Ko Samui Travel Guide

Ko Samui is the second biggest island in Thailand, and one of the most popular ones for tourists. In my Ko Samui review series, you’ll find plenty of information, including pictures and videos on various related topics – beaches, outdoor attractions, interesting markets, how to get to the island etc. Before I elaborate on the exact topics, I’d like to point out an important issue – the weather.

Most visitors are aware of 2-3 seasons in Thailand including the Monsoon season. You should keep in mind that on the eastern islands (Ko Samui, Ko Pangan and Ko Tao), the Monsoon season starts and ends in different dates than the rest of Thailand!! While in the rest of the country it begins around July and ends in October – the Monsoon season in the eastern islands starts and ends later – from October to December.

Of course, you can travel and explore Thailand throughout the year – regardless of seasons; the nature is at its best in the rainy season, which is good for hiking. However, when it comes to laid-back vacations on the beach (what you usually do in the islands) – the weather may intervene and change your plans.

For further information on the seasons in Thailand’s different regions, follow this link => When should I travel to Thailand?

The high tide and low tide – many tourists plan a fun vacation on one of the islands in Gulf of Thailand, lying on the beach and bathing in the sea – but once they arrive at the beach they find an unpleasant surprise: the water either cover the beach (high tide) and leave a narrow strip of sand, if at all, or retreat back hundreds of meters (low tide), leaving a wide, murky strip of mud, that is both unpleasant to see and makes bathing impossible. Most people are unaware of this issue, that may disrupt their vacation.

The reason to that is the strange phenomenon of high tide and low tide in the Gulf of Thailand.   

The following review will elaborate on high tide and low tide and suggest what to do => click the link

My Ko Samui Travel Guide Article Summary

Reaching Ko Samui – you can reach the island in various ways and transportation vehicles, and each way has its advantages and drawbacks. In this article you will find detailed information on the means of transfer to the island, along with useful tips and video.

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Ko Samui Beaches – Though the most beautiful beaches in Thailand are on the western side (Andaman sea), you can find lovely beaches on the eastern side as well. On this review I will cover some of Ko Samui’s popular and less-known beaches.

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Ko Samui’s Natural Attractions and Viewpoints – Thailand’s most impressive natural attractions, such as waterfalls, rivers, lakes, unique temples etc., are mainly in land, at the north, center and south of the country, whereas the islands are more suitable for laid-back vacations. However, the islands also have several outdoor activities and attractions in nature, that offer a change from bathing in the hotel pool or hanging on the beach. This review covers famous natural attractions in Ko Samui – Ang Thong National Marine Park (the 42 islands archipelago), the Magic Garden, Na Muang waterfall and more. The review leads to detailed articles on each of the attractions including plenty of pictures and videos.

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The Fisherman Village – One of the most popular attractions in Ko Samui is an area that was once a fishermen’s village and transformed into a pleasant hang-out area with various restaurants, plenty of boutiques, pubs and more.

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Night Markets (pedestrian zone) – when evening falls, every night in different areas of Ko Samui – certain streets are closed for traffic as they turn into bubbly pedestrian zones, with various cuisines and clothing stalls, souvenirs, watches and trinket kiosks. In this article you’ll find information on the markets’ activity hours and locations on the different days of the week.

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