40 Best Things to Do in Koh Samui - 2020 (with 2300+ Reviews)
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Things to do in Koh Samui not only delight your wanderlust soul but also leave an unerasable imprint on you. Ranging from the nerve-wrenching sports for the adventure buffs to the nature expeditions for the greenery lovers, this place holds each one of them in its array.

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If you love the limestone monoliths then there’s Angthong Marine National Park for you but if serenity is what you are seeking for then places like Big Buddha temple are there for the purpose. 
Koh Samui things to do features something for everyone. Windsurfing, kitesurfing, paragliding, golfing, and many more such activities could be witnessed here.

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Gaining recognition due to the palm-fringed beaches and thrilling adventures this place is a paradise for travelers and is a must visit if you are on a Thailand trip. Apart from these, you can also enjoy Mountain Biking, Scuba Diving, Sea Walking, and countless other experiences which will make your trip a memorable one.

Must Do Things in Koh Samui

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Visit Angthong Marine National Park

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Visit Angthong Marine National Park

Gear up for a fascinating getaway by visiting the Angthong Marine National Park in the Gulf of Thailand. A group of 40 islands, this place is famous for its limestone monoliths, thick green jungles, pristine white beaches, gurgling waterfalls and a treasure of lakes and coves.

One of the most exciting things to do in Koh Samui for adventure lovers, visiting Angthong Marine National Park offers a wide array of activities like snorkelling, hiking, sea kayaking, diving etc. With a perfectly carved landscape, Angthong Marine National Park should not be missed when you are holidaying in Koh Samui.

Location: 45/1-2 Moo 1, Thongsala Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand

Cost: INR 655/THB 300

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Ang Thong Marine National Park is March to October when the seas are calmer.

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Visit Big Buddha Shrine

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Visit Big Buddha Shrine

Enjoy a surreal visit to the Big Buddha temple when you are in Koh Samui. Also called Wat Phra Yai, this statue was built in 1972 and boasts of being one of the major attractions of Koh Samui. Depicting the time when Buddha was journeying towards the path of enlightenment by successfully overcoming temptations and dangers thrust upon him by the devil figure Mara.

One should visit here to bask in the spectacular surroundings that comprise of beaches and the beautiful island of Koh Pha Ngan.

Location: Bo Put, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand

Cost: Free

Best time to visit: It’s recommended to visit during the time of sunset.

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Wat Plai Laem

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Wat Plai Laem

One of the most fascinating attractions of Koh Samui is Wat Plai Laem where you can see the huge image of Guanyin, the Chinese Goddess of Mercy and Compassion who has 18 arms. The temple is built in Thai-Chinese style and captivates the tourists with its interesting architecture.

The temple offers an interesting insight into beliefs and customs of Thai culture along with helping you appreciate the feeling of tranquillity. Some of the striking features of Wat Plai Laem are a large white laughing Buddha statue, attractively carved teak entry doors, and an ornate ubosot (ceremonial hall) set on an island in the lake.

Location: Wat Plai Laem, Road 4171, Thailand, Thailand

Cost: Free.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

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Scuba Diving

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Scuba Diving
Beautifully manicured, Koh Samui is nothing less than an extravagant Hollywood celebrity which exhibits stunning features! Explore the magnificent island in the Gulf of Island while you dive deep inside the crystal clear azure. Packed with an abundance of diving sites this region possess striking marine ecosystem.

Divers here get the incredible opportunity to see Hawksbill Turtles, Whale Sharks and Green Turtles surrounded with branded sea snakes, reef fish and moray eels.

Location:
For diving, Sail Rock is the prime place with colorful coral gardens. Chumphon is another place, which is recommended for advanced divers.

Cost:
Prices can range anywhere from 5000 to 15000 Baht, depending on diving courses. Certified divers can pay from 4000-6000 Baht for two dives.

Best Time:
The best time for diving is from March to May and then from September to October, which is the peak season.
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Bophut's Fisherman’s Village

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Bophut's Fisherman’s Village

For all the shopping lovers, Bophut’s Fisherman Village is a must visit for the kind of enthralling experience it offers. It is one of the places in Koh Samui where you can find a bustling collection of restaurants, shopping places and great accommodations.

