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Destination guide

Trust us, you won't be feeling bluey on Ko Samui

Ko Samui's got a reputation as 1 of Thailand's more upmarket islands, but the truth is that Ko Samui vacation rentals have something to suit all budgets and tastes. If you're in the market for high-end dining and luxury spas then you're onto a winner, but equally if you're more about beers on the beach and hiking trips into the interior jungle then Ko Samui's got that covered, too. The island does a great line in temples, the diving possibilities are fantastic, and it's got the kind of nightlife scene that's made Thailand a top travel destination for decades.

Things to do

Wat's that you say? A mummified monk?

Even the most dedicated beachgoer can only lounge on the sands for so long, and when you're finished, an excursion to 1 of the island's temples (or 'wats') is a Ko Samui classic. Among the most popular are Wat Phra Yai – with its 15-metre Buddha – and Wat Khunaram, which is famous for displaying a mummified monk. If you're looking for a hiking destination, then the waterfalls at Na Mueang are something a bit special, while selfies in front of the anatomically shaped Grandmother and Grandfather rocks on Lamai Beach are a regular fixture on social media.

Activities

Looking for a peach of a beach? Look no further.

Ask any returning traveller about Ko Samui vacation rentals, and chances are their eyes will light up with visions of the island's famous palm-fringed beaches. During the day, it's all about sunning yourself and cooling off in the water, and by night, many of them light up with beach bars. If you like it lively, head for Chaweng, but if you want to dial the volume right down, try the more tranquil spots of Mae Nam or the south coast. Luxury-seekers can book into 1 of the island's upscale spas, while intrepid types will be drawn to diving trips and jungle treks.

Weather

Like it says on the T-shirts, 'same same, but different'

Ko Samui's got a tropical climate, but it's less tropical than most of the rest of Thailand. As you'd expect, it's hot year round, but it tends to be drier than elsewhere in the country, especially during the monsoon season (April to September), when the obligatory rain storms come in shorter bursts. The flipside comes towards the end of the year, when the rain picks up for Ko Samui vacation rentals and eases off elsewhere in Thailand. If you're not a great fan of the wet stuff then you'll want to book for February, which is usually the driest month.

Natural highlights

Second largest, but certainly not second best

Ko Samui might be Thailand's second-largest island (after Phuket), but there's nothing second-rate about this place. Though most famous for its sandy beaches, epic sunrises and coconut palms, it's also got a gorgeous forested interior, with highlights including the Na Mueang waterfalls. And that's before you venture into the ocean. With its coral reefs, the area round Ko Samui is home to a staggering range of marine life, including sharks, rays, turtles and barracuda. One of the best dive spots is the Ang Thong National Marine Park, though if you're just looking for a bit of snorkelling, head to Ko Tan.

How to get there

How to get to and around Koh Samui

Fly into Ko Samui (USM), the closest airport, located 7.3 mi (11.7 km) from the city centre.

How many holiday accommodation are available around Koh Samui?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,815 holiday rentals around Koh Samui. From 1,208 villas to 196 holiday houses, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Koh Samui is on Stayz.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Koh Samui?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Koh Samui. From Stayz travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Mae Nam: 1,821 holiday rentals
  • Moo 5: 265 holiday rentals
  • Lamai: 396 holiday rentals
  • Bophut: 871 holiday rentals
  • Mae Nam Beach: 1,716 holiday rentals

Stayz offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Koh Samui! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available in other popular destinations.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Koh Samui?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in Koh Samui. From Stayz travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Chaweng Noi Beach: 1,910 holiday rentals
  • Fisherman's Village Plaza: 1,942 holiday rentals
  • Bo Phut Beach: 1,942 holiday rentals
  • Samui Snake Farm: 1,772 holiday rentals
  • Wat Plai Laem: 1,942 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Koh Samui listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday homes.