INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF SAMUI
Gap Year Program
Location & Weather
Koh Samui is a popular tourist island on the south-eastern coast of Thailand. Samui is a small island with beautiful, tropical white sandy beaches. The ring road runs mostly around the coast of the island whilst the interior of the island is mostly hilly with a lot of jungle. Since 2012 Koh Samui has developed considerably however, still remains a very nice place to live.
The seas are clear and the sand is white and the beaches can mostly be enjoyed year-around. During September and October be aware of Box Jelly Fish notices and follow the advice if sea swimming is not advised, incidents have been known to happen. During the rainy season, tidal currents (rip currents) on the East coast shores are unpredictable and dangerous. If red flags are displayed this means "DO NOT SWIM". Most beaches do not have lifeguards on duty.
The island is 1 hour direct flight from Bangkok or an overnight bus or train ride to Donsak on the mainland. The ferry from there would take around 1,5hours to the southern most part of the island. You can drive around the whole island in around 90mins.
The sun sets around 6:30pm and rises around 5:30am every day of the year. The weather pretty much runs on 3 seasons, always sunny but hot (most of the year), very wet (Monsoon) (Mid-October to end of December and a few weeks in June) or Very Hot (April to mid-May). The humidity is something to get use to.
Nearby islands of Koh Phangan (40 mins) and Koh Tao (90mins) are reachable by fast ferry. They both offer very different good value weekend getaways options.
The island of Koh Samui can be accessed direct by domestic and international flights with Bangkok Airways being the main airline. The island ferry port in Nathon is busy with many daily trips to the mainland in Donsak (around 90mins).
Many smaller ports/piers around the island offer transport to the nearby islands of Koh Pangnan and Koh Tao with regular services.
You can fly into Samui (in ordinary times) directly from Hong Kong; Singapore; Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Penang as well as a number of key cities in China with airlines operating Charter flights to the island. Otherwise international travel requires a transit flight through Bangkok or Singapore.
High-End Hotels & Beach Clubs
Koh Samui caters to the high end tourist market with numerous 5* hotels opened in the last 12 years.
The private villa market in Koh Samui is very high-end welcoming numerous high-net worth individuals and celebrities from all over the World.
The island offers a huge variety of beach clubs with day passes accessible to all with great facilities at a reasonable cost.
Koh Samui offers many high quality independent restaurants as well as many 5* dining options within the luxury hotels.
There are many independently-run Western and Thai restaurants to choose from also.
Street food features a huge part of life on Samui with pop-ups stands all over and many vibrant and busy “walking” streets to enjoy once the sun has set.
Live music or Fire shows are plentiful offering a great atmosphere whilst dining outdoors or chilling on the beach. In Thailand, the atmosphere comes alive once the sun sets.
Wellness & Spas
Wellness Resorts and Day Spas feature highly for a reason to visit Koh Samui year-around.
The detox market on Samui is huge with many resorts offering long term health packages to tourists from all around the World.
Many resorts and yoga centres offer a comprehensive choice of courses or classes.