Koh Samui is one of Thailand's most popular resort islands, with direct plane access from Bangkok, Phuket, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong and a huge range of accommodation, food, shopping and fun activities to choose from.
Famed for its fine beaches and relaxed, tropical lifestyle, Samui offers the ultimate holiday, whether you want to lounge by the pool in a top class resort or head off and discover the spectacular island scenery and intriguing local culture.
As an international destination, Samui is hard to beat in terms of its diverse attractions. There are plenty of sandy beaches around the island but the main tourist area is concentrated around Chaweng Beach. This is just a ten-minute drive from the airport and offers most of the island's top dining, shopping and nightlife options.
Other popular beaches include Lamai Beach, Choeng Mon, Big Buddha Beach and Bophut. Beyond these main tourist centres the island reaches high into the hills where many villa developments have sprung up over the last few years, attracting a sophisticated residential community.
Despite large numbers of international visitors, Samui remains a living Thai island and a strong local culture is part of its appeal, with temples scattered around the villages and traditional local economies such as coconut and fruit farming still prevalent.
Samui offers the best of many worlds. With pleasant surprises in abundance, the island is a true tropical treasure and offers an eclectic international character all of its own.