An idyll of natural beauty well immersed with local cultures and history, this Thailand's third largest island justly catches the fancy of hordes of tourists spending on flights and packages for Thai holidays. The uniqueness lies in the fact that there is no building higher than its palm trees. A cluster of powdery white beaches, lush green jungles and fascinating waterfalls makes it a paradise for nature-lovers. Those seeking an adrenaline rush will also find their hands in glee, as Koh Samui boasts wonderful opportunities for trekking, water sports as well as canopy tours. This archipelago features a snake farm, crocodile farm, tiger zoo and a national park that is habited by a number of endangered animal species, and hence is a dream destination for wildlife enthusiasts from across the globe.
Climate and Best Time to Visit Nestled on the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui has a tropical monsoon climate. The weather at the island remains pleasant all year-round. However, the rainy season, from August to November, boasts high humidity and is good to avoid, if possible. The best time to book packages for Koh Samui holidays is the dry season that runs roughly from December to February. Cool temperature, little rain, calm sea and a better underwater visibility entice a large number of tourists to buy flights and tour packages for the archipelago.
Eating Out Gourmets on Koh Samui holidays are left spoilt for choices both in terms of delicacies and dining avenues. 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 the Chaweng beach, a place that offers wonderful eating out options, ranging from outdoor dining on a beach to gorging in a chick restaurant with a live band. Besides, the island has plenty of bakeries, noodle shops and street-stalls which leave epicureans delighted.
ShoppingShopping in Koh Samui is an experience to thrill and joy. Scattered with an array of shopping spots, the island delights all those who plan holidays here to explore its unique consumerist culture. The popular sites to shop around include Lamai, Nathon and Chaweng, where a nice range of shops sell everything from watches to CDs and shoes to spices. Bargaining is possible almost everywhere. Just keep it polite and friendly, and avoid falling in argument with the vendors. Departmental Store, however, have fixed price.
Popular HotelsThere is no dearth of accommodation options in Koh Samui. Most luxury hotels are located close to the beaches and provide the guests a unique experience that combines luxury amenities with famous Thai hospitality. Some recommended options for luxury stay include Sareeraya Villas & Suites, Q Signature Samui and KC Beach Club & pool Villas. Tourists with limited budget for Koh Smui holidays can choose to stay in any of the island's mid-range and budget hotels. Peace Resort, Ban Talay Resort and Maryoo Hotel are some popular names in this category.
Tips and AdviceLike rest of Thailand, Koh Samui is a safe place to visit. The tourism authority is not very stringent on dressing count. However, tourists taking packages for holidays at the island should make sure that they are not attired in any outfit that appears provocative. Don't touch Thai people's head, as they consider it auspicious part of the body. Take your shoes off when visiting a place of religious importance. Tourists planning their holidays during rainy season should carry a mosquito repellent and an umbrella. Respect the local lows and don't take part in illegal activities like drugging and human trafficking.