Surrounded by the clear blue-green waters of the Gulf of Siam, the island of Koh Samui is part of an archipelago of more than 60 islands off Thailand’s east coast. Only 45 minutes by air from Bangkok, Koh Samui is easily accessible, yet firmly maintains its away-from-it-all charm. White sand, swaying coconut palms and calm waters are emblematic of this quiet, peaceful refuge, where 55,000 chao Samui – as residents call themselves – help create a welcoming village-community atmosphere.
Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui nestles on Koh Samui’s northwestern tip on peaceful Laem Yai Bay – 30 minutes from the airport and just five minutes from the capital of Nathon. With remarkable convenience, Four Seasons offers the opportunity to experience the island’s many treasures.
Among the highlights are Koh Samui's endless talcum-sand beaches, including the 7-kilometre (4-mile) Chaweng Beach. Guests can enjoy water sports, rent a private car to explore historic temples, spectacular waterfalls and unusual limestone rock formations or you may choose to take a private cruise to visit the 40 islands of Southern Thailand's Marine National Park, explore Koh Angthong, Koh Paluay and Koh Ma, snorkel in the crystal clear waters at Koh Tao and Nuangyuan or scuba dive among colourful reef fish.
January – March
- Chinese New Year is especially celebrated in Yarowaj, Bangkok Chinatown. The streets come to life with crowds of celebrants, exploding firecrackers and dragon dancers.
April – June
- Songkran Festival takes place in April, the hottest month of the Thai year. To combat the scorching heat, celebrants have friendly water fights and street parties throughout the week.
- Royal Ploughing Ceremony is presided over by the King or another member of the Royal family. To determine if the upcoming planting season will be bountiful, sacred oxen are led around the Royal Field as they sow rice.
October – December
- Vegetarian Festival is an opportunity to taste creative, mouthwatering vegetarian dishes. Restaurants and street stalls will put up yellow flags to announce their intention to serve pure vegetarian food for the length of the festival.
- The Moon Festival, or Loy Krathong, is a mid-Autumn celebration to give thanks and ask for wishes to be granted. Believers decorate small boats with flowers, coins, and candles, and then release them into the water as an offering to Khongha, the water goddess.
- Royal Barge Procession takes place along the Chao Praya River to celebrate the King’s birthday. An ancient tradition only recently revived, these barges have only made appearances 16 times in the last 65 years.
- Trooping of the Colours, modeled after the British Army’s version, is an event in which the Royal Thai Army, Navy, and Air Force declare an oath of allegiance and march in unison before the King and Queen.
- Christmas is celebrated is Thailand, with impressive decorations, light displays and events held throughout December.
GMT +7 hours
Thai is the primary language. Although English is widely understood in Samui, it is useful to learn a few simple Thai phrases.
Local voltage is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Dual voltage (100–110 volts and 220–240 volts) is available at the Resort.
Stores are usually open seven days a week.
In Nathom, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
In Chaweng and Lamai, 10:00 am to 11:00 pm
Monday to Friday
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Receive a complimentary sixth night with every five consecutive paid nights.
Public Holidays Thailand 2018
|New Year's Day||January 1|
|Makha Bucha Day||March 1|
|Chakri Day||April 6|
|Songkran Festival||April 13–15|
|Labour Day||May 1|
|Visakha Bucha Day||May 29|
|Asahna Bucha Day||July 27|
|H.M. King Vajiralongkorn's Birthday||July 28|
|Mother's Day||August 12|
|H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej Memorial Day||October 13|
|Chulalongkorn Day||October 23|
|Father's Day||December 5|
|Constitution Day||December 10|