Whilst definitely being one of the more tourist islands in Thailand, Koh Samui remains a fantastic place to indulge every whim at the end of your exploring. Stop here for a breather, some pampering, then continue your journey. The island also makes a great outright destination in itself.
Koh Samui once relied on coconut farming to survive. The area used to harvest two million coconuts a year, but now its main trade is tourism.
Koh Samui is the most accessible Thai island as you can fly straight there from Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore. Perhaps this is why it’s such a tourist hub with lots of amenities. We tend to focus on accommodation away from areas like Chaweng, which can be a bit too touristy for us, and focus on other parts of the island, namely Bophut – which has a totally different vibe. Plus, if you do fancy a wild night it’s still not too far to Chaweng and Lamai from here.
Mae Nam Beach is perfect for a bit of peace and quiet. Set up early though so you get the best spot. Where clear blue beaches are, snorkelling and diving courses are sure to follow. However, Koh Samui is only really suited to experienced divers. Head out towards Koh Tao and explore the reefs, wrecks and more during your stay.
If you feel adventurous, head to the Ang Thong National Marine Park. Most of the 80 islands in the Samui archipelago belong to it and there’s plenty to see. Its almost ethereal beauty is well worth the effort.
Koh Samui has a fantastic range of dining options to suit all tastes. This in particular makes Samui a fantastic choice for families.
In addition to being a fantastic beach resort, Koh Samui is a perfect place to pause and take in your travels so far. There are lots of mindfulness activities on the island such as cleansing fasts, yoga, tai chi, herbal steam treatments and chakra balancing. You may not believe in all of that, but we’d still suggest heading to the spas to ease the aches and pains of travelling and refresh you for the rest of your travels.
Plan your trip to Koh Samui today.