What to do in Koh Samui Thailand? Follow this guide to know the 10 essential activities of this very touristy island, but full of charm!
Koh Samui is an island in the Gulf of Siam, located off the east coast of Thailand, just under the island of Ko Pha Ngan.
You wanna know what to do in Koh Samui? Whether you prefer sporting holidays, relaxation or nature, you will inevitably find something to enjoy your stay! Let’s discover together the must do’s of the island.
1. The temple of Wat Plai Laem
It is impossible to visit Thailand without admiring its many temples! On the north east coast of Koh Samui, Wat Plai Laem is a must. This colorful Buddhist temple is distinguished by the presence of its huge statue of 18 meters: the 18-armed goddess Guanyin, goddess of mercy and compassion. Inside, beautiful frescoes tell the story of Buddha.
2. Fisherman’s village
The Fisherman’s Village Market is the largest and most popular on the island. It takes place every Monday and Friday night in the very touristy city of Bophut. You can walk there and find your holiday souvenirs at very attractive prices (still think to negotiate at some merchants). Several stalls offer Thai food for only a few euros
3. Hin Ta and Hin Yai
Also known as “Grand Father and Grand Mother Rocks”, these rock formations are particularly attractive to visitors. Located in the south of Lamai Beach, it has the particularity of looking like… female and male genitals! ALocal legend says that the bodies of two old lovers were stranded in the bay after the sinking of their boat, creating these sculptures in the rock.
4. Nam Tok Na Muang Waterfalls
Discover Nam Tok Na Muang, two magnificent natural waterfalls, the highest on the island.
At a height of 30 meters, two other waterfalls are also nearby: Na Muang 2, the smallest, and Nam Tok Wang Saotong, impressive and accessible by a newly renovated road.
5. Secret Buddha Garden
This is a natural garden on the heights of the island, about 500 meters above sea level. But we must admit that it is quite difficult to find, so do not hesitate to ask your way (there, they call it the “Magic Garden”). Several divine representations, Buddhas and animals were carved in stone, all around a small waterfall. The place is quite small, but very relaxing.
6. Chaweng Beach
The Chaweng beach, located on the north-east of the island, offers a good compromise: both idyllic- fine sand, turquoise water and coconut trees – it also pleases the partygoers at night, because of its many restaurants and nightclubs. You can sip coconut water, opt for a jet ski session or simply sunbathe in the sun.
Other beaches to see in Koh Samui:
- Choeng My Beach
- Thong Ta Khian
- Lamai Beach
- Hua Thanon and Bang Kao
- Ban Thong Krut
7. Wat Phrai Yai / Big Buddha
This golden statue of the modern Big Buddha is located on the north of the island and not far from the airport. Positioned by the sea, it rises to about fifteen meters from the ground and offers a breathtaking view of the island of Koh Samui!
8. A Thai box fight
It is at Hat Chaweng Boxing Stadium that the main Thai boxing fights take place, the national sport. Every Tuesday and Friday evening, local and visitors come to attend these events. For a typical Koh Samui experience, visit the ring!
9. Ban Hua Thanon
Ban Hua Thanon is a small atypical fishing village located south of the island. Known for its beautiful colorful boats, as well as its fish market and bird song contests, this place has a very friendly atmosphere.
The few seafood restaurants on the coast will give you a taste of real Samui cuisine at great prices.
10. See also around Koh Samui
To visit Koh Samui is also to enjoy the treasures of the archipelago to which it belongs. Among them, neighboring islands such as Ko Pha Ngan and Koh Tao are must-see destinations for your trip to Thailand if you have the chance. On site, you will discover among others:
– Ang Thong National Park: The beautiful Koh Tao National Marine Park
– The Full Moon party: the very famous beach and full moon party
– Sail Rock: the Koh Tao popular dive spot
Where to stay in Koh Samui?
Koh Samui being a very touristy island, it is up to you to see if you prefer to stay in the heart of the animated districts or rather close to quieter beaches. The advantage of Thailand is that you can find luxury hotels for a quality / price ratio quite correct.
We have two favorite places :
Santiburi Koh Samui
A distinctive, elegant luxury escape on the pristine north shore of Koh Samui. We were amazed by the quality of the service. We tried a lot of luxurious resort but this one is by far the best we ever experienced ! The staff really makes you feel special and make your stay unforgettable.
You will fall in love for its gorgeous villas, its beautiful pool and the numerous activities you can do without even leaving the resort !
Farmer’s Boutique Resort
Nestled amid a paddy and lotus fields, you will find contemporary villas with Thai architecture. It is a very quiet and peaceful place where you can easily relax and enjoy your private pool or the beautiful main pool.
If you are planning to go to Bangkok as well, read our article with the BEST unique activites to do there !