10 Things to do in Koh Samui, Thailand

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While on Koh Samui, you can participate in a variety of tours and activities. Ang Thong National Marine Park is well-known for its breathtaking landscape of variously shaped islands. Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan are world-class snorkelling and diving destinations. A boat trip to nearby islands like Koh Mudsum (Pig Island) and Koh Tan is ideal for a quick day trip.

1. Ang Thong Marine Park Speedboat Tour (Samui)


The Ang Thong National Marine Park is a 42-island archipelago in the Gulf of Thailand. Towering limestone mountains, dense jungle, white-sand beaches, waterfalls, and hidden coves and lakes await exploration. The more than 100 square kilometres of land and sea protected area is rich in biodiversity. The main activities to enjoy at Ang Thong are snorkelling, hiking, sea kayaking, diving, and simply relaxing.

2. Samui Elephant Jungle Sanctuary


There are no such rules in this place. You can get as close to the elephants as you want you can touch, pet, feed, and photograph them as much as you want. There are no restrictions or fences. You and these wonderful, peaceful, and endearing mammals. 

3.Koh Tao & Nang Yuan Speedboat Tour (Samui)


Visit Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan from Koh Samui, enjoy water activities, climb to the mountain top for a breathtaking view of three connecting islands that originate from the Nang Yuan Islands, and relax on the beach.

4. Bophut's Fisherman's Village


Fisherman’s Village in Samui is a historically significant area of Bophut, with rustic-style buildings housing boutique stores, trendy restaurants, and a small selection of hotels lining the narrow Beach Road. Every Friday, the entire area transforms into the Fisherman’s Village Walking Street market, attracting shoppers from all over the island for the impressive variety of wares and lively atmosphere. The name of this old section of Bophut Beach comes from the fact that it was once home to a thriving fishing community. The fishermen have moved on, and the main pier has collapsed, but the old wooden shophouses remain, with a maze of narrow alleys connecting many of them, giving the village a charming old look and feel.

5. Hin Ta and Hin Yai


The Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks are two fascinating rock formations at the southern end of Koh Samui’s Lamai Beach. Since the locals discovered them many years ago, they have been a source of amusement and wonder on the island. Known as Grandpa (Ta) and Grandma (Yai), the rocks look, respectively, like male and female genitalia. A signboard near the rocks tells the story of an old couple named Ta Kreng (Grandpa Kreng) and Yai Riem (Grandma Riem) who lived in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat with their son. The views from the rocks and the surrounding area are breathtaking, stretching across the sea to nearby islands.

6. Na Muang Waterfalls

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The Na Muang Waterfalls, though technically two separate falls, are among Samui’s most beautiful. The massive purple rocks at the waterfalls inspired the name. A natural staircase made of rocks and tree roots leads to the base of Na Muang 1. Under the waterfall is a large natural pool. Na Muang 2, Samui’s most beautiful waterfall, is a 10-minute walk up the mountain. The best time to visit is during the rainy season, from September to November, when the waterfalls are at their peak. Na Muang is a popular swimming and relaxation spot for families. 

7. Secret Buddha Garden

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The Secret Buddha Garden is a serene, sculpture-filled garden hidden high in the hills of Koh Samui’s interior. The unique site offers majestic views and an unusual collection of statues amid lush jungle surrounds due to its altitude. The gardens were designed by Nim Thongsuk, an elderly Samui fruit farmer who began erecting statues and temples around his family’s lush land in 1976. The statues depict various animals, deities, and humans in various poses, including Khun Nim himself, who is seated on a rock in a relaxed position. The garden features a waterfall and a stream that are shaded by dense foliage. 

8. Hua Thanon

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Hua Thanon is a fishing village located to the south of the Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks. It is home to the majority of Samui’s Muslim population. It still has a quaint, old-Samui feel to it, with rickety teakwood houses lining the road and some decent seafood restaurants as well as ethnic clothing and jewellery boutiques. While there aren’t many long-tail boats out casting nets these days, it’s worth seeing the teak houses that have been modernised, with cars often parked in the front rooms.

9. Lamai Overlap Stone

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The Lamai overlap stone is a collection of impressively balanced boulders that are difficult to reach but provide spectacular views. The sights alone are worthwhile for the adventurous traveller. The steep, rough dirt road leading to the viewpoint should only be attempted on a dirt bike or with a 4×4, and depending on conditions, the last stretch may have to be walked. Alternatively, a 20-minute walk to the unique site is required, but there is a refreshment stall at the top and it’s an exhilarating experience.

10. Thong Takhian Bay (Silver Bay)


Silver Beach is located in the beautiful little Thong Takhian Bay, just off the main road as you descend the hill into north Lamai from Chaweng. Because there are three resorts on the beach, it can get crowded during peak season, but it is well worth a visit for the breathtaking scenery. At low tide, the water is shallow, and there is only one area suitable for bathing, to the left of the bay. However, once you’ve waded out, the water is beautiful, and there are some fish to be found around the rocks and reef for snorkelers to follow. Any of the three resorts’ beachfront restaurants serve a reasonable meal and cold drinks, and one has a pool for diners and guests.

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