Samui Palm Beach Resort

Travel Tips to Koh Samui for a Memorable Experience

March 13, 2020
Samui Palm Beach Resort

Thailand is famous for its gorgeous and pristine beaches, its chilled out vibe, and its myriad of fun activities, such as snorkeling, scuba diving, cooking classes, surfing, and more. If you want to experience all of the above, then Koh Samui is the place to go!

Some would ask, why visit a place that is jam-packed with tourism and large hotel bunkers when there are better beaches in Thailand? Despite its reputation, Koh Samui is actually a giant mix of everything. You can find crowded beaches, and deserted sun-bathing bays. Run-down, dodgy bars are open for a wild night, while there are also chill bars that make you want to stay on the island. Mediocre tourist restaurants line up the other side of the street and street foods at the next. At Koh Samui, there will always be something for everyone!

Before you visit Koh Samui, however, it is strongly advised that you gather as much information as you can for your trip. If it’s your first time visiting this paradise, here are some travel tips to help you make the most out of your trip.

Koh Samui Weather

Relatively, the weather in Koh Samui is pleasant for most times of the year. As Thailand lies near the Equator between the Tropic of Cancer, expect warm and humid climate all year round. For those escaping the cold, Koh Samui is the place where cold weather is rarely felt, making it the perfect summer getaway. Vacationers can also enjoy the optimum weather conditions from December until August.

How to Get to Koh Samui

By boat: If you want to travel by ferry, travel from Surat Thani to Nathon ferry port, with ferries departing every 30-60 minutes from Donsak with a travel time of approximately 90 minutes. You can purchase bus tickets from Surat Thani airport with prices starting from 130 baht per journey.

By air: Domestic flights are available from Bangkok, Phuket, and Chang Mai, plus occasional international flights from Hong Kong and Malaysia. Koh Samui is the only Gulf in Thailand that has its own international airport, owned and operated by Thailand’s airline, Bangkok Airways. There are also budget flights available from various budget airlines, but most of the flights to and from here are via Bangkok Airways.

Cash and ATMs in Koh Samui

FOREX booths and ATMs are widely available in Koh Samui. Know that most FOREX booths close at 10 pm, so make sure you complete any transaction you need before that. Thai baht is the only currency dispensed by ATMs, and a charge of 180 baht is deducted every transaction, with a daily withdrawal limit of 20,000 baht. 

Activities to Do in Koh Samui

Koh Samui offers a plethora of activities for everyone to enjoy, from simply relaxing at the beach to fun beach sports. Consider the following activities for your enjoyment:

  • Diving – popular dive shops are available in Koh Samui that offer PADI courses to liveaboard dive trips. Wander in stunning dive sites in Thailand, including Sail Rock.
  • Waterfalls – small and unimpressive waterfalls to large and worth-visiting ones are found in Koh Samui. The famous Na Muang Waterfall is easily accessible from the main road by foot and features a small lagoon ideal for swimming.
  • Hin Yai and Hin Ta (Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks) – an interestingly-shaped rock formation, Hin Yai and Hin Ta is located close to Lamai Beach and offers a stunning view of Koh Samui’s marvelous coastline.


Koh Samui is a marvelous paradise of its own—blessed with stunning views, delicious food, friendly locals, and endless activities; there is always something for everyone for every budget. Make the most of your holiday in Koh Samui by staying at Samui Palm Beach Resort, the we!