Koh Samui Holidays
Famous for its beautiful palm-fringed beaches, resorts, coconut groves and dense mountainous rainforest, Koh Samui is a tropical paradise. Thailand’s second-largest island is breathtakingly beautiful, and a haven for active adventurers, party people and sun worshippers. Whether you’re snorkelling to enjoy a magical underwater world, sunbathing on a choice of beautiful beaches, travelling to the interior to explore the jungle or going shopping in the night markets, you’re in for a treat.
The island of Koh Samui is one of the most popular destinations for a beach holiday, no matter what type of travel experience you’re looking for. There are excellent spas and wellness retreats, and plenty of Koh Samui beach resorts to suit all budgets, offering numerous restaurants, bars and nightclubs, as well as legendary shopping.
Why travel to Koh Samui
- An island of incredible beauty, Koh Samui has a broad appeal and is popular with all kinds of holidaymakers.
- The coral reefs surrounding Koh Samui offer a fantastic underwater world.
- The water is warm year-round.
- It’s home to Big Buddha Beach, an idyllic setting for a holiday.
- Adventure sports and other exciting activities abound.
- You can enjoy dinner on the beach under the stars.
Visited by a variety of holidaymakers including the jet-set and budget travellers, Koh Samui holidays offer something for everyone, which is why it’s such a popular destination. Whether you’re looking for a holiday deal for your honeymoon or a quick escape to catch the last of the summer. Thompsons Holidays can arrange your Koh Samui travel package.
Things to do in Koh Samui
Thailand’s most beautiful island resort, Koh Samui is beautiful both on the beach and in the interior, offering an abundance of unique things to do while on holiday. There are so many hidden gems just waiting to be discovered that a holiday here is a different adventure every single day. Most of the action takes place in Chaweng, which is full of fast-food restaurants and bars and offers a raucous nightlife.
Other Koh Samui attractions include the coast of Mae Koh, which one can explore in a sea kayak to soak up the unspoilt beauty. Koh Samui’s jungle is also begging to be explored in a 4WD jeep with an experienced guide. Watersports activities are endless and include diving, kayaking, snorkelling and much more, depending on the Koh Samui resort you’re staying in. Exploring ancient temples and seeing some of the island’s unique rock formations are also popular with tourists.
Things to do in Koh Samui
- Go swimming under the Na Muang Waterfall.
- Take a day trip to Angthong Marine National Park to snorkel, swim and canoe in rocky limestone outcrops.
- Visit the golden Big Buddha statue at Wat Phra Yai Temple.
- The shopping in the night markets is excellent.
- Enjoy deep-sea diving off the island of Koh Tao.
- Enjoy the vibrant nightlife in the bars and nightclubs off Chaweng Beach.
- Explore the Buddha Secret Garden hidden deep in the jungle.
- Hire a car and explore the island at leisure to find hidden gems.
- Discover the natural rock formations of Hin Ta and Hin Yai near Lamai Beach.
- Shop for trinkets, clothing and local handicrafts in Bophut’s walking street marketplace.
- Watch a Thai boxing match at one of the island’s two stadiums.
- Enjoy a yoga class at Yogarden.
Koh Samui is a charming island, a playground full of fun and adventure holiday activities. Whatever type of holiday you’re looking for, you’ll find it here. Call Thompsons Holidays to assist with putting together a tailor-made Koh Samui travel package for you. Book now!
Know before you go...
- Thailand is an all-year-round destination. However, there are factors to consider when planning your holidays, such as seasonal weather and prices of flights and accommodation.
- Thailand has a tropical climate throughout the country, which means it is hot and humid year-round. The average temperature ranges from 18 to 38°C.
- March to May: High humidity and temperatures.
- November to February: Dry, cool temperatures and low humidity, but December does see a rainy season in Koh Samui specifically.
- May to October: Rainy season, general sunny with quick showers in the late afternoon and evening.
- South African passport holders do not require a visa for Thailand for a stay of up to 30 days.
- Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after travel to Thailand.
- Make sure your passport has at least 2 unused pages for any required entry/exit stamps.
- On arrival in Thailand, you will have to present a return ticket or onward travel arrangements.
- Flight duration from South Africa to Koh Samui via Singapore: 14 hours, 20 minutes.
- Time zone – Koh Samui is 5 hours ahead of South Africa.
- Currency: Thai Baht.
- Accepted currencies: US Dollars are the most common, although UK Pounds and Euro are also accepted.
- ATMs are found all over the country.
- Credit cards are widely accepted.
- Tip taxi drivers, waiters, guides and porters at your discretion.
- Bartering is expected.
- Thai is the country’s official language.
- English is fairly widely spoken in the popular tourist areas.
- Theravada Buddhism is Thailand’s main religion and a strong element of its culture. It is practised by 95% of the population.
- When visiting sacred sites and temples, dress conservatively. (See ‘What to pack’).
- Drinking water is not safe. It is preferable to drink bottled water in Thailand.
- No vaccinations are currently required. Please check with your doctor before you travel.
What to pack?
- Depending on when and where you visit, lightweight clothing for summer, warmer layers for winter.
- Lightweight rain jacket.
- Dress modestly when visiting sacred sites – no shorts or tank tops. Legs & shoulders must be covered. Long, loose pants and long-sleeved cotton shirts are best.
- Comfortable walking shoes.
- Sunscreen, lip balm, hat and sunglasses for summer holidays.
- Mini first aid kit and regular prescription medication.
- Hand sanitiser and insect repellent.
- Travel adaptor. Power outlets in Thailand generally feature flat, two-pronged plugs, though some feature holes for round plug ends. Few outlets feature three holes (grounded outlets) so it is often necessary to have a three-to-two-prong adapter. Thailand operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
What can I do to be a responsible traveller?
- Support local artisans.
- Respect each other's cultures and customs.
- Be safety conscious: don’t display cash or valuables. Leave jewellery and expensive watches at home.
What do I do in an emergency?
- Contact the Thompsons Holidays 24-hour care line to assist.
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