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7 Best Things To Do In Koh Samui

Koh Samui is just off the east coast of Thailand and is the second largest Thai island after Phuket.

The island is famous for its beautiful beaches, mountainous rainforest with waterfalls, breathtaking viewpoints and spectacular temples, with some very large Buddhas!

Koh Samui is a popular tourist destination and, as such, offers some first class spa resorts as well as plenty of activities for the more energetic visitors.

However, there are still plenty of quiet spots dotted around this island if you prefer to relax and get away from the crowds.

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 to choose from.

You have busy, tourist packed beaches, full of fun actives to enjoy, as well as quiet secluded beaches with soft white sand to chill and wind down.

There are beaches where the water is so clear that you can see the fishes swimming around your legs and beaches that offer the most amazing sunsets.

Whatever you are looking for from a day at the beach, Koh Samui certainly has something for everyone.

With so many beauties, beach hopping definitely has to be top of your things to do in Koh Samui list!

Maenam Beach Koh Samui Beaches Best Beaches On Koh Samui
Beach hopping – one of the top things to do in Koh Samui

2. Waterfall Hunting

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

There are a few waterfalls scattered around the island but the ones that attract the most visitors are Namuang Waterfalls 1 & 2 for a reason.

The first is an easy walk down to a beautiful jumping rock that is great for cooling off and having fun.

The second is a bit of a hike to get up to but definitely worth it for the spectacular viewpoint at the top. There’s also a lovely little secluded rock pool to freshen-up in after your hike up!

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

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 its own crude version of Stone Henge and it comes in the form of a rock shaped like a giant penis!

Also known as grandfather and grandmother rocks, as there is also a rock formation that resembles a vagina.

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

There are some beautiful views here that are well worth a visit, as well as the obvious photo opportunities!

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 machine-made viewpoints on the island but this natural 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.

Overlap Stone viewpoint Koh Samui is a beautifully untouched phenomenon of nature. The giant rock is also a lesser known hidden gem, so not usually crowded with tourists.

The views from this gigantic stone stretch across the tree tops to Lamai Beach and the ocean. Offering up some fantastic photo opportunities.

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 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.

This 12m high seated Buddha statue is really large and can actually be seen from several kilometres away!

The surrounding temple grounds are beautiful and there are lots of fantastic spots for some great photos. As well as restaurants and shops to visit.

Located pretty much just around the corner is Wat Plai Laem, which features the spectacular 18 armed Buddha and the enormous laughing white Buddha. These two are the most famous modern pieces of architecture on the island.

Visiting these beautifully serene temples with their incredible statues, was definitely one of the best things to do in Koh Samui for us.

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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 are a few spots on the west coast to catch a stunning sunset. From busy beach bars to more secluded stretches of sand.

However, 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 to an incredible fiery sky.

Although it was not the best beach we had visited, with the overhanging palm trees and beautiful colours we were more than happy.

We couldn’t have asked for a better end to our few days on the island of Koh Samui.

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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.

This is a great market and offers everything from tropical fruit juices to cheap clothing and lots more.

For souvenirs to smoothies and fresh street foods stall, we had 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.

For more places to stay in Koh Samui, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight.

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile.

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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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!