Hat Chaweng and Hat Lamai are Koh Samui’s most beautiful and most popular beaches.
Both have a huge selection of accommodations suitable for every budget. Please note
that room rates increase during the high season, from December to July, when Samui
sparkles. The nightlife of each beach is different: Hat Chaweng is better for couples,
women and families, while single men are drawn to the beer bar culture of Hat Lamai.
These resorts, as well as Na Thon (Samui’s main town), have communications, exchange
and car/motorcycle hire facilities. Other beaches include Hat Choeng Mon, Hat Mae
Nam in the north and Hat Na Thon, the island’s major seafront settlement where shops,
restaurants and tour agencies are concentrated.
Apart from its many lovely beaches and tranquil bays, Koh Samui is also noted for
its high quality coconuts that grow densely everywhere. The best time to visit Koh
Samui is from February to April when the sea is calm. The Southern dialect and the
standard Thai language are spoken while English is widely understood in tourist areas.
Getting to Koh Samui
Bangkok Airways fly from Bangkok to Koh Samui 13 times daily. The flight takes about
one hour and ten minutes. It also offers daily flights between Phuket and Samui.
For more information, call its Bangkok office, 0 2229 3456 0 2229 3456 0 2229
3434 0 2229 3434 Samui office, 0 7742 2512 - 9 0 7742 2512 - 9 or Samui
Airport Office 0 7724 5601-8
0 7724 5601-8
Air-conditioned and non air-conditioned buses leave Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal
for Surat Thani several times daily. The trip takes about 11 hours. For further information,
call 0 2435 1199 0 2435 1199 0 2435 1200 0 2435 1200
From Bangkok, take Highway 4 (Buddha Monthon Road) through Phetchaburi and Chumphon
Provinces and then drive on to Highways 41 and 401 to Surat Thani Province. From
Surat Thani, visitors can take their cars to Koh Samui through a vehicle ferry at
Donsak Pier. The trip takes 1.30 hours.
Several trains leave Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Station for Surat Thani daily. The trip
takes about 12 hours. Train / bus / ferry combination tickets are also available.
For more information, call Hua Lamphong Railway Station, 0 2223 7010