Koh Samui lies nestled in the Gulf of Thailand, away from the bustling town of Surat Thani, spread over a distance of around 228 sq.km. Areawise, this island is the third-largest island in Thailand. Roads were first built in the 1970s, which made it convenient for travelers to visit one beach after another. This destination has a typical tropical climate with intermittent showers that last for an hour or so is a common feature. The climate is ideal for travel anytime during the year. Considering that the island is well-connected and linked by surface transport, island hopping is also possible.
Koh Samui is connected by air, ferry and car ferries with reliably convenient schedules making travel a breeze. Koh Samui's airport was a private venture by Bangkok Airways. Other air operator that serves this idyllic destination is Thailand's flag carrier, Thai Airways International. Consider flying into Koh Samui on Bangkok Airways if you are on a relaxed budget and well short on time. Consider a ferry or a bus that will connect you to the island from the mainland at convenient intervals. For travel on the island, there are private taxis available for hire. Tourists may note that advance planning is required to avoid any hassles related to car / taxi hire.
Koh Samui was well known for its quaint accommodation options. These have now been replaced with luxury resorts, high-end hotels and villas designed to lure the affluent and the most discerning clientele. Some of the well known accommodation options that tourists can consider include the Chaweng Regent Resort, the Milky Bay Resort, the Fair House Villas and the Centara Grand.
A typical itinerary for Koh Samui would include a healthy dose of activities such as sport fishing, snorkeling, deep-sea scuba diving and sailing followed by a few sessions involving you unwinding at any of the island's innumerable spas. Take some time out to learn a few secrets of authentic Thai cooking at one of the local cooking schools or spend a few hours mastering your putting at the plush golf-courses located island-wide. Koh Samui is well known for a mind-boggling array of remarkably varied options for foodies. There are restaurants and eating joints practically everywhere which serve some lip-smacking cuisine using the freshest ingredients and local produce. Last but not the least, revel with the crowds at Koh Samui bars and hip discotheques that are famous for its parties that go well into the night! Indulge in a bit of shopping at Chaweng or Lamai and expect to find a treasure trove of clothing, accessories, fabrics, jewelery and the like. The atmosphere is relaxed and laid back, so feel free to let your hair down!