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Koh Samui is the third largest island in Thailand, with 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.

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Why visit Koh Samui?

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
Thai Baht ‎฿
Dialing Code:
00 + 66 + Local Number
Exchange Rate:
~1 ZAR: ~2.44 THB
Time Zone:
UTC +7 (Koh Samui is five hours ahead of South Africa)
Drives on the left
Samui International Airport
Travel Adaptor:
Type A/B/C (Frequency-50Hz: 220V)

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 to visit.

The official language spoken in Koh Samui is Thai.

  • Koh Samui is considered to be one of the best islands in Thailand, and anywhere in the world.
  • Koh Samui has its own rum distillery and craft beer brewery.
  • This is Thailand’s third largest island.

Koh Samui is an island paradise, and the beaches and beautiful waters are the main attraction. The beaches vary from the extremely touristy Chaweng and Lamai beaches, to the more peaceful and deserted Choengmon Beach.

Bophut beach is a great starting point for dive tours - a very popular activity in the warm, Thai waters. Diving can be done all year round, but June and August are the best months. Visibility is excellent and the underwater mountains, coral gardens, plethora of sea life and even the occasional whale shark make this a really memorable experience.

There are plenty of on-shore activities as well. Try a gentle hike to one of 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 are also great options.

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.

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.

Koh Samui is known for serving up the best local dishes with strong aromatic components and a spicy edge that many cannot resist. Traditional Thai cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in the world, and one of the best Thai dishes to try would probably be Phat Thai. This dish consists of thin rice noodles, stir-fried with egg, tofu and shrimp, and seasoned with fish sauce, sugar, tamarind, vinegar and dried chilli. If this dish does not do it for you, then maybe a traditional green curry will- these are two of the most popular dishes in Thailand.

The best restaurants to visit when you are in Koh Samui consist of:

  • Barracuda Restaurant
  • Eating on Samui
  • Dining on the Rocks
  • Kob Restaurant
  • Lucky Restaurant
  • The religion that is found in Thailand is varied, there is no official state religion. There is freedom to practice any religion in Thailand, although it is considered to be more of a Buddhist place. There is a strong undercurrent of Hinduism and a large Thai Chinese population that practice traditional Chinese practices.

    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.

    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

    Item Cape Town Johannesburg Koh Samui
    Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 32.65
    Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 28.57
    Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 34.98
    Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 12.24
    Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 36.73

    Samui International Airport – USM is one of the pretties and best-maintained airports in the world. This airport is filled with beautifully landscaped tropical gardens, with plenty stylish shops and open-air trams that transport new arrivals into the thatches baggage area.

    Food and beverage: Whittard Coffee and Tea, The Blue Elephant.

    Currency Exchange: There may be no foreign exchange facilities at Samui Airport, so change currency before you arrive, or use an exchange bureau in the nearby city of Koh Samui.

    Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found in the terminal to airport security, who will direct you appropriately.

    Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Amari Palm Reef, The Waterfront Boutique Hotel & Café, Mercure Samui Chaweng Tana Hotel and Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa.

    Car Hire: Thai Rent a Car, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.

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    The information on this page is correct as of August 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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