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Enjoy Holidays On The Beautiful Island of Koh Samui in Thailand
On our first visit to Thailand a few seasons ago, we left the bustling City of Bangkok and made our way to the beautiful tropical island known as – 🏝 Koh Samui.
Situated in the Gulf of Thailand, this island is quickly becoming a favorite among tourists, arrivingfrom all parts of the world!
This lovely tropical get-a-way is just perfect. It’s not too big and not too small, making for that perfect relaxing holiday.
Yet, there’s still lots to see and do, and filled with hotels, resorts, restaurants, bars and so much more!
Koh Samui Thailand Holidays – A Brief Look
The Beautiful Koh Samui Airport
Situated just 35 kilometers from Thailands mainland, Samui is the second largest island in the country. Yet it’s still small enough to enjoy that feeling of escaping to a tropical vacation paradise.
It has an area of under 230 square kilometers, and a local population of well under 75,000 people.
Tourism and 🥥 coconut export are the islands main source of income.
Koh Samuihas experienced tremendous growth over the last few years. More 🏨 beautiful resorts, restaurants and other tourist attractions are popping up throughout the island, due to tourist demand.
As well and what makes Koh Samui so special, is that it is surrounded by approximately sixty other islands. There’s also the stunning 🌴 Angthong Marine National Park,just a short boat ride away.
The Island has the most beautiful private 🛬 airport that I have ever seen, making access to the island by air very easy. You can easily find 🛫 flights to and from;
and many other destinations quickly and easily.
Regular ⛴ ferry service is also available for more budget minded passengers traveling to and from the mainland.
Where To Stay On Your Koh Samui Thailand Holiday
One of Many Magnificent Resorts in Koh Samui
Today, the choice for accommodations in Samui vary greatly!
Choose from ⭐ 5 star luxury resorts, to simple inexpensive hostels geared for adventuresome back packers. Select your meals from the countries very popular inexpensive food carts, to find dining prepared by world class chefs.
The choice is enormous and sure to fit most anyones 💰 budget!
Koh Samui now hosts over 1.5 million tourists year round, now making this one of the most popular vacation destinations, next to Phuket.
The Weather In Koh Samui
A Beautiful Tour Boat Docked in Koh Samui
Koh Samui is a 🏝 tropical islandand inland, parts of the island have dense 🌴 tropical forest.
Do expect some rain at anytime in any month of the year. The 🌧 rainy season is typically – October through to mid December. This is when rain can be very heavy at times, and continuing for days on end.
The ☀ dry season runs from December to March, making January and February ideal months to visit Thailand.
We visited Thailand at the end of January to mid February, and the weather was perfect! We experienced a couple of heavy, but very brief 🌧 rain showers during our 3 week stay.
Average daily temperatures during our stay ranged from – 28 to 30 degrees Celsius, with high humidity at all times.
The dry hot season usually runs from April to September or early October. This is when one can expect very warm temperatures and ver high humidity!
The Choice Is Yours For Your Koh Samui Holiday
Lovely Choengmon Beach
You have a few options available for getting to and from the City of Bangkok to Koh Samui.
You can take a 🚌 bus and ⛴ ferry, or take the 🚂 train and ⛴ ferry. Both options are the cheapest way, but also take the longest time. You can also fly directly to the island quickly, which we chose to do.
Depending on your time, schedule and budget, the choice is yours!
Be sure to check out my previous post about our ✈ flight from ✈ Bangkok to Koh Samui, and the other options for getting to and from this beautifulisland.
Discover The Beautiful Beaches Of Samui
From small pristine coves to large stretches of sandy beaches lined with resorts, bars and restaurants, you will be sure to find your perfect holiday hide-a-way on this wonderful island.
If you prefer a more quiet setting to relax and just get away from it all, or you want to be where the action is, it’s all here for you to enjoy.
We tried to visit as many of the more popular beaches on the island during our stay, and we each of us had our own favorite. Be sure to take a look at my other posts and pictures on my blog here, on the various beaches located throughout the island.
Why notcheck out my favorite – 🌅 Lamai Beach to get started.
🌎 Lonely Planet hasa very informative webpage as well, to help you get started on your Koh Samui vacation. I’ve listed the page link below for your convenience.
A Few Extra Travel Tips And Suggestions
During our holiday stay, I did make notes of a few helpful tips that I were worth sharing with you here. Hopefully, they can assist to help make your stay just a bit better.
These tips are especially helpful for those who may be traveling with 👪 children.
- 🧴 Sunscreen – Be sure to pack enough for your entire journey. Not surprisingly, sunscreen is very expensive on the island. Local businesses do raise prices for necessity items, especially in the main tourist areas.
- 🧒 Strollers – Don’t take a large baby stroller with you!
We watched many people struggle with large strollers on the streets and sidewalks of Koh Samui. Sidewalks are very narrow, with broken and uneven pavement, drains and so forth.
- 🐕 Dogs – They are free to roam everywhere!
You will find them under your dining tables, to just lying down in the lobby of 5 star hotels. We didn’t encounter any dogs that were unfriendly towards people, but be aware that they are free to roam and considered to be Good Luck for Thai people and their culture.
Modern Convenience Stores Are Everywhere
🚚 Popular Truck Taxi (Songtaew) In Koh Samui
- 🕷 Sea Lice – Our first experience ever with Sea Lice. We found them in the waters on a few excursions and shallow beaches.
They are annoying as mosquitoes!
They feel like a pin prick in the water, are invisible and for some will cause a rash. So if you have small children, be aware!
- 🤿 Excursions – There are many different tour excursions to choose from. From snorkel and scuba dive trips to scenic tours on and around the Island, there are many to select from. Tour offices and kiosks are situated all over.
It’sbest to wait until you have arrivedon the Island to book your excursions.
You can wheel and deal for great prices, especially if you have a number of people in your party. As well, the weather can be a factor, so its best to wait and keep up with the daily weather forecast.
Typical Thailand Beach Vendor
We loved our afternoon snacks and lunches brought to us on the beach by the local vendors!
🍊 Fresh cut fruit; barbeque corn on the cob; spring rolls; barbeque chicken; fish; fresh doughnuts; ice cream and much more! 🍩
There you have it!
I’ve listed just a few tips, hopefully toassist in your holiday planning to Koh Samui. I am sure you will enjoy a great vacation to Thailand and the Island of Koh Samui as much as we did!
Safe and Healthy Travels!
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