Island Samui has good infrastructure. It is quite overcrowded. The west part provides you big beaches with nice possiblity of all water activities. The island has aslo very nice nature, you will find many waterfalls. If you are friend of elephant or tiger activities you can find there some animal parks. Ko Samui is not a place where you will have a feeling that you are only one survivor on island for that case you go to Tao or Lanta. Go to Fisherman village and try all good and tasty food which you will find.
The best Island in all.of Thailand. If you want to party, relax,or anything in between.... come for the Party, stay for the friendship....
Koh Samaui is a magical place! I would highly recommend visiting this island. This island was devastated by the tsunami in 2004 but they have rebuilt and made it more secure. It’s truly a gorgeous island with fantastic people inhabiting it. Mostly everyone speaks English!
Keep it clean people! They have done a wonderful job of balancing tourism and ecological protection. The interior is definitely worth a trip. Take the shortcuts with a Moto through the jungle but leave time to snorkel and hit the sandy beaches.
Just arrived back here... and I have been here two years ago and visited Thailand several times. I think you find better places in Thailand and elsewhere. It's a bit too touristic and prices have risen. I prefer Koh Phangan (a little better) or Chiang Mai and northern mainland Thailand in comparison...
The most amazing island. Clean friendly affordable and I want to live there
Amazing island!! Amazing food and lovely friendly people. Can't wait to go back!!! A perfect honeymoon destination!
The most beautiful island ever. Great people great food amazing views
Amazing place. Little traffic clean beaches great seafood restaurants. People are outstanding and friendly. Walking around and seeing the sites is great. So much to do. No reason for you to visit Bangkok, Pattaya or any other areas of Thailand everything you need is here. Please plan your whole trip here it is worth it.
Best island for relaxing anywhere. Great for everyone of any nationality and race , religion and gender.
While it does have it's pros (beaches, mountains, shopping all in one place), it's got too many cons to make up for it. First of all it's crowded and expensive, with way too much traffic. The worst part is transportation, both to/from the island and on it. Two times I've had minivan pickups booked via a tour company and a hotel not show up at all, resulting in a panicky taxi ride in order to not miss the boat. The boat, which leaves from the opposite side to all the major beaches and places to stay. Taxis are only an emergency option as their prices are ridiculously inflated. So plan with at least 3 hours margin if you need to catch a boat. And even then, be prepared to pay astronomical amounts for a taxi when your minivan doesn't show up. Oh, and get used to touting Indian tailors and seafood restaurant people. Or just go somewhere more relaxing, like Krabi, Phangan or the north of Thailand...
The most beautiful island in Thailand I have visited so far. What makes Samui so special as there are so many so beautiful places in Thailand? First, it is its size, so there is everything from airport to ferry. Second, there are beautiful beaches everywhere and you can easily go by your own by motorbike for 200 Baht per day. Third, there is so much to see, from temples to rocks and waterfalls to markets. Last but not least, it is cheap. Sure, going there is not easy (bus and ferry are cheap but inconvenient) or not cheap (the most expensive flight tickets in Thailand if you fly directly). But as you are here, the motorbikes are cheap. Resorts are cheap. Food is cheap. There is luxury, though, and there are dirty places, too, just avoid them and enjoy your time.
This will be my 3rd trip to Samui this May which is the latest in the year I would visit so far..February- April is high season but crowded especially the lines for outer island tours so I changed my travel dates to later in the year to the beginning of low season. I've been to Phuket also but I like Samui better. Phukets good but Samui is my type of holiday. Look, nowhere is without it's faults but this island chain ticks all the right boxes as far as I'm concerned. Yes it was cheaper years ago and yes there where less people blah blah blah. I wasn't able to travel back then and this is my time. I stay in Lamai for the peace and quiet, travel to Cheweng for the crowds. If you like the non stop party atmosphere stay at Cheweng. I generally spend at least 3 weeks on the Samui Islands gallivanting and frolicking on Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Thong Marine park as well as some of the smaller but relatively unknown closer island you can generally sea from Samui mainland. Yeeeeeew
Samui is a great example of modern day colonialism and global free market capitalism. The island has been taken over by resorts and western owned bars, restaurants, and hotels, while the workers live in little slums behind all the fancy glitz and glam. Because of this, it is highly overpriced and a waste of money. People who say you can still find little unfound ‘gems’ here are benighted.
Beautiful island offering full range of activities. Airport and ferry gets you connected with surrounding islands and the rest of the country. Great place to visit or to leave.
Love Samui! Great place to stay is "Rockwell Boutique suites", plus they have cool custom motorbikes and 4x4's for rent. I spent many months here and made friends with many locals. Be nice and good to them and they will be the same to you. I'm from Canada....
Amazing place! Gorgeous nature, delicious food and great people! Can find anything from cheap street food to a five star restaurant. Take a boat trip to nearby islands to snorkel with tropical and you won't regret it. Loved the Gecko bar up on the hill with a pool and an amazing view! Can't wait to go back there! Well worth the money