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Ko Samui Tourist Attractions Southern Thailand

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Ko Samui (Island)

Covering an area of 427 square kilometers, Ko Samui is the third largest island in Thailand. It is rich with natural resources, white sandy beaches, coral reefs and coconut trees. 

InformationKoh Samui
Area:228.7 km2
Administration:Divided into 7 sub-districts (tambon)
Transportation:Samui Airport (Bangkok Airways), Car and Passenger Ferries
Tours:Around the Island, ATV Adventure, Scuba Diving, 4x4 Jeep Mountain Ride, Thai Cooking Class, Kayaking and Snorkeling, Fishing Tours, Namuang Safari Park, Full Moon Party, Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan, Koh Tan and Koh Mudsum (Coral Island), Island Cruises, Angthong National Marine Park and many more
Water Sports:Flyboarding, Sailing, Wakeboarding, Scuba Diving, Kite Boarding and Kite Surfing, Big Game Fishing, Jet Ski, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding,
Climate:Tropical savanna climate
Location:Gulf of Thailand
Archipelago: Chumphon Archipelago
Province:Surat Thani Province
Region:Southern Thailand

The dynamic tourism industry on Ko Samui has everything to offer to suit any taste, be that trekking in the wild, diving, snorkeling, windsurfing or even joining the nightlife entertainment.
Ko Samui is located some 84 kilometers east of the provincial capital. 
The island measures some 21 kilometers at its widest point and 25 kilometers at its longest. There is a 51 kilometer ring and largely coastal road encircles the island.

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Tourist attractions and places of interest in Ko Samui (Island), Thailand

An archipelago of 42 islands Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park

Traveling around Koh Samui

Traveling around the coastline of Koh Samui by boat is undoubtedly the best way to see the fantastic beaches, bays and spectacular coastal scenery of the island. The sickle shaped beach of Lamai in the south of Samui is held in high esteem by many island visitors.

Ko Samui Tourist Attractions

Attractions in Ko Samui

Attractions in Koh Samui

Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo Ko Samui, Big Buddha, Buddha Footprints, Butterfly Garden, Hin Ta and Hin … Attractions in Koh Samui

Beaches in Ko Samui

Beaches in Koh Samui

Chaweng Beach, Lamai Beach, Mae Nam Beach, Five islands Beach, Bo Phut Beach, Laem Sor Beach, etc. … Beaches in Koh Samui

Waterfalls in Koh Samui

Waterfalls in Koh Samui

Hin Lat Waterfall, Khao Yai Waterfall, Namuang 1 Waterfall etc. … Waterfalls in Koh Samui

Temples in Koh Samui

Temples in Koh Samui

Wat Chaweng Temple, Wat Hainan Temple, Wat Khiri Wongkaram, Wat Khumaram (Mummified Monk) etc. … Temples in Koh Samui

Viewpoints in Koh Samui

Viewpoints in Koh Samui

Lad Koh Viewpoint, The Hill etc. … Viewpoints in Koh Samui

Nightlife in Koh Samui

Nightlife in Koh Samui

Chaweng Beach Nightlife, Lamai Beach, Fisherman's Village Nightlife etc. … Nightlife in Koh Samui

Villages in Koh Samui

Villages in Koh Samui

Muslim Village, Nathon Town, Bophut's Fisherman's Village etc. … Villages in Koh Samui

Getting Koh Samui by Bus

The bus is the cheapest but least comfortable option to get to Samui. Buses leave from Bangkok's Southern bus terminal and take around 12-13 hours, again it is well worth avoiding any hassle by buying a combination ticket. Expect to pay around 800 baht for a VIP bus*, and certainly spending a few baht more can help to make your journey a little more comfortable. It is possible to get private bus services from Khao San Road, but their reliability and quality tends to vary hugely.


It is worth taking the overnight bus, as you may get more peace on board when the video gets switched off. You can get a bus or combo ticket at relatively short notice at one of dozens of travel agents on the Khao San road or in the Sukhumwit area. Alternatively take a taxi to the Southern Bus Terminus (across the Chao Phraya river), where buses leave hourly to the South, between 6am and 9pmSimilar multi-leg arrangements can easily be made from travel agents in Phuket and Krabi and even on Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta.


*First class air-conditioned buses leave Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal daily. There are also “Super VIP” buses with only 30 seats operated by private companies and 1st class super VIP buses with 24 seats.

Amazing Beaches in Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park

Ko Samui Golf Courses, Golf Clubs

Ko Samui Golf Courses, Golf Clubs

18 hole Golf Courses and Clubhouse, Golf facilities, Golf Course Design, photo galleries … Ko Samui Golf Courses, Golf Clubs

Get Your Motor Running, Road Trip to Koh Samui

Get Your Motor Running, Road Trip to Koh Samui

When you consider the only other option is a flight onto the island, driving becomes a bit more reasonable … Villages in Koh Samui

Weather in Ko Samui, Thailand

Weather in Ko Samui

Humidity, Wind, Visibility, Pressure, Weather this week, Current Weather, Maximum Temperature … Check the Weather in Ko Samui

History of Koh Samui

The island was probably first inhabited about 15 centuries ago, settled by fishermen from the Malay Peninsula and Southern China. It appears on Chinese maps dating back to 1687, under the name Pulo Cornam.

The name Samui is mysterious in itself. Perhaps it is an extension of the name of one of the native trees, mui, or from the Malay word Saboey, meaning "safe haven”. Ko is the Thai word for "island". Until the late 20th century, Koh Samui was an isolated self-sufficient community, having little connection with the mainland of Thailand.

The island was even without roads until the early 1970s, and the 15 km journey from one side of the island to the other involved a whole-day trek through the mountainous central jungles. Koh Samui has a population of about fifty-five thousand and is based primarily on a successful tourist industry, as well as exports of coconut and Durian (Tropical fruit).

Snorkeling in Mu Ko Ang Thong Marine National Park

Islands near Koh Samui, Perfect for a Day Trip, Kayaking and Snorkeling

Mu Ko Ang Thong Marine National Park, Surat Thani, Southern Thailand

Mu Koh Ang Thong Marine National Park

This comprises some 40 islands about 20 kilometers or two hours by boat northwest of Samui … Mu Ko Ang Thong Marine National Park 42 islands

Ko Tao, Surat Thani, Southern Thailand

Koh Tao (island) in the Gulf of Thailand

Situated 60 kimometers off the coast of Chumpon but falling under the jurisdiction of Surat Thani, Ko Tao lies 45km … Koh Tao, Turtle Island

Ko Phang Nga, Surat Thani, Southern Thailand

Koh Phangan (island) famous for its Full Moon Party

This popular 191-square-kilometre island is situated 20 kilometers north of Ko Samui or 100 kilometers … Koh Phang Nga in the Gulf of Thailand

Tourist attractions and places of interest in Surat Thani, Southern Thailand