Coral Cove Beach, Ko Samui – Image courtesy of Fabio Achilli/Wiki Commons
Ko Samui Honeymoon Guide
Blessed with long sandy beaches, tree-fringed tranquil bays and a choice of luxurious resorts, Ko Samui offers all the ingredients you need for a unique honeymoon holiday.
Ko Samui is Thailand’s second-most popular island (after Phuket) and a very popular honeymoon destination. The island is fringed with several white- and golden-sand beaches that nestle beneath lush green hills facing sheltered coves.
What to do and see in Ko Samui
Choose from several gorgeous white-sand beaches for sunbathing or swimming. Snorkel or dive the surrounding coral gardens and explore rocky headlands and offshore islands by kayak.
Offshore coral gardens are set in dazzling crystal clear waters offering honeymoon couples the perfect setting for swimming, snorkelling and kayaking.
Inland, plantations of swaying coconut palms give way to a pristine, jungle-clad mountainous interior that peaks at 635m above sea level on the summit of Khao Pom. Experience the unspoilt rainforest on foot or by elephant, quad bike, mountain bike and ATV.
Pay homage to the Big Buddha at Wat Phra Yai, visit the Na Muang Falls and reflect on the curiously shaped rock formations at the end of Lamai Beach.
Ko Samui is Thailand’s third largest island (at 247km²) and the largest of some 80 (mostly uninhabited) islands in the archipelago, with more than half comprising the Ang Thong National Marine Park.
Once an isolated, self-sufficient community, Koh Samui now provides Thailand with one of its richest sources of tourism income.
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Best beaches in Ko Samui
Ko Samu offers long sandy beaches and a choice of luxurious beachfront resorts – perfect for a unique honeymoon holiday.
Ko Samui's busiest beaches lie on the east coast and boast a choice of accommodation options that ranges from budget bungalows to 5-star luxury resorts. The island’s circular road provides easy access to neighbouring beaches.
Ko Samui’s best beaches, include…
Crowded with a huge array of restaurants, bars, shops and resorts, palm-fringed Chaweng is the liveliest beach on Ko Samui and exudes an unbeatable carnival-like atmosphere.
It’s easy to relax on this gorgeous 7km-long crescent of powder-white sand, flanked by a rocky 300m-high headland to the south, an offshore reef and the tiny island of Ko Matlam to the north, which offers good snorkelling.
Pick a good spot to sunbathe on Chaweng, go swimming, rent a jet-ski, catamaran or kayak and unwind with a pedicure and massage from a talented beachside vendor.
The deep water of the southern and central sections of the beach are best for swimming, while the shallow water at the northern end of the beach is ideal for children.
After dark, dig your toes into the soft sand while enjoying fresh seafood at one of several beach restaurants, then head into town to sample a range of lively nightlife options.
Chaweng Noi Beach
For a quiet alternative, try this less crowded, pretty crescent of white sand, separated from Chaweng by a low headland.
Enjoy good swimming and creature comforts at the beachfront Sheraton Samui Resort (formerly Imperial Samui Beach Resort), situated at the southern end of the beach.
Phang Ka Beach
This pristine, jungle-fringed white-sand beach is located south of Ban Taling Ngam along the southwest coast and offers stunning views of Ang Thong Marine National Park as well as magical sunsets.
Come on a day trip, enjoy a tasty seafood lunch at the beachside seafood restaurant or indulge in a few days or longer at the beachfront Elements Boutique Resort & Spa.
Mae Nam Beach
Unwind on this secluded, 5km-long, narrow crescent of palm-fringed golden sand located on the northern coast and facing nearby Ko Pha Ngan.
This quiet and laid-back beach is home to a few resorts as well as a cluster of shops, cafes and restaurants. A small headland separates Mae Nam from another laid-back beach – Bophut.
Discover a quiet, 2km-long crescent of palm-fringed white sand that is perfect for sunbathing and swimming, with the charming so-called Fisherman’s Village of Bophut just a short walk away.
Explore narrow streets crowded with old Chinese shop fronts that still retain the island’s original Thai-Chinese atmosphere. To the west of the beach lie a number of fashion and jewellery boutiques, bistros and trendy bars.
Bophut Beach is especially good for couples and children, with a range of accommodation including the luxury beachside Melati Resort & Spa and the Anantara Resort Ko Samui, which offer a range of creature comforts.
Bophut is located on the northern coast, just 15 minutes drive from bustling Chaweng Beach.
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This white-sand beach is located in the northeast of Ko Samui and offers good swimming with picturesque views and numerous beachside restaurants, shops and bars.
A short causeway at the eastern end of the beach leads to the Wat Phra Yai temple, home to a 12m-tall Buddha statue known locally as the Big Buddha.
