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Destination guide

Tropical paradise at Ko Samui holiday lettings

Located in southern Thailand's idyllic Chumphon Archipelago, Ko Samui is Thailand's 2nd-largest island, and one of the country's most popular visitor destinations – set foot on its shores and you'll soon understand why. Its beaches are the stuff of picture-postcard perfection – long stretches of palm-fringed, soft white sand, with an expanse of warm, turquoise water to cool off in. Coastal communities range from sleepy fishing villages to bustling resorts towns, so you're bound to find one that's up your street. Ko Samui holiday rentals are similarly diverse, ranging from simple bungalows to luxurious family-size villas.

Things to do

Sightseeing near Ko Samui holiday lettings

Wat Plai Laem is an extraordinary Buddhist temple on Samui's north-east coast. The star attraction is a jaw-dropping statue of Guanyin, the 18-armed goddess of compassion and mercy, but the vibrant ceremonial hall and giant laughing Buddha statue are also spectacular. Wat Khunaram is another must-see sacred site, best known as home to the mummified remains of a revered local monk. If you want to marvel at the local ocean-dwellers without getting wet, the Samui Aquarium is home to an astonishing array of colourful tropical fish, sea turtles and sharks.

Activities

Fun things to do near Ko Samui holiday homes

Ko Samui's tropical waters offer the ideal setting for a host of thrilling pursuits. This region is world-renowned as a scuba-diving mecca, but for the best visibility, you'll need to head to the nearby island of Ko Tao. If you'd rather not stray too far from the comfort of your Ko Samui holiday rental, you can get your aquatic kicks with a spot of jet skiing, wakeboarding or flyboarding. If, on the other hand, you're keen to keep things tranquil, you could explore the captivating coastline by kayak, or join a fishing expedition and head off across the ocean in search of barracuda, snapper and other highly-prized catches.

Weather

Best time to travel to Ko Samui holiday homes

Ko Samui holiday rentals are invariably in high demand, in part because the tropical climate guarantees blissful heat and plenty of sunshine at all times of year. January to March are particularly popular, when travellers flock from the northern hemisphere to banish their winter blues. These are also the driest months of the year on Samui. October and November are typically by far the wettest months of the year, and as such are best avoided if your travel plans are flexible. At all other times, you can expect a certain amount of rain, but this typically falls in short, sharp bursts.

Natural features

Jungle adventures in Ko Samui

If you can tear yourself away from the beach, inland Ko Samui is also awash with natural spectacle. For the ultimate island adventure, embark on a trek through lush jungle to the Namuang Waterfalls. The first is easily accessible, but the other is much more impressive, cascading from a height of 80 metres. Splashing around underneath it is an extremely rewarding way to cool down after an arduous hike. As you explore the island, you may catch a glimpse of cheeky wild monkeys or even a majestic monitor lizard.

Beaches

Best beaches near Ko Samui holiday rentals

Ko Samui has gorgeous beach locations for sunbathing, swimming and watersports. Holiday rentals are available near places like Chaweng Beach, a sandy beach with seaside amenities and vibrant nightlife, and Lamai Beach, a white-sand beach with a palm backdrop and waterfront bars. You could also visit Ko Taen, an island with sandy beaches and a colourful coral reef for snorkelling and diving.

How to get there

How to get to and around Koh Samui

Fly into Ko Samui (USM), the closest airport, located 7.3 mi (11.7 km) from the city centre.

Good for couples

Romance in Ko Samui holiday rentals

The picturesque surrounds in Ko Samui are perfect for a couple’s retreat. Holiday homes can be found near places like Secret Buddha Garden, a lush hilltop garden with waterfalls, statues of Buddha and native wildlife, and Bophut Beach, a sandy beach with a charming village containing shops, restaurants, bars and art galleries. You could also unwind at Laem Sor Pagoda, an ornate, golden pagoda with unique details in a serene oceanfront setting.

How many holiday rentals are available around Koh Samui?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,766 holiday lettings around Koh Samui. From 1,213 villas to 193 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Koh Samui?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Koh Samui. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Mae Nam: 1,833 holiday homes
  • Mae Nam Beach: 1,727 holiday homes
  • Moo 5: 268 holiday homes
  • Lamai: 398 holiday homes
  • Bophut: 878 holiday homes

HomeAway.co.uk offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Koh Samui! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Koh Samui?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Koh Samui. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Bo Phut Beach: 1,954 holiday rentals
  • Fisherman's Village Plaza: 1,954 holiday rentals
  • Bangrak Pier: 1,953 holiday rentals
  • Samui Go Kart: 1,954 holiday rentals
  • Tesco Lotus Koh Samui: 1,953 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Koh Samui listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.