If it’s your first time to take a trip to Samui, you understandably have quite a few questions. This is especially true if you’ve been looking forward to the trip for quite some time, since some of the best hotels and resorts are in Koh Samui.
Koh Samui: An Island Paradise
Samui is the third largest island of Thailand, located in the southern part of the country. It is found in Surat Thani province, just after Phuket and Koh Chang, and has its own airport. The weather is broken down into three seasons: rainy (from September to November), dry (from December to February), and hot (from March to August).
Peak season is the best time to go, which is usually during the dry season (December to February). During this time, it is neither too hot nor too humid.
Understandably, one of the most frequently asked questions is what to wear and what to bring.
If you’re going to Koh Samui, it’s probably the resorts you’re after, given the bountiful amount of beachfront properties and amazing restaurants in that area. You could be tempted to just stuff a bag and go, but it is always best to pack smartly. Here are some of your Koh Samui essentials to pack:
Since it is a tropical island, one of the most important things you need to bring and not forget is bug repellent. There are a lot of small insects that you can encounter during your vacation, like ants and flies. While mosquitoes are not deadly per se, your skin can get irritated for days at a time. Make sure that you apply bug repellent each time you step out of your hotel room. On the off chance that you accidentally don’t have any on you when you arrive, there are plenty of them available on the island. The best route to take is the natural kind, usually made with lemongrass.
Hat or Cap and Sunglasses
The sunshine on the island is abundant, though sometimes it becomes more than what you originally bargained for. Having a hat or a cap plus a pair of sunglasses can help you out. If you can get your hands on an oversized floppy hat, that’s your best option, since it will also prevent sunburn on your forehead and neck.
One of the first things travelers want to do in Samui is lay out on the beach and get a tan. The island is either incredibly sunny, or it can be scorching hot to the point of giving you sunburn. Getting sunburn is an unpleasant and painful experience that can really impact your holiday. Apply sunscreen before going out, even if you’re not heading for the beach.
Flip-flops or Sandals
There is no place for boots and high heels during a holiday at a tropical island. Like most other places in Thailand, there are no proper walking paths in Koh Samui, though there is a rather good road. Wearing flip-flops or sandals is your best bet as default footwear in Thailand in general, given the humidity and hot weather conditions. Moreover, locals and temples require you to remove your footwear. Having footwear you can slip in and out of is highly recommended.
Going on vacation to a tropical island is always a wonderful experience. It’s important to be as stress-free as possible even before you leave. There are a lot of incredible things to do in Koh Samui, and it’s always best to be well-prepared.
Looking to have fun and relax in Koh Samui? Check out Banana Fan Sea Resort, one of the best Thailand resorts! We are located on the most beautiful part of Samui’s famous Chaweng beach, with the finest white, powdery sand.