Surrounded by stunning white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, Koh Samui is definitely one of the most well known Paradise islands in Thailand. Attracting visitors worldwide with its endless list of attractions. From adventurous activities to the exciting nightlife, ocean exploration and romantic getaways, there’s something for everyone!
Here’s the ultimate list of the top 20 best place to visit & things to do in Koh Samui
1. Koh Samui Honeymoon Beach Picnic
Set aside a full day to enjoy a unique picnic tour with the option of snorkeling, swimming or just relaxation by the white sand beach with your loved one. This tour is ideal for honeymooners to enjoy one of the most spectacular beaches of Koh Samui, known for its serenity and undisturbed surroundings. Spend the day rekindling your love under the lush green palm trees and warm tropical breeze. Book here to show someone how much they mean to you.
2. Jungle Safari Jeep Tour
Hop on an exciting Jeep tour and be amazed by Koh Samui’s surrounding nature. Discover hidden sanctuaries and jump into beautiful waterfalls. On this day trip you’ll be able to spot magnificent views over the gulf of Thailand and catch a glimpse of bathing elephants. Book a friendly tour guide to drive you around here
3. Cruising Experience Around Koh Samui
Sail around five of the most beautiful beaches in the world on this elegant Junk Yacht tour. Discover the beauty of Samui’s surrounding islands with your partner or a group of friends on a day of snorkeling, unlimited drinks and lounging on the sun deck. By midday, dry off and enjoy a mouthwatering traditional Thai lunch buffet on board but be sure to book on a Tuesday to visit all five stunning islands such as Koh Tan and Koh Matsum. Book here.
4. Bungee Jumping
One of the most adventurous things to do in Koh Samui is Bungee jumping. Face your fears and impress friends back home with an unforgettable experience! Embrace Samui from a unique angle then drop 50 meters down, eventually splashing into a 3.5-meter deep swimming pool. If the rush isn’t for you, you can always chill poolside and watch others brave the tall jump. A Free drink and certificate is provided after the well-regulated and safe adventure jump. Samui Bungee jump has welcomed over 40,000 jumpers from all over the world, book your jump here.
5. Fishing & Snorkeling Trip around Koh Tan & Koh Mudsum islands
Embark on a thrilling fishing adventure on the south side of Koh Samui. Hop onboard a traditional Thai wooden fishing boat for a day of great fun with the family or as a solo traveler. Be amazed by the unique tropical species such as the barracuda, cobia, shark, mackerel, sailfish, snapper, grouper, gar, trevally and more! It’s a great way to explore Samui’s beautiful neighboring islands, Koh Tan and Koh Mudsum in a day, with all the fishing and snorkeling equipment provided for you. Book here.
6. Visit Ang Thong Marine Park
Immerse yourself in an aquatic blue, mesmerizing world of colorful marine life at Mu Ko Angthong National Marine Park. Situated approximately 30km northwest of Koh Samui, its 42 small islands cover an area of about 102 square km, 82% of that area being water. Mu Ko Angthong is a marine wonderland with incredibly beautiful, vibrant and diverse aquatic life everywhere.
The 42 islands rise up from underwater limestone mountains that, over centuries have transformed into mesmerizing shapes and forms with the weather and water sculpting them. The formations themselves have been described as reminiscent of the intricate appearance of the structures of Angkor Wat.
7. Go Kayaking in Angthong Marine Park
Enjoy a full day of Kayaking around Angthong Marine Park’s most beautiful landscapes. Relax, lunch and sunbathe on a trip that covers Koh Samui stunning attractions and hidden gems such as the “Green Lagoon”. It’s the perfect combination of a kayaking adventure as well as sightseeing trip around Thailand’s famous landmarks. Book here.
8. Become a Seawalker
If you’ve always dreamt about breathing underwater then sea walking in Samui is the perfect activity for you. It’s one of the most unique underwater activity humans can experience without diving or swimming abilities needed! Be amazed by the mysteries of the underwater world and discover unusual sea life. It’s the closest thing to walking on the moon. Become a sea walker here.
9. Delicious Drink Tasting Tour
Become an expert or simply enjoy the finest alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages produced on Koh Samui on an afternoon of drink tasting tour. Grab the opportunity to enjoy unique experience that won’t be easily found anywhere else. Learn how to make cocktails and mixed drinks that you can take home and enjoy, giving you a lasting memory of your holiday. Book here.
10. Unique Night Boarding Experience
Take your island paddle boarding to the next level and enjoy a fluorescent night boarding experience with a group of fun and like minded people! Gently drift along the Samui coastline and spot unique marine life that can only be seen when the lights go out. A great activity for anyone traveling alone and looking to meet new travel buddies. Book here.
