About Koh Samui
About Koh Samui
Baan Suralai – the House of the Angels – located in the Bophut Hills with stunning views north over the water to Koh Phangan and only 10 minutes from the international airport, provides the ideal base to explore Koh Samui.
The arrival experience at Koh Samui airport is unique. The magic begins the moment you land. Your plane is met by trolley cars that whisk you away to the charming open air terminal with rustic thatched roofs surrounded by tropical palm trees.
The airport arrival experience sets the tone for your enjoyment of island life. 20 minutes after landing you are on the balcony of Suralai with a welcome drink in your hand enjoying the view and settling into the luxurious villa. The Villa Manager will brief you on the island’s many attractions.
The island has a relaxed village-style charm it is located in the tranquil Gulf of Siam off the east coast of Thailand, the country’s third largest island has it all for a holiday anyway you like it – kicked back and relaxed at the Villa or out on the island being active.
This “tropical paradise” is of course renowned for its beautiful white sand beaches, clean, clear warm water, lush tropical gardens and gentle ocean breezes, as well as its colourful fishing villages surrounding a picturesque centre piece of palm and durian covered mountains.
Well known beaches include Chaweng, Lamai, Bophut, Big Buddha, Choeng Mon, Hua Thanon and Maenam. But one of the great pleasures is exploring smaller, virtually uninhabited coves.
Samui is also a great base for excursions to nearby islands, with Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Nang Yuan among the most beautiful. For the young at heart, Koh Phangan is also famous worldwide for its monthly ‘full moon festival’ where virtually anything goes!
The island has always attracted those in search of a place to relax and recharge, with many new age health and wellness centres established over the years featuring Asian beauty secrets, traditional massage and de-stressing body treatments. Baan Suralai is the base from which to explore Samui wellness. The day sala at Suralai is a perfect venue for massage and wellness treatments which the Villa Manager will arrange for you.
The in-house dining prepared by the Suralai Thai Chef provides some of the best cuisine on the Island. When taking excursions out of the Villa you can explore the abundance of restaurants Samui offers and sample the fresh seafood. The quaint Fisherman’s Village, a five minute drive from Suralai, offers a wide choice of inviting outdoor cafes and bars. Numerous rustic beach restaurants dotted along the coast at Bophut and Chaweng are especially relaxed. More upmarket options are offered by the international brand hotels including Banyan Tree, The W, Four Seasons and Conrad.
Suralai is just 15 minutes from the main shopping and entertainment area of Chaweng – with its stunning white sand beach and busy, mile-long strip of beachfront resorts, countless restaurants, bars, shopping arcades and open-air markets, and its vibrant nightlife. The proximity to Chaweng makes Suralai a perfect venue for the young who can party at the Chaweng night clubs.
The Suralai in-house compendium describes the most popular attractions and activities and there are many guides that can be picked up at the airport.
The island’s hub and administrative centre is the town of Nathon, on the west coast, the principal fishing port and junction for inter-island transportation.
When to go …
In Koh Samui, the weather is beautiful. Suralai is situated 140m above sea level and the cool breezes at this elevation make for a very pleasant day around the 25 metre horizon edge pool.
Late December to the end of March is considered high season delivering the perfect tropical island weather experience. However, Suralai on Samui is a year-round destination, fully air conditioned and a guaranteed power supply means that you will always be in luxurious comfort. The hotter months are April to September. The cooler months are mid-October to early December.
Getting there …
Getting to Koh Samui is easy – it’s just 2 hour 50 minutes by direct flight from Hong Kong, with daily flights, or a short 60 minute flight from Bangkok. There are also daily direct flights from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and connections with Phuket which is just a 20 minute flight.
Koh Samui is the home base for Asia’s boutique airline Bangkok Airways, which operates a fleet of modern jets around some of the key tourism spots in Asia. The airline has recently launched its new Business Class service – Blue Ribbon Club on the direct flights from Hong Kong and Singapore. For more information about Bangkok Airways, visit: www.bangkokair.com
Major Tourist Attractions
- Big BuddhaTemple
- Namuang Waterfall
- Hin Ta – Hin Ya at Lamai
- Snake Farm
- Boat trips to outer islands including AngThongNational Park, Koh Pha Ngnan and FiveIslands
Major Festivals and Events
Thai people love to party, and celebrate some of the most original festivals in the world.
On Samui, many of the important festivals are of Buddhist origin, but some non-religious ones like the Monarch’s birthday are also major events.
The most important festivals and events include Chinese New Year in February, Songkran (Thai New Year) in April and Loi Krathong (Festival of Light) in November.
All are celebrated with great pomp and grandeur featuring processions, temple festivities, food fairs and live performances. There are also a host of other events and festivals celebrated with immense fervour!
Buffalo Fighting Festival
Held on special occasions such as New Year’s Day in January, this hugely popular festival features bulls fighting with bulls, adorned with ribbons and leaves on their horns.
Heldin May, Buddha’s Birthday is the most important date on the Buddhist religious calendar, which celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha.
Koh Samui International Regatta
This annual event is held at the beginning of June and features a week of sailing competitions, cocktail parties and food events.
Avis Samui Tennis Open, Koh Samui
The annual amateur tennis tournament is in July.
The Fisherman’s Village Festival, Koh Samui
This five-day festival is celebrated with great merriment amidst lots of music and food.
Full Moon Party (Koh Pha Ngan)
This beach party is all about fun ‘n’ frolic, with some 10,000-20,000 people dancing crazily to the music of well known International and Thai DJ’s.
Koh Samui Music Festival
The Ko Samui Music Festival started a couple of years back with live blues, jazz, reggae, rock, pop, Thai indie, mor lam and luk thung, and various other musical genres.