Koh Samui offers a lush landscape of beautiful beaches full of palm trees and mountainous rain forests. The island is located in the Gulf of Thailand, off the east coast of Kra Isthmus. Visitors can get a beachside cottage among the coconut trees or rent one of the most luxurious resorts they can find. There is also a plethora of fun activities to do.
Wondering how many days to spend in Koh Samui? A three-day trip would allow you to take in a lot of the sites and not break the bank. Of course, if your work and budget allow, you can spend all the time you want here. This guide will help you make the most of a shorter trip.
You definitely want to make the most of all the activities to do in Koh Samui. Spend your first day taking in some of the most notable attractions.
- Visit Big Buddha. The majestic gold statue stands nearly 40 feet tall and is easily one of the most popular attractions in Thailand. Visitors can stay as long as they like – whether they choose to stay and reflect or just snap a photo. Keep in mind, this is a religious site. Make sure you follow the clothing guidelines to be as respectful as possible. Also, it’s advised to not go too close to noon as the stairs get very hot. Visitors say the sunsets there are magical.
- Explore Bophut Fisherman’s Village. The village boasts beautiful architecture with a Mediterranean feel. There are plenty of unique shops to check out and a lot of dining options for dinner. The menu offers a variety of seafood delicacies with a fusion of Asian and European flavors, all served in a contemporary atmosphere on the shore. After dinner, be sure to check out the bustling and eclectic nightlife throughout the Village.
Now that you’re settled into your hotel, day two is a great day to check out the options for brunch in Koh Samui and do more exploring.
- Have a Delicious Brunch. The Ocean Club at Beach Republic is known as the ultimate brunch venue. The menu includes oysters, salmon, Maine lobster, sea bass, sushi, and much more. There’s a great pool for the perfect pool party afterward.
- Take a Tour by Boat. Get a unique view of the area, from out in the ocean. Angthong National Marine Park is a popular destination. The park covers 42 islands, full of forestry and limestone mountains. It is only accessible by a boat tour. This can be a complete day outing if you prefer. You can even stay overnight and camp on the islands.
- Dinner with The Romantic View. Want to head back instead for another delectable meal? At Treetops Sky Dining and Bar, the romantic atmosphere offers an intimate setting with breathtaking views from up in the trees. Guests can enjoy a glass of wine with their choice of a five-course meal including beef short ribs, duck breast, salmon, lobster, and more.
Even in your third day, there still isn’t a shortage of things to do and see in Koh Samui.
- Enjoy the Outdoors. Scuba diving in Koh Tao is a popular choice. The island is full of beautiful beaches and bays, with plenty of unique marine life and plants. There are so many popular dive sites to choose from. Visitors also like to check out the Na Muang Waterfalls. The two waterfalls are found inland, southeast of Nathon Bay. They cascade over purple rock, aptly making them also known as the Purple Waterfalls. The waterfalls are a popular destination for many tours of Koh Samui if you’d like more history of the area and to explore its surroundings.
- Relax at a Spa. Ready to unwind? There are many choices of spas ready for you with varieties of treatments include a steam and scrub, Thai yoga massages, classic oil massages, hot and cold stone massages, and much more. It’s another perfect way to unwind after a busy couple of days.
- Party on the Beach. Finish off your trip by enjoying the exciting nightlife Koh Samui has to offer. There are sunset clubs, beach clubs, world-famous transgender cabaret shows, disco clubs, and much more. Visitors can also enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many gourmet restaurants, followed by a drink under a coconut tree by the water.
Koh Samui offers a plethora of fun activities and delicious meals, all wrapped up in beautiful surroundings. It’s definitely a trip you’ll enjoy, and one you won’t be able to wait to make again.
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