BEST TIME TO VISIT KOH SAMUI
About Koh Samui
Koh Samui (Ko Samui) or commonly known as Samui Island with total area of approximately 228.7 km², is Thailand’s second largest island after Phuket. It is located in the Gulf of Thailand about 770 km South of Bangkok and about 340 km from Phuket. With yearly about 2.7 to 3 million tourists, Koh Samui is probably the 2nd most popular island (After Phuket) to visit in Thailand because it has wonderful nature, white beaches, clear seas, waterfalls, spectacular viewpoints, beautiful temples, and many activities for tourists to enjoy. The island has an airport and a vast array of accommodation options, which makes it a great place for travelling.
There were not even any roads on the island until the early 1970’s. However, once foreign visitors discovered this island gem, lush with tropical forest, fringed with palm tree lined stretches of golden sand, and surrounded by pellucid, aquamarine water, development quickly followed. Today the beaches of Chaweng and Lamai are bustling beach towns with fabulous beach resorts, internationally acclaimed restaurants, and world-class nightclubs.
Best Time To Visit Koh Samui By Month
Late December to Early April – Dry Season (Best Time To Visit Koh Samui)
The dry & peak season falls in between this period. February & March are the driest months throughout the year of Koh Samui with temperatures range in between 24°C to 32°C. This is the best time to visit Koh Samui for all the beach side activities.
May to August – Hot Season (With Rain)
This is consider as their hot season with occasional shower rain and temperatures range in between 25°C to 35°C . Even though with more rainfall, this period of time is still the best time to visit Samui for scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, etc.
September to Early December (Rainy Season)
The monsoon season with heavy rainfall with temperatures range in between 23°C to 30°C. End October to early December is the off peak season as most of the beach activities will be closed to all tourists due to heavy storms. The best time to visit Koh Samui for it’s cheap accommodations. LOL..
How To Go Koh Samui
There is an airport on the island, Samui International Airport or Koh Samui Airport (USM). Besides this, there are a few alternative ways to reach Koh Samui Island. Summary as below:-
(BKK) Suvarnabhumi Airport ➔ (USM) Koh Samui Airport. About 1 hour 5 min flight time.
(DMK) Don Mueang International Airport ➔ (USM) Koh Samui Airport. About 1 hour 5 min flight time.
(URT) Surat Thani Airport ➔ Don Sak or Bangrak Seatran Pier (Mainland – 1.5 hours) ➔ Nathon Pier (Koh Samui Island – 90 min)
By Road: Train/Car & ferry
Bangkok ➔ Koh Samui Island (11 hours)