Koh Samui

A fantasy island with something to suit all travelers

Koh Samui

Koh Samui, affectionally called Samui by locals is one of the country’s most popular tropical islands. Set on the country’s Eastern coast, this offers a great alternative from May to November when Thailand’s more popular island getaways in the West are in rainy season.

Samui is ideal for couples and modern families to indulge themselves and understand the true meaning of a vacation. Visitors are encouraged to spoil themselves at the island’s spas, take long walks along the beach, lounge at the pool and enjoy the atmosphere of relaxation; matched with fine food. Food and drink on Koh Samui is never dull, with a myriad of great restaurants and bars to choose from. Breakfast, brunch, dinner of whenever, there’s a great choice of gastronomy, from the very local to the international. Nightlife hounds will love the fantastic bar and club scene along the Chaweng Beach Road.

The actual gay scene on the island is quite small. There is no bespoke gay beach in Koh Samui, but most of the gay tourists and locals head over to Central Chaweng beach, around the end of Soi Lamdin for their relaxation and sunbathing. Some resorts will also host pop-up LGBT+ events. For example, why not book yourself into the fabulous ALPHA Gay Resort whose pool plays host to men-only parties several times a week? For a quick coffee break, The Road Less Travelled is a charming, gay-owned café that can only be recommended.

For the party hearty, nearby Koh Phang-an is where the full moon party is said to have been born. The revelry carries on today, once a month incidentally!

Island hoppers will love the Ang Thong Marine Park, consisting of 42 islands to choose from. You may also have heard about Koh Tao, it’s all the rage right now. In fact, Koh Tao easily ranks as one of the best and most affordable places to get a diving license, making it a must on many travellers’ itineraries.

Inspiration

Inspiration

Into the blue – Thailand’s best hotels for hobby divers

There are some holiday activities you can be forgiven for not participating in, but when vacationing in Thailand, one thing is simply not an option: refraining from jumping into the sea! And why would you, anyway? After all, Southeast Asia’s original beach destination has a whopping 2,800 km of coastline to explore its crystal-clear waters…

Came to sustain: eco-friendly ideas for a greener Thai holiday

Thailand is often said to have it all. More than anything else, however, the country’s natural wonders are the stuff traveller’s dreams are made of: who wouldn’t get excited about the prospect of fresh coconut juice, ivory beaches and clear ocean waters? Beyond the kingdom’s coastline – which stretches for a remarkable 1,660 kilometres –…

Gaycation – Thai places to visit with your LGBT+ friends

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One for the lovers – 5 of Thailand’s most romantic places

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We are family – 5 fun-filled escapes for LGBT+ families

Known as the ‘land of smiles’, Thailand wholeheartedly embraces visitors from all walks of life. LGBT+ families looking for an unforgettable getaway in the tropics will feel welcome, too! After all, the state religion of Buddhism inspires tolerance and openness. Head for the much-loved destinations below – your kids will thank you for it!  …

Vacation by design – five fab design hotels in Koh Samui

Koh Samui’s natural beauty and swathes of white sand beaches attract travelers looking to rest and relax. But there’s also plenty of offer for the style savvy LGBT+ visitor, as it’s home to some stunning and innovative resorts, each with their own distinct personality. There’s something for all tastes: those who like the quirky and…

Koh Samui’s lesser known gay scene

Koh Samui is best known as a place to chill and take advantage of the island’s unparalleled nature: crystal clear seas and white sand beaches. But it’s also provides for gay visitors and locals with a friendly and laid-back gay scene. Whilst it may not be on the same scale as Bangkok or Pattaya, the…

Five Thai festivals and rituals to be part of

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Refreshing post-Songkran on Koh Samui

April’s Songkran showers brought us a lot more than May flowers! The Thai New Year came and went, and we’re already counting the days down until the next Thai New Year. We know the first experience with the holiday is often one of the best for new visitors, but as Songkran veterans, we’ve got to…

10 LGBT+ friendly destinations to visit

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Thai cuisine is good for you

