Ko Samui is a part of a group of islands called Mu Ko Samui (Samui Archipelago). Thailand’s third-largest island with 247 km2 is surrounded by 80 smaller islands. Samui is located 20 km off the main coast of Thailand. A quarter of the island is flat and mostly you will find coconut plantations and rice paddies.
The centre of the island is hilly, covered with wild forest and gardens with fruits like Durian, Rambutan, Langsat and Mangosteen. The population of Ko Samui is mostly concentrated in the seaport Na Thon on the western side of the island facing the mainland.
The island has had a somewhat legendary status among Asian travellers for the past 20 years, so you can find everything like first class bars, discos and restaurants, but also lonely dream beaches with white sand and palms, amazing coral reefs and waterfalls.
Koh Samui is favourable all year round except October to November with the most rain in the year to be expected.
Ko Samui is a paradise and you can make a lot of beautiful trips, such as sailing into Angthong National park. There are no accommodations in the park and it is not allowed to camp there. So anchoring between the beautiful islands with nature’s silence around is the only way to stay overnight.
From there we can sail to Ko Tao. The sea around this island is well known for crystal clear water and excellent diving sites. On the way back from Ko Tao you pass Ko Pangan. There are beautiful bays with sandy beaches where you can stay overnight after a sailing day, having barbeque and campfire on an empty beach.
For guests who want to have some more action at night, we recommend Had Rin Beach. Music bars open up till late. At full moon, the famous full-moon-party takes place there. Another stop will be a beautiful waterfall with a small beach. Here you can take a cool swim or climb the waterfall (not too difficult ), follow the river into the jungle and take a bath in the natural pools with a beautiful view down to the boat on the sea.
From Ko Phangan, you can sail to Ko Samui and have lunch at Hin Yai and Hin Ta, those very popular male and female rocks (it is really an unbelievable site created by nature!), which is a must for every Samui visitor. Back to Chaweng Beach you have the choice of well-developed beaches, restaurants for everybody’s taste as well as discotheques and beer-bars.
Two main seasons dominate the sailing condition in Koh Samui. From December until March, with the north-east monsoon full in swing, the dry season arrives. This time is the best for sailing with wind speed from 15 knots to sometimes up to 20 knots. In April the season change to the south-west monsoon with in general lighter winds and a calmer sea protected by the mainland. Also with many sunny days, sometimes a rain-squall occurs with a short but heavy rain which clears the air and the sun returns.