Destination Guide >> Koh Samui

Koh Samui


Koh Samui is known around the world for its breathtaking palm-fringed beaches, lush forested hillsides and sophisticated tourist amenities. The island's manageable size and close proximity to smaller offshore islands make it a mecca for water sports such as sailing and scuba diving, while on land a plethora of fine dining and upscale entertainment options draws visitors from around the world to enjoy the best in boutique beachside bliss.


Considering a villa holiday in Koh Samui?  Here's some useful information to get you started on your vacation planning.


  • Island located 80km off the eastern coast of Suratthani province in southern Thailand with no land borders. Water borders:  Gulf of Thailand

Passport and Visa Information

  • Citizens of US, UK, and EU countries may enter Thailand without a visa for a period of 30 days. For updates and visa requirement information for other countries, visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs site (


  • Thai Baht (THB)
  • USD1:THB30
    EUR1: THB43
    (for exchange rate updates check on

Official Language(s)

  • Thai


  • Tropical, with a rainy season from October to December; dry season from January to March; fairly dry from April to September.

Quick Facts:

  • International Tourist Arrivals: 780,000 (2010 est.)
  • Administrative Centre: Nathon
  • Country / Area Calling Code(s): +66 / (0)77
  • Electricity: 220V, 50 Hz
  • Type(s) of plug / socket:  mainly A, B, C

Destination Information

  • Tourism Authority of Thailand (



Now that you've decided on your destination, here are some pointers on how you can get to your Koh Samui villa.

Airport Info

  • Samui International Airport (USM), served primarily by Bangkok Airways. Depending on your point of origin, may include a connection in Bangkok.

Other Means of Arrival

  • High speed ferries from mainland of Suratthani and nearby provinces, and speedboat from nearby islands.

Approximate (Scheduled Flight) Travel Time from:

  • Los Angeles:  20hr+ depending on connecting layover
  • New York:  22hr+ depending on connecting layover 
  • London:  13hr+ depending on connecting layover
  • Moscow:  12hr+ depending on connecting layover
  • Shanghai:  6hr+ depending on connecting layover
  • Sydney:  12hr+ depending on connecting layover




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