Koh Samui is Thailand’s self-styled Boutique Island, with its lovely beaches and laid back atmosphere. Almost entirely developed now as a tourist island, Samui offers all sorts of fun and enjoyment, from the leisure of a spa afternoon, to the thrill of parasailing.. With it’s ‘coconut’ feel, it offers plenty of beach activities, including diving, sailing, watersports, day trips to marine parks, full moon partying on nearby Koh Phan Ngan, and nightlife. Each is covered in more detail in this section.
Samui has a well developed tourist infrastructure to cater to the visitors, who make up the bulk of the people on the island. Whether you prefer something leisurely, active, or suitable for families, there’s a good variety of activities to keep you busy. At each of the main tourist beaches, or even within resorts and guesthouses, you’ll find a travel agent or concierge to help arrange a day’s itinerary. Racks full of brochures offer all sorts of fun.
From Big Buddhas to brilliant beaches and mummified monks, Koh Samui has quite a few sights for its size, so spend a day around and getting about is best on a scooter…more
Experience some of the best diving in the region, with trips to Koh Tao and Ang Thong Marine Reserve, or learn to dive during your stay; there are many options in and around Samui…more
You can spend your holiday lying on the beach or you can go diving, island touring, fishing, full moon partying, kick boxing, shopping and even parasailing; there’s never a dull moment…more
All sorts of courses are on offer on Samui, from PADI Open Water courses and kickboxing camps to how to cook Thai cuisine and learning all about their culture…more
More on what to do in Samui
The most obvious activities are found on the beach, and Chaweng and Lamai are the best places to be if you’re into an adrenalin rush. Parasailing, sail boats, jet-skis and banana boat rides are all on offer at various points along the beach. Away from the beach you can ride elephants, hike or mountain bike in the hilly interior, or even explore by quad bike. Paintball and go karting are another couple of options, plus you can also sling a golf club on Samui.
Touring the island under your own steam on a rented scooter is lots of fun and there’s enough sites to look in on during a circumnavigation of Samui to keep you busy all day. These include giant Buddhas and Hindu statues, a bizarre mummified monk, curious Muslim fishing villages, viewpoints, and plenty of beaches to check out.
Far more leisurely are family trips to the various animal shows on offer, or simply relaxing in a day spa. Another easy activity that is much recommended is an offshore tour, either on a sail boat or by speedboat to the Ang Thong Marine Park archipelago. This collection of stunning islands includes hidden lagoons to hike to, and snorkelling thrown in as part of the package. But if you’re really serious about underwater pursuits, then you’re lucky enough to be situated in one of Thailand’s top diving spots. There are many reefs and pinnacles here and also at nearby Koh Tao.