Whether you want to bask in the sun at the beach or indulge in a shopping extravaganza, Bophut’s Fisherman’s village is a nice getaway to enjoy a wide array of activities. With music and entertainment to attract a lot of crowds, this is one of the places which will leave you many beautiful memories of Koh Samui.

Location: 3 Borphud Sub-district Koh Samui District Amphoe Ko Samui, Chang Wat Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

Cost: Free

Best time to visit: Friday night is the best time to go to Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village.

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Namuang Waterfall

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Namuang Waterfall

Witness the breathtaking beauty of Koh Samui by seeing the Namuang Waterfall when you are there on a holiday. It is a set of two cascades and popularly called Purple Falls because of the purple shade it makes when it strikes the rocks. One of the most scenic waterfalls in Koh Samui, this place is a must visit if you are a nature lover and like to enjoy relaxed picnics with your loved ones.

In the midst of lush green surroundings, this place is a perfect getaway if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of life.

Location: Na Mueang, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

Cost: Free

Best time to visit: The best time to go is in the wetter months of September through November.

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Dine at Tree Tops Restaurant in Chaweng

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Dine at Tree Tops Restaurant in Chaweng
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Brace yourself for one of the most outstanding culinary experiences of your life by dining at the Tree Tops Restaurant in Chaweng. It is known to please your taste buds with delightful dishes prepared in French and Mediterranean cuisine. The menu here is brilliantly crafted and promises to offer you a meal that you will cherish forever.

The unique tree house experience is totally worthy of your money where you can wine and dine with your better half to spend some romantic moments on your holiday in Koh Samui.

Location: Amphoe Ko Samui, Chang Wat Surat Thani

Cost: 3-course meal will cost you INR 5240/THB 2400

Best time to visit: The evening at 6 pm is the best time to visit here.

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Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks

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Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks

Marvel at some picturesque sights of nature by visiting the Hin Ta and Hin Yai rocks on your vacation in Koh Samui. These fascinating rock formations depicting the shape of male and female genitals will make you wonder and take your breath away at every sight.

There is also a white sand beach nearby where you can have a refreshing getaway with your friends. The picture-perfect setting of this place is good for photographers who can catch some interesting shots here.

Location: 126/92 Moo 3 Ko Samui District

Cost: Free

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

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Sky Fox Ride

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Sky Fox Ride
Experience the skies with the Sky Fox Ride in Koh Samui. A once in a lifetime opportunity, these unique zip-line cable rides are all about exploring the beautiful Thai island while getting a bird’s eye view of the panorama. Zipline rides here reach a staggering high and you get to taste adventure.

Overhead series of thick cables carry people from one platform to the next. So, you will be zooming along high speed amongst the treetops. Cable and safety equipment are a part of the ride and you can insist on getting full-insurance for this adrenaline rushing adventure.

Location:
Maenam, Bophut, Choeng are popular locations. Other locations include Chaweng and Lamai.

Cost:
For six rides, the prices can be anywhere from 1300-1500 Baht.

Best time:
These rides are a great option all through the year. Morning and noon is the best time.

Difficulty level:
The zip line rides are easy, but can be intimidating. Get the right coaching for an easy ride.
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Drink at Beach Bar Coco Tams

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Drink at Beach Bar Coco Tams

Drink your hearts out at Coco Tams when you are enjoying the bustling nightlife of Koh Samui if you are looking for the most enthralling things to do in Koh Samui. The place offers you beanbags on the beach with cabanas and shisha to make your night memorable and help you relax and unwind.

The rustic beach bar is a must visit for all the party lovers who want to spend one amazing night by the beach and enjoy some classic cocktails to get a little tipsy. The place is busy with crowds on Friday night and offers some classic cocktails like Mai Tai and Dark Passion to tantalize your taste buds.

Location: 62/1 moo 1 Bohput, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

Cost: Drinks will cost INR 500/THB 230

Best time to visit: Anytime

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Visit Koh Tao

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Visit Koh Tao

Grab your scuba diving gear and head to Koh Tao for an amazing experience in Koh Samui. Boasting of perfectly white sand beaches and vibrant coral reefs, Koh Tao will make your day splendid. Moreover, there are many exciting activities to do here which will leave you craving for more.

The place is a paradise for nature lovers and is a great destination for divers, adventurers and travellers alike. It is filled with a picturesque landscape and offers a pleasant visit whether you wish to have an adventurous getaway or want to have a rejuvenating holiday by the beach.

