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Top 10 Things to do in Koh Samui, Thailand


Koh Samui is the second largest island in Thailand (largest is Phuket).  It is stuffed with hidden treasures like paradise beach resorts, cool nightlife, posh spas, laid back culture, and extremely cheap cost of living. No wonder why there’s a lot of backpackers staying there for a month or two. The easiest way to get there is to fly from Bangkok or ride a bus from Phuket to Surat Thani then take a ferry in.

Here are my top 10 list of things to explore while in Koh Samui:

  1. Muay Thai

    Jun muay thai Koh SamuiI enrolled in Jun Muay Thai  when I was there not because it’s near our place but because it’s where the best fighters in Thailand train. The coaches there are pretty strict. When they see me resting or trying to catch my breath, they would say, “No pain, no Muay Thai”. So I have no choice but to act as if I’m punching or kicking the bag. I enjoyed it and I miss it so much!

  2. Lady Boys Cabaret Show

    comedy bar I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but once in your life, try to do something you’ve never experience before. I had a blast watching them because they are funny and entertaining. It’s not like a comedy bar where they would make fun of you. All you gotta do is sit there and relax to be entertained by a Beyonce-look-alike doll.

  3. Buddhist Temples

    ko samui tourist spotsI’m not very religious but I like Buddhism quotes I read on Pinterest. The first famous temple in Koh Samui is called Big Buddha, locals call it “Wat Phra Yai”. It was built in 1972 and it’s 12 meter tall. Second famous temple is “Wat Plai Laem”, it was newly built and it has 18 arms like an octopus. Third but not the least, “Wat Khunaram” it’s famous coz of the mummified monk with sun glasses.

  4. Night Markets

    samui night marketIf you like stuff that was manufactured in Thailand, night market is the place where you can buy it cheaply. In other countries they sell boxing gloves for like 100-150USD. In Thailand, you can buy it for only 40-50USD. Aside from MMA stuff, you can buy souvenirs, clothes, and delicious Thai street food.

  5. Namuang Water Fall

    Namuang Water Fall 2You can find 2 water falls in Namuang where you can hike and go for a swim. They call it Namuang 1 and Namuang 2. It has massive purple rocks and roots that form like a natural staircase going to the fresh natural pool.

  6. Hin Yai and Hin Ta

    grandma and grandpa rocks


    Mother nature has humour coz these rock formation look a lot like female and male genitalia. The meaning of Hin Yai and Hin Ta are “grandmother and grandfather rocks”. According to folklore there’s this grandma and grandpa who were desperate to get a wife for their son. One day they sailed to the nearby island then a big storm hit their boat and they turned into rocks. That is so funny, I don’t know why they turned up looking like genitals instead of other wholesome shapes in the world. So funny! 🙂

  7. Amazing Viewpoints

    samui viewpoint

    source: flickr

    Samui and Lamai viewpoints are one of the best picturesque viewpoints on the island. The coastline is rocky and the water is clear blue. I wish I brought my DSLR with me coz my picture is not enough to describe the soft white sand and the lush green mountains.

  8. Thai Massage

    lamai thai massage

    source: tripadvisor

    It’s so cheap and you can get it every day if you want. There’s plenty of massage parlours in Chaweng or Lamai market for only 200Baht per hour. But if you want to pamper yourself, go to bigger spas in Chaweng Mall for like 990Baht or 27USD.

  9. Lamai Beach

    ko samui beachIt’s better than Chaweng beach because it’s more quiet and cleaner. The atmosphere is pretty laid back coz lotsa tourist are there to sunbathe, play Frisbee, or fly a kite. I literally buried my body in the sand when I was there with my Muay Thai friends.

  10. Namuang Safari Park

    Namuang Elephant RideI’m not a fan of elephant trekking coz I know how they trained them. They use a hook horn and pound their head with it if they don’t want to walk. That’s animal cruelty right there. Anyhoo, (I don’t really recommend this park) but for those who want to take the 4×4 ride to the waterfall, you can hitch hike with the driver. Just wink at him and say “sawadee ka” or thank you.

There you go! My top 10 list for things to do in Koh Samui, Thailand. If I miss anything please feel free to leave a comment down below.

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Karla Thea

KT is a digital nomad who quit her job, bought a ticket somewhere, got a tan, fell in love with mother nature and she would never return to the normal life that society dictates. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @pinaynomad

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