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Top Things to Do in Koh Samui

Top Things to Do in Koh Samui

By Chris QuanUpdated Dec. 20, 2022

Koh Samui now reopens. From May 1, 2022, all international travelers can travel to Thailand without quarantine.

Koh Samui and beaches surely belong together. The southern tropical island is a popular destination with many travelers in Thailand, whether it's in a holiday package or for individual travel. The crowd is really mixed because the stunning beaches of Koh Samui attract many different kinds of people.

Since the area has so many beaches and attractions, check out our handpicked list of things to do in Koh Samui – it will come in handy when you plan your holiday.


  • Learn how to cook authentic Thai dishes in Koh Samui, and bring home the recipes.
  • Relax and enjoy a treatment in a local spa.
  • Water-sport lovers, please note that Koh Samui isn't the place for you; while kiteboarding and jet-ski are available to hire, diving and snorkeling are not on the list.
  • Set sail on a scenic cruise trip off the coast of Koh Samui.
  • More than 1.5 million tourists from around the globe visit the island each year to enjoy the tropical coastline and beaches.

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Relax on the Beach

Thailand is known for its beautiful beaches, and Ko Samui is one of the reasons it is so famous. Soft white sand, clear and calm water, coconut palm trees to offer shade, no distractions, safe swimming, bathroom facilities and family-friendly restaurants have always been the top things to commend Koh Samui.

Maenam Beach

Regarding attractions and activities, Maenam has enough options to keep the most active vacationers entertained: water sports, golf, eco-friendly and cultural activities can easily be found in Maenam. The best visiting times are January to November. The atmosphere is not too crowded, which is one of the reasons why people go there.

Bophut Beach

Apart from its beautiful beach, Bophut has a good range of attractions and activities on offer for its visitors – from the Crocodile Farm and the Go-Kart track to its hillside golf course, Bophut has enough potential to keep vacationers busy.

Lamai Beach

Known as Chaweng's little sister, Lamai Beach is another top Koh Samui destination. Second only to Chaweng in terms of size, this part of Samui is more quiet and laid back and is generally more budget friendly. This makes it a good choice for couples who are visiting for their honeymoon and for families who don't want to be bothered by the never ending party atmosphere.

An Unforgettable Cruise Trip

Within the Gulf of Thailand, there are five islands nestled closely together, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Koh Matsum and Koh Tan. There is also a nearby National Marine Park to explore. Each island has its own distinct beauty and unique terrain, beaches and attractions. They will inspire your desire to explore all that the Gulf of Thailand has to offer.

Join one of the ships! It will navigate around the Samui Archipelago and you will experience the serene natural beauty of its many islands and tropical waters. There are various day and sunset trips around this magical area.

Feel the fresh sea breeze on the way, while enjoying the luxurious sundecks and indulging in delicious local dishes and refreshing beverages prepared by expert staff. Relax on the comfortable chairs on the outdoor deck and breathe in the ocean air as you sweep across the Gulf of Thailand.

Whether you want to enjoy a tranquil day on a spacious sundeck, relax on a beach or trek around one of the beautiful islands, Asia Highlights will arrange everything for you.

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Kayaking to Ang Thong Marine Park

Admire the spectacular archipelago of the Ang Thong National Marine Park, by sea kayaking across crystal-clear waters. Popularized by the movie The Beach, the 42 islands are dotted with white sandy beaches, sheer limestone cliffs, hidden lagoons, caves, and secluded bays.

Begin your morning with a comfortable hotel pickup and head for the Bangrak Pier. Board an extraordinary 57-foot (23-m) boat, which awaits you with a light breakfast to enjoy on your way to Ko Mae Ko. Upon arriving, hop into your kayak and steer your way toward the spectacular horizon.

Navigate toward Ko Tai Plao to discover magical caves and bizarre rock formations as you admire the beauty of mother nature. You should keep your eyes and ears on alert while kayaking and cruising through the Marine Park, as you might be lucky to see a family of whales, dolphins or monkeys that make this spectacular park their home.

Continue your fun-filled day with a chance to hike on one of the hills or sunbathe on one of the serene beaches before heading back to your hotel. Book your next tour to Koh Samui with Asia Highlights and we will arrange your itinerary to this amazing place so that you can get the most out of this place.

Learn How to Cook Authentic Thai Cuisine

Join a cooking class on Koh Samui with a professional chef and explore the flavors and techniques of the Thai kitchen. After being picked up at your hotel, you will go on a tour of the local market and learn about the beauty of Thai herbs, spices and vegetables.

After picking up the ingredients from the market, you will be transferred back to the workshop in a comfortable car. When you arrive at the workshop, you will learn how to cook Thai dishes, based on your menu selection (more than 180 dishes available!).

Most of the recipes can be accommodated for special diets (vegetarian, no salt). Please check and confirm with the workshop prior to your cooking class. Alternatively, book your cooking class through Asia Highlights and we will arrange everything for you.

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Unwind at a Local Spa

Take time out to treat your body and mind in a local spa shop. Consult with the shop to create your own spa program during your stay. A program can vary between two to seven days to meet your requirements; this can also include spa cuisine of your preference.

An array of holistic treatments are available at most local spa shops, including soothing aromatherapy with pure Thai essential oils, spices and aromas; traditional Thai massage, body wraps, such as detoxifying wrap, and facials using pure Thai products.

Visitors can reconnect with nature and experience a level of relaxation and tranquility second to none, a formula that has established Thailand firmly as the country with Asia"s most acclaimed spas. Most of the spas also provide guests with an opportunity to immerse themselves in a variety of 'schools of therapy'. Specialties include meditation, Tai Chi, eastern healing methods, and spiritual teachings.

Beach Holiday in Koh Samui With Asia Highlights

Koh Samui is home to the best beaches around the world – traveling to Koh Samui is a great choice! Not only can you enjoy the beautiful scenery but you can also learn about the local culture. Contact us for more information, and our expert staff will help you plan an unforgettable holiday in Koh Samui.

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Want to enjoy Ko Samui without all the hassle of planning? Feel free to contact us, as we have professionals ready to give you expert advice on the perfect beach for you and your family.

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