Although Koh Samui is a relatively small island when compared to Phuket, it has a unique reputation as having some of the most upscale leisure destinations, known not just in Thailand but the world over. You may be tempted not to leave your hotel or if you’re renting one of Koh Samui luxury villas with all the amenities, it’s certainly worth seeing and experiencing all the exciting places and activities that await every traveler. From the north coast, down to the south coast, there is beauty to appreciate.
The northern part of the island is home to a string of idyllic and pristine beaches that would surely captivate each traveler.
Once a popular fishing village and the island’s main French outpost, Bophut Beach is fast becoming Samui’s most elegant and well-preserved area on the island. Modern buildings, interspaced with a line of old wooden Chinese shops, give this area a distinct Mediterranean vibe. Absolutely a must-visit.
Bang Rak Beach
This beach is home to a four-kilometer white sand beach and crystal clear waters, adjoining the more popular northeastern point of the island. Bang Rak beach offers a variety of accommodation options, ranging from budget lodging to upscale beachfront villas.
Maenam is considered as Samui’s predominantly backpacker beach. Most of the resorts are located at the end of the long-winded pathways, giving some degree of privacy that cannot be found anywhere on the island. Maenam is a perfect destination for those who are traveling on a budget or wanted to stay for a few weeks, as there are a number of inexpensive bungalows dotted along the beach.
The east coast of Koh Samui offers a string of world-class resorts and beaches.
This beach is the most popular, the most developed, and probably the best that the island can offer. Chaweng beach never runs out of high standard resorts and five-star hotels. During high season, the beach overflows with tourists because of its very inviting white sand beach.
Not too far from the popular Chaweng Beach is the very charming Lamai beach. People flock to this part of the island because the beaches here do not have as many stones and corals, compared to the northern beaches.
Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks
The eastern coast of Koh Samui is host to some of the most fascinating rock formations. Since the discovery of these unique formations, it has been the source of entertainment and wonders for many visitors. Known as Grandpa and Grandma, these rocks resemble the male and female genitalia.
Koh Samui’s core is the most laidback part of the islands. Large coconut plantations and lush forests can still be found on the island. It is home to some interesting waterfalls and exciting elephant trekking.
Na Muang Waterfalls
Not a few guests are captivated by the magnificent Na Muang waterfalls, making this island a true paradise. Visitors love to wade through icy-cool waters or to explore the inviting jungle path.
Never leave the island without booking a jungle trip riding the mighty elephant. In Thailand, the elephant symbolizes royalty and strength. The elephant trek is the most regal way of exploring exotic flora and fauna species, through jungles, rivers, and other exciting sites, culminated by a dip in the majestic waterfalls.
Aside from great beaches, the South Coast plays host to the Samui Butterfly Garden and the Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo.
Samui Butterfly Garden
The Samui Butterfly Garden offers an assortment of colorful butterflies providing a spectacular kaleidoscopic view. It also features beautifully landscaped gardens filled with colorful tropical flowers and other interesting floral species.
Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo
This amazing aquarium and tiger zoo offers an array of aquarium fishes, large aviary, and tigers. This is the perfect destination for families, as kids will have all the fun admiring the animal collection. Furthermore, kids and adults alike will be entertained by the sea lion spectacle and tiger show.
Travelers who want to experience picturesque landscapes, tranquil beaches, and exciting activities, Koh Samui is definitely the top choice. Whether you want a relaxing holiday or embark on an exciting island adventure, Koh Samui is always ready to amaze and captivate you.