Location: Koh Tao is located on the Western Gulf of Thailand.

Cost: INR 1100/THB 500

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

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Secret Buddha Garden

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Secret Buddha Garden

Tucked away in the beautiful hills of Koh Samui, Secret Buddha Garden is one of the best places to visit in Koh Samui. Also famous as Magic Garden and Heaven’s Garden, this place offers some of the most glorious views of Koh Samui. It is renowned for having a collection of statue and located amidst the breathtaking lush green jungles.

One can look forward to bask in serenity here with the waterfall and streams passing through the jungles and having a wonderful tour of the gardens. The place is full of surprises with the statues having their own different stories to tell.

Location: Na Mueang, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

Cost: INR 175/THB 80

Best time to visit: Anytime

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Attend a Full Moon, Half Moon and Black Moon Party

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Attend a Full Moon, Half Moon and Black Moon Party

If you are party freak, full moon, half moon and black moon party will leave you with your adrenaline rushing. The festival is known for its amazing vibes and organised in the middle of a jungle where you can unleash the party animal inside you. Music lovers here can look forward to a night of thumping beats of their favourite music playing till the sun comes up.

The atmosphere at these parties is very enthralling and a must visit for all the psy-trance lovers to plan a vacation to Koh Samui and enjoy its nightlife.

Location: Koh Phangan

Cost: Starts from INR 1300/THB 600

Best time to visit: The dates differ according to the phases of the moon.


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Have a Lunch at The Jungle Club

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Have a Lunch at The Jungle Club

Enjoy a lip smacking lunch at the Jungle Club when you are in Koh Samui. Set amidst some sweeping views of nature, it is one of the most romantic things to do in Koh Samui with your loved one. The multilevel restaurant offers some interesting dining spaces where you will not only be pleased by the delicious food but also fascinated by the beautiful ambience and the warm hospitality of their amazing staff.

It is a great visit if you are looking to spend some intimate time and escape the hubbub of the nightlife of Thailand.

Location: 44/11 Koh Samui Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

Cost: INR 3800/THB 1740 approx.

Best time to visit: Anytime

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Ladyboy Cabaret Shows

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Ladyboy Cabaret Shows

Enjoy a wonderful night in Koh Samui by seeing the Ladyboy cabaret shows in Koh Samui. One of the major attractions of Thai society which is quite open to the third sex , this activity will let you enjoy an evening full of entertainment. These performances are brilliantly choreographed on popular songs and put up with amazing costumes and make up for the audience.

The shows are full of glitter and glamour and is sure to light up your day with these spectacular performances which put up a mix of good humour, Thai culture and Western pop culture.

Location: Paris Follies Cabaret, Starz Cabaret Samui, Cabaret Lamai Beach, etc.

Cost: Starts from INR 850/THB 390

Best time to visit: Throughout the year 

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Other Things to Do in Koh Samui

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Mummy Monk at Wat Khunaram

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Mummy Monk at Wat Khunaram

If you are interested in unusual things to do in Koh Samui, visiting Mummy Monk at Wat Khunaram should definitely be on your list. If offers a stunning glimpse of Buddhist and Thai culture where you can see on display the dead body of monk Luong Pordaeng.

Kept in a glass casket, the sight of the mummified body maybe a disturbing sight for many, however, it is a great way to appreciate the culture of Koh Samui.

Location:
Wat Khunaram is located West of Hua Thanon and South West of Lamai beach.

Cost:
Free

Best time to visit:
The daytime is best for visiting the temple.

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Chaweng Walking Street

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Chaweng Walking Street

Head to Chaweng Walking Street to enjoy a nice getaway haggling for various items and emptying your pockets with a delightful shopping spree. Not only the place is a respite for shopaholics but it is also a wonderful retreat to enjoy yourself by eating street food, enjoying quiet strolls and interacting with the lovely locals.

It is a nice experience to wander around the strolls and just soak in the lively atmosphere of the local market for which Thailand is famous for.

Location: Bo Put, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani

Cost: Free

Best time to visit: The food court is opened daily from 5 pm - 10 pm; the shopping stalls are closed on Fridays and Sundays

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Join a Thai Cooking Class

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Join a Thai Cooking Class

Get hands on with your love for food by joining a cooking class in Koh Samui. One of the must-do things to do in Koh Samui, this activity is something that will give you immense satisfaction and also help you to show off your culinary skills back home. Here you can learn to cook some of the most interesting dishes like tom yam, somtam (green papaya salad), phad thai, clear soup, stir fries, curries, spring rolls, coconut-based dishes and spicy salads.

