A beach in Koh Samui

Miles of dazzling beaches, azure seas, swaying palms, crimson-streaked sunsets and warm ocean breezes… Koh Samui is all laid-back beach vibes and palm-fringed sands. Thailand’s second largest island, this vibrant destination has more beaches than any other in the country. The longest, Chaweng Beach, stretches almost four miles. Flanked by green hills and coconut trees, it has a reputation as the most beautiful beach in Koh Samui. Other attractions in Koh Samui include the Big Buddha Temple, featuring a 12-metre golden Buddha statue, and Ang Thong National Marine Park featuring a pristine archipelago of 21 islands, best explored by speedboat and snorkel.

Popular Tailor-made Koh Samui Holidays

A perfect stop at the tail end of an itinerary, Koh Samui can be experienced as part of a wider Thailand holiday. The below tailor-made Thailand Journeys have been created by our Experts to take in the best of the country, including a stop in Koh Samui. Our Experts have designed these itineraries based on their own personal experiences, with all holidays including international and domestic flights, hand-picked accommodation, transfers, day tours and unique experiences. And best of all, they can be tailored to suit you.

Popular Koh Samui Resort Holidays

Koh Samui was the first of the Thai islands to make it onto the tourist radar. So it goes without saying that this celebrity archipelago deserves a bit of extra attention, which is where our Escapes holidays can help. Our Koh Samui resort holidays include flights, transfers and week-long stays on the island’s best resorts and hotels. For more resort holiday ideas, talk to our Experts today.

Koh Samui Holiday Types

Looking for something in particular in Koh Samui? Our holiday types are here to help. Ranging from relaxing beach-side escapes to fascinating cultural adventures, be inspired by our Koh Samui holiday types below or talk to one of our Experts for more ideas.

Koh Samui Flights

Our Airfare Experts specialise in finding the best Koh Samui flights for you. Whether you want to fly a specific airline, add a stopover, or fly to a number of destinations within Thailand, we can book all of this and more, saving you time and money. For a bespoke quote, contact our Airfare Experts today.

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More About Koh Samui

Population: 62,500

Currency: Thai baht

Language: Thai and English

Vaccinations: Vaccinations for tetanus and typhoid are recommended when visiting Thailand.

Getting There

Flight time: The London to Koh Samui flight time is around 13 hours and 35 minutes, typically with a stopover in Bangkok.

Visas: British Citizens do not require a visa if staying for under 30 days.

Getting Around Koh Samui

When the moment strikes to leave your beachside resort, there are a number of ways to get around Koh Samui and see the sights. The most common and cheapest way to get around are via Songthaews, open-air trucks which acts similar to a local public bus system. There are no official Songthawe stops, instead you can simply flag one down anywhere, and you ring the bell when you want to get off. The other main alternative are taxis or bike rentals.

When to Go to Koh Samui

Koh Samui’s weather is split into three seasons; the dry season from January to March, the hot season from April to September, and the rainy season from October to December. In general, Koh Samui experiences less rain that the rest of Thailand, so it’s an ideal year round destination. For the best conditions, late December to March are when you can enjoy warm sunny days. As a result, this is also Koh Samui’s busiest season, especially during New Year’s celebrations. October and November are Koh Samui’s wettest months, although visiting in this season means cheaper prices and less chances of sun burn.

Top 3 Things to Do in Koh Samui

  • See the Big Buddha
  • Explore Ang Thong National Marine Park by snorkel
  • Visit Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village at shop at the Friday night markets

Why Book Your Koh Samui Holiday with Flight Centre

We know Koh Samui: Thailand is one our most popular destinations so naturally we know Koh Samui very well. From the best hotels to the best flight options, our Experts cannot only help you plan the perfect Koh Samui holiday but also include it within a wider itinerary of Thailand. 

Local knowledge: As part of the global Flight Centre Travel Group, we have staff on the ground in Koh Samui who will be on hand to welcome you at the airport, drive you to your hotel and operate select tours during your stay. So from the UK to Thailand, we’re with you at every step to offer your up to date local information and peace of mind.

Flexibility: We offer flexible deposits, the opportunity to pay the balance of your holiday just 10 weeks before departure and fixed change and cancellation fees.

Travel Butler and 24/7 Emergency Assistance Service: When you book a Koh Samui holiday from our range of tailor-made Journeys, you’ll also enjoy access to our inclusive Travel Butler concierge and 24/7 Emergency Assistance services.