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What is the climate in Koh Samui and best time to visit for a holiday?

Many would-be visitors ask what is the climate in Koh Samui and best time to visit for a holiday? A general response is that the climate is idyllic and can be enjoyed at any time of the year. A more exact answer requires knowledge of an individual’s vacation preferences.

Many consider the best time to visit for a holiday in Koh Samui is between December and June. But, as temperatures can vary between 25 and 40 degrees Celsius over the year, the choice of exactly when to go depends on exactly how hot potential visitors like it.

Holidaymakers can choose between three seasons: the warm season between March and June, the rainy season between September and December, and the cooler season which lasts between January and February. Temperatures average 26°C even in the cool season. Because Koh Samui is situated on the Gulf coast facing east, it can feel the effect of the Northeast monsoon.

The climate in Koh Samui is tropical, so inland it will inevitably feel a little humid throughout the year. The so-called rainy season usually amounts to no more than a few hours rain in the afternoon and can prove a refreshing distraction from the heat of the day. Outside of the rainy season, the beach and accompanying cooling sea breeze is never far away.

The island of Koh Samui is the largest of an 80-island archipelago found on the east cost of southern Thailand. Covering an area of 250 km, it is easily navigable but large enough to provide enough distractions to keep even the most energetic visitor busy.

The island offers golf courses, go-kart tracks, shooting ranges, gyms, scuba diving, bowling centres, Thai boxing matches, canoeing, kayaking and sailing. Water sports enthusiasts should be aware that the sea can get rougher between October and December. This will affect visibility for anyone planning to scuba dive.

Koh Samui is the third largest island in Thailand after Phuket and Koh Chang, and exists at an altitude of 10 m above sea level. The closest continental city is 60 km westwards, but this is largely irrelevant as Koh Samui boasts its own domestic and international airport which, incidentally, is one of the most picturesque in the world.

Since becoming a treasured vacation destination in the 70s, Koh Samui has flourished in terms of the services and provisions it can provide to tourists. Despite this, most of the island remains uninhabited and gloriously wild. Koh Samui’s native population continues to maintain the island’s industries of fishing and coconut plantations, giving the island a sense of timeless magic.

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