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Best Places To Stay In Koh Samui: Koh Samui Holiday Guide

     Welcome to the No.1 Website for renting luxury villas in Koh Samui. For a tranquil getaway on the other side of the world, Koh Samui is the perfect place to relax and unwind away from the popularity of Thailand.

     From the best things to do, to the best places to stay, best beaches, restaurants and more, read on for all you need to know about your holiday to Koh Samui.

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Why choose Koh Samui?

     Koh Samui is a tiny island just off the southern coast of Thailand. Favoured by families, adventurers, honeymooners and celebrities, Koh Samui lies in the Gulf of Thailand, close to Thailand and Malaysia.

     Peaceful and picturesque, Koh Samui offers the chance to enjoy beautiful beaches, dramatic rainforests, national parks, boat excursions, beautiful luxury villas , watersports and luxury wellness retreats, in stunning surroundings.

     From unspoilt coastline to waterfalls in the hills, magnificent temples, traditional villages, beautiful wildlife, luxurious spas, yoga and tai-chi, this idyllic island setting delivers the natural beauty and tranquility you want from an island getaway in a far-flung location.

     From family holidays to honeymoons and island adventures, Koh Samui is a fantastic destination in a magnificent corner of the world.

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Best things to do in Koh Samui

     From elephants to beaches and temples, there are plenty of cultural, historical and natural attractions to see in Koh Samui. Whether you want top days out for the family, beaches, famous sights or the best restaurants, here's our top picks of the best things to do and see in Koh Samui.

Best things to do in Koh Samui:

Best local attractions:

     Enjoy a range of watersports and hiking to uncover the marine life and diverse terrain of Ang Thong National Marine Park, a magnificent archipelago of 43 islands.

     Located off the coast of Koh Samui, you'll find everything from jungles to coves, lakes and mountains to discover. Take one of the many boat tours and spend a whole day exploring the region.

     There are a number of spectacular waterfalls in Koh Samui but Nu Muang Waterfall is the most visited due to its stunning scenery and nearby beaches. Hike up to find the falls which are split over two levels.

     Cool off with a dip in the pool at the bottom of the first fall, before you go on to the next level.

     Spend a day to remember at Samui Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, learn about the sancutary's elephant welfare program's then feed, walk and bathe with the elephants for an unforgettable and unique experience.

     Another top animal experience is Pig Island where you can take a boat tour out to the twin islands of Koh Taen and Koh Madsum. During the tour you can engage in numerous watersports, swimming and have a chance to feed the pigs that inhabit Koh Madsum - also known as Pig Island.

     To scout the waters a little further off, head out to the islands of Ko Tao and Koh Nang Yuang on a speedboat where you'll enjoy idyllic island settings whilst you snorkel amongst the corals, relax on the beach or hike into the jungle terrain with your tour guide.

     At 12m in height and made of gold, Big Buddha is one of Koh Samui's most famous attractions, situated on its own tiny island. Built in 1972, Big Buddha is a famous landmark that can be seen from miles away and from the air when you fly into Koh Samui.

     The Secret Buddha Garden is another well-known attraction, comprising an impressive collection of statues located in beautiful gardens, high up in the hills. The climb is well worth the reward once you see the fantastic views.

     To really see the island, take a jungle safari to explore the island's mountainous landscape. You'll see breathtaking vistas, waterfalls and numerous famous attractions such as the Mummified Monk during your tour.

     For a completely different view of Koh Samui, fly through the rainforest canopy on a thrilling ziplining experience. Speeding through the treetops at almost 50 miles an hour via 33 platforms and 21 ziplines, you'll have a fantastic view of this stunning island from on high.

Best restaurants:

     You'll find lots of great restaurants all over Koh Samui. From the beach to the cliffs and towns, local food is Thai-style, often with a twist, accompanied by plenty of spice and flavour. Alongside, top Thai-influenced cuisine, you'll also come across restaurants serving food from all over the world including France, Italy and Japan.

     Some of the best restaurants in Koh Samui include: Cafe 69, Jahn, Saffron, Kob Thai, Zazen Full Moon and Dining On the Rocks.

Best places to stay in Koh Samui

     From luxury villas for families to beachfront villas, villas with private pools, villas with private chefs and villas for weddings, Koh Samui has a fantastic choice of idyllic luxury villas, perfect for you and your family.

     Browse our top picks of the best places to stay in Koh Samui today.

Koh Samui Holidays: Why go?

     Find out more about the top local attractions in Koh Samui:

Which airport do you fly into for Koh Samui:

     Koh Samui's main airport is Samui International Airport. You can fly direct to Samui International Airport or catch a connecting flight from Bangkok.

     If you are feeling particularly adventurous, you could even take an overnight train from Bangkok to Surat Thani then hop on a ferry over to Koh Samui.

When is the best time to visit Koh Samui?

     Koh Samui has a hot tropical climate with plenty of warm, dry weather for much of the year.

     If you want to avoid both the rainy season from October to December as well as the hottest weather, the early months of the year in Koh Samui will suit you best when the weather is warm and dry.

     From May to August temperatures are highest although sometimes accompanied by occasional showers.

     For most people, the most appealing season to travel to Koh Samui is between December and April. However, if you are interested in travelling during a quieter period, try visiting Koh Samui in early September when the country's children go back to school.

     If you do want to consider holidaying in Koh Samui in September, remember there is always a risk that you may experience unpredictable weather with some rainy days.

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