Koh Samui still offers slivers of “undiscovered” Thailand with great beaches and less crowds than it’s sister island, Phuket.
The Gay Scene in Koh Samui
The gay neighborhood is mostly centered in Cheweng, with a cluster of gay and gay-friendly bars and cabaret bars. KClub is the boy bar and disco club, and Starz cabaret is the gayest among several featuring ladyboy cabaret. A multitude of hotels and resorts ring the island now, from super luxury villas and cottage clusters set in lush beachside gardens, to simple and inexpensive B&Bs.
There is no designated gay beach in Koh Samui, but most of the gay tourists and locals head over to Central Chaweng beach, around the end of Soi Lamdin for their relaxation and sunbathing. At Chaweng Beach every evening, a game of gay volleyball takes place in front of O.P. Bungalow. Most players are either gay or very gay.
Most gay visitors stay near popular beaches like Chaweng, Lamai and BoPhut. All of these locations have a wide range of accommodations to choose from. If you want to enjoy swimming and sunbathing in a more relaxing ambiance, look for the northern beaches of Mae Nam Beach, Choeng Mon Beach, Taling Ngam Beach, and Hua Thanon/ Bang Kao Beach.
Watching the sunset in Koh Samui is a unique experience that should not be missed. The best locations to see the sunset are Taling Ngam Beach, Lipa Noi Beach, & Bang Po Beach.
Gay Cruising in Koh Samui can be found in one place; the Khanom Ferry Terminal area, where several gay men are searching for fun, and the number of young guys is surprising!
Koh Samui – Weather
Thailand’s beaches are located on two primary bodies of water: the Andaman Sea to the west of Thailand and the Gulf of Thailand to the east. Choosing between them is mostly a question of when the rains fall – for the best weather, avoid the Gulf of Thailand resorts like Koh Samui from September through December, and avoid Andaman Sea resorts like Phuket and Krabi from April through October.
If you do travel in the rainy season, expect deep discounts and typical tropical rain patterns, hard rain for an hour or two followed by sun.
Exploring the Island
Beautiful sandy beaches, plus natural areas such as the Khao Sok National Park, with evergreen rain forest, exotic plants and wildlife, and dramatic limestone mountains, along with the Mu Ko Angthong Marine National Park of 42 islands, (2 hours northwest of Koh Samui by boat), are part of the attraction.
A 25-30 km trip from Nathon pier to Chaweng or Lamai beach should cost around 600-800 baht. Note that taxi prices are higher than in Bangkok, and drivers tend to ask foreigners for a flat rate or much higher than normal fare.
Motorbikes can be rented almost anywhere on the island for between 120-700 baht per day depending on the size and seasonality. It is advisable that you hire only from a reputable company. Bicycle rental is very cheap on Koh Samui and shouldn’t cost more than 200 baht per day. Driving is easy on Koh Samui, and there are many car rental companies available.