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:
I 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!
Lady Boys Cabaret Show
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.
I’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.
If 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.
Namuang Water Fall
You 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.
Hin Yai and Hin Ta
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! 🙂
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.
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.
It’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.
Namuang Safari Park
I’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.