Things to do in Koh Samui Islands

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Koh Samui

Koh Samui Islands Attractions

An island blessed with stunning natural beauty, Koh Samui is a palm-fringed burst of rainforest. It’s Thailand’s second largest island and part of the Ang Thong National Maritime Park. Snorkel in the pristine waters, kayak along the coast or get around on two wheels to explore more of the island. Mostly populated by local fishermen, who have lived and worked in the same way for generations, the island has developed with relatively little communication with the mainland. As such, it makes a unique destination that gives another look at traditional Thai life. In recent years, it has become very popular with backpackers looking for an alternative experience of dazzling lagoons and tranquility.

Areas & Neighbourhoods in Koh Samui

Nathon - The main port and administrative area of the island, this might not be the most tourist friendly place but it’s a valuable access point to the island

Laem Yai - A secluded beach on the northern tip of the island, this beautiful spot has much to appeal to visitors, and overlooks the islands of Ang Thong.

Bophut - This small fishing village is a growing stop on the backpacker trail, with a real laid back charm and relaxed atmosphere.

Chaweng - The most popular and well developed beach area on the island, this is the place to go if you’re looking for a spot of luxury.

Ko Pha Ngan - A nearby island that has become the focal point of the backpacker scene, complete with late night parties and hippy vibes.

Things to See in Koh Samui

Visit the Ang Thong National Marine Park, a pristine archipelago of islands complete with limestone mountains and rainforests. Lounge on the white sand beaches here or discover hidden waterfalls. Visit the Big Buddha shrine on the northern tip of the island, the island’s best known landmark. Pick from a selection of stunning beaches to explore or relax and cool off in the Namuang Waterfall. For a more curious attraction, check out the Mummy Wonk at Wat Khunaram, where the body is displayed in a glass case. If you want to get up close with nature, the Samui Aquarium and Tiger Show presents some of the country’s most beautiful animals.

Things to Do in Koh Samui

Check out a cabaret show at Chaweng Beach or explore the Secret Buddha Garden in the hills of Samui. Enjoy your chance to meet some of the island’s slipperiest creatures at the Snake Farm at Baan Taling Ngam. Or, if you’re in a more active mood, snorkel or kayak your way around the island’s stunning coastline. Take a boat tour to see more of the island from a new perspective or learn how to make exquisite Thai meals on a cooking course.

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1. Chaweng Beach

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Chaweng Beach, a popular beach in Bophut. Visit the spas and top-notch restaurants in this relaxing area.
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Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Chaweng Beach, a popular beach in Bophut. Visit the spas and top-notch restaurants in this relaxing area.

2. Lamai Beach

Enjoy the beauty of Koh Samui’s coastline as you relax on Lamai Beach, discover the Buddhist culture at temples and wander market stalls to taste the local coconut sweet called galamae.
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Relax on one of Koh Samui’s most beautiful beaches, enjoy a massage in one of the many resorts and explore the surrounding picturesque fishing villages and temples.

3. Bo Phut Beach

Bo Phut Beach is one of the longest beaches in Koh Samui, but is divided into distinct sections between Bang Rak Beach to the east and Maenam Beach to the west. In the middle lies Bo Phut town, affectionately referred to as Fisherman’s Village. As one of the oldest villages on the island it has been influenced by everything from traditional Thai and Chinese culture to French colonialists and more recently an influx of tourists. Fisherman’s Village provides an excellent mix of opportunities to entice even the most fickle travelers.
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Explore a more traditional way of life in one of Koh Samui’s oldest villages. Find Chinese teahouses, funky bars, and a distinctly Mediterranean feel.

4. Nathon Pier

The Nathon Pier is often the first port of call for many travelers who visit the captivating tropical island of Koh Samui. It serves as the principal arrival and departure point for boats traveling between the island and mainland Thailand, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao. Visit this working harbor for a snapshot glimpse of the beaches and jungle-covered hills that characterize the island’s stunning natural beauty.
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Jutting out from the west coast of the island, this busy pier is the main entry and exit point for visitors to Koh Samui.

5. Choeng Mon Beach

Choeng Mun Beach includes a number of small bays and inlets located on northeast Koh Samui. The area is home to a few large and secluded resorts, as well as upmarket villas. Some resorts offer private beachfronts, while others operate on the main beach.
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This beach is part of the more upmarket and exclusive northeastern coast of Koh Samui with secluded resorts with private beaches.

6. Chaweng Noi Beach

Chaweng Noi is just south of Chaweng, one of the busiest areas in Koh Samui. This tranquil stretch of sand is, however, nothing like the larger beach to the north. Once you round the headland you’ll find calm and crystal clear water bordered by exquisite, untouched sand. Upmarket villas line the beach just behind the towering coconut palms.
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A quieter neighbor to one of Koh Samui’s busiest beaches, this is the place to simply laze about in the water or lie in the sun.

7. Fisherman's Village Plaza

Wander lanes filled with wooden Chinese shop-houses from the 19th century, enjoy night markets and dine around the world in restaurants serving up Italian, French, Thai, Japanese, Euro-fusion and freshly caught seafood in Bo Phut’s Fisherman’s Village.
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If you want to catch a glimpse of Koh Samui before tourism development, visit this wonderfully well-kept street of 19th-century Chinese shop-houses and French architecture.

8. Silver Beach

Located on Koh Samui’s east coast is the beautiful Silver Beach (aka Thongtakian Bay). It’s a fantastic setting for sunbathing, swimming and dining at waterfront restaurants. Silver Beach sits nestled in a protected bay. Popular with families and couples, it offers a more relaxed beach experience to the island’s larger resorts.
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Set amid swaying palm trees and turquoise water is this postcard-perfect beach is ideal for relaxing on soft golden sand, swimming in warm water and enjoying breathtaking sunrises.

9. Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park

It is hard to find a more picturesque area in the world than Ang Thong National Marine Park. The archipelago consists of 42 limestone monoliths, rising as high as 1,300 feet (400 meters) above the sea. Covering over 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares), this group of islands is the definition of a tropical paradise. The sea surrounding the island teems with sea life, making snorkeling and scuba diving a must, and the tropical jungle rises high to offer spectacular views.
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 This marine park is a natural wonderland dotted with islands covered in tropical rainforests, untouched beaches and secret caves.

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