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The Best Time to Visit Thailand on Flights to Koh Samui
Your holiday experience can vary based on what time of year you book tickets to Koh Samui. Located in southern Thailand, Koh Samui has both a wet season and a dry season. Koh Samui’s wet season is short and only lasts between October and December. The rest of the year experiences lots of sunshine and much less rain and humidity than the wet season. Since many people book return flights to Koh Samui in order to enjoy water activities and the beach, the dry season is the best time to purchase your airfare to Koh Samui for.
July and August are the busiest months in the dry season. During this high season, hotels increase their prices as tourists flock to the island. For a bargain on cheap flights to Koh Samui and a hotel, plan your trip for earlier in the dry season.
Dress conservatively while visiting a temple
It’s standard for both men and women to have their shoulders and knees covered when entering a temple in Thailand. Some temples will offer a sarong to wear, or you could take a light scarf on your return flights to Koh Samui to put on while visiting a temple.
Don’t put your feet up or expose the bottom of your feet to a local
Feet are seen as dirty in Thailand. To avoid offending any locals, avoid putting your feet up on anything, including train seats or coffee tables. While sitting, also keep your feet flat on the floor so locals don’t see the bottoms of your feet.
Don’t touch the head of a local
Thai people see the head as the most important part of the body. To avoid disrespecting any locals after your cheap flights to Koh Samui, avoid touching anyone’s head apart from extremely close friends.
Don’t point with your index finger
When you have return flights to Koh Samui, avoid pointing to anything while talking to a local as it’s considered rude. Instead, use your full palm to motion at something you are talking about.
Top Things to Do and See
The golden Big Buddha statue is one of the most famous landmarks to see when you have flights to Koh Samui. The statue sits 12 metres high and is located in the Wat Phra Yai temple. The temple is situated on a tiny island just off the coast of Koh Samui and is connected to the main island by a pedestrian causeway. The Big Buddha is located near Samui Airport (USM) and can often be seen by visitors arriving on flights to Koh Samui.
Angthong Marine Park
If you’re looking to take a day trip when you book an airfare to Koh Samui, hop on a boat to nearby Angthong Marine Park. The marine park consists of an archipelago of 42 small islands where you can see mountains, pristine beaches, tropical jungle, and some exotic wildlife. Angthong Marine Park is also a popular spot to go snorkelling when you book return flights to Koh Samui.
Head inland after your cheap flights to Koh Samui to explore the island’s jungle. A popular scenic spot to visit is the Namuang Waterfall. At the base of the waterfall is a swimming hole that’s loved among visitors with tickets to Koh Samui. From the waterfall, you can hike uphill for about a half hour to receive gorgeous views and see a second waterfall as well.
Go snorkelling or diving
After arriving on cheap flights to Koh Samui, you can’t miss the opportunity to snorkel or dive amongst the island’s coral and tropical fish. There are lots of snorkelling and diving tours you can join, or you can rent snorkelling equipment from beachside shops. Some of the most popular places to go snorkelling or diving after your flights to Koh Samui are Coral Cove and the nearby island of Koh Tao. Koh Samui is considered to have some of the best snorkelling in the world, so you can’t go wrong with whatever beach you choose.
Nathon Town is located in the northwest of Koh Samui and serves as the island’s capital. When you book tickets to Koh Samui, head to the city in order to see some traditional Thai architecture. Nathon Town is well-known among both locals and visitors with flights to Koh Samui. A major point of interest in Nathon Town is the row of Chinese shop houses, where you can get souvenirs and crafts at good prices.
Spend time at the beach
People book flights to Koh Samui from all over the world in order to experience the island’s coastline. There are so many incredible beaches to explore after your flights to Koh Samui, including Chaweng Beach, Lamai Beach, Maenam Beach, and Lipa Noi Beach.
When is The Best Time to Visit Koh Samui?
The best time to visit Koh Samui all depends on what you want to do.
If you plan on swimming and working on your tan, book your trip between December and April. The island has perfect weather during this period, and there is little chance of rain ruining your day at the beach.
For snorkelling, scuba diving or day trips to Angthong Marine Park, visit Koh Samui during March to May. These months are known for their excellent whale shark sightings, and water visibility.
For budget travellers, the best time to visit Koh Samui is during the rainy season. From October to November, you'll be able to find plenty deals on hotels and tours. April to June is another good option if you want better weather without the hefty price tag.
High season on Koh Samui is from December to January and July to August. If you're planning on visiting the island during these months, you'll need to book your holiday well in advance. The best hotels fill up fast, and rates skyrocket to meet the demand.
Airports in Koh Samui
Located 2 km from the city, Samui Airport is the seventh busiest airport in Thailand. It handles more than one million passengers each year and is a hub for the country's regional airline, Bangkok Airways.
Getting To and From Samui Airport
The cheapest way to get from the airport to your hotel is with a shared minivan transfer. You can book the service online in advance or at the transport counter in the arrivals area. But keep in mind, that the minivan will only depart once there are five or more passengers. A one way trip to Bangor will set you back THB 200.
If you don't want to wait around and have a bigger budget, you can get a private transfer to your hotel. This service can also be booked online or on arrival. A trip to the Bangor area costs THB 800 one way.
For those that prefer a bit more freedom, you can rent a car at the airport. There are five rental companies to choose from, and you can reserve your vehicle in advance or upon landing.