Koh Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand just south of Koh Phang Ngan. Being one of the largest islands in the country, Samui is a favorite island getaway for tourists as well as locals because of its beautiful beaches and relaxed island atmosphere. Samui is served by Samui International Airport
which is located in the north near the beaches of Bo Phut and Chaweng.
Chaweng is Samui's most popular beach, and resorts in the area have direct access to the shoreline and the island's exciting night scene.
A 10-minute drive to the south is Lamai beach, which features hotels and resorts that are geared more toward rest and relaxation instead of nightlife. However, those looking for an exciting evening can head to the famous Lamai Walking Street
and take in the sights and sounds of Samui nightlife. There is a full range of hotels on Lamai Beach so travelers will find anything from backpacker hostels to luxury villas.
On the northern coast of the island is Bo Phut, which is far less developed than the other beaches and therefore offers a little more seclusion. Ang Thong Marine National Park
is also a popular destination among visitors to this island, especially those on a family vacation. Koh Samui is a favorite among vacationers because it offers a great balance between lazy days spent relaxing on the beach and exciting nightlife.
Find out where the hotels, attractions, and must-see destinations of Samui are located by exploring the interactive map on this page.