With beautiful white-sand beaches and clear blue waters, Thailand’s second biggest island ? Koh Samui is also one of its most popular holiday destinations. From international travelers to budget backpackers, Koh Samui has something for everyone. Visitors can stroll on the beach the entire day, try thrilling water sports, or savor some fresh seafood. Indulge in shopping for trinkets at Fisherman’s village or relax by taking a Thai massage. The crystal-clear water and stunning corals attract a lot of divers. Koh Samui is also considered to be one of the safest snorkeling and diving destinations in the world. The main beaches are Nathon, Bophut, Laem Yai, Samui South Coast, Chaweng, and Lamai. The island has a great shopping and food scene. It also has an exciting nightlife with an eclectic mix of beach clubs. From stunning beaches with clean, cool ocean air to relaxing spa treatments – Koh Samui is a perfect getaway.
Useful Tips for Tourists Traveling to Koh Samui
Shopping in Koh Samui
The island of Koh Samui has a huge selection of shopping opportunities. There are shops and markets where you can find electrical goods, souvenirs, and clothing at economical prices. Explore Central Festival Samui, a shopping complex with four sections that include all the leading names like Uni-Qlo, Rip Curl, Adidas, etc. You can also try street shopping which is affordable and exciting. Some of the famous street shopping areas are Lamai Walking Street, Fisherman’s Village Walking Street, Chaweng Beach Road Shopping, Lamai Night Plaza, Maenam Walking Street, and Wharf Samui.
Where to Eat
Thai food is flavorsome and healthy. While in Koh Samui, few dishes you must try are Thai-style seafood (be it prawns, fish or lobster), Tom Yum soup (spicy, sour seafood soup), Khao phat (fried rice), Phad Thai (stir-fried noodle dish), Satay (barbecued meat), Green Papaya salad, and Massaman curry (meat curry). Indulge your sweet tooth with a yummy Kalamai (a sticky, sweet dessert).
A Few Thai Words and Phrases
Even if you are only in Thailand for a few days, learning some Thai words and phrases beforehand could be quite useful.
• Thank You:
Kob kun krub (if you’re male) / Kob kun ka (if you’re female)
• Where is the toilet?
Mee Hong-Num Mai?
• Where can I find a taxi?
Thi` c¯h?n s¯amart¯h h¯a rt¯h thæ?ksi`
• How much does it cost?
M?n rakha thèa h¯?r`?
Dos and Don’ts
• While visiting Buddhist temples, dress appropriately (shoulders and knees covered).
• While entering some establishments, check to see if others remove their footwear and follow accordingly.
• In public vehicles, there are seats reserved for monks – avoid using those seats or vacate when a monk boards.
Emergency contact numbers
• Fire: 106/199
• Police: 191
• Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Koh Samui?
The airline offering cheap air tickets to Koh Samui is Bangkok Airways.
• What is the time zone used in Koh Samui?
The time zone of Koh Samui is GMT+7.
• What are the most popular airlines flying from Bangkok to Koh Samui?
From Bangkok to Koh Samui, the most popular airlines are Bangkok Airways
and Thai Airways
• What is the shortest time for a Bangkok to Koh Samui flight?
The shortest time for a direct Bangkok to Koh Samui flight is 1 hour and 5 minutes.
• What are the top tourist destinations of Koh Samui?
The prominent tourist attractions are Namtok Hin Lat (waterfall), ld House, Nathon (seafront settlement, Big Buddha Temple, Bophut Elephant Camp, Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks, etc.
• What is the currency of Thailand?
The currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht (THB).
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