Koh Samui is the second largest island in Thailand and is located in the Gulf of Thailand off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus. A hot spot for tourists from all over the world, there are plenty of things to do in Koh Samui. From beautiful beaches to the Ang Thong Marine National Park to cabaret shows and luxury villas, there is something for everyone in Koh Samui.
Best Beaches in Koh SamuiBeaches are of course the top highlight of any trip to Koh Samui. Here are a few of the best:
Chaweng BeachChaweng beach is by far one of the top beaches in Koh Samui with Chaweng being the largest resort town in Koh Samui. With its white sand, rocky headlands on either side, and the fact that it is located on the widest part of the bay is what draws people to this magnificent beach on a daily basis.
Lamai BeachLamai beach is the second largest resort town in Koh Samui. This beautiful beach also features white, powdery sand that is perfect for sunbathing while reading a good book. It features a deep stretch of water that is wonderful for all types of water sports along with swimming. Large boulder rocks are the hallmarks of this beach.
Bophut BeachBophut beach covers several kilometers between Bangrak and Maenam beaches and is one of the oldest places on the island and offers the popular Fisherman’s Village, which is located on the eastern stretch of the beach. The beach is made up of thick, yellow-colored sand and is lined by resorts that are designed to fit any budget.
Best Sightseeing in Koh SamuiSightseeing in Koh Samui focuses on exploring the incredible natural beauty and serene landscapes that are easily accessible. Koh Samui sightseeing tours can give visitors a taste of these nearby attractions during day long tours:
Ang Thong National Marine ParkAng Thong National Marine Park is a pristine archipelago of 42 islands in the Gulf of Thailand that features majestic limestone mountains, a thick jungle, beautiful white-sand beaches and fertile mangroves. And if you want to explore, there are also amazing waterfalls and hidden coves and lakes available to visit. This park is also home to a wide variety of exotic wildlife and sea creatures.
Big Buddha ShrineLocated on the northern coast of Koh Samui, the famous Big Buddha shrine is a major attraction on the island. It is the most popular landmark in Koh Samui and is about 12 meters high in all its golden glory. The temple that surrounds the Big Buddha includes many shrines and smaller Buddhas. There is a market there for your shopping enjoyment and it includes an offering of lucky charms, souvenirs, and tons of food booths.
Best Chill Out ActivitiesThose looking to kick back and totally relax will have a wide range of choices for mellow activities in Koh Samui.
Sunday BrunchSunday brunch Koh Samui style is a classic way to while away the day while drinking and eating from large buffets of Thai and international delicacies. Several beachside restaurants, hotels and beach clubs will provide the perfect setting for a long and lazy brunch. Champagne and alcohol packages are common and can provide the perfect backdrop for a Sunday of luxury and leisure.
SpaEnjoy an afternoon at the spa for the ultimate chill out experience in an incredible natural setting. Pools and aromatic herb groves will wash away any stress and fill visitors with peace and tranquility. The forest will immerse visitors in lush surroundings, and traditional massage and steam packages are available.
Chilling at a BarChilling at a bar is perfect for decompressing and steeping in good island vibes. The bar at Hin Ta - Hin Yai Rock Lamai beach plays reggae from the afternoon into the early hours of the morning and has a fun treehouse vibe.
Koh Samui offers visitors a little of everything and can suit a traveler on any budget. The diversity and range of beaches and attractions keep Koh Samui a favorite among those in the know, and draw travelers back again and again to reap the rewards of a delightful combination of beach paradise and friendly local spots.