Koh Samui: a beautiful island where coconut beaches, scuba diving and spa indulgence welcome you
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 steeped in traditional Thai culture and considered one of the most beautiful islands in Thailand. Popular attractions include the Chaweng and Lamai beaches, Na Muang Waterfall, Ko Taen Island and the Secret Buddha Garden.
It is time to sink your feet in the soft sandy beaches and surrender to paradise, because Cheap flights to Koh Samui are now available for a limited time! Koh Samui is home to Samui International Airport (USM), which is a 5-minute drive from the main city. Koh Samui serves a multitude of airlines, including Bangkok Airways and Silkair. Popular international flights to Koh Samui depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Koh Samui is approximately 14 hours and 45 minutes.
Popular flights to Koh Samui
* Please note that the prices are subject to availability and block out dates do apply over peak season.
Why visit Koh Samui
From zip-lining over cascading waterfalls, night time paddle boarding and breathtaking scuba diving, to sipping on cocktails in a tropical island ice bar, Koh Samui abounds with unique and unforgettable adventures.
Visit Bophut, a working fishermen’s village which is transformed into a vibrant market teeming with local handicrafts and traditional street food, or explore Wat Plai Laem, a colourful Buddhist temple village.
An island with healing powers from new-age therapies and Asian beauty secrets, Koh Samui is the best destination to unwind your mind and indulge your body. It is considered the spa capital of Thailand.
Essential details you need to know before your trip
1 ZAR = 2.44 THB
Samui International Airport (USM)
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
Koh Samui is the third-largest island in Thailand. It is a place where white-sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and rustling palm trees, nuzzle 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.
On-shore, the island abounds with activities and unforgettable experiences. Try a gentle hike to one of the many shimmering waterfalls, or explore the Secret Buddha Garden, with its fascinating 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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South African Passport holders do not need a visa to visit Koh Samui, or anywhere else in Thailand for stays up to 30 days. You will need to ensure your passport has a validity of at least 6 months and 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
The High Commission of South Africa is situated in Bangkok.
Address: Floor 12 A, M Thai Tower, All Seasons Place, 87 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pratumwan, Bangkok, 10330
Phone: + 66 2 659 2900
Koh Samui has been said to be one of the safest places you could travel to in Thailand. However, although it is a fairly safe place to visit, you should still maintain vigilance and use common sense as you would in any other unfamiliar city or country.
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught)
Taxi 1 km (Normal Tariff)
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)
From idyllic luxury resorts to rustic beach bungalows hidden between tropical jungle, Koh Samui abounds with island accommodation suited to every budget.
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. There are a number of car hire dealerships located at the airport.