Koh Samui

  • Hot Property

    Top 5 luxury villas in Phuket and Koh Samui for your next holiday

    Ask people to name the most beautiful places in Thailand, and you’ll often hear Phuket and Koh Samui being mentioned. Who would disagree? One is renowned for its bustling nightlife, vibrant culture, and lively beach scene, while the other is famed for its calm waters, lush greenery, and charming rural vibe. Both are heavens for any holiday goers seeking soft…

  • Thailand News

    The White Lotus effect ignites travel frenzy on Koh Samui

    Koh Samui, the idyllic paradise island in the Gulf of Thailand, is basking in a wave of tourism enthusiasm. Recent data from Agoda shows a remarkable spike in interest, with international searches for accommodation soaring by 26% and domestic searches rising by 8% in June compared to the same period last year. The surge in interest coincides with the buzz…

  • Thailand News

    Samui journalist threatened with violence over luxury villa report

    A journalist from Channel 7 filed a complaint against the owner of some luxury villas in Koh Samui after the owner issued a violent threat against him for reporting a suspicious construction permit for the villas. Officers from the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) Division 4 are investigating the construction permit for 53 luxury villas of the Samui Green Cottages…

  • Thailand News

    Controversial sea bridge to Koh Samui stirs debate

    The hotly-debated sea bridge connecting the Thai mainland to the paradise island of Koh Samui is one step closer to reality. The second phase of public hearings for this ambitious project kicked off in Surat Thani province yesterday, July 15, setting the stage for a project that promises to revolutionise travel to one of Thailand’s most beloved holiday spots. Set…

  • Thailand News

    Minor earthquake shakes Koh Samui, residents feel tremors

    An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.0 shook Koh Samui in the middle of the night, causing residents in Bo Phut, Koh Samui in Surat Thani to feel the tremors. The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) reported that the earthquake occurred at 12.14am today, July 10, at a depth of 1 kilometre. Several residents reported feeling the tremors, including those in…

  • Thailand News

    Koh Samui looks for extended airport hours amid tourism surge

    Tourism operators in Koh Samui are anticipating a surge in European visitors as the high season for the Gulf of Thailand approaches, advocating for extended operating hours at Samui airport to accommodate 20 additional daily flights, potentially boosting tourist numbers by 10 to 20%. President of the Tourism Association of Koh Samui, Ratchaporn Poolsawadee, highlighted expectations for a complete recovery…

  • Thailand News

    Koh Samui’s drought nightmare vs Phuket’s flooding chaos

    Koh Samui is reeling from an acute water shortage as its reservoirs are drying up amid a prolonged drought. On the neighbouring island of Phuket, residents are battling heavy rainfall and flooding. Koh Samui’s main reservoir, with a capacity of 800,000 cubic metres, is down to a mere 10%, enough to last just two weeks. The Krajood reservoir fares slightly…

  • Koh Samui News

    Koh Samui with Pride Icons becomes LGBTIQA+ Paradise

    Koh Samui for the past week transformed into a hub for the LGBTIQAN+ community, with stars and celebrities assembling for an unforgettable celebration on Saturday night. PRIDE NATION SAMUI INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL began last Monday, with LGBTIQAN+ people travelling from around the world to join in with the festivities. Event organisers transformed Koh Samui into a place of heartfelt expression, sexual…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand to host major Pride events in Koh Samui and Bangkok

    Thailand is gearing up for two major events to mark the conclusion of Pride Month in 2024. The celebrations will take place on Koh Samui in Surat Thani Province and Bangkok, with Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin set to inaugurate the events. Deputy Government spokesperson Radklao Inthawong Suwannakiri invited both Thai residents and international visitors to join in the grand finale…

  • Thailand News

    HBO exec hails Koh Samui as paradise as White Lotus filming ends

    HBO’s hit series The White Lotus has just wrapped up filming on Koh Samui for its highly anticipated Season 3. Scott Schaeffer, HBO’s Senior Vice President for Production, hailed Thailand as a cinematic paradise, praising its natural splendour and skilled local crews. Schaeffer’s glowing endorsement came during a high-profile meeting with Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Minister Sermsak Pongpanich and Ministry…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand scoops top honours in travel awards including Koh Samui