Along with cooking the Thai specialities, one gets to explore the local market and buy fresh ingredients and herbs and know more about their nutritional benefits.

Location: Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts, Pai Cookery Class, Sonja's Thai cooking class etc.

Cost: Starts from INR 3900/THB 1800

Best time to visit: Anytime

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Snorkeling

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Snorkeling
Looking for an extraordinary destination for snorkeling? Mark your footprints at the Turtle Island which serves as the hub for the adventure. With this activity, you can take a sneak peek at the underwater world and its charisma. Owning an exotic marine life this place is just perfect for explorers.

A number of full and half day tours are organized in the place, offering intoxicating above-below waves’ experiences that leave an indelible imprint on the mind and soul! Depending on the provider, these snorkeling tours can include kayaks and marine park admission fees, resort transfers, food, towels, personal tour guides, and boat equipment.

Locations:
The best places for snorkeling are in Coral Cove, Choeng Mon, Silver Beach, Taling Ngam, Ao Phang Ka. Also, you can head to some nearby areas like Koh Tao, Koh Nang Yuan, The Angthong National Marine Park, and Koh Pha Ngan to snorkel.

Costs:
Snorkeling costs are anywhere from 2000-4000 Baht depending on the provider.

Best Time:
March, April, and May are the best times for exploring Koh Samui and nearby areas through snorkeling.

Difficul
ty level: Snorkeling is easy after prior briefing by expert and tour guidance by a professional.
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Paragliding

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Paragliding
Strap yourself to a parachute, jump and get ready to fly the winds with paragliding. This adventurous activity is getting immensely popular in Koh Samui as it allows gliding past the air and one can take the birds eye view of the place.

When you decide to go for paragliding, ensure your safety. Choose a fully licensed and insured water sports company that can actually fuel your adventures.

Location: Paragliding is recommended on the South East of the island of Koh Samui. However, if you are getting expert support and training, you can choose other regions as well.

Cost: Average costs for paragliding are 3000-5000 Baht depending on which company you choose for the services.

Best time: The adrenaline fueling activity can be enjoyed all through the year.

Difficulty level: Although paragliding can be scary for some people, it is actually quite easy if you understand the instructor’s guidelines.
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Elephant Trekking

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Elephant Trekking
Ever imagined trekking on an elephant back? Here you can experience this unusual adventure, where you can explore the bewildering jungles of the region while you trek. The mighty elephant symbolizes strength and royalty of Thailand. There couldn’t be anything better than experiencing the verdant lushness on the big back of elephants!

Location:
Namuang Safari Park provides elephant trekking of jungle trips. Elephants pass exotic fauna and flora and stop along refreshing waterfalls along the way, including the island's most famous waterfall, Namuang 1, where you can dismount and take a refreshing dip.

Costs:
You can take a ride for half an hour or one hour and you’ll be charged accordingly. The price for a ½ hour is 600 Baht for adults and 300 Baht for children and the price for 1 hour is 1300 and 800 Baht for adults and children respectively.

Best Time:
You can enjoy elephant trekking all year round.

Difficulty Level:
It is easy so anyone who loves these friendly creatures must definitely go for it.

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Sea Walking

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Sea Walking
An exciting yet unforgettable experience that’s perhaps unique to Koh Samui. Heard about Sea walking? This is an innovative activity that allows you to explore tropical paradise in the Gulf of Thailand. These mesmerizing walks don’t require any diving lessons and the idea simply requires you to wear brass diving helmets.

Sea walking is an excellent way to explore the tropics, or it can even pave way for your first scuba diving lesson and the best part is the package usually involves guide so that you are absolutely safe.

Location: Koh Tan, Koh Nang Yuan and Koh Tao are the best destinations for sea walking in Koh Samui. It is the latest underwater fun that doesn’t require certification to dive.

Cost: Costs start from 1500 Baht an hour.

Best time: Sea walking is one of those activities that can be enjoyed all around the year.

Difficulty level: Easy. Sea walking was introduced as a sea exploration alternative for diving, which is difficult.

