Do you still associate June with the start of summer vacation, endless days of swimming, and practically living on popsicles? Remember the days? Koh Samui in June will easily accommodate all of the above – and pretty much anything else you need from a well-earned break. Read on for what to expect, events, weather, packing tips and more.
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Koh Samui in June
Is June a good time to visit Koh Samui?
Yes! To truly get your money’s worth from a Samui trip, come in June and enjoy the longest days of the year. Sunrise on June 1st happens at 5:59 am, with sunset not until 6:37 pm (with July 1st five and seven minutes later, respectively). As for the weather, expect sunshine and lots of it. Samui’s climate has its hot and cool points and June is just about perfect. Average temperatures for the month range between 25 to 32 degrees Celsius (77 to 90 Fahrenheit) give or take.
Where to stay in June
My pick: Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort
Are you an introvert who secretly kind of liked lockdown? This is the spot for you. If you have a lot of
pandemic feelings unwinding to do, it’s a perfect place to pull up the drawbridge and stare at the horizon from sunrise daily. If you can’t wait to travel but find the idea slightly (secretly?) daunting, Anantara’s location is a great mix of “there when you want it”. You’re ten minutes to Chaweng’s shops, bars and restaurants when you want human interaction and otherwise, you can enjoy a total tropical retreat.
Room choices? As a couple, consider a private plunge pool. Pool villas are ideal for more space if you’re coming with kids and specific Family Villas are available (with toys). Add extra beds to any room or villa for a small nightly charge (cots are free). If you want a “read books, lie on a pool bed, eat a fancy dinner, repeat” itinerary – Anantara Lawana is my suggestion for June. A final feature you might not notice until you look? Much of your room or villa’s outside space has an overhang so, if it rains, you can stay outside and enjoy the show.See Rates + Details
More hotel ideas
Tip: Looking for something specific? Perhaps you want to sleep in a shipping container? Or you desperately need an Olympic sized swimming pool? Look no further:
- Award-Winners: 9 Award-Winning Hotels on Koh Samui
- Couples: Koh Samui’s Most Romantic Hotels
- New: 6 New Koh Samui Hotels to Try
What to pack for June
1. Lather a loofah?
You’ll want to pack quality mosquito repellent for Samui at every time of year, but particularly so when rain is likelier in the forecast. June’s reasonable possibility of showers? Reach for the Incognito. Regular blog readers know my fanatical devotion to this brand’s entire product line but the loofah soap (with a citronella, mosquito-repelling bar of soap inside) particularly appeals when you’re switching into summer gear. I was dubious when I first used myself as a guinea pig … today, two dozen loofahs later, I’m a cultish convert. What’s the science? Exfoliating your skin eliminates the chemical combinations that result from perspiration mixing with dead skin cells … a concoction that attracts mosquitoes to you. Deny them their drug of choice!
2. Round hole square peg?
If it’s been a while since you travelled overseas, don’t forget adapters. As a quick refresher, Thailand uses the same plugs as the U.S. and Canada (plug types A and B, two flat pins parallel to each other and two flat pins with a round ground pin) and also plug types C and F with two round pins (common in Europe). Do you need a travel adapter for Thailand? If your electronics are from the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Cyprus, Malta, Malaysia, Singapore or Hong Kong – yes, you’ll need an adapter. (Americans and Canadians – note the voltage difference, Thailand uses 230v).
3. Basically barefoot
Note that some Samui beaches, including Anantara Lawana’s, can be rocky at the shoreline. If you want to hop in and out of kayaks without wincing, these aqua socks are a genius inclusion. They roll up to nothing when packing so you can easily include them in a daypack for island excursions. They won’t take the place of hiking sandals for major adventures but in many spots will be preferable to bare feet.
4. Learn Thai (while sleeping?)
Free with an Audible trial. If you’ve been meaning to kick your “fall asleep in front of Netflix” habit, this might be a useful place to start. Learn basic Thai greetings, how to count and helpful beginner Thai with over 7 hours of audiobook lessons.
Tip: Are you nostalgic for summer reading lists? Speaking of ditching Netflix, I’m ramping up my reading and thoroughly recommend any of these superb books about Thailand.
