Koh Samui: Jewel of Thailand’s Gulf Open to Travel

Though there are still a number of restrictions for Koh Samui, now is a good time to start thinking about what you’re going to do when you get to paradise.

Joining its noisier neighbor in the Andaman, Koh Samui — a jungle and beach destination in the Gulf of Thailand — opened last month to international travelers without quarantine. Though there are still a number of restrictions for Koh Samui, now is a good time to start thinking about what you’re going to do when you get to paradise.

What to Do?

Indulge your mind and body in Thai island life. Get in shape with a Muay Thai master, tear through the jungle on an ATV, or scuba dive in crystal clear waters. Whether you’re into cooking classes for traditional cuisine and visiting temples or exploring night markets and island-hopping, Koh Samui is newly-open and ready for you. 

As a very laid back destination, beach-going is probably the most popular thing to do on this surprisingly large island. However, the surrounding islands make it easy to go “island-hopping” to different snorkeling spots around the Gulf – perhaps even one of Koh Pha Ngan’s world famous Full Moon Party, where revelers cover themselves in swirling, glowing body paint under the light of a full moon. Though luxury travelers will probably want to avail themselves of Tong Sala on Ko Pha Ngan for an idyllic brunch on white sand.

Where to Stay?

Samui boasts some of Thailand’s finest seaside hotels outside of the Andaman Sea. A top pick from Remote Lands, especially for those interested in health and wellbeing, is the Six Senses Koh Samui — featuring plush rooms and views across a rock-fringed bay. The private villas blend into the natural vegetation, a place where you can laze by a vast infinity pool above the sweeping blues of the Gulf. 

What to See?

Koh Samui is a jungle adventure, wellness oasis, and beach haven all at once. Using the island as a jumping off point, visitors can check out the party island of Koh Phangan, off-the-beach snorkeling on Koh Tao, or inspiring landscapes of Koh Angthong National Marine Park. Often overlooked by international travelers, Koh Samui hosts an incredible array of options for sightseeing while still maintaining much of its rustic aesthetic. 

Where to Eat?

Much like the Six Senses, the Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui is a Remote Lands favorite, and it hosts some of the best dining on the island at KOH Thai Kitchen & Bar headed by Chef Jeab. Once a coconut plantation, this luxe open-air, breezy eatery showcases the best in local cuisine with one of the best views on the island. Or, if travelers find themselves near the picturesque Bophut Fisherman’s Village, wander into Barracuda for native Bavarian Ferdinand Dienst’s romantic Mediterranean.

How Do I Get There?

Contact Remote Lands to learn how you can travel post-Covid Asia today safely and in absolute comfort. Speak to our travel specialists about where you can go right now and how you can plan for the best possible holiday in 2021.