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Go for Island Hopping

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Go for Island Hopping

Indulge in island hopping when you are in Koh Samui to have one of the greatest vacations of your life. Listed among the most recommended things to do in Koh Samui, island hopping in Koh Samui will give you a chance to explore the different vistas of nature, different cultures of the islands in Thailand.

These islands can be visited by a speedboat and let you soak in a range of experience on your short stay in Thailand. Whether you are just interested in sightseeing or want to have a fun day out with adventure activities, island hopping is something that you should really not miss on your holiday.

Location: Koh Wua Talap, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Koh Mae Koh and Koh Taen.

Cost: Speedboat cost varies from island to island

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

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Windsurfing

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Windsurfing
One of the reasons why Koh Samui is so popular among millions is because of the fact that this destination is one amongst many places in Thailand that offers plenty of opportunities for rejuvenation, especially for activities like windsurfing.

Since Koh Samui is a growing destination for scuba diving, the waters here are warm, crisp and clear, making them perfect for windsurfing. All you have to do is get a sailboard and ride on the waters of Thailand!

Location: The beaches on the East Coast are perfect for this purpose, particularly in places like Chaweng and Lamai. Apart from these places, you can enjoy at Bophut and Maenam.

Cost: The courses normally start at 1800 Baht for 1 hour and 5000 Baht for 5 hours, per person. Prices for advanced courses may be slightly higher.

Best time: Best time for windsurfing is from November to May.

Difficulty level: Difficulty level is medium, but you may need to take beginner’s classes to get a hold on the activity.

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Kite Boarding

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Kite Boarding
Famed for its beautifully arched coconut groves and scenic wonders, Koh Samui is a frequented destination. At this place, you can enjoy kiteboarding or kitesurfing, which is a form of surface waterboarding that has elements of surfing, paragliding and snowboarding all in one. With this activity, you can feel the fresh cool breeze tingle all over your face and ice-cold water splashes are a plus to this adventure!

To be more specific in this activity you ride a small surfboard that is propelled by the water using a large kite. Now, that’s the kite you are going to be harnessed with. Sounds interesting? Well, it is a whole lot more amusing than it sounds!

Location:
The best locations for Koh Samui includes Maenan, Bophut and others. If confused, consult an instructor to help you with the best kiteboarding spots. You want places that have the right kind of wind.

Cost: Renting equipment for kiteboarding can cost you anywhere from 4,000 Baht to 12,000 Baht a day, depending on what you want. Board and harness rentals are cheaper.

Best time: The best time for kiteboarding is from November to February when the winds are just right for the adrenaline rushing experience.

Difficulty level: It could be difficult for individuals who have never tried the sports before. You may need to take assistant courses to be better at the activity.

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Parasailing

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Parasailing
Glide through the air and experience the incredible nature! Be like a bird with parasailing opportunities in Koh Samui. Parasailing is a remarkable activity in Thailand, particularly in Koh Samui, where people opt for water sports because it’s exhilarating and adrenaline pumping.
 
Are you a little-scared jumping off the plane? Then, try out this enthralling experience where you can fly along with two three members.

Location: The beaches in Koh Samui are excellent for parasailing, particularly places like Bophut Beach, Lamai Beach and Maenam Beach.

Cost: The average costs 200-2000 Baht a person.

Best time: November to February is the best time to enjoy parasailing. But don’t worry if you are here during some other month. You can easily enjoy parasailing during the off-season.

Difficulty level: Easy, especially when individuals are accompanied by a safety crew member.
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Kayaking

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Kayaking
Explore the wonders of Sea with a Kayak!  With this activity, one can experience the perfect blend of tropical beauty and marine life. Here you can find a huge range of options for those who like to keep it wet, rather Samui is emerging as the Mecca of aqua sports. While you enjoy Kayaking you can witness the warm seas surrounding Koh Samui and they allure the visitors who love to enwrap themselves in the gentle lap of sea life.

Location:
Coral Island, as well as the Ang Thong National Park, is the place to go as these sites have warm and clear water, overhanging cliffs and caves which are just perfect for sea walking.  

Costs:
Prices are variable, but be prepared to pay, somewhere around 2000 Baht for adults and 1300 Baht for children.

Best Time:
The suitable time for kayaking is from late December to September. The Ang Thong National Park remains closed every year during November and early December.

