The turquoise shades of blue which glaze the white sands of the island of Koh Samui create a utopian land in which backpackers and extravagant holidaymakers alike crave to be a part of. Whether you want to reserve a reasonably-priced holiday home in the lively beachfront district of Chaweng Bay or a luxury holiday villa with a view across Maenam, you will be able to find accommodation on Koh Samui that covers every budget.
Find and book the perfect villa in the tropical paradise of Koh Samui
There is no greater way to experience Koh Samui than by renting a sanctuary in this sun-drenched paradise. You might be an adventurous soul, who wants to explore the underwater residents of the island, a history enthusiast who can explore the famous Big Buddha temple, or you might be a beach bather who simply wants to dream your days away on Chaweng Beach. However, you choose to fill your days in Koh Samui; there are accommodation options suited to every need ready to be secured through Airbnb or TripAdvisor today.
When to go to Koh Samui
The best time to visit the island is when it is at its most dry, between December to March, where the climate is pleasant, and rainfall is at a minimum. Despite this, however, the high season runs from April until September, when the extremely high temperatures attract mass sun worshippers to its shores.
What types of holiday rentals are available in Koh Samui
Almost every corner of Samui is bursting with a different holiday villa, fit for every size and purpose. For a romantic trip, choose a beautifully ornate Balinese style villa or a room with a view of the fiery Samui sunsets from your secret duplex above the beach. Alternatively, you can secure a space for your entire family or group of friends to sleep in a spacious holiday home which is directly adjacent to Bang Po Beach. There are unique holiday rentals in all corners of this island, from an apartment where you can soak up the sun from your private pool or jacuzzi to a fantasy villa, which keeps exciting colours of this island alive, for a fraction of the cost of a local hotel room.
How to get there?
The country's second largest island is situated south of the mainland in the Gulf of Thailand and can be reached most efficiently by air from London Heathrow. Connect from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore with British Airways and into Samui International Airport which brings the total travel duration to just over 14 and a half hours. Though the flight time from the UK is time-consuming, it is undeniably worth the journey, as with every passing mile, you are drawing closer to a postcard-perfect paradise, and when you arrive, the popular resort of Chaweng Beach is only a ten-minute taxi ride away.
At just 25 kilometres long and 21 kilometres wide, you are never too far away from your holiday rental, wherever you find yourself on the island. You can board a ‘Songthaews' pickup taxi, which can be flagged down anywhere on the island, starting at a price which converts to as little as £1.20. Songthaews are a cheaper, yet more unreliable alternative to the official taxi company of the island whose cars categorised from their standout red and yellow paint.
Where to stay?
Recognised as 'the centre of the island', everything you could ever want from Samui is compressed into this vibrant sandy strip. The spirit of Chaweng truly comes alive when the sun goes down, and the crowds decided on the most exciting restaurants, bars and nightclubs on the island. Every type of accommodation is available in for rent in this diverse resort, from a cost-effective beach villa to a modern sea-view villa which lay in the heart of Samui's unofficial capital.
The scenic mountainous neighbourhood of Bophut is where you can discover the quaint Fisherman's Village which has transformed itself over the years as a stage which showcases the very best of the island's heritage through its collection of oriental souvenir shops and traditional houses with a strong Chinese influence. Find your place among these architectural jewels when you rent a bed and breakfast in this traditionally Thai village.
Choeng Mon Beach
Choeng Mon Beach is the perfect place to stay for those who crave a bit of adventure while in Sumui. Wake up in a studio or beachfront villa and immediately immerse yourself in a host of activities, including a 2 hour sunrise or sunset paddle tour, an adrenaline pumped jet ski experience, and the chance to see Samui from below the water while enjoying its famous diving scene.
It is no secret that the stunning Samui coastline attracts backpackers from across the globe, but nowhere is quite as exciting to the majority of these wanderers than Maenam. This beach is the backpackers best-kept secret, as it is one of the quietest sandy stretches on the island while offering an endless selection of affordable eateries and, crucially, cost-effective holiday rental options, including a range of hostels and stripped back beach villas.
Just as the name suggests, securing an apartment rental on Bangrak Beach will place you on the fringe of yet another palm tree kissed shore. However, the most significant advantage to residing on this northern coastline is that you are just two miles away from the Big Buddha, Samui's renowned golden attraction.
There is nowhere quite as ideal than the village of Lamai to reserve a self-catered apartment rental, where amongst its collection of distinguished beachfront restaurants which serve up a host of intention cuisine, Lamai Beach has no shortage of grocery stores and even a supermarket. Choose a studio apartment or a holiday home and live like a local when you rustle up your favourite dish in your own kitchen.
What activities to do in Koh Samui
Explore the Ang Thong National Marine Park
With its vast jungle, hidden waterfalls and mountainous landscape, the Ang Thong National Marine Park proves that the natural beauty of this Thai paradise extends beyond its picturesque beaches.
Visit the Big Buddha
Recognised as Samui's most striking landmark, the Big Buddha is unmissable, both from your trip, and quite literally, as this 12-metre high golden Buddha can be seen for miles before reaching the temple.
Scuba Dive in the Gulf of Thailand
It is unsurprising that somewhere which is commonly known as ‘Turtle Island' has the best scuba diving opportunities in Thailand, so make the most of these crystal-clear waters and become more acquainted with Samui's underwater residents.
Stay out after dark in Koh Tao
If you consider yourself a night owl, be sure to experience the famous nightlife scene in Koh Tao. Whether you want to a more relaxing outing to one of the local restaurants or quieter bars, or you want to stay out until dawn in one of the islands famous clubs, this region truly comes alive when the sun goes down.
Souvenir shop in Fisherman's Village
Whether you decide to stay in Fisherman's Village or not, this traditional Thai town is worth a visit, even if it is just for the unique shopping opportunities, from the local souvenir shops to the colourful night market.
Take in the views from the John-Suwan Viewpoint
Though the whole island in itself is bursting with picture postcard views at every turn, the John-Suwan viewpoint is among one the most famous for taking in the emerald landscape of Samui.