April 12, 2016 on Koh Samui: Sunset on Laem Yai Beach at Mai Samui Resort
Koh Samui in April
Are you counting down the days until your April trip to Koh Samui? I’ll fuel that fire! In fact, hurry up; it’s about to get great. Whether you’ll hunt for Easter eggs or get to enjoy Samui Songkran – there’s lots of sunshine and even more water coming your way.
April 9, 2016 on Koh Samui: Seconds from landing at Koh Samui Airport, looking towards Bophut beach (the bay on the left) and Maenam beach (on the right). W Retreat Koh Samui is at the furthest sticking-out-point in the middle.
Your Top 15 April FAQs
#1. Is Koh Samui busy in April?
Busy in 2017
This year, Songkran and Easter fall in the same week. Combined with school holidays, yes, I imagine April will be busy.
However, given the heat, few tourists venture far from their hotel swimming pool (or air-conditioning) during the day. Outside of holiday dates, hotel rates are very attractive in April.
April 14, 2016 on Koh Samui: Some much-needed shade at Belmond Napasai
#2. What are hotel rates like for Koh Samui in April?
- High-end: Hansar Samui (£135/night)
- Mid-range: Escape Beach Resort (£36/night)
- Budget: 2W Beach Hostel (£27/night)
April 16, 2016 on Koh Samui: At time of writing Hansar Samui has amazing rates posted for April 2017. A note in Hansar’s favour for April? Every room has an ocean view and a large, comfy balcony (often shaded through the day). So you’ll always have a comfortable place to cool off, without missing a minute of ocean.
TIP! Whether you want to live on the beach, or try life in the hills, see my best recommendations for where to stay on Koh Samui – with handy beach maps to get your bearings.
*Hotel rates are for a random Monday night in April, current at time of last update, avoiding major holidays and events. Rates via Booking.com and links include affiliates.
April 18, 2015 on Koh Samui: Poolside, and very happy about it, at Belmond Napasai on Maenam beach
April 14, 2016 on Koh Samui: Proving that humans are creatures of habit …. I only noticed that I took the exact same picture at Belmond Napasai exactly one year prior while editing this post.
#3. Is April a good time to visit Koh Samui?
Yes, but it’s very, very hot. Like so hot that Thai people complain it’s hot.
While this means that the sea and swimming pools are beautifully warm for swimming, you might have little interest in strenuous activities like hiking/biking. All the better for cheeky day-drinking, I say.
April 16, 2016 on Koh Samui: April rules = you can have your first margarita of the day as soon as the thermometer hits 30°C. This was definitely not 5pm.
TIP! If you’re coming to Koh Samui on a budget (and aren’t acclimated to Thailand’s heat), do yourself a massive favour and spring for an air-conditioned room instead of a fan-cooled room.
#4. Is April or May better on Koh Samui?
- Temperature (avg): 29°C in April vs 30°C in May
- Sunshine (hours): 8 in April vs 6 in May
- Rainy days (avg): 5 days (80mm) in April vs 9 days (160mm) in May
- Sea temperature: 28°C in April vs 28°C in May
- *data source
April 21, 2006 (left) and April 2, 2009 (right) on Koh Samui: Tiny photos of different weather possibilities in April (both photos taken in a distant digital era when memory cards filled up so you had to save space!).
Which is hotter?
While the stats above put May as hotter – everything I’ve ever read (and experienced) insists April is Koh Samui’s hottest month.
However, as temperatures soar towards 30°C/86°F (with major humidity to match) perhaps it’s all relative.
Given that both Songkran and Easter fall in April this year (2017), May will likely be quieter – though slightly wetter.
April 16, 2016 on Koh Samui: Perhaps the happiest garden paradise on Koh Samui, at Anantara Bophut.
#5. Is Koh Samui or Phuket better in April?
- Temperature (avg): 29°C on Koh Samui vs 29°C in Phuket
- Sunshine (hours): 8 on Koh Samui vs 9 in Phuket
- Rainy days (avg): 5 days (80mm) on Koh Samui vs 11 days (150mm) in Phuket
- Sea temperature: 28°C on Koh Samui vs 30°C in Phuket
- *data source
For absolutely no legitimate reason, I get excited when Samui “wins”. Unless you prefer rain to sunshine, Koh Samui is a better bet in April.
April 16, 2016 on Koh Samui: This photo was one of my most popular Instagram photos in 2016 – other than dogs and cocktails (both sitting just out of the shot), I think it has everything a perfect afternoon could need?
Koh Samui weather in April
#6. What’s the weather like on Koh Samui in April?
Oh it’s hot, hot, hot!
April 14, 2016 on Koh Samui: Many surfaces get hot to the touch in Thailand’s sun – kneeling down to take this photo in Bang Rak was a mistake.
#7. Is the weather too hot on Koh Samui in April?
For some, it might be. If you’re coming with a family member (perhaps an elderly relative) who typically struggles with heat, they might be more comfortable in a cooler month.
I recommend booking air-conditioned accommodation in April – there’s no point coming all this way to melt and suffer.
TIP! Are you renting a villa? Double check exactly which rooms of the house have their own A/C units. Sometimes the kitchen and living areas are just fan-cooled, which doesn’t really cut it for sissies like me.
