy cultural melting pot with sound infrastructure and all the comforts of home. Accommodation attracts everyone from budget travellers to those with a more discerning taste after a luxury villa experience as well as families and couples.
Just 25 km long and 21 km wide, Koh Samui is easy to navigate and ring roads connect the island's beaches and main attractions. Home to an International airport and regular ferry services, there are a number of ways to see the island, with rented motorbikes and scooters being among the most popular.
Koh Samui is unique in its broad appeal and gives it its renowned relaxed atmosphere but what sets it apart is its fantastic range of accommodation, nightlife, picturesque scenery, activities and attractions. The list of attractions is as diverse as the island itself and ranges from mummified monks and famous grandma and grandpa rocks to cascading waterfalls.
Whether you're a culture buff or an intrepid adventurer, Koh Samui holidays have something for you. Religious imagery and architecture abounds and the Big Buddha is one of the most visited attractions. For those after a bit more action, you can try everything from golfing, horse riding, fishing, sailing and diving to mountain biking, elephant trekking, go karting and bungee jumping.
Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui is home to some of the best dive sites in the world and between March and August, conditions are at their absolute best. The island's tropical monsoon climate also make for the perfect whether for exploring the island's stunning natural habitat with temperatures generally averaging 28°C.