Looking for a holiday getaway? Koh Samui is a perfect destination. With the island’s clear waters and blue skies, everything that you decide to do there is bound to be wonderful. Whether you want to relax at a beach club or do some adventurous water-based activities, Koh Samui has everything in store for you. Here are some of the best places to visit on this beautiful island:
Ang Thong National Marine Park
Mu Ko Ang Thong is a marine national park surrounded by limestone islands, coral reefs, and hidden beaches. Here, there are various water activities for you to enjoy. Go on a full-day trip with a reputable tour operator such as 100 Degrees East which comes with white speedboats with kayaks and trained snorkeling guides. The best thing is that the tour is only limited to twelve guests.
Sunrise SUP Tour At Bangrak Beach
Sunrise SUP is a stand-up paddle tour of Bangrak Beach. In this two-hour tour, you will learn some stand-up paddleboarding techniques with an experienced instructor. Better yet, you will get to marvel at the sun coming up over the Gulf of Thailand. The tour is limited to only four participants, which means that you will certainly get personalized attention.
If you want a chance to witness Thailand’s national sport up close, make a visit to Chaweng Stadium on Thursday or Sunday night. Keep in mind that the fights are no play acting. Make sure that you avoid ringside seats if you are squeamish!
Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts
This place is one of the most notable cooking schools on Koh Samui. Here, you can sharpen your cooking skills and learn how to cook some traditional Thai dishes for your friends and family at home. Green curry with chicken and potatoes and spicy glass noodle salad with prawns are only a few examples of what you will get to learn at the Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts! If you are a vegetarian, there are also vegetarian classes available as well.
Fisherman's Village in Bophut
Spend your Friday night at this night market for the greatest shopping experience of your life! You will see crammed market stalls along the streets that sell everything from mojitos to local souvenirs that you can buy for your loved ones back home. You will also get to try some delicious street foods and refreshing drinks to quench your thirst here. Don’t forget to haggle with a seller to get a few bahts off!
Greenlight Café and Bar
Check out Greenlight Café and Bar for some vegan, gluten-free, raw, and healthy dishes. The place is tucked away in an old mansion on the far end of Fisherman’s Village. You will be impressed with their menu selection filled with health and comfort foods. Also, the ingredients used to prepare the dishes here are mostly from their own organic gardens.
Choeng Mon Beach
Choeng Mon Beach is where the island’s expats go to escape the crowds. The beach is a great spot for a day trip or a relaxing outing with your family. With its white sand and blue waters, it is no wonder why this beach is so beloved by many. There is a pile of shiny, large boulders at one end, and a small emerald isle where you can snorkel around at the other.
Khun Si Waterfall
Khun Si Waterfall is another must-visit place in Koh Samui. Although this waterfall is harder to reach than the other waterfalls on the island such as Na Muang and Hid Lan, it definitely has fewer people, especially in the early morning. The place also offers some amazing views across the island’s green heartland. Make sure that your shoes are suitable for hiking!
Woo Bar is one of the most picture-worthy and trendiest spots on the island. Go there before sundown and grab a seat on a circular seating pod surrounded by glassy infinity pools. Order a nice cocktail, sit back, and enjoy the stunning views of the island with golden skies. The Loi Krathong cocktail, a gin, Negroni, and blood orange mix adorned with purple flowers, is a must-try at Woo Bar.