Koh Samui has long been a popular tourist destination, and over the years the number of beaches with accommodations has expanded. Nowadays there is a road that encircles the island, called the Ring Road, along which many small villages have sprung up. The “city center” on the island is in the Chaweng area and has a wide variety of accommodations. Finding villas in Koh Samui city center puts visitors right in the heart of the action and close to everything they might wish to experience on the island.
HomeAway has a diverse assortment of accommodations in the Koh Samui city center, ranging from luxurious villas with private pools that can accommodate large groups to smaller single-family size houses and bungalows that are equipped with all the modern amenities one needs to turn a holiday home into a private residence.
Of course, many travellers prefer to book accommodations in quieter areas that are nevertheless within touching distance of the action. For such people HomeAway also offers a wide variety of holiday rentals across Koh Samui. HomeAway even has holiday homes on Phuket for those who want to explore both islands.
Thai Island Cruising:
The Samui Archipelago is comprised of Koh Samui, Koh Pangan, Koh Tao and the islands that make up the Angthong National Park. Thai Island Cruising gives visitors a chance to get out on the water and explore all of these various islands. Board The Diamond, a 32-foot motor-catamaran, and set sail for the day.
X Quad Samui:
X Quad Samui provides visitors with a fun way to explore the island. Head to the tallest hill on the island for a three-hour ATV or buggy ride that is accompanied by picturesque views. The tour includes a traditional Thai lunch and a swim at the waterfalls in the middle of the island.
Tree Top Tour Cable Ride:
Koh Samui is known for its verdant forests, and the Tree Top Tour Cable Ride lets visitors soar through and above them. Fly through the treetops along ten cables, including the longest zip line on Koh Samui. Safety is up to international standards, and hotel transfers are available.
The Royal Samui Golf Course and Country Club:
This nine-hole course was built in 2006 and enables novice and experienced golfers alike to enjoy a relaxed yet challenging round coupled with beautiful views. Built in the mountainous region of Koh Samui, golfers will truly love this course.
Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom:
After a hike up a steep hill, visitors reach the Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom where they can discover several types of butterflies and see the different phases of these insects' life. The gardens are beautiful, and the colour combinations of flora and fauna are stunning. There is also a nearby waterfall with pool.
Spirit House Village:
The Spirit House Village is a traditional Thai village that was taken apart, moved to its current location and reconstructed based on the ancient city of Ayudha. The experience includes architecture, food and music, giving visitors an insight into Thailand's cultural past.
The weather on Koh Samui is generally never cold. Temperatures range from 26-32°C throughout the year, with the highest falling in March and April. The rainy season runs from September to November and is not the best time to visit the island for those interested in snorkelling or diving; May to August is the most popular time to come. During this time of the year there are occasional thunderstorms in the late afternoon.
Getting to the city center of Koh Samui at Chaweng Beach is easy. Simply fly into Samui Airport (USM) and either hire a car or take a taxi (about 600 Bhat) for the 10-minute ride. Those coming from Phuket can get to Koh Samui by plane (one-hour flight) or by ferry (six-hour ride).