Koh Samui

Koh Samui is a tropical gem located in the warm blue waters off the country’s south eastern seaboard. It is the Kingdom’s third largest island, after Phuket. Relatively unknown for years, this sun lovers’ paradise has now attained international standards of service and accommodation. Fortunately, it has also earned a reputation for retaining its friendly image as well as its natural environment. Easy to reach from Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya or overseas, Koh Samui is literally covered with coconut trees and bougainvilleas, which in turn are surrounded by white sandy shores and stunning turquoise seas. Whether you’re looking for remote beaches, great shopping, delicious dining or an exciting nightlife, you’ll find it on Koh Samui.

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Fact File

CapitalBangkok

LanguageThai (English widely spoken)

ClimateThailand’s climate is tropical, high both in temperature and humidity. April and May are the hottest months of the year. June sees the beginning of the South West Monsoon, and brings with it the rainy season, which continues intermittently until the end of October. From November to the end of February the climate is much less trying with a cooling north east breeze and a reduction in the humidity level. The north and north east are generally cooler than Bangkok in winter, and hotter in summer. In the far north, temperatures can occasionally drop as low as 2°C

CurrencyThai Baht (THB)

VisaRequired for stays exceeding 30 days

HealthAdvised immunisation against malaria, hepatitis, polio, typhoid, tetanus and cholera

PassportsMust be valid for more than six months after proposed date of departure from Thailand

Time ZoneGMT + 7 hours