This 247 square kilometer island in the Gulf of Thailand is the country’s third largest island, famous for beautiful beaches with palm trees like pictures from photo books. The interior of the island is covered by coconut plantations; which is why its name translates as “coconut island”. The most beautiful beaches are on the northern and eastern coasts, the most popular areas are Chaweng and Lamai. Despite limited sightseeing, the island has waterfalls, unusual rock formations and a giant sitting Buddha status on Koh Fan. The islands offer every type of accommodations, dining, and entertainment. From Koh Samui, boat excursions take visitors 30 kilometers into Ang Thong National Marine Park, 40 small islands, with caves, cliffs, and hidden lagoons. The sea around the islands offers superb diving.
How to get there: Fly from Bangkok to Koh Samui airport.