A Smaller Alternative to Phuket
Thailand's second largest island is roughly circular in shape being about 23 km at its widest point which makes it about half the size of Phuket. White sand beaches, warm blue seas, lively nightlife and a great choice of top-class resorts all helps make Samui one of Thailand's most popular destinations.
Samui's Main Tourist Areas : The 5km Chaweng Beach is the busiest area and has great nightlife including lots of open air bars, restaurants and even discotheques.
The smaller beaches of Lamai and Bhoput each have villages offering entertainment and shopping on a smaller and quiter scale than Chaweng.
For visitors looking to escape the crowds completely there is a good choice of hotels located in the most peaceful parts of the island.
Things to Do on KohSamui :
Beach activites - Speedboat charters, jetski rentals, windsurfing, banana boats.
Scuba diving - Samui has excellent suba diving with plenty of day trips available.
Land Tours - A good range of tours including offroad 4x4 ones are available taking in sights such as the Big Buddah and the Namuang Waterfall. Elephant treks are also available.
Golf - Santiburi Beach Resorts, Golf & Spa, one of the most luxurious hotels on the island has an excellent 18 hole golf on-site
Other Activities - Aquarium, tiger show, monkey's at work, snake farm
Samui's Dining &Nightlife : Chaweng and, to a lesser extent, Lamai have very lively nightlife with a great choice of international and Thai restaurants to choose from. Smaller villages at the less crowded beaches also have some very good dining establishments but in a more peaceful environment.
Additional Notes : Samui is a similar holiday experience to Phuket but its smaller size and slower pace of life makes you more aware of being on an island.