Koh Samui is one of the most popular islands in Thailand. But what’s beyond the beaches if you want to explore?

Here are a few of our must-see sights and experiences.

Plan a romantic dinner on the beach

Rocky’s Boutique Resort is one of the most romantic stays on Koh Samui – and the Private Dinner on the Beach is perfection. The table is surrounded by lanterns, both nestled into the sand and hanging from the treetops above. Dine on delicious Thai dishes and sweet dessert, served with chilled glasses of sparkling wine for an evening to remember.

Big Buddha Temple

Wat Phra Yai, also known as Big Buddha Temple, is known for its towering Buddha statue, a golden vision glistening under a cloudless blue sky. It sits on a rocky island, reached by a causeway, and you can climb the staircase with its undulating dragon design to its base, gazing up at the cross-legged statue. If you’re staying in a nearby hotel such as SALA Samui Choengmon Beach Resort, see it at night all lit up for a different perspective.

Big Buddha Temple

Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park

Hop in a boat and travel around 12 miles west of Koh Samui to Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park. You’ll find 42 limestone islands, home to white sand beaches, caves with stalagmites and stalactites; and a lagoon inside a mountain, surrounded by forest. Diving and snorkelling are incredible along the coral reefs, so get out and explore. Many of the hotels we offer plan day trips here, including Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort.

Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park

Take in the craziness of Chaweng

Some Thai beach resorts are full-on for all the senses – and Chaweng is one of them. You’ll find live pop-up bands, market stalls, bars, shops, Muay Thai boxing matches, galleries, tailors and massage shops. It’s a crowded, loud slice of Samui that needs to be experienced – but best paired with a stay at a quiet hotel outside of the town.

Take a Thai cooking class

Tongsai Bay hosts one of our favourite cooking classes, taught by one of the hotel’s senior chefs. You get to visit the resort’s organic garden, walk with the chefs as they explain the different uses of fruits, herbs and spices; and help you pick fresh produce for your class. Learn how to make your own curry paste from scratch; and cook an incredible four-course meal, balancing the four areas of spice, salt, sour and sweet tastes. You’ll then get to enjoy it!

Thai Cooking Class

Spend Friday night at the market

At the heart of Bo Phut, you’ll find the chilled-out centre known as Fisherman’s Village. The vibe is relaxed here, with lots of restaurants and cool beach bars perfect for an evening under the stars. Visit on a Friday night and the main street will be lined with market stalls selling local trinkets, souvenirs and street food. A more sedate alternative to Lamai and Chaweng, this is a great area for families and perfectly paired with the family rooms at Bandara Resort & Spa.

Dine in the tree tops

Anantara Lawana’s Tree Tops Sky Dining has eight private salas in the canopy of the 120-year-old trees. There are award-winning European and Asian flavours on the menu and a team led by a Michelin-trained chef. Opt for the wine and food pairing menu for 10 courses – the food is exceptional.

Anantara Lawana Tree Tops Sky Dining

Namuang Waterfall

A hidden gem in Koh Samui – and free to see – Namuang Waterfall is a gentle walk through the forest, past little stalls selling trinkets and sizzling corn on the cob, to the first of the two waterfalls, an 18-metre-high cascade of water tumbling over the rocks. The second is a half an hour hike away, where you’ll be greeted with an 80-metre-high fall.

Namuang Waterfall

Learn Thai dancing

Stay at Cape Fahn and you can experience the grace and beauty of Thai dancing (ram Thai) by booking a private class, complete with traditional Thai dress.

Thai dancing


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