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The ferry transfer is included in the bus fare because the bus uses the ferry. On the island the bus first stops at the ferry pier and then at Nathon Pier. Remember to tell the resort where and when you want to be picked up. (Surat Thani - Samui app. 3 hours, ferry included ... see more

Fast and low fare. Non air-conditioning, wide opened windows. It stops almost every time a person holds out the hand by the roadside ... see more

Fare is the most expensive but obviously the fastest, ideal for the persons who have only a little time. The direct flights from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport) to Samui are by Bangkok Airways and 2 flights daily by Thai Airways... see more

Set apart it, trains remain a very pleasant and sure means of locomotion. At Bangkok railway station (Hua Lamphong) you will find a color marked ticket counter on the left side of the counters. There you can buy the combined tickets. You can choose your mode of transportation - 1st or 2nd class, seat or sleeper (recommended) and Ac or fan ... see more


Koh Samui Beaches & Islands

The beaches & islands of Koh Samui are amongst some of the most beautiful in the world, Chaweng beach and Lamai beach are most beautiful and most popular beaches. Both have a huge selection of accommodations suitable for every budget. Apart from its many lovely beaches and tranquil bays, Koh Samui is also noted for its high quality coconuts that grow densely everywhere. The best time to visit Koh Samui is from February to April when the sea is calm.

Recommended Beaches & Islands

1 Bang Po Beach

Location : North of Koh Samui Bang Po Beach Bang Po Beach is a very quiet part of the island with small tranquil beaches scattered along the coast. Boutique resorts and luxurious villas guaranty a relaxing vacation and amazing sunsets can be watched while enjoying a delicious dinner at a beachfront restaurant. It is only a 10 minutes drive to Nathon, the capital of Samui, to do some shopping, banking or strolling through the market.

How to get there
Bang Po Beach is located in the north of Samui.
Hotel in Bang Po area

2 Big Buddha Beach

Location : North East of Koh Samui Bophut Beach Big Buddha Beach has smooth sand, good swimming preferences and is safe for children. From here you have fantastic views over the 12 meter high golden Big Buddha and the neighboring island of Koh Phangan. Big Buddha Beach has everything to offer like restaurants, bars and shopping opportunities and all kind of accommodations from simple beach huts to tropical resorts catering to all budgets. The nightlife of Chaweng is just a 10 minutes drive away and daily boats to Koh Phangan and the monthly Full Moon Party are leaving from here.

How to get there
Big Buddha Beach located in the northeast of Koh Samui.

3 Bophut Beach

Location : North of Koh Samui Bophut Beach Bophut beach located next to Big Buddha beach, well retains its peacefulness due to the existence of a fishing village and a pier nearby. The beach at the village is small and not too suitable for swimming as there are many tour and diving boats going from here to other islands. Bophut Beach is good for water sports such as water skiing and sailing.

How to get there
Bophut beach located between Maenam Beach and Chaweng Beach.

4 Chaweng Beach

Location : East of Koh Samui  Chaweng Beach Chaweng beach is the most popular white sandy beach, tropical hotels, a hopping nightlife, numerous restaurants and shopping opportunities makes Chaweng the most popular beach on the island's east coast. The beach is approximately 6 Km long. The strong point of Chaweng beach is its white powdered sand. During the day one can relax on the beach, enjoy some water sports or other activities while at nighttime Chaweng transfers to a bustling entertainment area with live music, cabaret shows, dance clubs and dining opportunities not to be missed.

How to get there
Take the main route no. 4169 on Koh Samui’s east coast, about 8 kilometres. Chaweng is located along the Beach Road. It’s about 8 kilometres away from the airport.

5 Choengmon Beach

Location : North of Koh Samui Choengmon Beach Choeng Mon beach is located 4 km. to the north of Chaweng Beach, the beach is lovely, clean and quiet beach is suitable for those who need a real relaxation. The water is rather shallow and makes it safe for children to play and snorkelers can explore the underwater world right from the beach.

How to get there
Choeng Mon beach located near the Bophut beach and Big Budda temple.

6 Coral Cove Bay

Location : Between Chaweng and Lamai Coral Cove Bay Located between Chaweng and Lamai has some small secluded beaches like Thongtakian. Huge granite rocks border the coastline which makes this area good for snorkeling. Some resorts are nestled at the hillside with magnificent views over Chaweng Beach.

How to get there
It is only a 10 minutes drive to either Lamai or Chaweng to do some shopping or to enjoy the nightlife. It is a perfect place for travelers preferring a more tranquil and quiet holiday.