Difficulty 
Level: Kayaking is easy but be careful and listen to the expert during the introductory sessions.
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Attend a Crocodile Show

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Attend a Crocodile Show

If you are an adrenaline junkie, attending a crocodile show will help you have one of the best days in Koh Samui. One can witness a number of exciting animals here like Siamese crocodiles, caimans, saltwater crocodiles, snakes, lizards, monkeys and more.

It offers a fun experience for everyone to see the people risking their lives by doing different things like petting the crocodiles and inserting their heads in the crocodile’s mouth. The crocodile show is full of thrill and excitement and lets you take back home some of the most unique memories of your vacation in Koh Samui.

Location: Lamai crocodile live show, Samui crocodile farm etc

Cost: Starts from INR 1300/THB 600

Best time to visit: Currently Samui Crocodile Farm has a crocodile show three times daily: 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00. 

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Jet Skiing

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Jet Skiing
Extensively beautiful, Koh Samui paves an excellent pathway for jet skiing. The place has been in the tourism business longer than any other Thai Island, which is why jet-skiing tours, classes and activities are well-developing. The glossy island is perfect for enjoying jet ski for a real sea adventure.

Usually, the safaris are for 3 hours, you get to fly over the sea and the horizon while enjoying the beauty of small virgin islands located nearby. You can also stop at virgin beaches for snorkeling and other water-related activities.

Location:
The jet skiing tours begin from any Koh Samui beach and take you to Koh Tan, Koh Mudsum and the Five Islands. Grandmother and grandfather rocks may also be seen during the tour.

Cost: The price is 8000-10000 Baht for two people, including snorkeling equipment and drinks.

Best time:
From April to September.

Difficulty level:
Easy with the right jet-skiing equipment and a good trainer.
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Golfing

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Golfing
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Are you a golf lover? Then this places is a true paradise as it owns an exclusive array of golf courses ranging from single to six-course courts. Live a luxurious life and enjoy a memorable vacation with golfing in Koh Samui.

The golf courses have 9 hole courses where anyone, from a novice to an expert can enjoy playing the sport. Also, there are 4 wheel drive vehicles which are introduced for safety purpose. Golf courses, located at the furthest point of the mountain are the best as they provide bird’s eye view while you enjoy the game.

Location:
Throughout Koh Samui.

Cost:
In country clubs, prices can vary anywhere from 2100 - 5600 Baht per person. These prices may be discounted or include several benefits.

Best Time:
Throughout the year.

Difficul
ty: Medium difficulty. In case you don’t know golf, consider taking training classes for practice.
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Camping

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Camping
With umpteen number of tourists around the year, Koh Samui has marked its place in the backpacker’s loved destination. This place is truly simple, beautiful and incredibly attractive moreover one can also enjoy camping and hiking in Samui. Earlier, the activities were slightly restricted, but you can now experience camping at the grounds of some of the most remarkable hillocks of Samui.

Campers can be a part of a trek that usually lasts for a maximum of four hours. Right after the trek, campers and the guide can set up camps and enjoy the bird’s eye view of nature.

Location: Hin Lad Waterfall, areas near Lipa Noi Viewpoint, Magic Garden and Maenam Viewpoint are the best places to enjoy camping at Koh Samui.

Cost: Costs vary. Average camping costs are about 4000 Baht per person. This includes food and trek charges as well.

Best time: While you can enjoy camping all through the year, the best times are from April to September.

Difficulty level: Very Easy.
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Mountain Biking

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Mountain Biking
Explore Thailand in ways you wouldn’t have imagined! Experience the stunning panoramas of Koh Samui with mountain biking tours. Ranked as one of the best activities, mountain biking is all about jungles, beaches, small villages and farms.

The ride distance can be anywhere between 20 to 70 km depending on the difficulty levels, though the entire island is approximately 90km. Tours are often organized at off-beaten tracks to facilitate closer interaction with nature and to add a tinge of the thrill to the activity.

Location: For variable terrain, opt for Maenam Valley area. If you are interested in explored steep hills, choose Chaweng and Lamai region. For real testing and professional action, go towards the south of Nathon.

Cost: Half-day tours cost approximately 2,000 Baht. Full day tours can cost 5000 Baht while custom made tours are more expensive.

Best time: April to September is the best time. But you can do it all around the year.

Difficulty level: Easy. Choose rugged terrains only if you have previous biking experience.

