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About Koh Samui

Koh Samui is an island in Thailand. With a population of over 62,500 it is the third largest island in Thailand. Koh Samui is considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in Thailand. The breath-taking attractions which are scattered across this tranquil island, includes the relaxing Chaweng and Lamai beaches, as well as the Secret Buddha Garden.

Cheap flights to Koh Samui are now available for a limited time, sinking your feet in the soft sandy beaches are closer than you think! Koh Samui is home to Koh Samui International Airport (USM), which is a 5-minute drive to the main city. Koh Samui serves a multitude of airlines - including Bangkok Airways and Silkair. Popular international flights to Koh Samui departure from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Koh Samui is approximately 14 hours and 45 minutes.

Why visit Koh Samui



Visit Koh Phangan which is only two hours away for the best scuba diving experiences in Thailand, this place is famous for its full moon parties which is worth the experience!

Koh Samui Sightseeing


Enjoy a fun-filled day in Bophut, a working fishermen’s village which is transformed into a vibrant market with a plenty of handicrafts, clothing and delicious local street food!

Koh Samui Indulge


An island with healing powers from new-age therapies and Asian beauty secrets, to it being considered the spa capital of Thailand, Koh Samui is the best destination to simply unwind and indulge!

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Thailand
Currency Thai Baht ‎฿
Exchange Rate ~1 ZAR: ~2.44 THB
Language Thai
Hub Airport Samui International Airport
Time Zone GMT +7
Travel Adaptor Type A/B/C

Best time to visit Koh Samui

Koh Samui is sunny all year round. To be exact, the sun shines 300 days out of the year on the beautiful island. Anytime is a good time for a visit to this beautiful island.

Weather & Climate in Koh Samui

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 24°C 25°C 26°C 26°C 26°C 26°C 25°C 25°C 25°C 24°C 24°C 24°C
High °C 28°C 29°C 31°C 32°C 33°C 32°C 32°C 32°C 31°C 30°C 29°C 29°C
Rainfall(mm) 90 30 30 80 160 100 120 100 130 290 430 150


Koh Samui is the third largest island in Thailand. White-sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and rustling palm trees, set against a backdrop of lush, green hills and cloudless blue skies. This island paradise started out as a backpacker’s dream, but has become increasingly upscale over time.

There are plenty of on-shore activities as well. Try a gentle hike to one of the several waterfalls, or explore the Secret Buddha Garden, with its sculptures and views. There are also several temples on the island - Wat Khunaram Koh Samui even has the dubious attraction of a real, mummified monk.

There’s no shortage of shops and markets on Koh Samui, but you’ll need to be prepared to barter if you venture outside of established stores. Thai silk makes a wonderful souvenir, as do the hand carved wood crafts. Fisherman’s pants and hilariously worded t-shirts also belong to the many souvenir options.

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Visa & Customs

South African Passport holders do not need a Visa to visit Koh Samui,, Thailand if they are visiting for up to 30 days or less. Make sure that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps. The High Commission of South Africa in Bangkok Address: Floor 12 A, M Thai Tower, All Seasons Place, 87 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pratumwan, Bangkok, 10330 Telephone: + 66 2 659 2900. Fax: (+66) 2 685 3500 Email:

Health & Safety

Koh Samui has been said to be one of the safest places you could travel to in Thailand. Although it is a fairly safe place to visit it is advised to remain vigilant at all times as being in a new place can be overwhelming especially if you do not speak the language.

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Koh Samui
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 22.34
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 24.20
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 27.93
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 11.17
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 33.51

Where to stay?

There are various resorts and hotels on this island that are truly amazing. There are no hotels that are located at the Airport, but the best hotels and resorts are listed below: • Centara Grand Beach Resort ( • SALA Samui Choengmon Beach ( • Santiburi Beach Resort & Spa ( • Kanda Residence Pool Villa (

Get Around

Getting around Koh Samui is best done on a rented scooter, or a bicycle if you’re feeling energetic. If you prefer more than two wheels, you can rent a car, or use the buses and songthaews that run at regular intervals in busy areas. The various car hire dealerships that are located at the airport include: • Thai Rent a Car • Avis • Budget • Europcar • Hertz • Sixt

Main attractions in Koh Samui

Elephant Trekking

Elephant Trekking

Wat Plai Laem

Wat Plai Laem

Na Mueang-2 Waterfall

Na Mueang-2 Waterfall

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