Up until the late 20th century, Koh Samui’s palm tree lined stretches of golden sand, surrounded by transparent aquamarine water was known only to the small community of fisherman and coconut farmers who lived there. Then it was discovered by foreign visitors, quickly hitting the top of back-packers wish lists worldwide. Development followed, yet today, thanks to the influence of top hotel chains like the Banyan Tree and Four Seasons, alongside internationally acclaimed restaurants, and world-class nightclubs it’s become something of a sophisticated tropical retreat.
|Capital||Bangkok is the capital of Thailand|
|Language||Thai, English is widely spoken|
|Time Difference||7 hours
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. We highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your Doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Sources of information include: www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk
The best time to visit Koh Samui is from February through to April.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Koh Samui.
To the south of Chaweng Beach, is the island’s second most popular beach, Lamai Beach – best known for its uniquely shaped rocks Hin Ta and Hin Yai (Grandfather and Grandmother) it’s also home to a selection of health and meditation centres, a cultural hall, a market and dive shops.
Scuba Diving & Watersports
Diving is possible all year round with visibility anywhere, between 3 to 30 metres. Currents are variable, but usually not too strong (except on the west coast during the monsoon months). World-class sites (for advanced divers) include Ang Thong National Marine Park and Sail Rock - just a couple of hours away.
Take a sea-canoe trip to the dream-inducing islets Ang Thong Marine National Park ('Golden Basin') - home to a wealth of flora and fauna, the 42 or so jagged jungle islands inspired Alex Garland’s cult classic The Beach, whilst the waters are filled with excellent coral and plenty of fish, as well as the occasional dolphin, making them ideal for snorkelling and scuba-diving
Other island attractions include coral beds at Laem Set and Thong Takhian, a butterfly garden and aquarium, a snake farm and a massive seated Buddha image on Fan Isle
British Airways and Thai Airways from London Heathrow to Bangkok. Etihad Airways from London Heathrow and Manchester (via Abu dhabi) to Bangkok. Emirates from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow (via Dubai) to Bangkok.
Onward connections available.
London Heathrow to Bangkok, 11 hours, 15 minutes.
Chaweng is Ko Samui’s most popular beach spot – filled with a plethora of night clubs and bars and a considerable number of holidaymakers all keen to sample the delights of the island – to be avoided at all costs, if this is not your thing!