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Canoeing

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Canoeing
When you first fly to Koh Samui, you will notice a cluster of islands, but the place goes beyond that. With breathtakingly beautiful landscapes and the crystal blue waters, you will fall in love with the place. What can be better than exploring those waters with Sea Canoe activities, which will make your trip more rewarding? 

Hop on a fully equipped boat and travel along the coastlines of Koh Mae Koh, the most popular canoeing destination. During canoeing, you will also get to witness the foliage jungles of the place while experiencing dolphins, occasional sea turtles and other aquatic animals.

Location: The tour is generally led towards the Ang Thong National Marine Park. You may also get to visit Koh Wao or Tai Plao during the tour.

Cost: Costs per day may range from 1300-2500 Baht per person, depending on the boat chosen and the number of people in a single canoeing trip.

Best time: The best time is from December to March and May to July.

Difficulty level: Medium difficulty, requires an instructor.
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Stand Up Paddling

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Stand Up Paddling
Stand up paddling is the latest water sports to hit the Samui’s shores. Koh Samui, one of the most striking islands in Thailand is a perfect place to learn and enjoy Stand up paddling. Though it is different from surfing, as it doesn’t require waves and therefore, it is not at all risky.

All you have to do is be a beach bum! It basically involves oversized surfboards where you stand and paddle. They are pretty stable as you don’t have to deal with the larger waves. As you learn, you can move onto smaller and faster boards. Plus, some of them have clip-in sail features for versatility.

Location:
Ban Tai, Big Buddha Beach, Taling Ngam Beach and Lamai Beach are excellent for stand up paddling.

Cost:
The rental prices for Stand up paddling is about 200 Baht an hour and 4,500 Baht a week.

Best time:
The increasingly popular sport can be enjoyed early in the morning any time of the year.

Difficulty level:
Easy to learn with a trainer. Learning on smaller boards could be difficult.
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Go Karting

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Go Karting
If you want the adrenaline rush and wish to socialize near the glittering waters of Koh Samui, then Go Karting is the activity you have to try! The tracks for go-karting here are usually 500 meters or more and you get to experience different categories for go-karting.

Those with a bit of practice can enjoy pro-kart riding 13HP, four-stroke engines that will reach speeds of over 70 km an hour. Otherwise, there are options like kids’ karts available. These karts are automatic, so no worries about your safety.

Location:
Bophut is an excellent place to enjoy go-karting experiences.

Cost: When it comes to going karting, you may have to open your wallets wide, because the activity can be expensive. Pro-karting can cost you up to 800 Baht for 10 minutes. Kids’ rides are cheaper.

Best time:  Throughout the year.

Difficulty level: Low, if you opt for a beginner’s course. Choose pro-courses if you are well versed with go-karting.

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ATV Ride

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ATV Ride
Get ready for ATV Koh Samui adventure. The incredible sceneries of the place, the stunning natural beauty and the overall rugged terrain make the Gulf of Thailand exceptionally good for All-Terrain Vehicles. You can get American built Polaris for rides and you can have some rugged machines for a lean, mean ride!

If you love quad bikes and the rush of adrenaline, then these rides are right for you! ATV adventure in Samui is unparalleled, especially if you want to explore invigorating hilly terrain and foliage-filled jungles around the place.

Location:
One can enjoy this activity at Maenam and Bophut in the morning, or at Taling Ngam and Lamai in the afternoon/evening.

Cost: Prices depending upon the bike, price ranges from 1000-8200 baht per person for an hour. This includes protective gear for riding, raincoat on a rainy day, fruits and insurance.

Best time: All around the year.

Difficulty level: Easy if you know how to drive.

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Sailing

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Sailing
The glittery yet glamorous island, Koh Samui in Thailand serves as a one-stop destination for sailing. One can easily rent catamarans, luxury boats, sailing yachts and speedboats to experience sailing. For better experiences, one can also opt for a customized fleet with an efficient crew that can offer you tailor-made sailing experiences.

These luxurious crafts will give you once in a lifetime opportunity to relish the splendours of clear blue waters while you enjoy exploring white sandy beaches and stunning sceneries.

Location:
Samui Archipelago is one of the best locations to explore the exotic islands while sailing in Koh Samui. The Gulf of Thailand has several other idyllic islands such as Koh Tao and Koh Phangan where one can sail.

