Koh Samui Island Life & Weather
The local beaches and restaurants are within easy reach by car or scooter. Walking is possible of course but allow a good 20 - 30 minutes.
Our location is beautifully peaceful and serene, hence so attractive to families and couples looking to avoid the hum and distractions of the more commercial locations.
The boutique airport of Koh Samui, owned and operated by Bangkok Airways (code USM), is approximately 25 minutes away by taxi, 11km in distance.
The centre of Chaweng, where the islands main shopping and entertainment is located, is approximately 30 minutes away by car or taxi, also 11km to the outskirts.
The popular coastal resort of Lamai is approx 14.6 km away by car, allow around 35 minutes with good traffic.
Maenam itself has the proud reputation of being a very unspoilt and more traditional location, with a wonderful range of places to eat and drink, unspoilt, non commercial beaches and the famous weekly "Walking Street Market" every Thursday.
Getting to Koh Samui by air or sea
Flights from Bangkok International Airport (Suvarnabhumi Airport - Code: BKK) are available every hour with Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways.
Direct, domestic flights are also available from Phuket, Pattaya and Chiang Mai airports.
International flights arrive daily from Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur airports with Bangkok Airways and Fyre Fly.
Both Bangkok Airways and Silk Air (the budget wing of Singapore Airlines) make daily flights to Koh Samui from Singapores, Changi Airport.
The island of Koh Samui
As one of the top 10 destinations in Thailand, Koh Samui deserves a spot at the top of your travel itinerary.
Affectionately known as the island of coconuts and smiles, Koh Samui caters superbly to the modern traveller’s expectations.
Remote island life blended with traditional Thai hospitality and gorgeous beaches make Koh Samui a tropical paradise.
As one of the 42 stunning islands within the Mu Ko Anthong National Marine Park, Koh Samui is an abundance of towns and villages with an endless variety of shops and bars, cafes and eateries.
An eclectic assortment of restaurants and dining experiences await you in Maenam including of course, truly authentic Thai cuisine with amazing fresh seafood, French & Belgian, German, Austrian, Swiss, Italian Pizzerias, Japanese Sushi, Korean Barbecue, Turkish as well as the outstanding culinary experiences to be had within the hotels and boutique resorts close by.
Maenam “Walking Street”
Every Thursday night “Maenam Walking Street” comes alive in our very own Chinatown.
A wide range of pop up stalls appear in front of the busy bars and restaurants as locals ply their trade of light-bites, exotic cocktails, traditional Thai goods and crafts and a huge variety of modern electrical and tech gizmos.
The beach stretches for over 7 kilometres and looks out to the neighbouring island of Koh Pha-Ngan.Visitors can enjoy the peace and serenity of the expanse of soft golden sand with an array of restaurants and chill out bars.
Maenam, as mentioned above is home to the little Chinatown of Koh Samui. Both the ornate Chinese Temple and the Buddhist Temple are a stones throw from the beach in the heart of the village.
Great for the Kids
Both the Frisbee Golf and the Water Park and Pink Elephant water slide are great activities for children while teenagers and adults can get their adrenaline flowing at the Tree Top Canopy adventure in Soi 5, a short distance from Samran Gardens.
Golf on your doorstep
10 minutes away from Samran Gardens is the world-class Santiburi Golf and Country Club with its 18 hole Golf Course, subtly tucked away in the hills of Maenam. Home to the annual Queen’s Cup tournament, the golf course is challenging and breath-taking both at the same time. If you are serious about golf, this is one for the bucket list.
From the western end of the beach you can jump on-board the Lomprayah ferry to neighbouring islands several times a day and this makes Maenam one of the most conveniently located villages on Koh Samui.
Shopping, Taxis and Services
From the 4169 ring road, there is access to regular taxi services, internet cafes, Hair and beauty salons, Thai massage and reflexology boutiques, opticians, a 24 hour 7 - 11 food store, and Tesco Express, Usa Thai Silk traditional tailors, local Thai produce market, pharmacy, main stream banks with ATM cash machines and foreign exchanges, medical centre and much more.
Weather & Climate
The weather in Koh Samui generally comes in three distinct seasons: dry, hot and rainy.
Thailand is situated between the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator (slightly closer to the latter), making its climate warm and humid all year round. The humidity level is generally between 70 and 85 per cent, and the temperatures averages at around 28°C.
Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui offers all that vacationers from cooler temperate countries could dream of regarding weather conditions. They are generally good year round, and the one thing you will rarely feel is cold. The optimum weather conditions can be enjoyed between December and August.
The Dry Season in Samui
The Dry Season in Samui runs roughly from December to February. With warm yet bearable temperatures, little rain, calm seas, and light winds.
Many consider this to be the best of the Koh Samui weather and the ideal time to choose a holiday.
The Hot Season
The hottest time of year is between March and April - a great time to visit if you can stand 30°C+ temperatures. Generally and historically around late April/early May, there is normally a sudden – and, for many a welcome and sudden arrival of rain. Paradoxically, from June to August is also considered a mini-high season in Samui. The weather usually follows a repeating pattern: strong daytime sunshine followed by late afternoon thunderstorms that are very welcoming.
The Rainy Season
September through to November sees the arrival of the monsoon and, therefore, the heaviest rainfall. Even at this time, it doesn’t fall every day and often only in short bursts. Koh Samui weather forecasts become increasingly unreliable as the conditions become unpredictable, with slightly rougher seas and winds. Although still great for a holiday where you intend to spend a lot of your time at the local beaches (particularly if you like your beaches less crowded) this is not the best time to come for diving and snorkelling, as visibility is reduced by around 30 per cent.
It is also worth bearing in mind that some other water-related activities will be affected by rough seas and high winds.
The weather predictions for Koh Samui are very different to those of Phuket and Krabi, which experience different seasons due to their location in the country.
Do make specific enquiries with your travel agent and ensure you are getting the right information, especially if you intend to partake in activities such as scuba diving, sailing, general water sports and golf.