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Koh Samui

Mark and David's verdict:

Koh Samui has moved upmarket from its backpacking heyday but lost little of its natural charm. Amid the coconut groves and palm trees you’ll find gorgeous luxury hotels and spas, plus countless beaches where you can swim, chill, party and dine under the moonlight with your toes in the sand.

Recommended tour operator: Hayes & Jarvis

Hayes & Jarvis says

Koh Samui has moved on from hippy-retreat to become one of Thailand’s most popular holiday spots. This idyllic island in the Gulf of Siam has retained its laid-back atmosphere, making it one of our top-selling beach destinations.

  • Luxury spas
  • National marine park
  • Spectacular beaches

Koh Samui is just 25 kms long and 21 kms wide, making it easy to explore the powder-soft beaches, age-old coconut plantations and waterfalls.

The best of Koh Samui’s picture-perfect beaches are Chaweng, Lamai, Bo Phut and Choeng Mon. Keen scuba-divers and snorkellers will be in paradise here thanks to the island’s close proximity to the Ang Thong Marine National Park.

Koh Samui is also home to a colourful array of restaurants and bars, not forgetting the legendary beach parties.

We have selected a variety of beautiful resorts and hotels around the island to suit those seeking tranquil seclusion or a bit more action. We recommend Anantara BoPhut Resort & Spa for a true tropical island experience, the Centara Villas Samui on Natien beach, ideal for sun-worshippers, and the sensational SALA Samui Resort & Spa for an indulgent spa escape.

Our ‘unmistakable value’ offers from these hotels may include free room upgrades, meals, spa treatments and even two-weeks-for-the-price-of-one deals.

Hayes & Jarvis has specialised in tailor-made long-haul holidays for over 65 years. We offer great value for money and our well-travelled consultants offer expert, first-hand advice.

Click here for more about Hayes & Jarvis’ Koh Samui holidays. Also see the best time to visit Koh Samui.

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