An island of great natural beauty and variety, Samui is home to about 40,000 full-time inhabitants, 90% of whom are Buddhist. The palm-fringed shoreline and coconut and fruit cultivation of the coastal lowlands rise to a central granite massive, the slopes of which are cloaked in virgin rainforest.
At 247 km² Samui is the third-largest island in Thailand and the largest island in the Chumphon Archipelago of over 80 (mostly uninhabited) islands which form the Ang Thong National Marine Park, a kayaking and snorkelling paradise. At 25 km long and 21 km wide, Samui is big enough for serious exploration by the adventurous and fit, but can be circumnavigated in just a couple of hours by motorbike or car, around the 52km ring road.
- Distance: 20 km from Koh Samui airport to Lamai. Airport to hotel transfer cost by hotel car 1000 THB (booking by previous arrangement)
- By air: 1 hour from Bangkok to Koh Samui Airport (USM)
- By ferry: 1.5 hrs from Donsak pier, Surat Thani, on the mainland.
Koh Samui airport (USM) is the most popular and easiest gateway into Koh Samui, with domestic flight services from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Phuket. We also have many direct international flights, arriving from Chengdu, Guangzhou and Kunming in China, also Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
Tours & Activities
At our hotel, we hold free daily activities for our guests within the hotel, including Thai cooking classes, dressing up in traditional Thai costume (including a photo shoot) also cocktail making and photography lessons.
There are also more vigorous activities including table tennis, volleyball and early morning group jogging along the beach. We also have an air conditioned fitness room fitted with Star Trac exercise machines and communal swimming pool.
On the local beaches there are independent companies who rent jetskis, jetpacks, paddleboards, seabobs, banana boats, wakeboards, private boat charters and organise parasailing.
We can also commission a private English speaking guide/chauffer driver for one day personal, customized tours around the island, at an hourly rate of 500 THB (minimum 4 hours)
All of the following tours can be arranged by our front office reception staff, at extra cost;
The two Namuang Waterfalls on the south west side of Koh Samui’s mountain are probably the most picturesque and largest of the waterfalls found in Samui. Situated only a few minutes apart from each other, they both have a large natural pool at the base for swimming.
Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan
Koh Tao - meaning “Turtle Island” lives up to its name, being the most popular scuba diving destination in Thailand. There are also popular organised one day speedboat tours from Koh Samui, offering excellent snorkeling opportunities on the vibrant coral reef and a visit to the adjoining smaller island Koh Nang Yuan, walking a connecting sandbank.
Anthong National Marine Park
Anthong National Marine Park is a pristine archipelago of 42 islands, 28 km from the coast of Koh Samui. It was brought to the world’s attention as the setting for the bestselling novel “The Beach”. With towering limestone mountains, thick jungle, white sand beaches, fertile mangroves, waterfalls, hidden coves and lakes to explore. Within sight of Koh Samui, Angthong National Marine Park is a protected area of more than 100sqkm of land and sea, home to a rich variety of exotic wildlife and sea creatures.
Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks
Only a few minutes away from our hotel is a beautiful viewpoint called Hin Ta Hin Yai (Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks) with exotic natural geological rock formations.
Big Buddha – Wat Phra Yai
On the northern coast of Koh Samui is the famous Big Buddha shrine, often the first sight for many lucky passengers flying into Koh Samui airport. Probably Koh Samui’s most famous landmark, the 12 metre high golden Buddha statue can be seen from several kilometers away. Inside the surrounding temple are many different shrines and other smaller ornate Buddhas.
Wat Plai Laem
Located near the Big Buddha in the north of the island, Wat Plai Laem is a colourful and interesting Buddhist temple. The temple features very ornate décor and art, an 18 arm image of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, and a large white Chinese Buddha set on the lake. If you donate money for the upkeep of the temple, you’ll be given a bag of food to throw to the many large carp and catfish in the lake.
Walking Street – Lamai
Held every Sunday evening from 17:00 onwards, this “Walking Street” market attracts locals and tourists alike for the many and varied food stalls, arts, crafts and souvenirs for sale, also musical entertainment and cocktail stands, making for a vibrant and cultural relaxing evening.
Walking Street - Bophut
Fisherman’s Village Samui is a historical part of Bophut, with rustic and charming style buildings, housing boutique stores, trendy restaurants, upmarket spas and cafes, lining the beach road. Every Friday, the whole area becomes the site of the Fisherman’s Village Walking Street market, attracting large numbers of shoppers from all across the island for the amazing variety of wares and the lively atmosphere.
Wat Khunaram – Mummified Monk
The body of Samui’s most famous mummified monk, Luang Pordaeng is on display here. Luang Pordaeng died over 20 years ago and as per his instructions, his body was placed in a specially designed glass case for posterity. It has remained there ever since and has showed few signs of decay.
The Magic Garden – Secret Buddha Garden
Hidden away high in the hills of Samui’s interior, offering majestic views and an unusual collection of statues amidst lush jungle surrounds. The gardens are the creation of an old Samui fruit famer, Num Thongsuk, who in 1976 began erecting several statues and temples around his family’s fertile land.
Ladyboy Cabaret Shows – Chaweng Beach
Ladyboy Cabarets may not be everyone’s cup of tea but for fans, Chaweng Beach has many to choose from! Thailand’s katoeys or the “third sex” are world famous, partly because there are so many of them and also because they are so feminine. In fact, it can be difficult to tell if the beautiful young lady paying you attention was a lady at birth, as many a surprised tourist has discovered.
Every Wednesday morning from 07:30, a group of enthusiastic walkers, Koh Samui Hill Walks group, meet in Lamai and go up to the top of Samui’s lush mountain, along steep mountain roads and tracks through the jungle, to over 600 metres above sea level. At the peak is the temple Wat Teepangkorn, with its own large Standing Buddha and a Reclining Buddha on display, also a museum and magnificent panoramic views over the whole island and beyond, to the mainland. An overall hike of 18 - 20km and 5 – 6 hours, depending on the route, led by experienced guides, this walk is only intended for people of extremely good natural fitness. It would not be suitable for the infirm or for children. Think of it as a free detox! Refreshments and food are available at several points along the route.
Central Festival – Chaweng
A very large, modern shopping mall with 3 floors, featuring plenty of shops and department stores to browse, also a comprehensive selection of diverse restaurants and cafes, even a 3 screen cinema.
WMC Thai Boxing Gym
The renowned Lamai Muay Thai Camp (WMC) is conveniently situated opposite our hotel entrance. The oldest and most established traditional Muay Thai Camp on Koh Samui, under the umbrella of the World MuayThai Council, the sole governing body for Muaythai, attracting students from all over the world.They offer private and group tuition from world class champion trainers in this noble fighting art, for all levels from beginner to professional competition standard, also Strength and Conditioning classes, even Children’s Classes.