Koh Samui has a lot of activities that you can do in Thailand. It’s definitely a lot more family friendly compared to Phuket. It’s quiet, close to markets and access many beaches.
Koh Samui was once a Thai fishing community, and that charming sensibility is still present today. Spending time in Bophut is a wonderful way to soak up local culture; the beachy village restaurants and pubs are perfect spots to experience the sunset. There aren’t many other places where you can bask in the camp of a cabaret show and the solemnity of a Buddhist temple. As far as the latter goes, Wat Plai Laem is a magnificent vision of gilded red rooftops and a massive spindly-armed statue of Guanyin.
Here are some things you can do while visiting Ko Samui,
- Muay Thai Fight
- Jungle Tour & ATV’ing
- Na Muang Safari Park
Na Mueang-1/2 Waterfall
If you plan on doing this activity I recommend wearing hiking shoes and not sandals. If you don’t have any of these items or something similar for your adventures you may want to take a look.
- Camelbak 50 ounce
- 20,000 maH Mophie Battery Bank
- Keen’s Hiking Shoes
- Survival Compass
- Cell phone waterproof case
- Osprey Travel Backpack
Plan your day
- Rent a motobike and start early – $6.00 per day.
- It is very difficult to get a taxi on the street. If you must, ask the hotel front desk to plan your transportation and/or trip to include the waterfalls and Safari Park.
- Bring water
- Bring a camera
- Bring a backpack with snacks and food
- Arrange with the hotel to have a shuttle drop you off and pick you up for the Muay Thai match (there is also a night market with a cafeteria style food options. You should eat dinner here or plan to explore close the the Thai Fight match).
- Do not support the riding or leashing of elephants
- The Safari Park is close to the Waterfalls – a short 1-2 mile walk or have your shuttle wait for you. That’s why I recommend renting a motorbike if you’re able to ride.
- At the Safari Park there are different packages, we went with the highest one which included elephant riding (I know, I wouldn’t support now), ATV’ing (this was the best part) and kayaking + lunch included all for $50/person.
The hotel we stayed at was pretty good for $50/person per night. There’s also a motorbike rental shop next door. But the hotel can arrange transportation wherever you need to go. The resort had easy access to the beach and good food at the bar at the pool.
It will take more than 30 minutes to get to the Muay Thai fight by shuttle, so plan accordingly.
Muay Thai Fight
Overall, the experience at Koh Samui was very enjoyable. Arriving from Bangkok, this place was a great start to the islands. Thailand is a very casual and beautiful place to vacation. I enjoyed walking the market waiting for the Muay Thai fight to begin. Lamai is also another area you can explore with a vibrant beach downtown lifestyle. There are also other activities and places I could’ve explore around the island. Motorbiking is the best and fastest way around Koh Samui and I’d love to do it again.