Thailand’s third largest island, Koh Samui is nestled into the Gulf of Thailand to the country’s east. Its alluring combination of white sandy beaches, sophisticated dining options and luxury spas brings in a slightly more upmarket crowd than other Thai nearby islands, but it is the rugged beauty of Koh Samui that still shines through.
Koh Samui’s tourism industry began after it was “discovered” by a couple of backpackers back in the 1970s, and as word got out, a steady stream of visitors started arriving. From a coconut-farming rural community to one of Southeast Asia’s slickest island resorts, Koh Samui’s transition has been a rapid one.
You can laze on the pristine sands of Chaweng Beach or Lamai Beach, then shop for souvenirs in the markets of Nathon Town. Away from the luxury beachfront resorts and tourist bustle, Koh Samui is home to beautiful temples, impressive rock formations, and a mountainous interior, with plenty of shore excursions to keep adventurous travelers busy.
Take in the spectacular Hin Ta and Hin Yai rock formations (otherwise known as “Grandpa” and “Grandma”) and learn the legend behind their formation, or visit the island’s hidden temples to uncover the local Buddhist culture. You can even head up into the mountains on a 4WD safari to visit beautiful waterfalls, ride an elephant, and taste local produce at a rural farm.
Koh Samui is also the launching point for island hopping excursions to the spectacular Angthong National Marine Park, renowned for its abundant coral reefs, as well as Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan, where the snorkeling and diving are world-renowned.
Whatever your island dreams, Koh Samui’s palm-backed beaches, rugged mountains, and vibrant nightlife combine to make it an idyllic Thai island getaway, and our shore excursions are the perfect way to explore everything it has to offer.