Best of Koh Samui travel guide

Elke l’Amie

                           15 February 201822 March 2016

Best of Koh Samui?

Koh Samui is one of the bigger islands in Thailand and has been popular for many years. It was one of the first islands in Thailand I visited. Is it still worth a visit or did it become too popular? Let me tell you my favorite spots and why it is still one of my favorite islands in Thailand. Get ready to read the best of Koh Samui. 

Looking for other gorgeous islands in Thailand? Check out “best islands to visit in Thailand”.


Exploring paradise at Koh Samui

Mae Nam Beach.

Best of Koh Samui: Party or Chill?

Koh Samui is an island of many flavors and maybe that is why I like it so much. The best of Koh Samui is that you can have it all on one island, just a motorbike ride away. So let’s see which flavor you like..;)

Party hard at Chaweng Beach road.

The place to party hard at Koh Samui is Chaweng Beach Road. Think about it as the Lloret de Mar of Koh Samui. On beach road, you will find all the bars and restaurants.

My favorite place to go to on Chaweng Beach Road is “Legends Bar“. A small bar with nice rock music (from the music legends of course) and delicious cocktails! Start the night here with a happy hour promotion.

Most places in Chaweng are western style, all aimed at drunk tourists ;-). Don’t get me wrong, party Chaweng Beach Road is very fun. But definitely not my favorite part of Koh Samui.

Think about Chaweng as the Lloret de Mar of Koh Samui.


Enjoy the chill beach bars at Bohput.

If you are more a chill / relaxing type of party animal, check out Fishermen’s Village in Bophut. Here you can relax on the beach with pillows. It is less crowded and the music is more relaxed than at Chaweng Beach. If you want to compare it to Spain again, it is more the Ibiza of Koh Samui. My favorite chill out spot on Samui!

Us Dutchies love to go to Spain for the holidays, therefore my comparison hehe. 😉

Chill’n at Bophut Beach

My favorite moment, waiting for sunset.

Best of Koh Samui; Beach

On Koh Samui, you can choose from many beaches. Most people go to the popular ones I already mentioned like Chaweng and Bohput.

Totally zen at Mae Nam

I almost wanted to keep this hidden treasure for myself, but it is just too good not to share. By far my favorite beach on Koh Samui is Mae Nam Beach. The sand is soft and it still nice and quiet compared to Chaweng Beach.

The first time I went to Mae Nam was in 2007 and there were hardly any people. I must admit that unfortunately more people discovered my little treasure. Because of this, I hesitated a little if I should share the best of Koh Samui with you. But it is just too good to not tell the world.


A little hidden treasure at Baan Tai Beach

Hidden treasure 

We found this little treasure after a nice stroll along the beach of Mae Nam.  I was looking for a nice spot to take pictures, without any people sunbathing in it. So we decided to go see what was beyond the end of the regular beach.

We were lucky the tide was low that we could walk past the rocks (you will have to go through the sea a little bit, but not much). And here we found this little-hidden treasure and my new favorite spot on Koh Samui island. There was literally no one there, and if you don’t mind to sit between the rocks you can even put a few towels down and do some sunbathing. Just keep in mind that if the tide is high, you wont be able to sit there as the beach will be completely covered by the sea.



And there we found this little-hidden treasure and my new favorite spot on Koh Samui island. 



How do you get to this hidden treasure? 

Get on your motorbike and drive all the way to the end of Baan Tai Beach. Here you can park your motorbike for a small fee. Walk to the beach and if you reach the end you see a large rock. If the tide is low, you are lucky and you can pass the rock, just walk a little through the sea. Here you find this little hidden treassure. 


Exploring paradise at Koh Samui



Best of Koh Samui; Viewpoint

A place you must visit on Koh Samui is the viewpoint. We were here on a very sunny day and it was so blue! Looked amazing! I wasn’t dressed in blue on purpose haha, but made it even bluer! For sure the best attraction of Koh Samui.

Viewpoint Koh Samui

Best of Koh Samui; Getting around on Koh Samui

Getting around Koh Samui is easiest by scooter. You can rent them anywhere around the island. But please be aware that you check if the scooter has any damage (and if the breaks work!!!) before you drive away. There are hardly any taxi’s, you can take a songtauw if you planning to drink. They drive around the island.

Accommodation at Koh Samui

As you probably know by now, the best of Koh Samui is in Mae Nam. I would recommend staying at a resort here, so you have the most beautiful beach around the corner. Everything else is just a scooter ride away.


A beautiful and luxury resort to stay is Mimosa Resort & Spa. The food is very good here too! Check rates here.


Photo spot at Baan Thai Beach (close to Mimosa Resort)

Koh Samui sign at Mimosa Resort

How to get to Koh Samui

Koh Samui has his own airport. You would think that this is very convenient and it is, but the annoying part is that the airport is owned by Bangkok Airways. Besides them, only Thai Airways offers direct flights from Bangkok. These companies are keeping the flight prices very high. So if you fly on Koh Samui itself you can expect a price that goes from 5000 –  9000 TBH per ticket. Crazy prices! Bangkok Airways just announced they stopped working with Thai Airways and will be the only airline that offers direct flights from Bangkok to Koh Samui. I am already afraid of the price increase!

Luckily there are other options to get to Koh Samui. The easiest way is to fly to Surathani. At the airport of Surathani, you can arrange transport to Donsak pier in Surathani, this will take you a little over an hour. From there it is just a 45 min ferry ride away. You will arrive at Nathon Pier.

If you like to book the bus and boat in advance you can also book it here.

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