7 Lamai Beach

Location : South of Chaweng Beach Lamai Beach Lamai is the second popular beach after Chaweng which located 10 Km in the south of Chaweng beach on the east coast . The hundreds of coconut trees bending over the blue-green waters give Lamai a more peaceful and natural atmosphere. The sea gets quickly deeper making it perfect for swimming and water sports. Restaurants, spas, bars and shopping opportunities are plentiful. If you are looking for a relaxing few days on the beach, Lamai Beach is a lovely, peaceful beach and perfect for families and couples.

How to get there
Lamai Beach lies on the south east coast of Koh Samui, about 15 minutes south of Chaweng and 25 minutes from the airport.

8 Lipa Noi Beach

Location : West of Koh Samui  Lipa Noi Beach Lipa Noi, or Sunset Beach, is the most serene and untouched beach at the west coast of Koh Samui just 5 minutes from the ferry pier to the mainland. It is the place for peaceful and quiet beach holidays away from the crowds with beautiful sunsets and scenic views of the Angthong National Marine Park and the mainland. As there are only view from Hotels in Lipa Noi Beach you will have plenty of space on the crystal clear sea. There is not much around but Nathon's shopping area is only 4 km away.

How to get there
Just 5 minutes from the ferry pier to the mainland.

9 Maenam Beach

Location : North of Koh Samui Maenam Beach Mae Nam beach is located in the North of Samui with 6 kilometres in length. The beach is often quiet with smooth sand, the water is clear, clean and good swimming preferences, there are a lot of Hotels in Maenam Beach to relaxing, perfect for families with small children as the water is shallow and there is no noise from nightlife or traffic.

At Mae Nam Beach you will see Wat Na Parlarm (Wat Na Parlarm Temple). This is definitely a must see and the temple makes for some fantastic photo opportunities. Just before sundown is arguably the best time to visit.

Shopping opportunities as well as restaurants are located in the area, most within walking distance. It is just a 15 minutes drive to the action in Chaweng and 10 minutes to Bophut's Fisherman Village for some fine wining and dining.

How to get there
Maenam beach is on the North side of the island, and about a 25 minute cab/minibus/tuk tuk/scooter ride from Chaweng.

10 Taling Ngam Beach

Location : South West of Koh Samui Taling Ngam Beach Taling Ngam in the south west of Koh Samui is 45 minutes from Koh Samui airport and 40 minutes from Chaweng. It’s far removed from the rest of Koh Samui and enjoys an almost spiritual and soothing ambience in an alluring hazy light.

Taling Ngam enjoys views of the 5 Islands, the mainland and the sunsets over Ang Thong National Marine Park. Visit the Five Islands restaurant for some delicious food and great views.

How to get there
Take the 4170 exit from the Ring Road and when you arrive at the Elephant Gate (two large Elephant statues) take this exit road towards the beach. This road will take you directly to the beach, and main village area. You can also take a right turn just after the temple on your right and find your own little spot along the road as it winds towardsLipa Noi.

11 Thongtakian Beach

Location : Between Chaweng Beach and Lamai Beach Silver Beach Thongtakian beach or Silver beach is one of the most idyllic small beaches on Samui, located after Coral Cove and just before Lamai. Its stunning seaview, white powdery sand and crystal-clear shallow water make this beach absolutely beautiful and unspoiled.

The beach is surrounded by hillltops, amazing rocks and coconut trees. There are a few small resorts there such as Promtsuk Buri, Thongtakian Resort, Crystal Bay, and Samui Yacht Club.

How to get there
Thongtakian is located between Chaweng Beach and Lamai Beach.

1 Ang Thong National Marine Park

Location : North West of Koh Samui, Show map Ang Thong National Marine Park For tourists who come to Samui and want to appreciate marine nature which is still unspoiled, Mu Koh Ang Thong is the ideal place for them. It is among one of the most well-known islands that the tourists should visit since the beauty of these islands render a unique experience and atmosphere different from other islands.

Almost 50 islands are the components of Mu Koh Ang Thong. Each island offers different scenery. However, the most spectacular viewpoint from above is located at the top of Wua Ta Lap Island which needs a little climbing effort. Even though reaching the top of the island needs high endeavour, the infinite panoramic view of the Gulf of Thailand including several islands in different peculiar shapes is worth your sweat.

Mae Koh island is another highlight of Mu Koh Ang Thong. Likewise the breathtaking view always comes with little obstacle. Visitors need to waste their sweat a little before reaching Thale Nai (Inner Sea), which is the great viewpoint. A huge emerald lagoon, situated in the middle of the limestone mountains which gradually subside into an inland bay amidst the island. Inner Lagoon is another startling attraction in the world which is worth visiting.