    Thailand has cemented its status as a premier travel destination, sweeping the Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific 2024. Koh Samui has been crowned the Best Island in the Asia Pacific, while Samui Airport secured a commendable fourth place among the region’s best airports. Bangkok also emerged victorious, being named the Best City in the Asia Pacific. These accolades…

  • Crime News

    Italian arrested for cocaine sales and illegal business on Samui

    Police in Surat Thani arrested an Italian man allegedly involved in selling cocaine and operating a motorbike rental business illegally on Samui Island. The arrest, made on June 18, followed an investigation by Surat Thani Immigration based on tips from concerned locals. Officers identified the suspect as 39 year old Mattio who was apprehended on Lamai Beach Road in the…

  • Thailand News

    Koh Samui steals spotlight: Readers rave over four island getaways

    Readers of the popular American travel magazine Travel+Leisure voted four accommodations in Koh Samui as winners in the Beach+Island Resort category. Travel+Leisure released its 2024 Luxury Awards Asia Pacific ranking, allowing readers to nominate and vote for outstanding accommodations in various categories, including five-star urban escapes, private-island beach resorts, innovative spas, Instagram-worthy swimming pools, awesome airlines and airports, cruises, and…

  • Koh Samui Travel

    Koh Samui’s tourism renaissance: An island reawakens

    Koh Samui, Thailand’s renowned resort island, is experiencing a remarkable revival in tourism. The island has witnessed a 69% year-on-year increase in visitor numbers during the first four months of 2024, driven by an influx of domestic tourists, the opening of new international markets, and improved air connectivity. In 2023, Samui hosted 3,541,821 visitors, a balanced mix of domestic and…

  • Best of

    Top 6 things to do in Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui

    Situated on the eastern coastline of Koh Samui, Chaweng Beach is known for its vibrant atmosphere. It’s one of the most popular destinations for tourists, especially those from the UK, who are looking for a unique vacation experience. The beach boasts clear waters, white sands, and lush surroundings, perfect for relaxation and exploration. Whether you like water sports, exploring culture, or…

  • Thailand News

    Minor earthquake hits Koh Samui amid severe weather warnings

    A 2.4 magnitude earthquake struck near Koh Samui in Surat Thani, with a depth of 4 kilometres, according to the Earthquake Surveillance Division of the Meteorological Department of Thailand. The event occurred at 8.24am, today, May 30, causing noticeable tremors in the area. The earthquake’s epicentre was located in Ang Thong subdistrict, Koh Samui district. Although the quake was relatively…

  • Health

    Exploring the origin of the famous Thai massage

    Thai massage is a well-known therapy, especially for those who cherish wellness. Originating from Thailand, it has earned worldwide recognition for its numerous benefits, mainly its focus on mindfulness and spiritual well-being. This ancient practice holds a significant place in Thai culture, reflecting the country’s deep-rooted traditions and beliefs. Combining serene meditation into every movement and touch underscores the holistic…

  • Thailand News

    Foreign nationals arrested after bike rampage on Koh Samui (video)

    Chaos erupted on the usually serene holiday island of Koh Samui when two foreign nationals turned the tranquil road leading to Choengmon Beach into their personal racetrack. Equipped with roaring big bikes and an audacious attitude, their disruptive antics soon drew the ire of locals. Residents, living in the northeast corner of the island, initially made a complaint to the…

  • Thailand News

    Koh Samui’s new cruise terminal project anchors big investors

    Deputy Transport Minister Manaporn Charoensri announced that Koh Samui’s ambitious new cruise terminal project has drawn substantial interest from investors both locally and internationally. The Ministry of Transport plans to review the outcomes of a feasibility study into the project’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) investment model before submitting it to the cabinet for approval. Manaporn provided an update on the project’s…

  • Health

    Things to do in Koh Samui 2024

    Koh Samui, a tropical paradise nestled in the Gulf of Thailand, should be your go-to destination in 2024 for an unforgettable holiday experience. This island is a paradise brimming with various activities catering to all interests and preferences. Dive into the crystal-clear waters to discover colourful marine life or indulge in rejuvenating treatments at luxurious spas. If adventure is what…