Cost:
Depending on the number of people, the sailing boat and other factors, prices per person varies from 2,500 Baht to 3,500 Baht.

Best time:
December to April is the best time.

Difficulty level:
Very easy.
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Deep Sea Fishing

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Deep Sea Fishing
If you are an adventurous person who likes sunrise, the sea and thrill of fishing, then deep sea fishing is an activity just right for you! You can opt for morning or night fishing experiences where you can even have a bit of snorkeling fun!

Packages usually include a tour guide, as well as equipment for fishing, a boat, transfers, baits, refreshments and a whole lot more. You can experience deep sea fishing games with your friends and family or enjoy socializing with other deep-sea fishers out there.

Location: Deep sea fish areas are most popular near the Ang Thong Marine Park.

Cost: Per person costs are usually1500-3000 Baht on an average. Night time deep sea fishing trips may be more expensive.

Best time: The activity can be enjoyed throughout the year.

Difficulty level: Difficulty levels are easy. But any prior experience in fishing can be of great help.
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Samui Butterfly Garden

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Samui Butterfly Garden

Be ready to be splashed with myriad colors of nature when you visit the Samui Butterfly Garden in Koh Samui. The place is replete with hundreds of butterflies and a must visit for all the nature lovers. It boasts of a gorgeously landscaped garden and filled with hundreds of flowers to revive your senses.

One of the interesting things about this place is that it features a bee house in the garden centre. Some of the interesting activities which you can try here are swimming, glass bottom rides and viewing the beautiful coral reefs.

Location: On Natien Beach opposite Centara Villas Samui (Formerly Central Samui Village), south of the island.

Cost: INR 655/THB 300

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

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  1. What are the Koh Samui Thailand things to do for kids?

    1. Try your hand at Zip Lining: Located by the scenic Secret Falls in Koh Samui, Canopy Adventures offers unique ziplining adventures tailored especially for children. This delightful adventure sport is completely guided and offers some of the most scenic sights.
    2. Visit the Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo: A fun, interactive aquarium and zoo, Samui’s Aquarium and Tiger Zoo offers a walk-through Aquarium, along with animal shows such as those with tigers, otters, sea lions, and exotic birds.
    3. Go Karting: Bophut in Koh Samui offers some of the most amazing Go Karting tracks in Thailand. Carts and tracks designed especially for children are also available.
    4. Samui Butterfly Garden: Housing hundreds of butterflies, the Butterfly Garden in Koh Samui is a colorful paradise. The Garden also features a bee house and offers a number of activities such as swimming, glass-bottom rides, and more.
  2. What are the best Koh Samui Thailand things to do with family?

    1. Visit Big Buddha Shrine: This is one of the popular spots in Koh Samui and features a huge statue of Buddha. You can take some great pictures here with your family, basking in the magnificent surroundings comprising of beaches.
    2. Enjoy dinner at the Tree Tops Restaurant: This place offers a unique culinary experience for you and your family. Featuring the delicious Mediterranean and French cuisine, the Tree Tops restaurant is totally worth visiting.
    3. Visiting Secret Buddha Garden: Situated in the Koh Samui hills, the Buddha Garden is one of the popular tourist destinations here. It is known for its collection of Buddha statues and the beautiful jungle streams and waterfalls.
    4. Elephant Trekking: You can enjoy an elephant ride through the jungle with your family at the Namuang Safari Park. Enjoy the pristine waterfalls and the surrounding flora and fauna during this safari. You can also take a dip at the famous Namuang waterfall.
  3. What are the romantic things to do in Koh Samui?

    1. Dining at Panali Restaurant: At this restaurant, you can enjoy a perfect meal with your partner, away from the crowd, while being surrounded by lush greenery and the beautiful landscape. You can taste continental, Thai, and Italian cuisine while listening to the sound of the waves.
    2. Explore the Bophut Fisherman’s Village: If you like the old-world village charm, then you should visit the Fisherman's Village at Bophut with your partner. You can buy some great souvenirs from the stalls.
    3. Touring the Ang Thong Marine Park: This is a great place to explore on a romantic boat ride with your partner. The islands feature beautiful sand beaches, jungles, rainforest, and limestone mountains. 
    4. Snorkeling: Turtle Island is famous for its snorkeling activities where you can take a look at the beautiful underwater world. Some of the snorkeling tour providers offer you towels, food, boat equipment, tour guides, and kayaks.

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