WHERE TO STAY

Escape! Malaysia - - Thailand -

From sea view bun­ga­lows to lux­ury apart­ments, there are end­less ac­com­mo­da­tion choices on Koh Sa­mui to help you live up the re­sort life. One re­sort that you may want to check out is the newly ren­o­vated Amari Koh Sa­mui that is sit­u­ated on the sands of Chaweng, a con­ve­nient 10-minute drive from the air­port. Af­ford­ably priced for the VIP treat­ment you get, their con­tem­po­rary Thai-in­fused style re­sort rooms are clean, spa­cious and fea­ture pri­vate bal­conies for guests to lounge and un­wind on.

GET­TING THERE

Most flights from Sin­ga­pore and Kuala Lumpur to Koh Sa­mui are op­er­ated by Bangkok Air­ways, who pri­vately owns and op­er­ates the air­port. Silkair also of­fers direct flights from Sin­ga­pore.

GET­TING AROUND

The best op­tion for the ad­ven­tur­ous trav­eller is to rent a mo­tor­cy­cle for about 200 to P00 baht per day. A safer op­tion, es­pe­cially for those trav­el­ling in big groups, would be to rent a car priced any­where be­tween 800 to 2000 baht a day. Oth­er­wise, yel­low taxis and Songth­aews (cov­ered shared taxis) can eas­ily be flagged off the roads of Sa­mui to take you to your des­ti­na­tion at very af­ford­able fares.

WHEN TO GO

De­cem­ber till Fe­bru­ary is the best time to visit, but if you aren’t afraid to soak up the heat, the less busy but very hot months of jarch un­til Au­gust is a great time as well. Those who choose to visit be­tween Septem­ber and Novem­ber might have to be­ware of mon­soon winds and jel­ly­fishes!

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