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Insider Guide

Koh Samui

Welcome to the tropical island where the azure waters meet electric nightlife.

Insider Guide Koh Samui

When In Koh Samui, You Must

Know Before You Go

Nu Boogaloo

Latin inspired house music at W Retreat Koh Samui, every Sunday night.

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Get Lit

Talk Like a Local

Learn the slang from the streets.

Sanook

/'sah - nuk/ adj.
Fun!
The beach party was so sanook!

Neighborhoods to Explore

Samui is a small area with a lot to discover. Whether you're looking to visit one of the many temples, shop for local souvenirs, or discover the neighboring islands—you are sure to find an adventure.

1. Fisherman’s Village

A Friday evening walk is a must. With local street food and hand made products, like coconut shell bowls or hand carved soaps. And be sure to drop by the charming restaurants and bars.

2. Chaweng Beach

Looking to go all night? Chaweng is the place to be. The spirit of Thailand comes alive on these streets.

3. Big Buddha Temple

This temple is a traditional Buddhist temple with a stunning views of the sea. Receive a monk's blessing, if you're in need of some good fortune.

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4/1 Moo 1 Tambol Maenam, Surat Thani
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Greenlight Café

3/28 Moo1 Fisherman Village

One of the best places on the island to grab a healthy snack or a quick lunch to fill you up and boost for your body. Greenlight offers a selection of fair-trade, organic coffees and teas, as well as gluten-free and vegan breakfast, cakes, and much more.

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Each month they host a Green Market, where local producers showcase and sell their products. For the dates look for your W Insider.

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Blue Note Bar

46/22 Moo 3 Bophut

Hidden away with great homemade syrups and bitters, the owner will whip up your favorite cocktails.

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Try their G&Ts with homemade tonic.

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Chaweng Noi

4/5 Moo 1, Maenam

Chaweng Noi is owned by an Italian couple who loves traditional Italian cooking. They import the best products and make the most delicious homemade pastas.

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Ask for the off-menu items, they always have a few dishes that are not even on the specials list.

Spotted in Koh Samui

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Namu

Discover daring Japanese cuisine. Fusing the freshest seafood available with epicurean excellence, Namu offers a truly dazzling dining experience.

Woobar

Woobar

An iconic bar with an iconic view: Woobar delivers wow by day and by night.

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Credits

Lead image by Jonny Clow