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Koh Samui is a well-known beach destination where travellers from all over the world come to swim, surf and snorkel in the crystal clear waters around the island. But Koh Samui is so much more than just a beach paradise.

Travellers should be aware of some of the many cultural events and public holidays celebrated yearly.

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Koh Samui is probably best known for the Full Moon parties held on Koh Phangan each month. Thousands of party-goers travel to Koh Phangan, just off Koh Samui’s coast, to party the night away the night before, during and after the full moon. The party starts after dusk and lasts until dawn. Many bars on Sunrise Beach stay open, with food and drink being served and loud music being played until the early hours of the morning.

Koh Samui also takes part in Songkran (water festival), where locals celebrate the new year by throwing water on each other, symbolising getting rid of bad luck as the new year begins. Visitors to Koh Samui during this festival should not expect to be left out of these festivities, as the locals will take no mercy on those who don’t want to get wet. So visitors are advised to leave their valuables in their rooms or carry their belongings in a waterproof bag.

There are also many cultural events held on Koh Samui, including celebrations of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queens birthdays (5th of December and 12th of August, respectively – both public holidays), Loy Krathong (festival of lights), Makha Bucha (Buddhist celebration) and Chakri Memorial Day (which celebrates the founding of the Chakri dynasty).

In addition to the cultural events, Koh Samui also hosts golfing tournaments, fun runs, sailing regattas and triathlons, to name a few. There is truly a myriad of events hosted on Koh Samui throughout the year so make sure you check out some of the great events held on Koh Samui during your stay.



Koh Phangan New Years Eve

Koh Phangan New Years Eve

Haad Rin Beach, Haad Rin, Koh Phangan
31 December 2024 to 01 January 2025

Koh Phangan New Year’s Eve parties are an epic way to welcome the new year. After all, the island is known for having some of the most legendary parties in Asia, and New Year is no exception. Aside from the Full...

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Koh Phangan Full Moon Party

Koh Phangan Full Moon Party

Various Beach Resorts, Haad Rin, Koh Phangan
25 February 2024 to 26 February 2024

The Koh Phangan Full Moon Party is one of the most popular events for Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. Many visitors come from all across the globe just for these parties. Hundreds of tourists join the party and spend the...

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Koh Phangan Half Moon Festival

Koh Phangan Half Moon Festival

Half Moon Festival Venue, Baan Tai, Koh Phangan
02 March 2024 to 03 March 2024

The Koh Phangan Half Moon Festival is one of the island’s most epic and unique parties. This outdoor dance event is smaller than the famous Full Moon Party held at Haad Rin Beach, but it’s still one of the...

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Jungle Experience Koh Phangan

Jungle Experience Koh Phangan

Jungle Experience Venue, Baan Tai, Koh Phangan
23 March 2024 to 24 March 2024

Jungle Experience Koh Phangan (also known as the Koh Phangan Jungle Party) is a unique nightlife experience involving many dancing, art, and incredible performances. This is the perfect opportunity to get as creative as...

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Makha Bucha Day

Makha Bucha Day

All Over Thailand, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
24 February 2024

Makha Bucha Day is a fundamental festival in Thailand and is held on the full moon day. The festival hinges on two important events linked to Buddhism. While the events are not related chronologically, they are a key...

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Chakri Memorial Day

Chakri Memorial Day

All Over Thailand, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
06 April 2024

One of the key national holidays in Thailand, Chakri Memorial Holiday, is held on the 6th of April annually in commemoration of the founding of the Chakri Dynasty. The day’s history can be traced back to the late...

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Songkran

Songkran

All Over Thailand, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
13 April 2024 to 16 April 2024

The Songkran Festival heralds in the Thai New Year with a mass of religious ceremonies held over 3 days to mark the beginning of the solar year. For foreigners, Songkran is best known for being the biggest water fight...

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Koh Samui Regatta

Koh Samui Regatta

Chaweng Beach, Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui
TBA - May 2024

Koh Samui Regatta is the ultimate sailing experience to sample the island’s finest features; think sun, sea and sailing for the perfect getaway. Hosted by Centara Grand Beach Resort in Samui, the event is the...

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Visakha Bucha Day

Visakha Bucha Day

All over Thailand, Koh Samui, Thailand
22 May 2024

Visakha Bucha Day is an important Thai festival marked on the full moon day of every sixth lunar month. The day marks three key events in Buddha’s life: the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. Visakha Bucha...

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Her Majesty The Queens Birthday

Her Majesty the Queens Birthday

All Over Thailand, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
12 June 2024

Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday is a Thai national holiday celebrated on 12th August yearly and is sometimes referred to as National Mother’s Day. Just as the name suggests, the holiday is celebrated to...

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Wan Awk Phansa

Wan Awk Phansa

All over Thailand, Koh Samui, Thailand
17 October 2024

Wan Awk Phansa is an important festival for devout Thais as it marks the end of Lent and the start of a new season following the end of heavy rains. The holiday is recognised as a public holiday in Thailand and is...

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Chulalongkorn Memorial Day

Chulalongkorn Memorial Day

All Over Thailand, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
23 October 2024 to 24 October 2024

Chulalongkorn Memorial Day, one of the most significant holidays in Thailand is celebrated on the 23rd of October yearly to pay tribute to King Chulalongkorn. People from all corners of Thailand head to Royal Plaza in...

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Loy Krathong

Loy Krathong

Various Locations in Koh Samui, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
15 November 2024 to 16 November 2024

Loy Krathong is a traditional festival native to Thailand and is a major tourist attraction on the island. It is celebrated annually and is marked as the ‘festival of lights’. The event’s name can be...

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His Majesty The Late King’s Birthday

His Majesty the Late King’s Birthday

All Over Thailand, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
05 December 2024

The 5th of December every year marks the celebration of the late King’s Birthday, as this is the day His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej was born. The monarchy in Thailand is esteemed as a solid institution that...

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