we were 6 people came first time to Samui it was really great experience the Resort was totally on the beach with a very calm and great locations specially ideal for honey mooners, specially the staff were excellent, we also rented bikes from resort on a very cheap rate.
the stay was really unforgettable we will certainly go with our families, the resort was 2km far from the main market but near by every things were available.
Tips: daily trips to surrouding islands - especially Angthong Marine National Park, note: temples to be located in the south are not easy to be "detected", very nice beach at Chaveng Noi (south Chaveng); very cheap renting of motorcycles (4-7 EUR per day)
My forth visit and keeps getting worse. A very noisy island where you are constanly bombarded by party, thai boxing, shooting range and japanese massage messages played repetitivly and extremly loundly most of the day and night.
The taxis are a complete rip off who refuse to use meters even though legally obliged and everything in general is about 30% more expensive than the mainland. I will not be coming back.
expected blue clear water with amazing beach and nice urban area, but found something else... still nice place to relax, highly recommend to take the 42 islands tour, the waterfall do not worth the burden
I was in Samui 3 nights before leaving to Koh Phangan for the Fullmoon party. Unfortunately, the weather was not so nice because it rained but my friends and i still went for a swim in the pool.
We had Thai massage near the beach where we can listen to the waves which for me is very relaxing. When the sun is shining, there are many other outdoor activities like kayaking, stand-up paddling, sunbathing, etc. It is easy to buy stuff (food, sunglasses, drinks, beach balls, more like what you need on the beach) since people who sell these will come up to you. Many great food and fruits here as well, you've got to try the banana-nutella crepe :) We party three nights, which was every night we were there, more like a preparation for the fullmoon party haha. There are also a tour to other islands, Koh tao+ Koh Nangyuan where you can scuba diving or go up to a view point.
Don't get me wrong, I totally love Samui. But for a person who has the luxury to holiday in Thailand several times a year, there are better places to go, depending on what you want.
For one, Samui shopping & hotel variety and prices are definitely not the cheapest in the country. IMHO this iS because Samui sees much less crowds than say BKK or Phuket. The latter two are also much better in terms of food & nightlife besides the hotels & shopping I just mentioned. Also regional flights cost nearly double that of BKK & Phuket. Something to do with airport taxes I gather. There are no direct flights to Samui from outside the region & semi limited/expensive flights from within. This doesn't make it worthwhile for travelers staying less than a week or first time visitors without a gameplan. There are some great neighboring islands to Samui, ie Phangan, Tao & the other dozens that scatter the area. However, unlike Phuket, the travel agents day tours available are slightly lacking in terms of sights and price. Best would be to do your homework and pick a few to stay the night instead. Most hotels can arrange transport for you, else get on the daily ferry for cheap. Finally, the main groups of travelers visible on chaweng & haad rin are the full moon party goers. Think Mardi Gras with possibly less clothing with equal amounts for booze and drugs. This might deter families or elderly groups as brash young noisy inebriated party animals spill out to the streets throughout that 'time of the month'. For those who go in search of this, my advice is stay on chaweng and hop over to Phangan for a couple of days during the full moon. So yeah, great place, great sights but overall in Thailand, Samui will never score higher than places like Phuket & BKK (includes surrounding areas close enough to day trip) in terms of food, fashion, shopping, sights, sports, nightlife, history, hotels and the likes. If you've never been, I suggest you head there first.
Airport or boat, koh samui is easily accessible. Quite a large island, there is a lot to do here. View points, mountains, boat trips, shopping, nightlife, restaurants etc.
.. lovely beaches and friendly locals.
As mentioned before on the Hotel review, Samui is victim of mass tourism, not bad but overrated and overpriced , won't be back, better places to see in Thailand .
Samui is the least desirable of the Thai islands. It has been commercialised and over populated. Locals have got tired of the tourism and view it is a nuisance.
Samui is not as big as Phuket but more natural than Phuket. It is a good place for relaxing yourself especially spa and massage are at a very reasonal prices.
Seafoods in Samui can find in everywhere and they are all very fresh and well cooked.
Samui lost the Thai charm that you still find in Koh Chang. To many tourists and business. Hard to find the Thaismile that you still find at the East Coast.
Samui is a lovely holiday destination and a great place to visit. Chaweng beach has some good hotels right on the beach and excellent cheap places to eat.
You can go out on day trips via boat to visit other islands from here, the snorkelling is great.
Samui is an island that become famous now which good but also bad in the same time as it is become too many people when comparing with the past 5-6 years.
Caters for broad spectrum of traveler - from wealthy to back backers. Be careful where you choose to stay, which also depends on what you want.
If it is mostly nightlife - Chaweng. More quieter secluded relaxing time maybe to the north or NW [Maenam / Bang Po / Thong Phiu] in a resort. Lamai has a big mix. Scooter / car rental good idea to do your own thing. Sporting things included diving, snorkeling, kayaking, jet skiing, parasailing, kick boxing [very popular], Cable Rides etc. All sorts of food outlets from good restaurants to local family eateries. People very friendly, helpful & easy going. Was a bit disappointed at the beaches & getting access to them, if it wasn't part of your resort.
There is something for everyone in Koh Samui. Golf, temples, islands for snorkeling, diving and not to mention tonnes of great places to eat.
having seen the island of Samui 20 years ago the last time, I have to say it has changed a lot (but then the whole world had changed).
Chaweng area is very busy and there can be traffic jams, especially in the afternoons. Bophut and Maenam still has its charme, but it became also more busy. The beach isn't that great, but is is less crowded and cheaper at Lamai Beach.
Samui has nice beaches and many tourist attractions. The local food is very good. There are many kind of travel there not only beach.
However, when we went for other island, the quality of sea is not good.No coral to see when snorkel.
Beach is a site focused on nightlife, beautiful beaches and if you have a car there is no problem relax in nature and attractions .
. very happy to be returning to Koh Samui
Perfect weather all year round with direct flights from Singapore. Not as economical as Phuket or Krabi but the people are nicer.
no need to tak taxi beacuse its quiote expensive. can rent a motor and only cost 200bht per day. can go AKH BAr at night time .
very happening bar ,
NICE PLACE TO STAY YOU CAR HIRE CAR AND MOVE AROUND ,AT NGT PARTY IN ARK BAR IN BEACH WILL BE BEST THINGS TO DO AND NIGHT
great place to vacation, especially during low season, try and stay at least 2-3 weeks because there is so much to do.
sun bathing everyday at the beach, riding motorcycle to anywhere, rental for small and cute motorcycle is 150 THB
Samui is a melting pot of drinking joints and restaurants with a huge selection from fine dining to street food.
For adventurous individuals, there is the nature reserves, marine parks and the waterfalls to explore. For couples going for their honeymoons or anniversary trips, there is a string of spas to relax and unwind and also the sandy beaches to take a stroll. For individuals whom are on a soul searching journey, there are various religious locations around the island and also places offering yoga lessons.
Honeymoon couples should try Krabi instead. Its a better place. Koh-Samui is over ratted and over crowded.
Very small town. Can easily access by foot and motorcycle. easy to find halal food especially for muslim.
this is a very happening beach. every month got a fullmoon party there . can go and had funs there .
very good beach & place but very poor ferry transport & ferry management. im wait 6 hour for my turn.