About Koh Samui

Koh Samui (also known as Ko Samui or simply Samui, as it is referred to by locals), is an island belonging to Suratthani Province, off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus in Thailand, close to the town of Surat Thani on the mainland. It is Thailand's second largest island, with an area of 228.7 km² and a permanent population of approximately 55,000.

Koh Samui is steeped in traditional Thai history and culture. The island was first inhabited in the 15th century.

Up until the early 1970's there were no roads - a 15km journey from one side of the island to the other took a whole day trekking.

Koh Samui has been a backpackers destination since late 70's. Today, tourists from the whole world go to this easygoing "paradise".

It is surrounded by more than sixty other islands, some small and inhabited, some are larger such as Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.

Today visitors to Koh Samui can enjoy its cultural charm, the warmth and hospitality of the Thailand people.

Whilst developed Koh Samui is not over developed, it retains its natural beauty, serene beaches, private coves perfect for a private picnic lunch as well Koh Samui offers superb Thai and international cuisine, food to die for!

Whether you are seeking a private island retreat, a family fun vacation, a sporting adventure or a mix of good times and good vibes - come and visit Koh Samui... you will not be disappointed!

Things to do in Koh Samui

Santiburi Golf Club, Maenam

Santiburi Samui Country Club is a championship golf course landscaped on the mountain of Samui Island. Each of the 18 holes on this 6,930 yards, par-72 course, has its own unique character and challenges. From steep uphill and downhill slopes to winding fairways that cuts into the coconut forest to cliffs and mountain creeks, Santiburi Samui Country Club is simply one of the most unique golf course that is built in perfect harmony with its natural settings...

The Santiburi Samui Country Club is Koh Samui's first golf course and promises to provide both challenge and charm with a lush tropical setting and spectacular views across Mae Nam Bay. Waterfalls and creeks run through the land adding lush, natural beauty with the hills providing a serene backdrop.

Visit the Santiburi Golf Club website

Beaches - two we recommend

Most beaches have white sand and are fringed with coconut palms. Many resorts and hotels are located just a couple of meters from the beach. The most popular beaches are:


A 7 km long beach in the North-East of Samui. The most well-known and developed, but also one of the best. For many visitors to Koh Samui Chaweng is perfect - full of activities, water sport rentals, get a massage on the beach, eat lunch outdoors or just enjoy a cocktail or two.


Not far as long as Chaweng but more quite and some people would say charming. The Southern part of the beach is somehow more inviting than the Northern, because there are not so much stones and corals there.


Koh Samui, Koh Tan and Koh Tao has many excellent diving sites. There are many schools who provide professional education. Snorkeling and wave diving is also fun. You can buy equipment in many diving shops on Koh Samui and Koh Tao.


Samui offers a wide variety of traditional Thai cuisine as well as internationally acclaimed restaurants. Some of the most breathtaking views can be enjoyed whilst sitting and having lunch or dinner.

Nightlife - bars

Koh Samui provides for entertainment every night of the week. Along Chaweng Beach and the main shopping road of Chaweng you will find loads of bars, pubs (German and English pubs included) and some excellent nightclubs/discos.

Other things to do include:

  • Go Kart riding
  • Bungy Jumping
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Magic Garden
  • Thai Boxing

For further information we recommend visiting the Thailand Tourism Website: www.tourismthailand.org.

Getting around the island

There are many way to get around on the island, we however advise to either rent a Car or Mini Van (private driver optional)

More information about Koh Samui can be found at http://www.kohsamui.org/samui

Koh Samui Thailand
Koh Samui Thailand
Koh Samui Thailand