4 Best Things to Do in Koh Samui, Thailand

Home of the iconic Big Buddha Temple is Thailand’s second largest island, Koh Samui. When having a trip in this place, make sure to allot a couple of extra days for the sites and activities it offers.

Koh Samui
Koh Samui | Photo by Jutta M. Jenning under creative commons

We have checked the island and saw its “travel-worthiness.” They say that Koh Samui is the best island for families who are looking to do as much as possible in their 2-4 days of stay. We have listed the 4 best things to do in Koh Samui that you can truly enjoy!

Visit the Big Buddha Temple

It is a must to visit Wat Phra Yai or the Big Buddha Temple in Koh Samui. Built in 1972, the 12-meter statue shows Buddha in his Mara position which is said the same position he was in during his journey to his enlightenment.

things to do in koh samui: Visit the Big Buddha Temple
Big Buddha Temple | Photo by Maksim Sundukov under creative commons

You can book a tour of the temple if you want a more in-depth discussion of its history while exploring all the temple. This will be fun too to meet other tourists who are staying on the island. Make sure to dress properly. Any revealing attire is frowned upon.

Swim at Lamai Beach

For those looking to just swim and relax without the excessive activities, Lamai Beach is for you. The difference is noticeably based on tourists’ experience. There are fewer people and minimal noise. There are just huts to stay at, sun chairs to sit on, and the crystal blue water to swim in and enjoy the serene life.

things to do in koh samui: Swim at Lamai Beach
Lamai Beach | Photo by Irumge under creative commons

There are still bars and restaurants for those looking to spice up their night.

Most tourists preferred beaches like this since you can enjoy the experience more and have a more intimate gathering with your group.

Party at Chaweng Beach

Of course, wild parties are a staple in every beach. This is what Chaweng Beach does the best. It is the largest and busiest town on the island. All sorts of people go here: tourists looking to party, local musicians looking to perform, and street vendors looking to earn.

things to do in koh samui: Party at Chaweng Beach
Chaweng Beach | Photo by Hajime NAKANO under creative commons

There is a 3-km strip full of bars, restaurants, and shops which will definitely lead to a landmark experience in your stay at the island.

Aside from that, there are also other water and beach activities which can be done here and in other beaches such as volleyball, kayaking, and diving.

Explore Fisherman’s Village

What better way to experience the genuine local life than to do groceries at Fisherman’s Village. Fishermen sell their catch to the market vendors who you can buy the fish from. You can have your seafood cooked by a local or cook it yourself.

things to do in koh samui: Explore Fisherman’s Village
Fisherman’s Village | Photo by  Marc van der Chijs under creative commons

There is also a rich nightlife in this area. Food stalls open up at night to offer some known Thai classic dishes such as Khao Pad or Pad Thai and others bring fusion twists to these dishes.

Also, souvenir and specialty shops are prevalent in this area. There are hidden bookstores that you can find Thai literature.


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