Destination guide

Looking for the ideal tropical vacay? Go, go, go to Ko Samui

This tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand knows how to keep visitors happy. First, there's natural beauty – soft beaches, vivid coral, and mountains covered in untouched rainforest. Then, there's the food and drink – upscale international cuisine, noisy bars, and family-run seafood joints. Last but not least, there's the welcoming atmosphere and sense of fun. The local hospitality experts are ready to teach aspiring cooks about authentic Thai dishes, help explorers guide their scooters up winding mountain roads, point toddlers toward the gentlest waves, and take late-night carousing in stride.

Things to do

Let stunning statues lift your spirits in Ko Samui

Ko Samui's spectacular beaches are rivaled only by its inspirational temples and religious statues. Wat Plai Laem, set next to a Buddhist temple, is the most striking statue on the island. It's a representation of a Buddhist bodhisattva and sits on an island in a lake, its 18 arms arrayed like a fan. Wat Racha Thammaram features a red clay temple hall and a golden pagoda. Kids and adults will be wow-ed by the Hainan Temple, fronted by a shimmering pair of golden Chinese lions and decorated with colorful dragons.


Ko Samui gives beach perfectionists the chance to be choosy

It'll be easy to hunt down a stretch of fine sand near your Ko Samui vacation rental, and there's the right beach for everyone. Chaweng and Lamai Beaches are particularly lively, and in addition to the beautiful scenery you'll see everything from Italian pizzerias to Irish pubs nearby. If you have kids in tow or just appreciate quiet, peaceful beaches like Mae Nam abound as well. It has shallow water ideal for cautious swimmers. Boat cruises, cooking classes, and scooter tours are all popular ways to pass the time when you need a day off from the beach.


Try not to get Thai-ed up worrying about the rain

Ko Samui has a humid subtropical climate and is warm and wet for most of the year. Temperatures are miraculously stable, ranging from the mid-70s to the low-90s year round, and as an added perk, the island is drier than the rest of Thailand, with ideal weather touching down between January and March. Bring your rain gear no matter when you arrive, as sudden rainstorms are always a possibility, but if you book a Ko Samui vacation rental in February, you can count on afternoons sipping coconuts while soaking up a healthy dose of sun.

Natural features

Take in the views from mountain peaks or at underwater reefs

You'll likely find most options for a Ko Samui vacation rental near the coast, because the center of the island is unspoiled tropical jungle. Trek up the 2,000 feet to the peak of Khao Pom Mountain and you'll be treated to views of the lush terrain. The island's beautiful beaches are surrounded by colorful coral reefs, and divers are easily entertained all year. For nature lovers ready to devote a day to exploration, a trip to the pristine lagoons and limestone cliffs of Ang Thong Marine National Park is a must.

How to get there

How to get to and around Koh Samui

Fly into Ko Samui (USM), the closest airport, located 7.3 mi (11.7 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Koh Samui?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,777 vacation rentals near Koh Samui. From 1,174 Villas to 207 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Koh Samui for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Koh Samui?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Koh Samui. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Koh Phangan: 1,051 vacation rentals
  • Mae Nam Beach: 1,574 vacation rentals
  • Lamai Beach: 208 vacation rentals
  • Bophut: 795 vacation rentals
  • Moo 5: 301 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Koh Samui! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Koh Samui?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Koh Samui:

  • Koh Phangan: 1,051 rentals
  • Ban Tai: 1,060 rentals
  • Mae Nam: 1,663 rentals
  • Koh Madsum: 482 rentals
  • Ko Tao: 37 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Koh Samui?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Koh Samui. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Choeng Mon Beach: 1,765 rentals
  • Haad Yao Beach: 1,268 rentals
  • Haad Rin Nai Beach: 1,763 rentals
  • Samui Go Kart: 1,765 rentals
  • Wat Plai Laem: 1,762 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Koh Samui listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.