Koh Samui is an unspoiled gem off Thailand’s eastern coast. The island, one of Thailand’s most popular holiday islands, is renowned for its sandy white beaches. Unlike popular ‘paradise’ destinations such as the Maldives and Bora Bora, Koh Samui is a wallet-friendly alternative. It’s a perfect weekend getaway below S$600 offered by Zuji Singapore for visitors a chance to relax, rejuvenate and recharge.
Each of the island’s many beaches have their own distinct personality, which means that no two beach experiences are ever the same. For party-goers who want to revel in Koh Samui’s nightlife, Chaweng Beach is a dream come true. With the latest pop tunes blasting from a host of night clubs, beach shacks and restaurants, Chaweng is an energetic, loud and colourful experience that visitors should try experiencing at least once, even if just for a few hours.
However, those who seek tranquility, peace and silence should check out Choeng Mon, which couldn’t be more different from Chaweng. Just five minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the island’s main activity, it stretches along Koh Samui’s largely secluded north-eastern coast. While staying near Choeng Mon might be a little expensive, making day trips there are generally affordable.
What To Do In Koh Samui
While Koh Samui’s less-than-spectacular waters might not offer divers much, it does offer water sports enthusiasts an affordable adrenaline rush. Tourists can easily rent a private boat and sail to one of many nearby islands, such as Koh Phangan, Koh Tao or even the Angthong National Marine Park. Angthong Park is a haven for those looking for a stunning experience with nature. Largely uninhabited except for scores of wildlife, the islands are great for snorkeling.
Those looking for a more relaxing but just as exciting afternoon can head to one of the island’s golf country clubs. The views offered at the courses are breathtaking and it might even be difficult to concentrate on the game.
Koh Samui Villas vs Budget Hotels
For travellers looking for a pampered weekend getaway, Koh Samui offers luxurious villas and resorts that come with private pools, panoramic views, spas and some of the island’s best (and most expensive) restaurants. With rooms starting from USD600 a night, the Four Seasons Koh Samui is a highlight, providing both single-roomed and multi-roomed villas. Perfect for both couples who are looking for an intimate experience and large families who might need more space for the kids.
Another popular Koh Samui villas with private pool is Sala Samui Resort and Spa located just 5 minutes from the Samui airport, starting from USD210 per night.
Travellers who only need a bed to sleep in at night will also find many charming budget hotels, that offer their own huts and lodges from just USD30 a night. While visitors may have to forego creature comforts such as air-conditioning, they are often rustic and provide a true glimpse at Thai island life.