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The art of eight limbs

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Thai massage: Ultimate healing power

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LGBT+ welcoming hotels & resorts

LGBT+ welcoming hotels and resorts

Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort, Koh Samui

Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort offers luxurious island getaways on buzzing Chaweng Beach. Villas cluster around palm-fringed lagoon pools, reminiscent of the early Sino-Thai settlements.   Dine in the treetops or on the beach. Cruise out to sea or hide away in the spa. We invite you to explore at your own pace at our…

Conrad Koh Samui

Situated on the South-Western tip of the idyllic Thai island, Conrad Koh Samui overlooks the azure reefs of Aow Thai Beach from its unique position on a dramatic hillside. The resort’s secluded location is home to 81 free-standing villas, all with private balconies, commanding breathtaking views over the Gulf of Thailand. The island of Samui,…

W Koh Samui

W Koh Samui is the stylish and luxury beachfront hotel, offering 74 private pool villas located between Maenam and Bophut beaches and within 15-minute drive from the airport. Bringing alluring new dimension to guests seeking an extraordinary experience through its ultra-chic and cutting-edge design, vibrant contemporary lifestyle and innovative technology, the award-winning spa, restaurants and…

The Ridge, Koh Samui

Luxury award-winning residence developed by the leading development (Prime Samui) of Koh Samui. Located in Plai Leam Soi 8, with 3-5 bedrooms luxury villas available for holiday rental. All situated with fully equipped kitchen, en-suite in every bedroom and sea view from all the rooms are ensured, along with our professional hospitality from the Prime…

The Spa Resorts, Koh Samui

The peaceful boutique resort on hillside overlooking Lamai Sea. 24 Garden of Eden Rooms in tropical garden offers spacious balcony and wooden-furnished room. Escape from busy world to detox your body and your mind, the resort also have many choices of well-being programs. www.thesparesorts.com

Bandara Resort & Spa, Koh Samui

On the peaceful north coast of Samui Island amid charming fisherman villages and uncrowded beaches, Bandara Resort and Spa, Samui brings to life an idyllic seaside setting of the imagination. Our beach resort is a holiday destination for anyone in the world who is in search of pampering, relaxation, and fun on the beach. Always…

Avani+ Samui Resort, Koh Samui

An island destination dripping in everything escapes require – sand, sun, and adventure. Pools, cocktails, and snorkelling. Spa days, salt spray, and lazy stays. Koh Samui resorts rarely get this good. 58 chic rooms and pool villas, including one- and two-bedroom beachfront pool villas All-day check-in and check-out in Avani Deluxe Rooms and Avani Pool…

Kamalaya, Koh Samui

Kamalaya Koh Samui is a multi award winning Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa resort ideally located amid a tropical landscape on the southern coastline of Koh Samui, Thailand. Since opening in November 2005, Kamalaya has been offering a holistic wellness experience that integrates healing therapies from East and West, a breathtakingly beautiful natural environment, inspired…

Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa, Koh Samui

Experience an unparalleled beachfront location where 5-star service and luxury amenities abound at this 78 well-appointed rooms, suites and villas, Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa. Set amidst manicured gardens and tucked along the shores of Koh Samui island, our hotel ensures a tranquil visit. Our prime location is only steps away from popular Lamai…

Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort, Koh Samui

Among the finest Koh Samui resorts, Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort is a tropical playground of adventure and tranquillity. Low-rise shingled buildings overlook a central lily pond and palms, and a wide stretch of golden sands fronts the resort. Energise with water sports, Muay Thai and family outings. Retreat to the garden spa and indulge…

Banyan Tree, Koh Samui

Overlooking the azure waters of the Gulf of Thailand, Banyan Tree Samui is nestled amid the lush jungle of a private bay in Lamai. This luxury all-pool villa resort in Samui combines the best elements of a tropical getaway with a pristine beach, blissful spa escapes, bespoke dining offerings, locally-infused experiences, a personal Villa Host…

Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, Koh Phangan

Stay at the Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas for an extravagant island getaway experience. Our hotel in Koh Phangan is a place where true indulgences are influenced by the local culture and refined with global pleasures. Where barefoot luxury is perfected with glittering bay views, island voyages and discerning pleasures. The place for romance set…

Six Senses Hideaway, Koh Samui

Six Senses Samui is set on a gently sloping headland at the northern tip of Samui Island. The Samui resort in Thailand is made up of just 66 private villas, many with personal pools, which are landscaped within natural vegetation, and with glorious, sweeping panoramas out to the Gulf of Thailand and the surrounding islands.…

The Library, Koh Samui

Against the seductive backdrop of Koh Samui’s Chaweng Beach, The Library reads like an elegant monograph – a beachfront hotel that invites one to sit with a book in quiet contemplation while also weaving its own story of natural beauty and unmatched luxury. With just 46 studios, suites and pool villas spread over 12,800 square…

Cape Fahn Hotel, Koh Samui

Cape Fahn Hotel, Koh Samui nestles on a private island off Koh Samui’s north-eastern corner.  Here you will find luxury accommodation in the quiet seclusion of privacy and confidentiality.  Laze away your day in your own luxury villa with its exclusive pool or head for the noted centres of bustling nightlife on Samui.  At Cape Fahn…

Four Seasons, Koh Samui

Discover Thailand’s laid-back island life at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui. Here, you can spend your days exploring pristine sandy beaches bordered by tropical greenery and calm blue seas, lounging by our infinity pool with a cool drink, or relaxing on your private deck overlooking the idyllic Gulf of Siam – all with every imaginable…

Manathai Koh Samui, Koh Samui

Manathai Koh Samui is an elegant sanctuary by Lamai beach, Samui island, just a 30-minute drive from the airport. Wander into an oasis of old-world charm where boundless gardens create a sense of calm and space. Within the stunning main quarters are found polished teak hallways and rambutan red cushions resting on rattan furnishings. Blending…

Belmond Napasai, Koh Samui

A serene Koh Samui beach resort, Belmond Napasai is a secluded hideaway. Gaze out across the golden sands and acclimatise to the indulgent, casual atmosphere.Life is as quiet or as lively as you desire. Spend all day beside the infinity pool or in the spa, or plunge into the vibrant island scene with our action-packed…

X2 Koh Samui – A Spa Retreat, Koh Samui

X2 Koh Samui – A Spa Retreat, with over a 100 meters of uninterrupted beach front and built around 50 years old majestic trees, is perfectly in balance peaceful views over the Gulf of Thailand. A Spa Retreat, Thailand’s first resort offering guests a selection of “All Spa Inclusive Package” for unlimited spa treatments throughout…

Silavadee Pool Spa Resort, Koh Samui

Silavadee embraces the highest level of luxury that comes with a stunning scenery. Located on Laem Nan beach, the most beauteous exclusive beach on Samui island tucked away from the busy world yet only a short drive from it all. Silavadee means “Beautiful Rock” in Thai. Our location is said to be the most beautiful…

Rocky’s Boutique Hotel, Koh Samui

Rocky’s Boutique Resort is a private and secluded boutique Samui resort. Our stylish accommodation features 47 elegant rooms and 3 spacious pool villas. The resort is situated on the beachfront, with unparalleled views of the Gulf of Thailand, and only a short walk to downtown Lamai. Long tailed fishing boats can be seen daily as…

Events & offers

Events and offers

April: Samui Gay Songkran Parade

Alpha Gay Resort & Spa, Koh Samui hosts the 2nd annual Songkran Pride Parade. In 2019, this event is expected to be even bigger and better, based on the continued support from the sponsors and participants. The theme for 2019 will be ‘Pride around the world’. www.alphagayresort.com

November: Loi Krathong

Well, you little devil, if you’re planning to vacation in Thailand at the end of November, you’re in luck literally and figuratively. Not only will you get to witness Loi Krathong, one of the most picturesque festivals of the year, but you can also join in and float away your anger, grudges and defilements of…

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