April 14, 2016 on Koh Samui: April is an amazing month to see bougainvillea in bloom – it’s going nuts island-wide.
#8. What’s the hottest part of April on Koh Samui?
Smack in the middle. April 16th is, on average, the hottest day of the year on Koh Samui.Smack in the middle. April 16th is, on average, the hottest day of the year on Koh Samui.Click To Tweet
Isn’t Thailand clever to have scheduled the world’s biggest water fight during this period? You’ll have plenty of opportunity to cool off during Songkran on Koh Samui (whether you ask for it or not).
April 14, 2016 on Koh Samui: Two of my favourite things collide in this photo: (1) Belmond Napasai and (2) the cheerful aesthetic of Mamma Mia
How to prepare for Koh Samui in April
#9. What should I pack for Koh Samui in April?
(1) Immediate heat relief
As April is so hot, I recommend bringing a stash of wet wipes so, when the heat gets the better of you, you can quickly refresh and feel like a human again.
(2) Easily avoid wilting
To keep your electrolyte supply up when you’re sweating so much, a few tubes of Nuun electrolyte tabs are good to bring. Keep a tube in your bag or pocket and they’re easy to add to a bottle of water when needed. Fresh coconuts and Gatorade are available, but a Nuun supply is a helpful back-up when you’re wilting far from a shop or restaurant. I like to use them on long flights, too.
(3) How to avoid scary hair
This is a very random suggestion for girls: No matter your hair’s natural state – April in Koh Samui has plans to turn it into Monica Gellar Barbados hair.
In weather like this, Invisibobbles are invaluable to your victory: they hold a ponytail or a “get this hair off my neck or I’ll die” emergency-bun all day. Better still, they’re plastic so they don’t stay wet after you finish swimming. (A first-world problem but a problem nonetheless).
TIP! For a total packing guide, see what to pack for Thailand (including toiletries, electronics and your carry-on).
#10. What to wear on Koh Samui in April?
More than any other time of year, your packing focus should be on staying comfortable in April’s strong heat.
When you pack for Thailand, pay close attention to bringing clothes made from the right fabrics. Tell your favourite denim or polyester clothing: you’re sorry, but it’s so not invited.
Year-round, I rely on linen to stay cool in Thailand, and especially so in April.
Find out what to wear in Thailand, but keep “hot hot hot” in mind throughout.
#11. What kind of shoes to wear on Koh Samui in April?
Flip-flops: Havaianas flip-flop sandals are ideal for almost everything on Koh Samui.
Given that it’s oh-so-very-hot, you won’t want anything but the lightest flip-flop on your sweet little feet. Why Havaianas in particular? Even when you leave them outside in the sunshine, the rubber doesn’t get hot (and they last forever).
Other necessary shoe knowledge:
- The 5 kinds of shoes you’ll ever need in Thailand
- What to know about your feet vs Thai etiquette
- The best shoes to wear for Songkran in Thailand
April 16, 2016 on Koh Samui: If you’re thirsty, and would hate to drink your drink in a chair, Coco Tams is happy to offer you all manner of options: Day bed? Bean bag? Swing? … Trampoline?
Things to do on Koh Samui in April
#12. What are the best things to do on Koh Samui in April?
Without a doubt – enjoying Songkran’s festivities. Whether by luck or cunning, it’s possible your April visit will coincide with Songkran (the Thai New Year, celebrated as a water festival).
Of all the annual events in Thailand, Songkran is a true highlight. Imagine an entire country of people enjoying themselves as though it were the last day of school. It’s a happy day.
TIP! To make sure you completely enjoy yourself, see a few basic tips for how to stay safe on Songkran.
April 11, 2016 on Koh Samui: With patience (and a tripod), a Koh Samui night sky offers amazing star-gazing.
#13. Koh Samui events in April?
April in 2017 has a busy events calendar, including both Songkran and Easter. Here’s what to look forward to:
April 6: Chakri Day, a Thai public holiday
April 13-15: Songkran, the Thai New Year is big news – find out what to expect.
April 16: Easter – Many hotels that cater to families usually host Easter bunny brunches, egg painting and Easter egg hunts. (See where to stay on Koh Samui with kids for some great ideas).
April 22: Earth Day – Trash Hero Koh Samui (and many hotels) sponsor beach clean-up parties and coconut tree planting.
#14. What can’t you do on Koh Samui in April?
I can’t survive without air-conditioning – both in rental cars and at night. You might have a higher melting point, but I doubt it. Just make sure your rental car has air-conditioning, and let The Koh Samui Guide take care of the destinations.
April 12, 2016 on Koh Samui: As blue as blue sky can be on Koh Samui’s main ring road (see The Koh Samui Guide for your island road trip plans).
#15. Can I swim in the sea on Koh Samui in April?
You’ll love the pool and ocean temperatures at this time of year – no willful dipping of toes, but bath temperature. If you, like me, enter a swimming pool one milimetre at a time like a ridiculous sissy – April is your cannonball season.
April 12, 2016 on Koh Samui: Mai Samui Resort on Koh Samui’s northeast coast.
April 18, 2015 on Koh Samui: Belmond Napasai’s beautiful beach and great water conditions for a lazy paddle in a resort kayak.
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