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Holidays in Koh Samui? Here are cheap flights from Vienna +tips on accommodation and activities

In Koh Samui, you’ll experience exactly what a holiday should be like. You’ll find beautiful long beaches with tall palm trees, where worth it to hide from the hot sun, perfect food and a vibrant nightlife. If you love walking on the beach, Koh Samui is definitely the place for you. Enjoy the natural scenery and recharge your batteries at one of the many beach bars. You’ll also discover a rich history at Buddhist temples such as the Big Buddha Temple and Wat Plai Laem. Explore the true wilderness in the heart of the island and visit the refreshing waterfalls, where you can also take a dip. Koh Samui is simply a Thai paradise.

From where? With whom? When? Tips for holidays on Koh Samui + flights

  • From where? You can get to Koh Samui conveniently from Vienna, London (LHR, LGW), Paris (CDG), Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Zurich, Copenhagen
  • With whom? British Airways, Lufthansa, Air France, KLM, Swiss International Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways
  • When? Like most places in southern Thailand, Koh Samui has two seasons – dry and rainy. The weather in Koh Samui is different to the islands on the other side of the coast. If you want sunny and pleasant warm weather, the best time to visit Koh Samui is from December to February, called the dry season. Of course, the dry season is also the high season, so the island will be busy during this time.
  • What’s included? Return flight, all taxes, hand luggage and checked-in luggage.

Cheap flights to Koh Samui

Accommodation on Koh Samui: the busiest location is Chaweng

Koh Samui offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit various budgets. You’ll find the cheapest overnight stays in tourist hostels, private villas for rent, as well as luxury hotel resorts with swimming pools. The average price for two people per night is around €20 to €30.

Like many exotic destinations, you can find affordable accommodations on Koh Samui. Check prices and book a hotel through Pelican. Find accommodation tips on this handy map:

Holidays on Koh Samui: what do you need to enter?

Thailand has cancelled all entry measures from November 2022. We travel there as easily as before the pandemic. So all you need is a valid passport and a visa, which you will get automatically on arrival.

What to do, see and experience on Koh Samui?

Explore the beaches

We recommend you to not stay just on one beach for the whole your stay. Make a commitment to visit a different one every day. There are dozens of them on Koh Samui and each one is special in some way. They’re sandy, spectacular, lined with coconut palms, some are quiet, others are full of life. We recommend these TOP 10 – Chaweng, Lamai, Choeng Mon, Thongtakian, Maenam, Lipa Noi and Bophut. Less popular but still cool are – Silavadee, Kamalaya, Banyan Tree Samui and Coral Cove.

Pláž Koh Samui

Try the local street-food

Thai food is famous. Whether you buy it from a street stall, at the shabby restaurant around the corner or in your hotel’s upscale restaurant, you will definitely get the original taste. You would be surprised but there was one rule which has worked well every time. The worse the restaurant looked, the better it tasted to us. Really. We started the day with a meaty and chippy soup with shrimp or chicken. For lunch was the best option rice noodles with cashew nuts and seafood, famous as Pad Thai and for dinner, fish and for dessert, fresh coconut ice cream. We’ll give you a simple tip. Taste a lot and each meal.

Street food Koh Samui

Get to know Buddhist temples

The twelve-metre-tall Buddha made of gold surely couldn´t be be missed. It is located on the small island of Wat Phra Yai in the northeastern part of the island. It was built in 1972 and is undoubtedly one of the island’s biggest attractions. The only thing you should know is that you should be respectful at these places. The monks living in the monasteries are very peaceful people and tourists in sacred places have to follow certain rules. For example, not to have uncovered shoulders or dress above the knees. You surely should not miss out the 18-armed statue of Shiva, which is located near the Great Buddha.

Chrám Big Budha na Koh Samui

Treat yourself to a real Thai massage

A full-body massage with magnificient sea view is something you can indulge every day. The price for 90-minutes massage is much more affordable, than what we are used in Europe. The masseuses here are very skilled. You will find them on every corner, all eager to greet you and offer you the best price. So choose a place with a sea view, these massages will make you perfectly relaxed and get you back on your feet even after a hard night.

