Visiting Koh Samui feels like you have just landed on a heavenly island where the best of Thailand is all on offer. The stunning landscapes and breathtakingly beautiful seascapes are enchanting sights that you will never forget, and food that will take your taste buds to a whole new dimension. The range of luxurious stays on offer will make you want to stay here forever, and you’ll never tire of the wonderful sun-kissed beaches and crystal-clear blue waters. To top it all off, there is a wide range of activities to take part in, whether you want pampering and relaxing spa treatments, thrilling water sports or a spot of retail therapy. If you’re planning on visiting Koh Samui, here are some travel tips to keep in mind.
#1. The Best Time to Visit:
The time of year that you visit Koh Samui will make a huge difference to your trip, with the weather playing an important part in your experience. For the best season with perfect beach weather, visit between December and April. This is when the island experiences warm, clear sunshine perfect for all your favorite relaxing vacation activities like sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling. If you don’t mind a few showers, visit between May and September, where the weather is still mostly clear but with a higher chance of rain. October-November are the rainiest months on the island, with very few dry and sunny days.
#2. Where to Stay:
There’s an amazing range of accommodation options on Koh Samui, so you can expect to be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing where to stay. Accommodations Koh Samui include rental villas, hotels ranging from basic to five-star, or hostels, which are hugely popular with backpackers and solo travelers – check out the Lub d hotel for a great example of a beachfront ‘social hotel’.
Chaweng is the island’s most popular area, where you’ll find the majority of resorts, restaurants, bars, and tourist activities. Choeng Mon offers a more laid-back, friendly vibe. It’s home to several luxury resorts and beaches. Bophut is the best place for foodies; with its cultural core at the Fisherman’s Village, it’s the best place to stay if you’re looking for an authentic Thai experience. For those on a budget, head to Bang Rak, Lamai Beach or Mae Nam Beach for a huge selection of low-budget accommodation options and tasty, cheap street food.
#3. What to Pack:
Once you’ve decided where you’re going to stay and what time of year you will visit, it’s time to think about what you’re going to need to take along for the best vacation experience. If you’re visiting during the sunny season, the charming beaches will certainly entice you to spend as much time relaxing on the sand enjoying the views or going for a swim in the clear waters, so plenty of swimwear is a must. Don’t forget to take plenty of sunscreen with you too, to protect your skin from the strong sun with temperatures rising to over 30˚C. Make sure that you take comfortable shoes, too – you’re sure to want to walk around the island and explore as much as possible.
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