Koh Samui: Introduction
Sitting in the warm, clear waters of the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui is Thailand’s second largest island and until the 1970s was without roads and tourist development. Even after thirty-five years of growth, Koh Samui is the closest many of us will ever have to a true desert island experience, though desert is probably a misnomer given the mountainous central jungles. With white sandy beaches, coral reefs, beautiful lagoons and swaying coconut trees that loll down to the shoreline, a family holiday here is one that will be remembered forever.
Reasons to visit
From its early hippy beginnings Koh Samui has been moving up-market and there is something for everyone here. From the sun seekers soaking up the rays in their swimsuits and jet-ski riders tackling the waves, to young Thai’s offering coconuts and mangoes to the people on the beach and finally the relative tranquillity of the deserted coves where meditation and serenity can be found. Everything about a package holiday to Koh Samui is memorable, particularly the cuisine, from the Malay influenced noodle dishes to the southern Indian influences in the delicious Massaman Curry.
Things to see & do
Koh Samui is ideal for those wanting a pampered break as there is an abundance of spas and massages and those on a family holiday can enjoy elephant trekking, sailing, diving, golf or take a visit to the picturesque waterfalls. With accommodation available at Bo Phut Beach, Chaweng, Choeng Mon Beach, Lamai Beach and Mae Nam the visitors to this stunning island will never be far from the lapping waves as they step out of their rooms and bungalows onto the beach or enjoy their breakfast of exotic fruits under thatched-roofed gazebos with their feet in the soft sand.
There’s plenty for kids to do on Koh Samui if they ever get bored of the beach. There are trips out to the Angthong National Marine Park where they can paddle kayaks around the small islets and explore the coves and caves. Alternatively take a trip up the mountain to Paradise Park Farm and visit the animals and birds or take a swim in the mountain top infinity pool. There is the excellent Coco Splash Waterpark at Lamai Beach that will keep even the most energetic kid busy all day.
The busiest time tends to be during the hot, dry season between February to June as the rains arrive between July and October. September and October can be wonderful and an excellent time for a late holiday deal to Koh Samui before our winter grinds in. Temperatures all the year round tend to stay in the low thirties during the day and the nights stay balmy and delightful.