Visit waterfalls just like from paradise

There are many waterfalls on the island, but two waterfalls called Na Muang are definitely worth mentioning. They can be found approximately twelve kilometers southeast of Nathon Bay. One of them offers an amazing experience and a chance to cool off at the same time. The water falls into one large natural pool.

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Don´t miss out on the bizarre rock formations

This place is made famous by nature itself. Yes, exactly. It is a natural phenomenon located on the south coast of Koh Samui. What is it? Two rocks named Hin Ta and Hin Yai, which mean grandfather and grandmother. But if you think you’ll see rocks shaped like grandparents, you’re wrong. Hin Ta and Hin Yai are rocks that resemble human genitalia.

Get an incredible experience in Angthong National Park

Take a catamaran or a boat to a place with hundreds of islands, crystal-clear water, and white sand. You can arrange an optional excursion directly from your hotel or from any tourist office on the island. They’ll take you there for pretty good prices, and you can also experience kayaking, snorkeling and hiking to the highest peak of Angthong National Park.

koh samui a vylet narodny park angthong

Make a trip to the islands of Koh Tao and Koh Pha Ngan

Be sure to set aside a few days for optional excursions during your holiday. Among the most popular ones are trips to the nearby islands of Koh Tao and Koh Phangan. Koh Tao is a diver’s paradise, you’ll find amazing coral reefs here, and the prices for accommodation and food are very reasonable. Koh Phangan is a paradise for people who love nightlife. There is organised a big Full Moon Party every month during the phase of full moon. Yuu will experience huge moonlight party during which masses of people move to the beach and dance until the early hours of the morning.

Visit the Elephant Kingdom

Apart from the beautiful temples and beaches, we definitely recommend you to visit a more unusual place – the local elephant farm Elephant Kingdom. This farm is famous for its special care for elephants that have suffered in the past, either due to unsuitable conditions or because of us – tourists. The elephants are friendly and you can even feed them fresh vegetables or fruits. By visiting, you will also contribute to the proper running of this farm.

Slony Koh samui

Weather on Koh Samui: when is the dry and rainy season on the island

Thailand ranks among the tropical countries. The climate here is influenced by the monsoons, which create three seasons in northern, northeastern, and central Thailand and two seasons in southern and southeastern Thailand. The climate makes Thailand one of the countries you can visit in any month of the year.

On the islands of the east coast, such as Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan, there are two dry weather seasons: July-August and January-April. The rainy season usually lasts from June to October. However, it does not rain continuously. Most of the time, it is a heavy monsoon downpour lasting few hours. The sun’s rays are intense, so be sure to pack UV filter sunglasses and high SPF sunscreen in your suitcase.

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Transportation on Koh Samui: rent a scooter or take Songthaew taxis

The cheapest way to get around the island is undoubtedly on a scooter. You can find a rental shop on every corner, maybe even right in your hotel, just ask. Renting a scooter for a week, it costs very few euros (approx. 5 €). The only extra cost you will have is for fuel, which is much cheaper than in Europe, and you will be able to buy it at every corner from the homes of the locals, who sell it along every main road with the GASOLINE sign.

You can drive the scooter all over the island and still enjoy the great views. Before renting a scooter – make sure to take proper photos of it as a proof that you did not cause any damages, in case they want to charge you for any extra costs.

koh samui požičanie skutra
Zdroj: Shutterstock, Arkadij Schell

Fats are cheap and fast

Besides scooters, you can also be transported by Songthaew taxis, which are like shared TUK TUKs that can accommodate more than 10 people. They operate all over the island, but do not follow a fixed schedule. You can hitch a ride anywhere. You just need to agree with the driver on your destination and the price for your journey. Before getting off, don’t forget to ring the bell to signal the driver to stop at your destination.

Taxis can be expensive, but they are convenient (you can find them anywhere, anytime). However, be aware that taxi drivers are not very willing to negotiate fares with tourists. If you still opt for comfort, you’d better ask for the price of your journey in advance.

Renting a car is quite expensive. You can rent a car from large international companies such as Hertz or Kayak, but also from local companies. Renting a car on Koh Samui legally requires an international or Thai driver’s license. While local companies may not always check for this, it’s a standard requirement for major companies. When renting a car, make sure it includes car insurance because the traffic on Koh Samui is pretty crazy.

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