Koh Samui is Thailand's second largest island, it's the perfect blend of natural beauty, local culture, and history. Koh Samui holidays are very popular thanks to the powdery white sand beaches, lush green jungles, and magnificent waterfalls. It is a paradise for nature-lovers, and holidays to Koh Samui really showcase the very best that Thailand has to offer.
Those seeking an adrenaline rush will also love visiting this island as Koh Samui boasts wonderful opportunities for trekking, water sports, and canopy tours. Koh Samui is also a dream destination for wildlife enthusiasts from across the globe, it features a snake farm, crocodile farm, tiger zoo, and a national park that is habited by a number of endangered animal species.
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Climate and Best Time to Visit
Nestled on the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui has a tropical monsoon climate. The weather on the island remains pleasant most of the time, with a generally warm and humid climate. The best time to book package holidays to Koh Samui is considered to be from December to February, this is the dry season. During this time the weather is warm but still bearable, there is little rain, and the sea is calm. Between March and May is the hottest time of year, however the increase in temperature often means an increase in rainfall. The rainy season, also known as the low season, is from September to November, this is also the peak of the monsoon season.
Food lovers will be spoilt for choice on a Koh Samui holiday. Whether you're looking for local delicacies, or cuisine from all around the world, there is something for everyone. From world-class restaurants to beach-side stalls, the island has got it all and caters to every taste and budget. Extravagant travellers seeking luxury dining should head to Chaweng beach, a place that offers wonderful eating out options, ranging from outdoor dining on a beach to eating in a fancy restaurant with a live band.
Shopping in Koh Samui is a thrilling and joyful experience. There is an array of shopping spots scattered around the island including Lamai, Nathon and Chaweng, here you will find a nice range of shops that sell everything from watches and CDs to shoes and spices. Bargaining is possible almost everywhere, just remember to keep it polite and friendly, and avoid arguing with the vendors. However, it's important to remember that the department stores and some of the other shops on the island all have fixed prices.
There is plenty of accommodation options to choose from in Koh Samui. Many luxury hotels are located close to the beaches and provide the guests with a unique experience that combines luxury amenities with the famous Thai hospitality. There is also a good selection of mid-range and budget hotels for tourists looking for cheaper accommodation.
Tips and Advice
Like the rest of Thailand, Koh Samui is a relatively safe place to visit. Take your shoes off when visiting a place of religious importance. Tourists planning to visit Koh Samui during the rainy season should remember to bring mosquito repellent and an umbrella with them. Respect the local laws and don't take part in illegal activities.