Koh Samui… no shortage of adventures here, from the hustle and bustle of Chaweng Beach to visiting breathtaking waterfalls and temples, to snorkelling and exploring the local markets. And there’s also time and space to relax while on this beautiful island.
The island of Koh Samui is off the East coast of Thailand and is known for its coral reefs, crystal clear beaches and coconut trees. It’s a scooter or car journey of approximately 52km to get around the entire island. Koh Samui attracts all kinds of travellers every year which has bought in huge economic growth as tourists appreciate the island’s environment and culture.
WHERE TO STAY
During my week I stayed in Chewang Beach, which after seeing the island I regret as there were so many other beautiful areas to visit and explore. Chewang is the main centre on the island and is constantly buzzing. It boasts beautiful clear beaches, restaurants and nightlife. Lamai is another gorgeous place to visit as well as around Fishman’s Village is a MUST to visit just for even the day. I have highlighted below my recommendations on where to stay.
Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort
Sala Samui Chaweng Beach Resort
W Koh Samui
Baan Haad Ngam Boutique Resort
Chaweng Regent Beach Resort
Iyara Beach Hotel and Plaza
WHAT TO DO
Koh Samui has a lot to offer by way of activities so you’re guaranteed not to get bored during your stay. As well as organised tours, snorkelling or safari, the market centre of Fisherman’s Village is a must. The entire street closes down every Friday night and market stalls come alive. I also really recommend visiting the temples Wat Plai Laem Temple and Big Buddha are absolutely stunning with their beautiful, vibrant colours and structures. I strongly recommend hiring a scooter the entire time you are there (150 Baht AUD $7). Explore the entire island to discover secret beaches with crystal clear water. It’s only 52km around and easy to navigate as it’s just the one road. One of my favourite experiences was scootering to Hin Yai and Hin Ta (Grandmother and Grandfather Rock). The nearby Jamaican Tree House Restaurant is a must to visit.
TOP ACTIVITIES MUSTS:
Snorkelling Tour – Full day tour to Koh Nanyuan (Highlight)
Namuang Waterfall and Hamuang Waterfall 2
Wat Plai Laem Temple and Big Buddha
Fisherman’s Village Markets
Grandmother and Grandfather Rock (Hin Yai and Hin Ta)
Highland Water Park
WHERE TO EAT
Koh Samui’s speciality is seafood and restaurants in the main streets display their fresh seafood in ice buckets. But I did find it hard to find the really interesting meals I was hoping for. Many restaurants had similar menus catering for Western tourists, offering stir-fries, Italian, seafood, steaks and burgers. I did manage to find some little hidden gems that are worth a try.
The Hungry Wolf – this was by far my favourite place
Supattra Thai Dining
Fisherman’s House Café and Hotel
The Pier Restaurant
If you just want to chill on a day bed, soak up some sun or enjoy happy hour, Koh Samui offers some of the best beach clubs on the island. I would recommend
Nikki Beach Samui – Lipa Noi
Elephant Beach Club – Chaweng Beach
Ark Bar Beach Club – Chaweng Beach