Informations about the destination
Since backpackers first arrived in Koh Samui in the 1970s, the Thai island has not looked back. In the 1980s the first tourist hotels opened and today the island is a fully equipped resort destination complete with all the facilities and some excellent hotels. Its original charms (swaying palms, starched white beaches and balmy waters) are still very much intact. Koh Samui offers everything from buzzing party beaches through to quiet sheltered coves, as well as myriad watersports, adventure tourism, family attractions and splashes of local colour, making it a justifiably popular Southeast Asian resort island.
Koh Samui boasts myriad great beaches where you can unfurl your towel. The busiest is in the busy resort town of Chaweng. Hat Chaweng, also the island’s largest beach, is fully equipped with sun loungers, sun umbrellas, watersports, beach bars and restaurants. Hat Lamai to the south is in a similar vein though a little quieter. There are many more relaxed stretches of sand dotted around the island with Ao Thong Sai popular with families.
When to travel
Thailand has a tropical climate so it is generally very hot, particularly between March and May with April being the hottest month (30°C/86°F). The monsoon season runs from May/June to October, when the climate is still hot and humid with torrential rains. Rain in the south typically continues until December. The best time for travelling is November to March as the monsoon season is over and the hot temperatures of Thailand’s summer are yet to arrive. The southern islands like Koh Samui are best from June to September where temperatures average around 27/28°C (81/82°F).
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type A, B, C, F and O
VISA, American Express, Mastercard
Thai is the official language. English is widely spoken, especially in establishments catering for tourists.