Koh Samui Inspiration

A cosmopolitan island

Koh Samui Inspiration

Koh Samui is Thailand’s 3rd largest island, after Phuket and Koh Chang. Despite this, the island is only 21 km at its widest point and 25 km in length.

The main road around Koh Samui is approx. 50 km and by renting a scooter, you can explore the many beaches and bays that the road leads to.

Go on adventures and drive along the many small unmarked dirt roads. It is on these trips that you can experience some of Koh Samui‘s best and completely deserted beaches.

Koh Samui is Thailand’s 3rd largest island, after Phuket and Koh Chang. Despite this, the island is only 21 km at its widest point and 25 km in length.

The main road around Koh Samui is approx. 50 km and by renting a scooter, you can explore the many beaches and bays that the road leads to.

Go on adventures and drive along the many small unmarked dirt roads. It is on these trips that you can experience some of Koh Samui‘s best and completely deserted beaches.

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Koh Samui is a cosmopolitan island. The island attracts everyone from backpackers to the richest guests.

The backpackers, often for a month or two, stay in small, simple bungalows as close to the beaches as possible and primarily in the northernmost areas.

Wealthy guests check in at the many luxurious resorts or villas along Koh Samui‘s white sandy beaches.

The beaches

The beaches of Koh Samui are definitely the ones that attract the most visitors.

Everyone has their own desire for what a good beach should be. On Koh Samui there are beaches for everyone.

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There are beaches for those who prefer them almost deserted with nothing else to do but lie in a hammock with a good book.

Or beaches for those who want a sun bed, where the bar is within easy reach and where you are assured that the Sigha beers are served in a steady stream to the sound of some background music.

Traveling with kids, teens as the youngest, there are family friendly beaches with plenty of activities on both land and in water. Or just shallow water that the little ones can play in.

Whatever beaches you prefer, they are found on Koh Samui, and with the white powder sand they stretch for several km.

Koh Samui’s eastern coastal towns are the most touristy.

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Chaweng Beach

Chaweng Beach is the busiest town and all along the beach, there are resorts, restaurants and bars side by side.

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Lamai Beach

Lamai Beach is the second largest beach – also with plenty of resorts, restaurants and bars, but with a more relaxed atmosphere than Chaweng.

Bophut

In the northeast, Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village is located. A smaller village which, unlike Chaweng and Lamai, is far quieter and with slightly higher stardard shops and only a few resorts.

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Maenam Beach

In the northernmost you’ll find Maenam Beach – Koh Samui‘s most tranquil and tropical beach paradise. Here you will find neither parties nor bars.

Building Restrictions

Koh Samui is unique! The island stands out from Thailand‘s other major islands such as Phuket, by having special building requirements.

– No buildings may be built higher than the nearest coconut palmtree.

So while a palm tree can be quite tall, there are no buildings much taller than 3-4 storeys – and far from as tall as seen along Phuket’s coast and town.

Furthermore, most resorts on Koh Samui are built mostly as villa or bungalow style, which also contributes to giving the island a unique atmosphere.

Koh Samui is a beautiful island, the air is clean and there are still sandy beaches that are by no means crowded.

Get much more inspiration to Koh Samui, read the “Guide to Koh Samui” which has many more details about the green and lush island, the areas and the many experiences that await you.

Guide to Koh Samui

A guide to the beaches

How to get to Koh Samui

From Bangkok to Koh Samui

Attractions on Koh Samui

Experiences on Koh Samui

Hotel recommendations – stay here

Tours to the best sights

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