Why are you waiting?
Little, by little Koh Samui, is emerging from months of curfew which saw the enforced closure of almost all tourist attractions, hotels, resorts, restaurants and bars. The likely result of such strict measures, Thailand’s second-largest island has seen an exceptionally low incidence of Covid-19 cases.
Skål Samui is a group of tourism professionals who is driving a polished campaign to encourage visitors to return to the island so that they can experience its stunning natural beauty and diverse lifestyle offerings.
During the unforeseen times of serenity, Samui has watched in awe as wildlife has returned. Locals have spotted turtles laying their eggs on numerous beaches around the island, and there have been increased sightings of rare pink dolphins indicating that the water quality has improved significantly during the lockdown.
Samui has an unrivalled choice of hotels and private villas. The island boasts Thailand’s highest concentration of 5-star international hotels outside of Bangkok as well as a wide range of affordable hotels, resorts and spas for varying budgets. And for those who prefer their own space, private villas range from palatial hill-top luxury to beach retreats and elegant apartments.
The island is home to a huge variety of superb restaurants offering an impressive choice of Thai, Asian and international cuisines for all budgets, as well as vibrant and exciting cafés and bars with beach seating and spectacular entertainment. A crop of chic designer beach clubs has opened in Samui offering an elegant lifestyle experience on the island’s iconic golden sandy beaches.
The island continues to evolve as Thailand’s favourite tourist island, welcoming new attractions that appeal to all ages. From vibrant street markets, ethical elephant sanctuaries, beach-side art classes and outstanding jungle cooking schools high up in the beautiful mountains of Koh Samui.
There are many magical islands to explore by sailboat, motorboat or ferry including Koh Phangan, Koh Madsum, Koh Tao or the extraordinary Angthong National Marine Park with its hundreds of protected islands and spectacular underwater gardens.
Koh Samui is just under an hour’s flight from Bangkok with regular daily connections, or 1½ hours by ferry from Donsak, Surat Thani. The island has upped its game on the infrastructure front, laying vast new pipelines to avoid severe flooding and laying miles of new roads affording more pleasant travel.
Most hotel, resorts, spas and private villas are running incredible value for money packages and offering competitive rates to entice domestic visitors to the island.
Why are you waiting?