With generally fantastic temperatures (far more bearable than scorching April) we really love Koh Samui in October. Here’s what’s in store for you…
Koh Samui in October
Is October a good time to visit Koh Samui?
Yes! It’s a quiet time on the island and a glorious time of year. As we review our time on Koh Samui from 2003 to now, we noticed that more than a few of our ‘best ever’, favourite photos were taken in October.
Is Koh Samui busy in October?
Many people will be warned off by “the start of rainy season” – but not you. October on Koh Samui means the likelihood of excellent weather and the reduced presence (and volume) of school-age children. Sounds like quiet times for a few beach books and a whole lot of coconuts.
What’s October weather on Koh Samui?
While Koh Samui’s rainy season can make an appearance from mid-October onwards, it tends to save its soggiest for November, into December.
Is it sunny on Koh Samui in October?
We’re pretty good at Google, but we’re not clairvoyant. So beyond using the phrase “it tends to be…”, we can only remind that nature doesn’t follow an exact template. Thailand wants to be nice and sunny and warm for your perfect beach holiday – and you could very well get your wish – but its tropical plants do need water.
How much does it rain in October?
Expect it to rain at least once during your trip, with the worst case looking more like what Forrest Gump calls “big, ol’ fat rain”, especially later in the month. (Typical November weather? We call that more of a Jurassic Park experience).
Is it ok to swim in the sea in October on Koh Samui?
A roll of the dice (as ocean conditions often are, the world over). All of these photos were taken in October, a few days apart. You might not want to swim during rougher weather, but it’s still a perfect temperature for cocktails and Jenga. And massages. And reading. And learning to cook Thai food. And coconut shakes by the dozen.
What’s on in Koh Samui this October?
Officially, not a lot! But you’re coming for lazy days, right? Through beach chair observation, we’ve noticed that October is popular with couples, especially those on honeymoon (see our romantic ideas for two).
The first week of the month welcomes many expats leaving China during National Day holiday week. Blue skies, clean air and friendly people await; you’ll want to head straight to a peaceful beach like Maenam and rediscover quiet. Any Aussie families on spring break can find a taste of home or crucial sporting fixtures at one of Samui’s various Aussie bars.
Mid-month, any Canadians visiting Koh Samui in October will be looking for their Thanksgiving dinner. Will anybody hear their cries? Probably not – though you might get a nod from an obliging Four Seasons manager, as the hotel is headquartered in Canada.
Love Halloween? Thais love any reason to have fun, it doesn’t take a close cultural tie to adopt a holiday. If you want to wear very little and put bunny/mouse/cat ears on top, you’ll find fellow company in Chaweng. Trick or Treating is unlikely, but you stand a chance of finding pumpkin pie at Angela’s Bakery and Diner, in Maenam.
October sunrise/sunset times
6:09 am sunrise and 6:11 pm sunset (on October 1st)
How to plan your perfect trip?
For all the tips, ideas and honest advice you need to make reality exceed expectation, The Koh Samui Guide is the best help your upcoming holiday can have. Know just what to expect on arrival, where you want to go and – crucially – what to avoid. We even provide the maps. Enjoy!