11. 5-Star Romantic Dinning on Lawana Beach
Let yourself be transported to a place of warmth and joy by this romantic evening. Indulge in a delicious and mouthwatering 5 star meal, served by a highly trained professional. Sit across your loved one with a specially decorated tent over looking a wonderful view of the white sand beach that’s perfect for proposals and unforgettable engagement photos.
12. Snookah Dive WITHOUT any diving certifications!
The Gulf of Thailand is well known as a world famous diving destination. With its warm, calm, clear waters, the Gulf has become one of the most popular places worldwide for new divers to take the plunge and experience their first breaths underwater. Whilst SCUBA diving can be found all over Thailand, Snookah Diving has got to be the most unique way to try diving in all of Thailand! Snookah is perfect for those eager to try real diving and explore the underwater world, but unwilling to invest the time or money involved with traditional SCUBA diving. A tried and tested system popular in over 70 countries worldwide, this style of diving is unique to Koh Samui and can’t be found anywhere else in Thailand. Book here.
13. Cool down at an Ice Bar
Even though other ice bars have sprung up throughout Thailand, Bar Ice Samui is arguably Thailand’s best and most authentic ice bar. The world’s only tropical island -7-degree ice bar is constructed entirely out of ice (including the walls, bar, seating and even your own personal glass!) and is home to some great ice sculptures, most notably their famous full sized Tuk-Tuk. Live entertainment is on offer most nights and the bars are staffed by some of the friendliest people on the island who’ll keep you coming back for more. Located in the busy town of Chaweng, the best way to get to Bar Ice is to hop onto their free shuttle bus traveling along the popular Chaweng beach road.
*Open daily from 4PM to 2AM
14. Day trip to Maenam Beach
With enviable views of the neighboring island of Koh Phangan and bright turquoise waters, Maenam Beach in Koh Samui allows you to relax with a degree of privacy unavailable elsewhere on the island. Away from the busy noise of the big, commercial resorts, connected by long, winding pathways you will find the island’s most private and secluded beach. Take a romantic sunset walk along the 7km stretch of tranquil sands, etched with swaying coconut trees and embrace a picture postcard Thai holiday.
*Best months to visit are February, March, April, May, June, September and early December
15. Take Up Muay Thai
Challenge yourself to an hour of private Muay Thai class with a personal trainer in a professional training center located on Chaweng beach. From here you will learn basic moves and techniques of the world famous martial arts. Take a break from the beach and party to experience an authentic Thai sport whiles burning up to 600 calories per hour. A great way to stay fit on vacation!
16. Join a Photography Tour
Whether you’re an experienced photographer or your just getting started, take this photography tour to capture all the incredible scenic areas of Koh Samui. Enhance your photography skills and play around with tropical locations both during the radiant daylight and mysterious moonlit night.
17. Explore Koh Samui with a Half Day Cycling Tour
Cycling around Southern Koh Samui is one of the best ways discover new areas. You’ll be guided by an experienced and friendly professional, showing you all the hidden gems and best places to visit on Koh Samui, on a half day ride surrounded by the its luscious nature. Routes may vary depending on your needs and what you’d like to experience! Book here.
18. ATV Adventure Ride into the Jungle and Hidden Waterfalls
If you are feeling adventurous and looking to pump some adrenaline into you, try an ATV Safari Adventure through Koh Samui’s jungles and countryside. Rush through dirt tracks in a journey of exploration and discovery. A hidden waterfall await you, where you’ll be able to refresh and cool down from the tropical heat. It’s the perfect activity for thrill-seekers and anyone looking to try something new. Book your adventure here
19. Race through the jungle on a Cable Ride
Try the Sky fox cable ride to embrace the pure feeling of freedom! Glide from tree to tree, 25 meters above the lush greenery, with stunning views of Koh Samui. There are 7 stations with different levels and no experience necessary, it’s the perfect family day out activity. End the day with a 15-minute jungle safari and refreshing swim in the jungle’s magnificent waterfall. Book here
* Children must be 8 years old or over to participate
20. Experiment at a Authentic Thai Cooking Class
You’ve been treating yourself to delicious Thai food so why not try making some yourself? Enjoy a friendly Thai cooking class along with a local market tour to handpick fresh ingredients for your masterpiece. Improve your knowledge of the Thai culture with this unique cooking class, where you can recreate delicious recipes at back home! For your class here
Here’s everything you must try in Koh Samui! From family summer holidays to one of the best honeymoon destinations. The island has something for everyone. Headed to Phuket next? Take a look at our 25 Phuket Must-do, Must-see, Must-Eat!