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White sands of Koh Samui

Book flights to Koh Samui where paradise beaches sit alongside hillsides teeming with lush, tropical jungles.

Koh Samui stands apart even among Thailand’s stunning array of islands. Luxury travellers after a boutique hotel on the beach, and families in search of an all-inclusive resort, will both be equally delighted by all it has to offer.

sandy beach with palm trees koh samui

Its coastal wonders, stunning temples and elegant resorts can easily be navigated and explored.

Gaze in awe at the golden Big Buddha and soak up the Thai sun, or retreat to the shade of the leafy palms that line the sands and sip on some fresh coconut milk.

Head inland to explore hiking trails and waterfalls such as Hin Lat, or dig into street food by Chaweng beach.

Fly to Koh Samui with Etihad, and embark on a true Thai adventure.

What's the weather like in Koh Samui?

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Koh Samui enjoys a tropical climate, with hot weather throughout the year – averaging 29°C from April to August, when rainfall is also relatively low. Rainy season is at its height in October and November.

Book your Koh Samui plane tickets to travel between December and March, and you can expect slightly cooler average temperatures of around 26 to 28°C. February and March are the driest months.

Reasons to visit Koh Samui

beach and palm trees koh samui

Blissful beaches

The south of Thailand is synonymous with picture-perfect beaches, and Koh Samui is no exception.

If you’re looking for a lively atmosphere, then Chaweng beach is the best place to visit, with Thai boxing to watch and live music to enjoy.

Maenam offers a more secluded vibe, with a selection of exclusive resorts tucked away behind the palm trees. Bophut was once a quiet fishing village but has recently seen a string of stylish shops and restaurants popping up, and boutique hotels lining the shore.

Find your perfect beach when you book your Koh Samui flights.

colourful temple koh samui

Peaceful temples

Take a break from your sun lounger to visit some of the many temples dotted across the island.

These incredible sites and structures are well worth a visit, to truly immerse yourself in the culture and heritage of Thailand.

The most famous temple in Koh Samui is home to the Big Buddha, a gigantic statue decorated in gold gilding that dominates the skyline around.

If you’re planning on visiting these temples during your trip, be sure to prepare by packing modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees.

waterfall in koh samui

Hiking trails and waterfalls

Many people fly to Koh Samui for the pristine beaches and warm seas. Further inland, natural beauty continues to astound.

Take the chance to get off the beaten track and into the lush jungles that sprawl across the mountainsides.

Hiking trails wind their way past waterfalls and up hills to reward you with spectacular views of the island landscape. Hin Lat is one of the best waterfalls to visit. It boasts a beautiful walk that leads through the jungle to reach two impressive waterfalls, with a small pool where you can cool off after your hike.

Things to know before you fly to Koh Samui

currency Currency

Koh Samui uses the official currency of Thailand, the Thai baht (TBH). Exchange your money before flying to Koh Samui, at the airport or one of the local banks.

Many on the island are open Monday to Saturday, with some also opening on Sundays.

plane Airport transfers

The most convenient way to get from Koh Samui International Airport to your onward destination is a private airport transfer with Etihad. Book when arranging your Koh Samui plane tickets, and your driver will be waiting on arrival.

Taxis, hire cars and bus services are also available.

charities Cultural considerations

If you plan on visiting any of Thailand’s religious sites during your stay on the island, it’s a good idea to dress modestly.

It’s best to make sure your knees, shoulders and chest are covered during visits to temples.

holiday Public holidays

Thai New Year, Songkran, is generally celebrated from April 13 to 15. Locals travel home to be with their families and you’ll find some businesses close over the duration.

The event is also marked with traditional water fights – which can be extremely fun to watch or even participate in.

Flying to Koh Samui: FAQs

How many days should I spend in Koh Samui?

Koh Samui is a great place to relax and unwind, and there are plenty of spiritual and religious sites to admire as well as the famous beaches.

We recommend staying for at least a week to give you enough time to embrace its atmosphere. This also gives you time for day trips to other nearby islands, like Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.

What is the food like in Koh Samui?

Koh Samui’s culinary offerings span the full range of mouth-watering meals, from high-end dining in resort restaurants to delectable street food, including traditional Thai dishes.

Try some of the local seafood, or the delicious coconut milk and jam – something Koh Samui is famous for.

Where is the best place to stay in Koh Samui?

This depends on your preferences, but the most popular destination for travellers is close to Chaweng beach, which has numerous shops, restaurants and plenty of serene sand to relax on.

Quieter areas of the island, such as Choeng Mon and Maenam, are better suited to those looking for a more secluded atmosphere.

What is Koh Samui famous for?

Koh Samui is famous for its coconut groves, idyllic beaches and serene jungle landscapes and waterfalls.

The iconic Big Buddha monument is also widely celebrated.

Why we love Koh Samui

“The beautiful beaches of Thailand’s islands are incomparable, and Koh Samui has some of the best within easy reach of one other. We love that you can be in the vibrant heart of Chaweng one moment, and by a peaceful waterfall not long after.”

Weather in Ko Samui

28 °C
Friday25 Sep 2020
28 °C
Saturday26 Sep 2020
28 °C
Sunday27 Sep 2020
28 °C
Monday28 Sep 2020
26 °C
Tuesday29 Sep 2020
28 °C
Wednesday30 Sep 2020
29 °C
Thursday1 Oct 2020
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