Choeng Mon Beach
Unwind on this gorgeous casuarina- and palm-fringed kilometre-long crescent of powder-white sand that faces beautiful Tongsai Bay.
Flanked by the magnificent rocky headland of Choeng Mon and the small island of Ko Fan Noi, family friendly Choeng Mon Beach boasts a number of luxury accommodation options where you can relax in comfort, including the 5-star Tongsai Bay Resort.
Kayak or swim out (or walk at low tide) to Ko Fan Noi, sunbathe on its secluded white-sand beach or search for tiny shells along the main beach before climbing up to the Choeng Mon headland for panoramic views over the surrounding rocky coves.
Unwind on this 4km-long crescent of palm-fringed powder-white sand perfect for sunbathing, with good swimming in deep water at the southern end of the beach.
Lamai offers a quiet alternative to nearby Chaweng, while still providing a good range of resorts, restaurants and bars that cluster around the centre of the beach.
When you tire of lounging on the beach stroll to the southern end to ponder the curious phallic rock formations of Hin Yai and Hin Ta, known locally as the Grandma and Grandpa rocks.
Stroll around Lamai village and people-watch local Thai villagers going about their daily life or visit nearby Wat Lamai Temple and Wat Khunaram, home to the mummified body of Loung Pordaeng, one of Ko Samui's most famous monks.
Lipa Noi Beach
This palm-fringed white-sand beach shelves very gently into turquoise waters providing shallow water out to sea for around 100m, making it an ideal spot for children to swim safely.
While there isn’t much in the way of nightlife at Lipa Noi, a few seafood restaurants and bars offer the perfect spot to enjoy a magical sunset on this west-facing beach.
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Ko Samui Sightseeing
Sightseeing attractions on Ko Samui include…
Ang Thong National Marine Park
Take a boat trip to explore some of the 42 lush jungle-clad islands that comprise around half of the Samui archipelago.
Once a haven for pirates, these islands boast stunning unspoilt white-sand beaches, pristine coral reefs, unusual rock formations, dramatic limestone cliffs and caves as well as wildlife such as long-tailed macaques, leopard cats, common wild pig and squirrels.
Go kayaking, snorkelling and swimming. Hike across Ko Wua Talab (Sleeping Cow Island) to the island’s summit (430m) for postcard-perfect views, discover hidden lagoons and visit Tham Buabok Cave to see lotus-shaped stalactites and stalagmites.
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Nam Tok Na Mueang
Hike or ride an elephant along the 5km-long trail from the village of Baan Thurian (famous for its durian trees) to see the tallest and most scenic waterfall on Samui.
Here a 30m-high cascade plunges over amazing purple rocks. Admire the sight then cool off with a dip in the naturally sculpted rock pool at the base of the waterfall.
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Where to stay
Ko Samui is renowned for its choice of luxurious resorts located on stunning beachfronts or hidden away in secluded coves overlooking private beaches and the Gulf of Thailand – perfect for a romantic honeymoon.
The island offers a large selection of 5-star resorts that typically edge pristine white-sand beaches, including the following…
Four Seasons Resort Ko Samui
Location: Angthong, Laem Yai BAy
Prices: from AUD1,170 per room
Description: Surrounded by tropical gardens, Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui is situated on the island’s northwestern tip, a quiet oasis on Laem Yai Bay. Windsurfing, golf and a spa are featured. Each room is fitted with a private infinity pool, private bar and iPod dock. Guests can enjoy views of the gardens or Gulf of Siam on the outdoor day bed. The bathroom’s glass doors open onto the private deck for an al fresco bathing experience. Chilled towels are offered at Koh Samui Four Seasons’ beachside infinity pool. Guests can recharge with a game of tennis, a variety of beach sports or a workout at the fitness centre. A large book and DVD library is provided. The hotel’s SIAMSEAS cruising boat offers access to Marine National Park and a variety of other locations. The Four Seasons’ restaurant serves fresh local seafood seasoned with exotic herbs from nearby gardens. Both Thai and International cuisine are offered. The Beach Bar serves a variety of tropical cocktails. The resort is about a 30-minute drive from both Big Buddha and Koh Samui International Airport.
Banyan Tree Samui
Location: Lamai Beach
Prices: from AUD870 per room
Description: Set on an exclusive beachfront along Lamai Bay, Banyan Tree Samui offers 5-star villa accommodation with private infinity pools. It features a world-class spa, 5 dining options and free Wi-Fi. Spacious villas feature private balconies with sweeping views of the ocean or tropical greenery. Each comes with a flat-screen cable TV, DVD player and iPod dock. Large bathrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and twin vanities. Guests can indulge with relaxing body treatments and massages at The Rainforest. The resort has a well-equipped fitness centre, library and beauty shop. Leisure activities include diving, cycling and fishing. Buffet breakfast with a range of international dishes is available at The Edge. Authentic Thai dishes can be enjoyed at Saffron restaurant. Other dining options include the Lobby Lounge, Pool Bar and Sands, Banyan Tree’s premier beach grill. Banyan Tree Samui is a 20-minute drive from Samui International Airport. It is a 2-minute drive from Beach Republic Club and a 5-minute drive from the scenic Grandfather and Grandmother Stone.
