Koh Samui Guide

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Koh Samui is one of the original island destinations in Thailand. It is popular with many types of tourists, from package holidays, long-stay ex-pats and backpackers. The fact it has its own airport makes it both a convenient destination from Bangkok, but also as a stepping stone to the surrounding islands. Luckily, the island has enough space to cater for all of these tourist types and, despite being significantly developed in some areas, still has some areas of idyllic tranquil peace. This travel guide to Koh Samui should hopefully point you in the right direction and don’t forget to share your tips in the comments.

Weather Forecast

Thu
18 Jul

28 - 30°C

rain

4mm
100%

Fri
19 Jul

27 - 29°C

rain

4mm
77%

Sat
20 Jul

26 - 29°C

rain

4mm
83%

Sun
21 Jul

28 - 29°C

cloudy

1mm
32%

Mon
22 Jul

28 - 29°C

cloudy

1mm
38%

Tue
23 Jul

28 - 29°C

cloudy

2mm
32%

Wed
24 Jul

28 - 30°C

rain

0mm
54%

Thu
25 Jul

28 - 29°C

rain

2mm
67%

Fri
26 Jul

28 - 29°C

rain

1mm
67%

Sat
27 Jul

28 - 30°C

rain

2mm
74%

Sun
28 Jul

27 - 28°C

rain

3mm
77%

Mon
29 Jul

27 - 28°C

rain

2mm
90%

Tue
30 Jul

26 - 28°C

rain

7mm
74%

Wed
31 Jul

26 - 27°C

rain

19mm
80%

Historic Weather (2022)

Month
Average Max Temp
Average Min Temp
Average Humidity
Average Daily Rain
Jan
31°C
26°C
76%
1mm
Feb
30°C
26°C
78%
9mm
Mar
32°C
27°C
76%
4mm
Apr
32°C
26°C
77%
9mm
May
32°C
26°C
78%
16mm
Jun
33°C
27°C
73%
3mm
Jul
32°C
26°C
75%
5mm
Aug
33°C
26°C
74%
4mm
Sep
33°C
26°C
75%
6mm
Oct
31°C
25°C
82%
13mm
Nov
31°C
25°C
83%
19mm
Dec
30°C
25°C
78%
15mm

How to Get to Koh Samui

From Bangkok, The fastest way is to fly to Samui’s own airport. Samui Airport is privately owned by Bangkok Airways. This means because of the lack of competition, prices may not be as competitive as similar trips with budget airlines. However, the airport is small and pretty cute.

Otherwise, if you have time to spare or are on a budget, you can catch a train or a bus to Surat Thani and then take another bus and then a boat to the Island. However, making things simpler and having less to think about, you can often get a complete transfer package from some tourist agencies which will involve a complete bus trip and boat ticket all in one. With this service, you just get on the first bus and follow their instructions till you get onto the ferry.

Bangkok - Koh Samui More info / Tickets
Flight Bangkok - Koh Samui ฿ 2,795–6,825 1h 10m – 1d 3h 10m
  • →  Business 06:30, 07:30, 09:20, 10:20, 14:25
  • →  Economy 06:10, 06:30, 07:00, 07:30, 07:50, 08:00, 08:05, 08:10, 09:00, 09:20, 09:50, 10:15, 10:20, 10:30, 12:40, 13:45, 14:30, 15:00, 15:50, 16:00, 16:20, 17:30, 19:15, 19:20, 19:35, 19:50, 20:10
Bus Bangkok - Koh Samui ฿ 1,128–1,526 10h 30m – 15h 30m
  • →  VIP 24 19:00
  • →  VIP 32 18:50
  • →  Express 06:00, 19:00, 21:00
  • →  Bus + Ferry 19:00
  • →  VIP Bus 19:00
Taxi Bangkok - Koh Samui ฿ 11,436–23,125 11h 20m – 12h
  • →  Luxury VIP Van 9pax
  • →  Comfort Car 3pax
  • →  Luxury SUV 4pax
  • →  Economy 3pax
  • →  SUV 4pax
  • →  Van 10pax
Ferry Bangkok - Koh Samui ฿ 1,750 10h 30m – 14h 30m
  • →  VIP 06:00, 21:00
Don Mueang Airport - Koh Samui More info / Tickets
Flight Don Mueang Airport - Koh Samui ฿ 5,340–5,750 1h 35m
  • →  Economy 08:50, 14:00, 19:10

Getting around Koh Samui

Taxi

Taxis will be much more expensive in Koh Samui than in Bangkok. Don’t expect to use a meter and be prepared to negotiate. You won’t get anywhere for less than 200 Baht. There are Grab taxis but these cannot be booked from the airport so be aware of that when you arrive.

Songthaews

As elsewhere in Thailand, these shared, bench-seated vehicles are a much more economical option but are mostly limited to local beach-to-beach routes, unless you are prepared to pay the premium of going off-route,

Car Rental

Because Samui is one of the larger islands, and more developed, car rental is a possibility. Be careful to have all the necessary documentation.

Bike Rental

Renting a bike is a very popular option, but please pay attention to the usual advice for caution on this option, as outlined in our Guide to Thailand

Where to stay in Koh Samui?

Accommodation

You will find a huge selection of accommodation in Koh Samui. Everything from high-end luxury resorts like the Four Seasons Hotel,  to fan bungalows at a couple of hundred Baht a night. Much of the concentration of accommodation lies on Lamai Beach and Chaweng Beach. Take a look our interactive map to get an idea of where to look. If you are looking to escape the busy tourist areas, plenty of alternative beaches around the island can provide a more peaceful place to stay.