What was once a Thai fishing community and a destination that drew backpackers and ravers for its sensational beaches with cheap huts and full-moon parties, is now a grown up, smartened up, not-so-rustic beach destination with some of the best luxury beach resorts anywhere in the world. This Thailand's second largest island with its palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves and dense mountainous rainforest is also known as a wellness destination with hundreds of spas.
Today, Koh Samui has places to offer both the upscale resort goers, as well as adventurous backpackers. An island-wide law states that no building may be taller than the nearest coconut palm could be a reason why this tropical destination is so different to any other in Thailand and remains to keep its charm.
Best places to stuff your bellies after a long day at a beach or on a yacht.
7-11am breakfast, 12 noon - 5pm lunch, 6-10pm dinner, bar opens at noon, FOUR SEASONS RESORT
Bar Menu, Lunch Menu, Dinner Menu, Sunday Brunch, Afternoon Tea
One of the most amazing breakfast buffets of all times, not only in Samui, but anywhere. For lunch and dinner, this place serves authentic Thai flavours as well as great cocktails at the bar. Afternoon tea and Sunday brunch are another highlights here.
Everyday from 11am, BOPHUT
Samui’s Coco Tam, known for refining the cabana bar look, has joined hands with Italian pizza purveyor Peppina for the beachfront dining spot Coco Tam’s x Peppina.
6.30-10.30am breakfast, 12-5pm lunch, 6.30-10.30pm dinner, INTERCONTINENTAL SAMUI RESORT
After sunset drinks at the Air Bar, move just a few steps away to this Thai restaurant that offers classic Thai dishes from all regions of the country with a contemporary twist. Special dinner buffets are usually served on Monday (Japanese & seafood), Wednesday (Indian) and Thursday (Thai).
11am - 5pm lunch, 6-11pm dinner, INTERCONTINENTAL SAMUI RESORT
Seafood and fresh cuts of meat are grilled and this casual open-plan beachside restaurant. They offer great choice of items from both modern European and Thai cuisines. All you can eat selection of prime cuts and seafood is offered in a form of buffet on certain nights.
7am - 10pm, LAMAI
Lunch Menu, Dinner Menu, Drinks Menu
Set on the nicest beach on the island, also called the Silver Beach. This restaurant serves international food, drinks and sometimes has a nice live music. You are welcome to use the beach as well as their swimming pool. Perfect for a relaxing lunch and a day on the beach.