5 Things to Do in Koh Samui

Recommendations for a short visit in Samui…

1. Visit the Big Buddha at Wat Phra Yai. Admire the stunning architecture and surrounding crystal blue hues of the ocean.


2. Relax at Mantra Resort in Mae Nam. Enjoy beautiful ocean sunrises and sets from your balcony, take a refreshing dip in the pool, learn Thai cooking, eat some pizza, do some daily yoga,  or treat yourself to a Thai massage in the luxurious spa.

3. Take a stroll through Fisherman’s Wharf Walking Street and buy some souvenirs or try out different Thai street foods. It’s a night market with a beachy vibe, lots of vendors, street food, elephant walk, restaurants, bars, live music, etc. It gets livelier as the night gets older. If you want to sit down for a meal and people watch while you eat, enjoy some delicious international grub at Bar Baguette.


4. Take a day trip to Angthong National Marine Park – It will cost you about 2,000 baht per person with pick-up and drop-off at your hotel. A speedboat will bring you to the park, where you can snorkel with fish surrounded by beautiful corals at Koh Wao. Then, the tour guide will take you sightseeing around the marine park, and you will hike up to see Emerald Lake (Talay Nay), an amazing emerald-colored saltwater lake surrounded by island. Lunch is served at Wua Ta Lap (Sleeping Cow Island) and digested as you go on a kayak adventure around the island’s nature. A true beauty that will force you to stay present with all things natural.


5. Spend a quiet relaxing day at Mae Nam Beach — quiet, peaceful, and untouched! Bring your own beach towel and pack a lunch because there’s not much here except you and the big blue!


Knowledge Notes

  • If you want to see the “real Thailand”, this is really not where you will find it. However, if you want a relaxing holiday with beautiful beaches in more upscale accommodations, a laidback island feel, and some good food, this is the place to go!
  • Taxis are a bit more expensive here on Koh Samui than on mainland since it attracts an overwhelming number of tourists.
  • It’s very easy to get around using English as most of the islanders are used to foreign, or ‘falang’ crowds.
  • Central Festival Samui is where you can find any daily necessities you may have forgotten to pack, or even try some good Thai food and desserts.
  • Almost everything here is picture-worthy so bring a camera along. But also capture the moments with your mind’s eye and a deep breath of ocean air.


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