Just 700 kilometers south of metropolitan attraction Bangkok is one of Thailand’s most popular holiday destinations. Bordering the South China Sea in the Pacific Ocean, Koh Samui was once known as the ultimate backpacker’s haven but now exists as an attraction to visitors of every kind. From those seeking thrills to those requiring a much needed rest, the island offers it all. Koh Samui rests as a neighbor to more than sixty other islands; some small and inhabited, while some are larger and notorious such as Koh Phangan (home of the Full Moon Party) and Koh Tao (a notorious divers island); other popular destinations surrounding the island are Koh Nang Yuan and the Angthong National Marine Park.


Koh Samui is one of the best places to celebrate not one, but three New Year’s celebrations: January 1 marks the New Year’s celebrations for Westerners; February 28 is the Chinese New Year; and, April 13 is the official first day of the Thai calendar marked by the Songkran Festival. On Koh Samui, the Songkran Festival is marked by the tradition of sat nam: throwing chilled water on unsuspecting pedestrians to traditionally wash away one’s troubles. Noting that April can reach high temperatures, not only is the ceremony symbolic but overwhelmingly refreshing.

Local attractions

Hin Lad Waterfall is 2 km south of Nathon Town; in a rainforest setting, the waterfall has several levels with a fresh water pool. Namuang Waterfall, located 10km south of Nathon, consists of two waterfalls that are the most scenic on the island.
The Big Buddha is Koh Samui’s most popular attraction. The Big Buddha sits 15 meters tall and was built in 1972 by the local society to give visitors a place to pay respect to The Buddha.
The Na Tian Butterfly Garden has numerous species of butterflies, rare insects, and a bee house that allows visitors to observe the activities of bees. There are a wide range of dive facilities on Koh Samui. There are also tours available for snorkeling and fishing excursions.

Traveling to Koh Samui

There are direct flights From Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport) to Samui by Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways. Also available to travelers are ferries that provide sea transfer from the Donsak Pier of Surat Thani. The Seatran Ferry arrives at the Nathon Pier while the Raja Ferry arrives less than 5 km from Nikki Beach Koh Samui at the Lipa Noi Pier.