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7 Best Things To Do In Koh Samui

If you’re looking for the top things to do in Koh Samui, we’ve put together the ultimate guide. After touring the whole island here are all the best spots.

1. Beach Hop

If you’re heading to the Thai paradise of Koh Samui then you’re probably going to be hunting for the best beaches on the island.

Well we spent a few days driving around the whole island so that you don’t have to. From our personal favourite Silver Beach, to the lesser known haven of Maenam Beach, there are plenty!

And beach hopping will definitely be top of your things to do in Koh Samui list!

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Beach hopping – one of the top things to do in Koh Samui

2. Waterfall Hunting

A popular island activity, and another of the most popular things to do in Koh Samui is chase waterfalls.

There are a few other waterfalls scattered around the island but the most popular are Namuang Waterfalls 1 & 2 for a reason.

The first being an easy walk down to a beautiful jumping rock, and the second a hike up to a beautiful viewpoint.

If you fancy including Namuang Waterfall into a day tour you should check out the 7-Hour 4WD Wild Jungle Safari Tour Including Lunch.

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Namuang Waterfalls were our favourite of the things to do in Koh Samui

3. Hin Ta & Hin Yai Rocks – The Famous Penis Shaped Rock

If you haven’t heard of Hin Ta & Hin Yai Rocks already, then you probably will when you arrive on the island.

Koh Samui has it’s own crude version of Stone Henge and it comes in the form of a giant penis!

A huge tourist attraction for some funny reason it’s added to many peoples things to do in Koh Samui list when visiting.

Again, if you fancy including Hin Ta & Hin Yai Rocks into a day tour you should check out the 7-Hour 4WD Wild Jungle Safari Tour Including Lunch.

Hin Ta And Hin Yai Rocks Koh Samui Grandfather Rock
If funny rock formations are you’re thing, then Hin Ta & Hin Yai are your spot

4. Overlap Stone Viewpoint

There are a few man made viewpoints on the island but this rural one was our favourite!

Overlap Stone is located at the back of an old Thai families home and it’s just a short walk through the jungle to get there.

Located just around the corner from Hin Ta & Hin Yai Rocks and Lamai Beach it’s definitely worth adding to your things to do in Koh Samui list if you’re in the area.

Overlap Stone Viewpoint Koh Samui Viewpoint
Finding the best viewpoints was our mission of things to do in Koh Samui and this was a winner!

5. Visit The Buddhas & Temples

Koh Samui Big Buddha Temple, also known as Wat Phra Yai, is one of the islands star attractions and on most peoples things do to in Koh Samui list.

Located basically next door to Wat Plai Laem, the 18 armed buddha, these two are the most famous modern pieces of architecture on the island and a cool little day out in the North.

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Big Buddha watching over us at Wat Phra Yai

6. Catch A Sunset

Do NOT miss this off your things to do in Koh Samui list!

There a few spots on the West coast for sunset but after many recommendations we chose to rush to Lipa Noi Beach on our final night! It was probably the best decision of our trip.

After struggling to find it, we dashed through some palm trees for an incredible firey sky. We couldn’t have asked for a better end to our few days on the island!

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Don’t miss catching a sunset off your things to do in Koh Samui list

7. Fisherman’s Village Night Market

Held every Monday and Friday, between 5pm-11pm, Fisherman’s Village Night Market is not to be missed.

It runs for miles and starts at every entrance to the T shaped junction of Fisherman’s Village in Bophut.

From souvenirs to smoothies and fresh street foods stall, we named Luang Prabang night market as the best in Asia, but this may just have over taken it!

Bophut Fisherman Village Koh Samui
Fisherman Village Night Market – an absolute must!

Where To Stay In Koh Samui

Luxury – Tango Luxe Beach Villa Samui

Tango Luxe Beach Villa Samui offers tropical villas with a private pool and free WiFi.

It has a main infinity pool, two on-site restaurants and pampering spa treatments. 

Luxurious ocean-facing villas come with a 42-inch flat-screen TV, iPod dock and sun loungers.

The large en suite bathroom has a separate bathtub and shower stall. 

Tango Luxe Beach Villa Samui is a 5-minute drive from Seatran Ferry Pier, which offers transfers to Koh Phangan. It is 1.9 miles from Samui International Airport.

Mid-Budget – Mercure Samui Chaweng Tana

Located along Chaweng Road, the charming Mercure Samui Chaweng Tana features cosy and comfortable rooms with free WiFi.

Offering 2 dining options, the property also boasts an outdoor swimming pool with pool bar. 

Just 550 yards from the beach, the hotel is a 15-minute drive from Samui International Airport. Samui Ferry Terminal is a 30-minute drive away.

The Thai-style rooms come with wooden flooring and furnishings. Each room has a tea/coffee maker, a safe deposit box and a minibar.

Guests enjoy satellite channels on a flat-screen TV. An en suite bathroom comes with a shower.

Budget – Arina Boutique Residence

Just off Chaweng Beach Road, the family-run Arina Boutique Residence offers cosy rooms decorated with traditional Thai artwork.

Providing free Wi-Fi, it is just 2 minutes’ drive from central Chaweng. Arina Residence is a 30-minute drive from Nathon Ferry Pier and a 45-minute drive from Tong Yang Ferry Port.

Koh Samui Airport is a 15-minute drive from the hotel. 

Decorated with dark wood furnishings, rooms at Arina feature a private balcony and a 29-inch flat-screen cable/satellite TV.

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7 Best Things To Do In Koh Samui

Tim Neeble

Tuesday 18th of August 2020

Thank you for sharing your amazing experience! It helps me a lot to find the right spot to visit. Keep up the great work!

Charlie Pauly

Tuesday 15th of September 2020

Ah glad it came in handy! Thank you!