Activities in Paradise: Things to Do in Koh Samui

Koh Samui is a jewel in the Andaman Sea’s crown. It’s full of beautiful beaches, amazing resorts and endless fun. So, what are some of the things to do in Koh Samui when you visit?

The beaches are beautiful, sure. Your hostel or hotel is going be a great laugh. Sunbathing is always a great way to relax. But there’s so much more that this island and the surrounding area has to offer.

Khun Si Waterfall

We’ve all seen the pictures of people swimming in natural rock pools, hair flicking and diving into the tumultuous waters. Now it’s your turn! Khun Si is a relatively small waterfall but has formed a natural bathing pool and is an amazing way to refresh in the Thai heat.

This is one of the lesser known of Koh Samui’s waterfalls and that’s partly because it’s a little more difficult to get to than the others but that just makes it all the more serene. Be sure to wear more than the usual flip flops. The trail can get a little rugged in parts and is around 500 m long.

guide to the best beaches in koh samui

Muay Thai Boxing

Thailand’s number one sport. A cross between various different fighting styles, Muay Thai is big business in Thailand. Everyone has a favorite fighter and the crowds are large. On Koh Samui the best stadium is Chaweng with fights starting around 9pm. This isn’t for the faint-hearted, it’s for real and up-close brutal fighting.

Muay Thai Boxing on Koh Samui

Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts

Cookery classes are a great way to spend the day or part of a day. You’ll learn a series of dishes and take the recipes home so you can enjoy Thai cuisine at your leisure. The Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts offers a wide variety of classes, some of which might include trips to a local market to gather ingredients. Green curry is a popular dish which you can choose to learn alongside some lesser known classics.

Fisherman’s Village Walking Street

Thailand is famous for its walking streets and night markets. The Fisherman’s village in Bophut is a great example of a market held every Friday evening. It’s a busy street, packed full of local stalls and lots of food and drink options. Sip on a freshly made cocktail whilst listening to some live music. If you’re in the market for souvenir purchasing then you can always flex your haggling muscles. Most vendors are open to negotiation.

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Choeng Men Beach

Ok, we did say that Samui isn’t all about the beaches but this one deserves a special mention. Far away from the resort crowd, Choeng Men is situated up on the island’s north east coast. Perfect for a day trip there are a few great places to eat, drink and relax. There are some great snorkeling opportunities around the boulders at one end of the beach and around the small island just off land at the other.

palm trees on the beaches in koh samui, thailand

Looking for more things to do in Koh Samui?

Exploring the island is an absolute must. This list is by no means a complete list of what you can do on Samui. There are hundreds of ideas and options out there. Regardless of what you choose to do we have absolutely no doubt that you’ll love your time on Koh Samui.