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Experience Ko Samui holiday homes to rent

Ko Samui's got a reputation as 1 of Thailand's more upmarket islands, but the truth is that Ko Samui vacation rentals have something to suit all budgets and tastes. If you're in the market for high-end dining and luxury spas then you're onto a winner, but equally if you're more about beers on the beach and hiking trips into the interior jungle then Ko Samui's got that covered, too. The island does a great line in temples, the diving possibilities are fantastic, and it's got the kind of nightlife scene that's made Thailand a top travel destination for decades.

Things to do

Sightseeing near Ko Samui holiday rentals

Even the most dedicated beachgoer can only lounge on the sands for so long, and when you're finished, an excursion to 1 of the island's temples (or 'wats') is a Ko Samui classic. Among the most popular are Wat Phra Yai – with its 15-metre Buddha – and Wat Khunaram, which is famous for displaying a mummified monk. If you're looking for a hiking destination, then the waterfalls at Na Mueang are something a bit special, while selfies in front of the anatomically shaped Grandmother and Grandfather rocks on Lamai Beach are a regular fixture on social media.


Things to do near Ko Samui holiday homes

Ask any returning traveller about Ko Samui vacation rentals, and chances are their eyes will light up with visions of the island's famous palm-fringed beaches. During the day, it's all about sunning yourself and cooling off in the water, and by night, many of them light up with beach bars. If you like it lively, head for Chaweng, but if you want to dial the volume right down, try the more tranquil spots of Mae Nam or the south coast. Luxury-seekers can book into 1 of the island's upscale spas, while intrepid types will be drawn to diving trips and jungle treks.


Local weather for your stay in Ko Samui holiday homes

Ko Samui's got a tropical climate, but it's less tropical than most of the rest of Thailand. As you'd expect, it's hot year round, but it tends to be drier than elsewhere in the country, especially during the monsoon season (April to September), when the obligatory rain storms come in shorter bursts. The flipside comes towards the end of the year, when the rain picks up for Ko Samui vacation rentals and eases off elsewhere in Thailand. If you're not a great fan of the wet stuff then you'll want to book for February, which is usually the driest month.

Natural highlights

Second largest, but certainly not second best

Ko Samui might be Thailand's second-largest island (after Phuket), but there's nothing second-rate about this place. Though most famous for its sandy beaches, epic sunrises and coconut palms, it's also got a gorgeous forested interior, with highlights including the Na Mueang waterfalls. And that's before you venture into the ocean. With its coral reefs, the area round Ko Samui is home to a staggering range of marine life, including sharks, rays, turtles and barracuda. One of the best dive spots is the Ang Thong National Marine Park, though if you're just looking for a bit of snorkelling, head to Ko Tan.

How to get there

How to get to and around Koh Samui

Fly into Ko Samui (USM), the closest airport, located 7.3 mi (11.7 km) from the city centre.

Family friendly

Family fun near Ko Samui holiday rentals

Kids will love the attractions in Ko Samui. Holiday homes can be found near places like Na Mueang-1 Waterfall, a secluded waterfall accessible by nature hikes, and Samui Aquarium & Tiger Zoo, a zoo with Bengal tigers and leopards. You’ll also like Paradise Park, a mountaintop park with animals, a pool and panoramic landscape views.

Good for couples

Couple's retreat near Ko Samui holiday homes

Ko Samui is an idyllic location that’s perfect for a couple’s retreat. Holiday homes are available near places like Fisherman’s Village Bophut, an outdoor market with local foods and gifts, and Secret Buddha Garden, a lush hilltop garden with waterfalls and displays of Buddha statues. You’ll also like Laem Sor Pagoda, a small, golden pagoda with ornate details in a serene oceanfront setting.

Where to stay near Koh Samui?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,961 holiday rentals near Koh Samui. From 1,291 Villas to 236 Houses, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Koh Samui for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Koh Samui?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Koh Samui. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Bophut: 863 holiday rentals
  • Mae Nam: 1,832 holiday rentals
  • Lamai: 352 holiday rentals
  • Koh Phangan: 1,143 holiday rentals
  • Moo 5: 250 holiday rentals

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Koh Samui! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Koh Samui?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Koh Samui with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Mae Nam: 1,832 holiday homes
  • Koh Phangan: 1,143 holiday homes
  • Ban Tai: 1,153 holiday homes
  • Koh Madsum: 552 holiday homes
  • Ban Bang Makham: 1,237 holiday homes

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Koh Samui?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in Koh Samui. From HomeAway travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Haad Yuan Beach: 1,879 holiday rentals
  • Chaweng Noi Beach: 1,877 holiday rentals
  • Fisherman's Village Plaza: 1,909 holiday rentals
  • Laem Son Lake: 1,454 holiday rentals
  • Thong Sala Pier: 1,831 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Koh Samui listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday homes.