Known for its clear water sand white sands, the island draws in beach lovers and party goers alike. It’s also a family resort island where many of the hotels offer swimming pools on the beach front so the days can be spent soaking in the rays and cooling off in the pool or ocean. There several things to see on the island apart from the beaches, there are the Buddha statues, the elephant trekking, and rainforests. For the more adventurous there is a tour that takes toy zip lining, quad biking, elephant trekking, and into a waterfall.

Koh Samui

 

How to get to Koh Samui

 

There are many way to get to Koh Samui and from many places.

From Bangkok:

  • Fly direct to Koh Samui Airport

    • Bangkok Airways

    • Thai Airlines

  • Bus + Ferry ( different ferry’s go to different piers)

    • Lomprayah

    • Seatran ferry

      • Pick up from the Lomprayah office on Koh san road at 6am (5.50am for registration)

      • 7 hour bus journey to Chumphon pier

      • Catamaran to Koh Samui, (first stops in Koh Tao, Koh Samui and then Koh Phangan)

      • Once at the jetty in Koh Samui, you can get a taxi to you accommodation, or you can pay a little extra with Lomprayah (100 Bhat/pp) and they will do a door to door transfer.

From Koh Toa

  • Ferry – there are a few ferries that run from Koh Tao

    • Seatran

    • Lomprayah

      • Catamaran to Koh Samui, (and then goes to Koh Phangan)

      • Once at the jetty in Koh Samui, you can get a taxi to you accommodation, or you can pay a little extra with Lomprayah (100 Bhat/pp) and they will do a door to door transfer.

From Surat Thani

  • There several companies again that go from Surat Thani and Surat Thani airport.

    • Seatran

    • Lomprayah

      • Catamaran to Koh Samui, (and then goes to Koh Phangan)

      • Once at the jetty in Koh Samui, you can get a taxi to you accommodation, or you can pay a little extra with Lomprayah (100 Bhat/pp) and they will do a door to door transfer.

Once on the island there are several ways to get to you hotel

  • Taxi - Licenced taxi are pink in colour and will have a number on the side.

  • Minivan – Shared car so will wait for it to fill up

    • Lomprayah offer a really good service

  • Tuk Tuk

  • Car Rental – You can rent a car on the island, there are lots of local companies that you can rent from.

  • Scooter – Everyone seems to be renting scooters, if your not with a baby it the best way to see he island

Where to stay in Koh Samui

  • Chewang Beach – This is the busiest and most popular beach as the water is the calmest and the beaches are clean. The most hotels are based here and is popular for hits nightlife. Hotels are varied in price here depending on what want.

 

  • Chewang Noi – Chewing Noi, is the quieter side of chewing beach, there are more resort type hotels in this area. About a 20 minute walk for the main town area. But still plenty of eateries and bars here

 

  • Lamai Beach – This is where the luxury hotels are based, you will have to get the hotel transfer of tuk tuk to the night life of the island in Chewang beach.

 

  • Boput Beach - This is where the small fisherman’s village is located, the beaches here are nice, but not as clear at the Chewang beach beaches. Close by is some temples and he big Buddha

 

What to do in Koh Samui with children

Koh Samui offers something for everyone. You come to the island to relax and have a good time, there is culture, relaxing, swimming, diving, partying.

The best thing to do is to hire a car or moped depending on your preference and just drive around the island to visit the sites mentioned below. Using a tour guide or taxi will be expensive!

  • Beaches are all around the island

    • Chewang Beach

    • Bophut beach

    • Lamai Beach

    • Nathon + Lipa Noi

    • Bang Po

 

  • Water sports – Jet skis, parasailing, jet boarding etc. mostly available on Chewang Beach.

 

  • Night Market - Walk through the daily night markets along Chewang beach that sell all the usual souvenirs and clothing, or stop at the many food stalls and more upmarket restaurants

  • Lady Boy Caberat Show - Watch the Lady Boys dance to popular chart music, they put on a very good show. 

 

  • Chewang night life

    • Bars

    • Restaurants

    • Lady boy cabaret shows (very good with family)

    • Beach bars

      • Enjoy fire throwers putting on a performance up and down the beach

      • ArkBar

 

  • Elephant Trekking / Quad biking - There are daily tours you can buy from your hotel or the many tour agencies dotted along Chewang Beach.

 

  • Waterfalls - These are included in the elephant trekking tours but if you want more time there you can hire a car and visit them yourself.

 

  • Buddha Temples and shrines

    • Big Buddha

    • Wat Plain Laem

    • Mummified Monk

    • Wat Phra Yai

  • Diving (PADI open water course) - You can do you course here but why not visit Koh Tao there are much better dive sites

 

  • Koh Phangan - Full and half-moon Parties (not good for children). It is a beautiful island to visit, but twice a month it turns into huge outdoor night club on the beach.

  • Cooking classes – Learn how to make 3-4 traditional Thai dishes. They are very easy to make once you know how.

 

  • Muay Thai boxing – Watch a Muay Thai Boxing match, they fight almost every night and you can see them in action

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