Mu Koh Ang Thong is not far from Koh Samui; thus, most tourists normally purchase a one-day trip. Hence, the atmosphere in the evening and at night is pristine and serene.

How to get there
  1. By Car - Use national road number 35 (Thonburi-Paktho) from Bangkok to national road number 4 pass Phetchaburi province, Chumphon province, and Prachuap Khiri Khan province to national road number 41 to Surat Thani province, approximately 644 kilometers. Go on to Donsak District and on board a ferry from Donsak District for another 60 kilometers. By Airplane By Thai Airline Public Co, Ltd. from Bangkok to Surat Thani province. By Bangkok Airway Co, Ltd. from Bangkok to Koh Samui. There is return flight every day, and about 1:15 hour a trip.
  2. By Boat - Traveler can set off from Koh Samui to Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park about 35 kilometers by taxi-boat (tour boat).
  3. By Train - Use the train everyday from Bangkok (Hua Lam Phong) to Phunphin Train Station, and take a bus to Surat Thani Province and go further by bus of Surat Thani – Koh Samui.
  4. By Bus - Take a bus from Surat Thani to Koh Samui District about 84 kilometers with the air-bus. from Ban-Don Seaport, Surat Thani Province, to Koh Samui at 05.00 am. And at 09.00 pm. from Koh Samui to Surat Thani Province at 04.00 am.

2 Matsum Island (Koh Matsum)

Location : South of Tan Island, Show map Matsum Island Matsum Island is just south of Tan Island, opposite the beaches by the Laem Sor Chedi and it is also a popular spot for a day trip. A long sandy beach is a favourite with local Thai tourists for picnics, and there are often groups of students camping on the beach or singing songs around campfires or relaxing with the good Hotels in Koh Madsum. It’s a good place to join the locals on a ‘tio’, Thai for day out.

How to get there
Take speedboat at Thong Krut bay on Koh Samui to Matsum Island about 35 minute.

3 Koh Nang Yuan (Nang Yuan Island)

Location : North East of Tao Island, Show map Nang Yuan Island The reasons why Nang Yuan Island is one of the most famous islands of the world are privacy and beauty. Nang Yuan Island is renowned around the Gulf of Thailand because of the clean white dunes linking three small islands together. This is one of the top ten most beautiful places of the world. Tourists who visit here come by boat for a day trip from the islands of Tao Island, Pha ngan Island, Koh Samui and the mainland.

Nang Yuan can be found in the northeast of Tao Island it can be seen from Sairee beach, the main beach location on the island. Some say that Nang Yuan Island is the tail of Tao Island. The island is tiny but there are piers, a restaurant, and a resort called Nang Yuan Island Dive Resort which is the one and only resort on island.

Several things that you have to do when you come to Nang Yuan Island are visiting the viewpoint, visiting the dunes linking three islands, and snorkeling. You can go to the viewpoint first which is located in the left of the island. You have to walk about fifteen minutes to reach the viewpoint at the top of the hill. Over there, it is a huge rock where you can see the blue sea and white dunes. Then you can swim around the dunes, relax on sun beds, or take some impressive photos.

Some interesting activities at Nang Yuan Island are Kayaking and snorkeling. This island is a favorite place for diving because of the three islands which shield the wind. It means that the sea is smooth so tourists can also enjoy kayaking. For people who love to dive, Nang Yuan Island provides a diving center teaching scuba diving, and scuba diving tours around Nang Yuan Island and Tao Island. There is snorkeling service available for experiencing the beauty of corals and fish around the dunes of the island.

How to get there
  1. From Koh Samui take a ferry from Bo Phut, Maenam and Bang Rak piers by the ferry will pass Tao Island and then go to Nang Yuan Island
  2. From Chumphon take a ferry from Tung Makham Noi Bay, it is shorter and more comfortable than going from Surat Thani.

4 Koh Phangan (Phangan Island)

Location : Thansadet – Koh Phangan National Park, Show map Phangan IslandKoh Phangan is a magnificent island with a rich marine ecological system. Sparklingly clear seawater and sandy beaches make this place popular among foreign tourists. Phangan gets exceptionally busy because this is the venue for the Full Moon party, one of the world-renowned beach activities that take place on Rin beach every full moon. It is said that Phangan Island is the most awe inspiring place to witness a full moon.

