Koh Samui is an island off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus in Thailand. It is located close to the mainland town of Surat Thani in Surat Thani Province. It is Thailands second largest island after Phuket, with an area of 228.7 km2 and a population of over 50,000 (2008) attracting 1.5 million tourists per year. Koh Samui has abundant natural resources, white sandy beaches, coral reefs and coconut trees.
Koh Samui is located close to the mainland town of Surat Thani in Surat Thani Province. Ko Samui is Thailand's second-largest island after Phuket, with an area of 228.7 km2, a population of over 63,000 and an annual tourist population of 1.5 million.
The Dry Season here runs roughly from December to February. With slightly cooler temperatures, little rain, calm seas, and light winds many consider this the best time to come. For hotels this is peak season. The hottest time of year is between March and April; a great time to visit if you can stand 30 degree plus temperatures. September through to November sees the heaviest rainfall, although even now it doesnt fall everyday and often only in short bursts.
Best time to go:
Ko Samui has two seasons, sunny and rainy. The best time to visit the island is without a doubt from December through June. Coming in the off months means heavy rains and potentially torrential storms.
Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui http://www.fourseasons.com/kohsamui/
- The Four Seasons Resort is 20 km away from Koh Samui Airport. Its idyllic and secluded location offers guests the luxury of exploring the, beaches, reefs, and rainforest in peace.
- Excellent top class hotel
- With private beach
- 30 minutes to the airport
- Best for family(With kids club and babysitting service
Hansar Samui Resort http://www.hansarsamui.com/
- Situated just 10 minutes from Samui International airport, Hansar Samui Resort is the newest five-star resort featuring 74 luxuriously appointed rooms with unobstructed ocean views, wireless internet access and oversize balconies.
- 10 minutes to the airport
- Luxury five star beach front hotel
- Outdoor pool with kids pool and babysitting service
The Tongsai Bay Hotel http://www.tongsaibay.co.th/en/main.php
- The Tongsai Bay Hotel proves itself as a perfect getaway among the natural surroundings of Samui Island. All of its 83 suites and villas are designed under the Great Outdoor Living concept. - Five star hotel
- 15minutes to the airport
- Best for family with kidsclub and kidspool.
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- It is generally not a good idea to drink the tap water in Thailand, however it is fine for brushing teeth. Bottled water is cheaply available at all shops, restaurants and resorts. Generally speaking, most restaurants and bars have ice delivered that is made from purified water, so ice in drinks should be fine
- The Thai ATMs deliver the cash before ejecting the card, which means that absent-minded tourists often forget to take their card from the machine, leaving them later stranded without access to their cash. It costs 150 baht to withdraw from a foreign card besides what your own bank charges, so it is best to withdraw more at a time, to save on costs. Be sure to leave this extra cash in the safe at your hotel along with any other valuables.
- It is wise to leave your passport and other travel documents in your hotel safe, but keep a copy of your passport on you at all times. Never leave your passport at car or scooter rental agencies as security.
- When renting any vehicle, be it a car, scooter or jet ski, be sure to look it over well and mark any defects, dents or scratches on the rental agreement. It is even wise to take a photos of such defects. Many an unsuspecting tourist has ended up paying for damages caused by previous customers. Renting directly from your resort is usually a safe option.
- Thai food is spicier than what most westerners may be used to. Restaurants in tourist areas cater to the western pallet, so ask for 'Mai sai pet' (without chilli) should your stomach not be used to the heat. Wash fruit well before eating. Buy street food from market stands that appear busy, as the food is likely to be fresh and beware of food that looks as though it has been standing awhile. Most street food is generally fine, as it comes straight from the fire or the soup pot. Should you get an upset stomach, go straight to the pharmacy for re-hydrating fluids, as it is easy to dehydrate in the heat.
- Be aware that you are in the tropics, so stay hydrated. Remember that if you stop sweating, you have already dehydrated and the headache is sure to follow. The tropical sun is strong, so use a high SPF sunscreen, especially when you first arrive. Don't be fooled by cloud cover, it is just as easy to burn. Don't forget to apply sunscreen to the back of the neck and ears when snorkelling. Aloe gel is available at pharmacies and shops, and helps to cool burnt skin.
- Samui's waters may look calm, but underlying rip currents do exist, so don't venture out if you are not a strong swimmer, particularly in the monsoon season when waves can be higher. When renting a kayak or jet ski, ask for a life jacket. Beware of coral and broken glass when snorkeling.