The Koh Samui Archipelago—officially Chumphon archipelago—is a cluster of islands that include Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, and the Angthong Marine Park. These are the top islands that tourists love to visit and can surely make you fall in love with them as well. These islands have different vibes that attract various types of tourists. Whether you like snorkeling, diving, partying, or backpacking, there is something for you in these islands.

1. The ever-popular Koh Samui Island

Koh Samui is the second-largest island in Thailand next to Phuket, and the second-most visited too after the latter. Samui attracts travelers of all budgets, with a range of accommodations and attractions, from simple beachside bungalows to luxury villas, hotels, and spas. You can also find lots of bars and restaurants on the island, and the nightlife in Chaweng is something party lovers should not miss. If you seek serene sanctuaries, there is still a portion of the island that offers tranquility.

In Samui, you can soak in the sun to explore the jungle and waterfalls, and tour villages and temples. There is the famous Big Buddha shrine located on the northern coast of the island, the historical Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village, the Secret Buddha Garden, and the two Na Muang waterfalls, among others.

You can go directly to Samui via its airport or take a ferry from Surat Thani.

2. The notorious party island of Ko Pha Ngan

A short ferry ride from Samui or Surat Thani, Ko Pha Ngan island is extremely popular for its party locations, attracting many younger travelers. However, the island has the best of both worlds. You can easily party until you drop on Haad Rin Beach on the southern part of the island, or you can have some peace and quiet on the seaside bungalows on the northern side.

Aside from beach partying all night during the Full Moon Parties, you can go diving in the waters surrounding Ko Pha Ngan, eat all you can in the night market, go on kayaking, and set off on a boat trip.

3. The scuba-certified Koh Tao

Koh Tao is most popular among backpackers and divers before it became world-famous for being a certified scuba location. You can find several dive shops, bars, and restaurants on the island. Its pubs—with its fire shows and bucket drinks—are popular among travelers from Ko Pha Ngan after the Full Moon Parties. While it is less developed compared to Ko Pha Ngan and Samui, Koh Tao is home to some decent resorts and restaurants that will keep you entertained.

Final thoughts

There is plenty to do in the Koh Samui Archipelago that a few days may not be enough. This is why some travelers stay even for months at a time. If you have limited time and budget, choose one that you will enjoy the most.

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