June events calendar
- 03 H.M. Queen’s Birthday
- 07 Samui Summer Jazz (through June 12)
- 19 Father’s Day (U.S., Canada)
- 26 Samui Green Market
Weather in June
- Temperature: 29°C / 84°F
- Sunshine (hours/day): 6
- Rainy days: 9 days (100mm / 4 inches)
- Sea temperature: 28°C / 82°F
Weather-wise, is June or July better on Koh Samui?
Side by side, they stack up very similarly in terms of weather (July gets an average 20mm or a scant inch more rain, according to The Statistics). However, from anecdotal experience, July is busier than June owing to school holidays.
Will it rain in June?
Probably! A short, sharp tropical shower isn’t unusual – a great excuse to cool off under an umbrella or on a deck with a good book and a cold Thai beer. Taking averages at face value, June has less rainfall (by volume) than May or July but it occurs over a similar time period.
Is Koh Samui or Phuket better in June?
- Temperature (avg): 29°C on Koh Samui vs 29°C in Phuket
- Sunshine (hours): 6 on Koh Samui vs 7 in Phuket
- Rainy days (avg): 9 days (100mm) on Koh Samui vs 18 days (240mm) in Phuket
- Sea temperature: 28°C on Koh Samui vs 30°C in Phuket
Choose Samui over Phuket in June (or always, y’know, just to foster an unwarranted bias…). Koh Samui and Phuket’s different climates catch many travellers out. Sun-seekers will be better off in Phuket at some times of the year, but June is not one of them.
What are the beaches like on Koh Samui in June?
They are pret-ty nice. Here’s why I like them: they’re typically really quiet. Scrolling through my little stockpile of June photos, it’s evident how few people are around (even in the normal olden days before Covid). You’ll have a great choice of sun-beds and can likely enjoy Samui’s best sunset spots without crowds.
Can I swim in the sea on Koh Samui in June?
Barring any notices or common sense indications that things are otherwise, ocean-swimming-people will like the temperature and the typically gentle conditions at this time of year. Note that you’re totally on your own for safety and any judgement calls – you won’t find lifeguards on Samui beaches – so please be careful as rip tides and jellyfish are known in the area. Caveat emptor, caveat emptor ….
What fruits are in season on Koh Samui in June?
Guys, it’s rambutan season: the most striking Thai fruit is at its juiciest in summer. They’re here by the bucket-load, for pennies a pound. Come hungry – rambutans are packed with Vitamin C. (So take that, Covid). As for Vitamin D? Well… that’s perhaps not a problem.
Is June a good time for a wedding or honeymoon on Koh Samui?
June is indeed a popular wedding month on Samui. Whether you’re getting married on Koh Samui, coming as a happy honeymooner or attending a Samui destination wedding as a lucky guest – you’re assured of sunshine and lots of smiles.
How do hotel rates compare between June and July?
This is by no means statistical science – just the quickest reference point using four different hotels, at their base rate, comparing the last Wednesday night in June and July on Booking.com. However, it doesn’t disprove my feeling that July is busier on the island.
- High end: Anantara Lawana – US$231
- Mid-range: The Jungle Club – US$66
- Couples: Wild Cottages Luxury and Natural – US$158
- Families: Melia Koh Samui – US$179
- High end: Anantara Lawana – US$294 (27% higher)
- Mid-range: The Jungle Club – US$55 (17% lower)
- Couples: Wild Cottages Luxury and Natural – US$173 (9% higher)
- Families: Melia Koh Samui – US$274 (53% higher)
… Not an exhaustive study, but certain indication that hotels know when your kids are on vacation (and not too much change at resorts that market to couples).
Behind the scenes
The Koh Samui Guide 8th Edition – In Progress!
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Worth a read
Don’t miss these brand new releases (either just published in May or due for June release), including Thai cookbooks, kids’ books and a superb (super niche) travel guide.
- Cookbook: Curry Guy Thai
- For Kids: A Day in Bangkok (Travel Guide)
- Biography: Chariot of the Sun
- Guidebook: Thailand’s Best Street Food
- Cookbook: Kin Thai: Modern Thai Recipes
Koh Samui in June
Ready for research? If you’re just starting to plan your June visit to Thailand, easily plan your Samui trip to perfection with The Koh Samui Guide. Enjoy!
- Hotels: 9 Award-Winning Hotels on Koh Samui
- My favourites: The 25 Best Audiobooks about Thailand
- Beach: Your Total Guide to Choeng Mon Beach
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