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Koh Samui Travel Tips - with Wired Destinations
Koh Samui General Facts
Koh Samui has everything to offer that a paradise island traveler can hope for: snorkeling, golf courses, palm trees, nightly entertainment and great dining.
For your Koh Samui trip, we recommend Chaweng Beach hotels & Lamai Beach hotels, and the Northern Samui Beaches. We also offer Koh Samui travel info on Koh Samui Shopping, Koh Samui Beaches, Koh Samui leisure and Koh Samui culture - the Koh Pha-Ngan Full Moon Party.
Koh Samui Location
Koh Samui Island lies just off the coast at the western edge of the Gulf of Thailand. Koh Samui is an idyllic tropical island paradise. It's small and laid back. Coconut palms sway over white sand beaches. With a modern international airport and a bevy of ferries bringing in travelers from every walk of life, Koh Samui has matured into a world-class holiday destination. Koh Samui's luxury resorts and beach bungalows accommodate every budget. Chaweng and Lamai on the northeast and east coasts are Koh Samui's most popular beaches. Koh Samui Nightlife is hottest at Chaweng. You won't believe your eyes when you see the phallic rock formations at the southern end of Lamai Bay. Koh Pha-Ngan and Koh Tao, lying just north of Koh Samui, are also popular holiday destinations. It's only a 15 to 30-minute ferry to catch Koh Pha-Ngan's infamous Full Moon Party. Koh Tao is a scuba and beach life Mecca.
For accommodation on these gulf islands, Wired Destinations has hotel recommendations and exceptional hotel discounts for Koh Samui Hotels, Koh Pha Ngan Hotels and Koh Tao Hotels. If you find you need to stay on the mainland for a night or two, we also have Surat Thani Hotels and Chumpon Hotels covered. Koh Samui Map
Koh Samui Population
Koh Samui Telephone - Country and City Code
Koh Samui Time
UTC or GMT (+ 7 hours) Thailand is 7 hours ahead of London, 6 hours ahead of Berlin, 12 hours ahead of New York and 15 hours ahead of Los Angeles. Daylight saving time will add 1 hour to the above.
Koh Samui Business Hours
Business hours are from 08:00 to 17:00 from Monday to Friday. Some business office may open on Saturdays at around 09:00 to 12:00. Government and administrative offices open from 08:30 to 14:30, Monday to Friday. Bank hours are from 09:30 to 15:30.
Koh Samui Climate
Koh Samui, has only the two seasons. Monsoon season is from May to December and the dry season is from January to April. Rain showers are heavy but short during the rainy season.
Thailand Dress Code
In general, Koh Samui dress code depends on the weather, which could be very hot during April. Rain storms are common in the rainy season from mid May to December. In most areas, casual clothes are acceptable. However, despite the climate, topless sunbathing or swimming is not OK for women. It is more common to swim in your casual clothes. Moreover, temples are held in high regards by Thais, so there is a strict dress code; flip flops, shorts, sleeveless shirts are prohibited.
Koh Samui Communication
Telephone communication in a tourist hub like Koh Samui is comparable with an international standard. Public telephone service can be found around town. In airports and major tourists areas, international calls can be made, and commonly take calling cards. These cards are available at convenience stores. Mobile telephone service is also available. Consider purchasing a SIM card with pre-paid option, so it would be more convenient than finding a public phone booth.
Thailand travelers have easy access to the Internet and e-mail. Major Koh Samui hotels, business centers and service apartments often provide Internet services. Internet cafes can be found almost everywhere in town, with fax and phone service also available.
Koh Samui Electricity
The electricity in Koh Samui is 220 volts. If you are from a 110-volt country, it is recommended to purchase 220-volt adapters.
Koh Samui Language
Thai language is the main language in Thailand. Though dialects vary in different Thailand destinations, Thai is still commonly understandable. In major tourist areas, like the beaches and in some hotels, many of the locals can also speak English, but it helps to have your destination on a piece of paper, or ask your concierge at the hotel to jot it down in Thai writing for you.
Koh Samui has international standard and renowned Bangkok Samui Hospitals. For those who are just a little sick, there are countless smaller clinics and pharmacies, many of which at Chaweng Beach.