It is not only the joyful parties and music that attract people, but the natural beauty of the island itself has a magnetizing effect on visitors. For example, the tranquil Srikantang beach becomes extraordinarily beautiful in December and January because the seawater appears to be clearer than other times of the year. Try Nai-pan beach, which provides a peaceful and private atmosphere for swimming and sunbathing. More information

How to get there
1. By Car - from Bangkok drive along Highway No.4 (Petch Kasem Road) through Petchburi – Prachuap Khiri Khan to Chumporn. Then take Highway No. 41 that heads to Surat Thani.
2. By Bus - catch a daily bus service at Bangkok Bus Terminal (Borom Rajchonnani). For further information, please call 02-793-8111. From Surat Thani, follow the highway No.401 that heads to Donsak subdistrict. Then turn left to enter the highway No. 4142 to Donsak Sakon harbor, and hire a ferry boat taxi to Phangan Island.

5 Som Island

Location : North of Koh Samui, Show map Som Island Som Island is a small private island which is located just 600 meters off the north coast of Koh Samui, it looks close enough to swim to and only 5 minutes by speed boat from Samui Island. It is the only private island around Koh Samui.

How to get there
It is only 5 min by boat to the nearest harbor. From there, only 10 min by car to Chaweng – Koh Samui “center of action”. The airport and malls are only 5 min away

6 Tan Island

Location : South of Koh Samui, Show map  Tan Island Tan Island has a very distinctive shape, which is curved, and an ideal natural bay area. This is the reason why it is considered one of the best Koh Samui beaches. These beaches do not have many tourists because tour groups make few trips to these islands.

Formerly called Coral Island, Tan Island has made a name for itself as the ideal snorkelling destination as it has an abundant of corals. But almost all the corals have been killed due to bleaching, as a consequent of global warming and the rising of sea temperature. But some areas are still good for snorkelling remain.

The main livelihood of the inhabitants is coconut cultivation, fishing and tourism. Another tourist site is the mangrove swamps that the villagers are able to conserve.

An interesting legend told often by locals is that no dogs are allowed on the island. According to them, once a dog sets his foot in Koh Tan, it will start to go mad, howl, wail and die.

How to get there
The island can be reached by local long tail fishing boat.

7 Koh Tao (Tao Island)

Location : North of Phangan Island, Show map Tao Island Tiny “turtle island” Koh Tao is a top destination for scuba divers though even non divers are easily drawn in by the island’s beauty and its inhabitants charm.

The tiny island of Koh Tao ("Turtle Island"), 45 km north of Koh Phangan, is one of the top scuba diving destinations in Thailand, if not the world. In fact, only Cairns, Australia issues more PADI certifications than Tao Island. While some globetrotting SCUBA snobs may express disappointment, the shallow, crystal clear waters of Tao Island feature abundant marine life and considerable coral that are certain to please both beginners and experienced divers, particularly as the island itself is so spectacular and the atmosphere on Tao Island is so relaxing. What’s more, the island, which is the site of important breeding grounds for Hawksbill and Green turtles, is now a center for environmentally friendly diving practices, including the reintroduction of hundreds of juvenile turtles to the island's ecosystem and efforts to preserve and grow coral reefs. Non-divers can appreciate the beauty of Tao Island, which seems relatively devoid of inhabitants while the majority of visitors are spending their days underwater, by taking a boat trip around the island to visit Tao Island’s many gorgeous beaches and bays, hiking to the summit of the island, studying yoga, or simply relaxing in a hammock and enjoying the view of nearby Nang Yuan Island, a spectacular attraction in its own right.

Over the past decade Koh Tao has transformed from a sleepy, yet popular place to get a scuba certification to the second most popular place in the world to do so. Once a destination almost exclusively for scuba divers and those looking to get away from it all, Tao Island is now also a destination for wild 20-somethings to warm up before or unwind after neighboring Phangan Island’s Full Moon Party. Fortunately, despite its quite small size, most of the beaches around Tao Island have retained a charming, laid back atmosphere and bungalows ranging from ultra-basic thatch roof to chic and boutique are available for those on any budget to enjoy the beauty of one of Thailand’s most spectacular islands. More information

How to get there
The only way to get to Tao Island is via boat from the mainland at Chumphon and Surat Thani, or from one of the neighboring islands, Phangan Island and Koh Samui. However, there are numerous options for getting to these launching points depending on where you are coming from, how much time you can spare to get there, and how much you are willing to pay.

Once on Tao Island there are a number of ways to get around the island, including songtaew, rental motorbike, bicycle, and the most enjoyable, by long-tail boat.