Koh Samui

Koh Samui is a small island off the Eastern coast of Thailand and is situated in the Gulf of Thailand. This island is a true gem, and it’s also very popular with tourists. I was lucky to visit the island twice. In this post I will just show the highlights of what you can do for the ultimate relaxing holiday on Koh Samui.

Getting there

Koh Samui is accessible aeroplane and ferry from the mainland. It’s advised to rather go by aeroplane.


On my first trip we stayed at Chaweng Beach hotel. It was okay because for Koh Samui the location of your hotel is rather important. The beach is long, and you can land up walking really far from the main areas or supermarkets. It’s always good to check the location before booking. We weren’t too far off, but it was about 20 minutes’ walk from the nightlife areas and best beach spots. Twenty minutes doesn’t sound like a big deal, but in that heat it can be tiring.

The beach

Chaweng beach is by far the best beach I’ve been too. It stretches across the land with white soft sand and makes a perfect natural pool. The water temperature is perfect. There are many water sports and activities and you can haggle for prices. I think these pictures pretty much sum it up:


The Giant Buddha

The Giant Buddha is situated on small island North of Koh Samui. It’s also near the port that can take you other smaller attractions and islands around the gulf. The temple houses some vibrant and interesting Thai architecture, full of symbols, nature and mythological characters.


The Big Buddha is also known as Wat Phra Yai is 12 feet high and painted in gold. It is also a landmark for the Big Buddha Temple near Bang Rak beach. You can offer donations and have a monk bid you good luck prayers.


Nature & Outdoor activities

Besides it’s splendid beaches, the island also has some interesting tropical forests inland. It has some interesting flowers and plant life that offer beautiful scenery.

You can explore some walking paths in the jungle and check out a small waterfall in the middle of the island.

Elephant Rides

There has been much controversy about the elephant riding in Thailand. It’s suggested that to experience these amazing animals in an elephant orphanage or protection sanctuary that actually protect and care for their well being. Elephant sanctuaries lie on the mainland of Thailand.

In Conclusion

Koh Samui is a place that make a super easy and comfortable holiday. It has everything nearby and there’s a lot to do to suit all needs. It is also protected from tsunamis as the island lies within a cove which is the natural bay on the right side of Thailand’s main land. It should definitely be on your list of islands to experience.

Safe Travels,


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13 thoughts on “Koh Samui

  1. I’ve had Koh Samui on my travel bucket list. Your photos make me want to book a trip now! The beaches are gorgeous and the turquoise blue waters are calling my name!

  2. Ooh, I’d love to check out that Giant Buddha! And Chaweng beach looks absolutely amazing. It’s so fun to visit different beaches and compare them. I totally would stay away from riding the elephants, but would definitely look into the sanctuaries on the mainland.

  3. I don’t think I can choose a favorite among these places. Koh Samui is just too amazing to filter out. But I’m fascinated by the Thai architecture at The Giant Budha. I’d be sure to put Koh Samui on my bucket list.

  4. Koh Samui sounds lovely; my husband and I visited Thailand 10 years ago but never got there! We did some other islands instead; we are taking our three kids back to Thailand soon and would love to know your thoughts on how easy it is to get around with little ones. The waterfall looks super fun!

    1. I have seen plenty of families travel around Thailand with ease. It will be all ferries and boats t island hop, other i think taking flights will be your safest bet with little ones. i have a friend with a baby and travels and you can check out her blog travelstained.com .

  5. I didn’t get to Koh Samui when in Thailand, but I’ll remember your post should I ever return. Chemba Beach looks lush and a bit of paradise I wouldn’t say no to right now! I wouldn’t do elephant rides anymore; I made that mistake years ago in Thailand, and think it’s cruel and unnatural.

  6. Wow, such a gorgeous island. Usually Phuket & Bangkok comes to our mind with Thailand, but it is a shame that such beautiful spots are hidden somewhere!! Loved the beach and the waterfall is so amazing. A place worth adding to itinerary while visiting Thailand.

  7. I have been to Bangkok for 1 day only and could not go to Koh Samui. After reading your post I am regretting as this place have lots to do. Giant Buddha and many colorful mythological characters are so beautiful and photogenic. Those waterfalls is a lovely place to go underneath. I will add this Koh samui now and will not miss it now.

  8. I love that there are so many things to do in Koh Samui and both beach lovers and adventurers can enjoy it equally. I love spending time at the beach but I also love hiking and searching for secret spots in the jungle, so the waterfalls trek would be perfect for me. The giant Buddha is definitely a great cultural experience as well, I would love to visit it and listen to the stories surrounding it.

  9. Asia is a must go destination by far! When I visited a couple of years ago my favorite activity was the elephants ride by far 🙂 Koh Samui looks like a very special and beautiful place to visit! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and recommendations 🙂 Safe travels! – Mariella

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