Azure sky, aquamarine water, white sandy beaches. Samui completes a picture-perfect painting of a tropical island holiday. Yet that is not all there is to this little paradise; travellers of all types can always find something for themselves. Wondering what to do when you are in Samui? Here are the top 10 activities to do in Koh Samui!
Enjoy a leisurely day at the beach
Of course, you can’t skip a beach day while you are here. If you prefer a little bit of excitement, head to Chaweng, the island’s party center with plenty of restaurants, bars and intoxicating nightlife. If music and thrilling sensations are not your cup of tea, then Maenam, Bophut and Bang Po beaches make perfect options for a peaceful day by the sea, where you can simply enjoy reading a book, listening to the rhythm of the waves and filling your lungs with fresh air.
Explore a nearby island
You don’t have to limit yourself to Samui as there are several offshore islands around. Angthong National Marine Park is amongst the most popular ones with various activities to enjoy. If you like snorkelling or diving, Samui’s diverse marine life will not disappoint. If you prefer to stay on dry land, the park is arguably one of the best hikes in Thailand. 60 minutes of hiking will take you to the peak 500 meters above the sea level. The hike is rewarding for those who love challenges, and the spectacular view from the top is well worth the effort.
Get pampered at a local spa
After a fun day of exploring the island, what is better than indulging yourself in a pampering massage? There are a lot of spa parlours around Koh Samui offering a wide array of treatments and catering to all kinds of budgets. It’s time to unwind, soothe the pain areas and be spoilt with herbal baths, aromatherapy, reflexology session and a wholesome meal afterwards.
Visit the Big Buddha Temple
Located on Koh Fan, a small island off the north-eastern corner of Koh Samui, the Big Buddha Temple has always been amongst the top attractions in the area. It is the first landmark you will see when coming to the island by air. The 12-meter high, golden statue symbolises purity, enlightenment and is a fascinating sight to see. The temple also commands a great view of the island.