Six Senses Hideaway
Location: Choeng Mon Beach
Prices: from AUD497 per room
Description: On the northern tip of Samui Island, the luxurious Six Senses Samui enjoys panoramic views of the Gulf of Siam. Boasting a beautiful infinity pool, it has a spa and private beach. Air-conditioned villas feature large open spaces and wooden flooring which give rooms a bright and airy feel. Fitted with a cable/satellite TV, villas also come with a DVD player, free internet and large daybeds. The elegant Six Senses Spa provides relaxing massage therapies and yoga classes. The hotel's tour desk can help organise jungle treks, island boat trips and diving excursions. Dining on the Rocks offers a modern interpretation of Asian cuisine with stunning ocean views. Dining on the Hill features authentic Thai dishes and fresh barbecued seafood. Six Senses Samui is a 10-minute drive from Samui International Airport. It is around 800 m from Bo Phut Pier and Fisherman's Village.
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Santiburi Beach Resort & Spa
Location: Mae Nam Beach
Prices: from AUD496 per room
Description: Santiburi Beach Resort, Golf and Spa is located along beautiful Mae Nam Beach in Koh Samui. Featuring luxurious villas and suites, it offers a tropical outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi. Surrounded by greenery, the spacious accommodations at Resort Santiburi Beach feature polished wooden floors and traditional Thai furnishings. In-room entertainment is provided with the flat-screen cable/satellite TV and DVD player. Guests can relax in the hot tub or indulge in a pampering massage at the spa. An 18-hole championship golf course is just a 5-minute drive from Santiburi. For a good workout, water sports facilities are also available. Authentic Thai dishes and Mediterranean food can be enjoyed under the stars at Santiburi Beach Resort’s restaurant. Refreshing evening drinks are served at the cosy Taksin Lounge. Santiburi Beach Resort, Golf and Spa is about 8 km from Samui Airport.
Location: Mae Nam Beach
Prices: from AUD447 per room
Description: The luxurious Belmond Napasai offers a 5-star tropical getaway in Ko Samui, with its very own beachfront, beautiful sea view infinity pool, and pampering spa services. Overlooking Ban Tai Beach, it has 4 dining options. Spacious air-conditioned villas feature modern Thai decor and large patios with views of the sea. Equipped with free Wi-Fi, each has a DVD player, TV and a Thai-style sofa. En suite bathrooms present a terazzo bathtub and rainshower. Napasai Belmond is located along Mae Nam Beach and is about 25 minutes' drive from Samui Airport. Free parking is available. Guests can take PADI-certified diving and snorkelling lessons, or even take part in elephant trekking tours. An 18-hole championship golf course is just a 5-minute drive away. Boasting 180° views of the ocean, as well as outdoor seating, Lai Thai Restaurant serves authentic Thai cuisine all day. Fresh seafood barbecue and international dishes are offered at the casual Beach Restaurant. Drinks can be enjoyed at the 2 bars.
SALA Samui Resort And Spa
Location: Choeng Mon Beach
Prices: from AUD545 per room
Description: Located along Koh Samui's Choeng Mon Beach, SALA Samui Resort and Spa offers modern facilities complemented by traditional Thai architecture. It boasts an 80 m private beach and 2 beachfront pools. Rooms come with private balconies or terraces and outdoor bathrooms. Amenities include cable TV, a DVD player and tea/coffee making facilities. Some villas feature a private pool with a sundeck. Guests can enjoy a massage in one of the spa pavilions, or exercise in the fitness centre. SALA Samui Resort also has a tour and activities desk, a library area and a business centre. Both SALA Samui Restaurant and Pangaea Restaurant & Bar serve Thai and international dishes. The beach bar offers indoor, outdoor and beach seating. In-villa dining is also available. SALA Samui Resort and Spa is a 10-minute drive from both Samui Airport, Fisherman's Village and Chaweng Centre.
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Best time to honeymoon in Ko Samui
The dry season from late-December to April is the best time to honeymoon on Ko Samui. The island can be visited year round, but it’s probably best to avoid November – the wettest month of the year.
Short tropical downpours occur from May onward, leading up to the rainy season that lasts from October to mid-December.
For more climate info: Ko Samui Weather Guide
Ko Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand around 84km northeast of Surat Thani, and is easily reached by air with up to 20 flights daily from Bangkok, Phuket and Singapore.
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Latest update: About Ko Samui:
22 March, 2018
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