  • Thailand Hotels

    Dreamy beachfront luxury: Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Koh Samui

    If your ideal holiday consists of toasting champagne by the pool, grooving to eclectic beats over lunch, taking sunset dips in the ocean, indulging in a spa day with your loved ones, and having oceanfront dinners under the stars, then Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Koh Samui is where your dreams will come true. The gorgeous oceanfront property, which recently…

  • Thailand News

    British tourist left high and dry as hotel vanishes on Koh Samui

    An idyllic Thai getaway turned into a financial nightmare for a 30 year old British tourist when he landed on Koh Samui only to discover his booked hotel was nowhere to be found. Glen Parke had his holiday dreams turn into a financial quagmire when he shelled out £282 (approximately 13,000 baht) for a 59-night stay at Lek Lek Residence…

  • Koh Samui Travel

    Island hopping in the Gulf of Thailand

    Many individuals fantasize about going island hopping in Thailand’s Gulf of Thailand. Nothing compares to sitting on the sun-drenched deck of a boat, gazing out at the mesmerizing turquoise waters and dreaming of the adventure that lies on the next island. Scattered like pearls across the shallow inlet in the southwestern South China Sea, the islands in the Gulf of…

  • Thailand News

    Thai PM announces feasibility study for Samui Airport expansion

    Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin announced yesterday that a feasibility study for the expansion of Samui Airport is currently being conducted. The proposed expansion aims to accommodate larger aircraft and an increasing number of visitors. PM Srettha, accompanied by Tourism and Sports Minister Sudawan Wangsuphakijkosol and Deputy Agriculture Minister Chaiya Promma, conducted an official visit to the airport as part of…

  • Thailand News

    Water crisis hits Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Samui, tap water rationed

    On Koh Pha Ngan, a water crisis since late March has led to a stringent rationing of tap water which affected both locals and tourists. The rationing, operating on a rotational basis, leaves some areas parched on certain days while others savour the flow. A meagre 3,500m3 to 4,000m3 of water trickles through the pipes daily, barely meeting the island’s…

  • Thailand News

    Koh Samui sees tourism surge as summer heats up

    Foreign tourists have been descending in droves on Koh Samui, Surat Thani, with local media reporting that the island’s tranquil environment and idyllic beaches are proving irresistible to visitors. Wednesday saw Bangkok Airways completely booked for 43 flights throughout the month, suggesting a daily influx of over 4,500 individuals to the popular island. Koh Samui, known for its relaxing atmosphere,…

  • Lifestyle

    Samui sensation: Nikki Beach Koh Samui celebrated its 15th anniversary with a White Party

    The famous Nikki Beach brand opened its beach club in Koh Samui in 2009, and their very first resort opened at the location shortly after, a decision deeply rooted in their commitment to celebrating life and sharing life’s moments with friends and family. Fifteen years later, the iconic property is still one of the most decadent and vibrant beachfront properties…

  • Thailand News

    Koh Samui police shut down illegal beauty clinic run by foreigners

    Police recently apprehended a female doctor operating an illicit beauty clinic in Koh Samui, offering dangerous treatments including blood platelet injections. The raid, conducted at 10am today, March 13, found unregistered medications and controlled substances on the premises while services were being rendered. The Immigration Bureau, along with police forces, revealed that the clandestine beauty clinic, offering various unauthorised medical…

  • Thailand News

    British woman rescued after falling from Koh Samui waterfall

    Rescue teams and administrative officers yesterday successfully saved a British woman who fell from the Hin Lad Waterfall on Koh Samui island in the southern province of Surat Thani. The 46 year old British woman, Hema Mantra, sought help from the Koh Samui District Office after slipping and collapsing at the waterfall. She informed officers that she felt pain in…

  • Thailand News

    Samui Airport sees remarkable surge in tourist arrivals in 2023

    The year 2023 witnessed an outstanding surge in tourist arrivals at Samui Airport, in Thailand, with 2.2 million holidaymakers marking their footprints on the east coast island. The figure indicates a significant 66.65% increase compared to the previous year’s numbers. Located in the Surat Thani province, the Koh Samui district is home to Samui Airport. The district’s director, Jirawat Wutthiwatworakun,…