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Bamboo hut over crystal clear sea in Koh Samui, Thailand

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Once famed for full-moon parties and wild nights, this holiday island has undergone something of a makeover. These days Koh Samui flights are also booked by tourists looking for high-end spa breaks amid a tropical paradise.

Why go?

The beauty is that you can have it all when you take a flight to Koh Samui.

Koh Samui is a picturesque island located off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus, in Thailand. It is the second largest island in Thailand, after Phuket.

The island is part of the Ang Thong archipelago, made up of resort islands and fishing villages. Visitors to Koh Samui can hang out at Koh Pha Ngan's full moon parties, relax on Lamia Beach or explore around Chaweng Lake.

Other attractions in the area include Chaweng Beach; the island of Koh Tao, with wonderful diving and snorkelling; spectacular Hin Lat Falls; and the Wat Phra Yai Buddhist temples. The fishing village of Bophut is a good place to visit for a view of traditional life. Popular local foods include salted eggs and a tropical fruit known as rambutan.

The Samui Regatta is an annual sailing festival in Koh Samui that attracts competitors from all over the world. The Koh Samui Triathlon, organized by the International Triathlon Union, also brings hundreds of competitors each year.

The island's Buffalo Fighting Festival, which takes place a few times a year on public holidays, is another event involving plenty of ceremony and celebration.

Many flights to Koh Samui go via Bangkok, although others are available via Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Koh Samui's main airport is Samui International Airport (USM), which is 2km north of the island's main village, Chaweng.

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How to get there?

This beautiful Thai resort is easily reached from the UK on flights via the country's capital, Bangkok.

There are multiple non-stop flights a day from London Heathrow to Bangkok, with plenty of onward connections. British Airways, Thai and EVA Airways all offer this option.

The fastest connections from London take around 14 hours.

Additionally you could fly via a European airport with carriers such as KLM, Lufthansa, Finnair, SWISS, Turkish Airlines and Air France. Several of these options are also available from UK regions, avoiding a London connection.

The Middle Eastern carriers Emirates, Qatar and Etihad have two-stop services through their hubs at Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi, and then again in Bangkok. These flights also operate from UK regional airports.

Getting to and from the airport

Don't waste a minute of precious holiday time when you land on Koh Samui. Use our guide to getting to and from the airport.

Transport to and from the airport is easy. Minibuses and private car services run to the airport from all the main villages on the island; tickets can be purchased from the arrivals area. Fares cost around 170 Thai baht per person (roughly £3) on a shared minivan to the town of Lamai, for example.

Private taxis can also be booked at the airport. Fares are set, which avoids confusion. Expect to pay 700 baht for the 20-minute journey to the centre of Lamai. Nowhere on Koh Samui is more than a 45-minute drive from the airport.

Hertz, Sixt, Budget and Avis car rental services are also available. Book car hire in Koh Samui to save on the cost of resort transfers and to see this beautiful island at your own pace.

Where to stay?

Spend dreamy days by the sea and evenings under a blanket of inky blackness and twinkling stars when you book hotels in Koh Samui.

Sitting off the east coast of mainland Thailand in the Gulf of Thailand, and within the Surat Thani province, the island of Koh Samui is small enough to get around easily and brimming with fabulous resorts, including Chaweng, Tongsai Bay, Bophut Beach, Lamai Beach, Koh Phangan, and Lipa Noi.

The island is well known for attracting honeymooning couples, but holidays in Koh Samui offer more than romance and relaxation. Groups and families will feel at home, and backpackers can still find cheap digs to bed down for the night.

It's easy to find the best deals on Koh Samui hotels once you've booked your flights. Simply use the search tool on TravelSupermarket to compare prices on the best places to stay.