Thailand is famous for its many island destinations that flank its long coastline. One of these, Koh Samui is known as a paradise for young partygoers and adrenaline junkies alike. Whether it is a trip with your loved one or a vacation with friends, the attractions of Koh Samui and the surrounding regions will make you want to go back for more. Check out these set of activities that offer a mix of nature, thrill, cuisine, and vibrant social experiences.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit Koh Samui is anywhere between February to September as it has a good climate. Avoid October-November because that is the rainy season
1) The Thai Experience
A closed-door dining experience featuring a communal table, knowledgeable and hospitable hosts and a group of fun-loving travellers from all over the world, the Thai Experience blends exquisite cuisines, social mingling and culture into one package.
Timings: This reservation-only experience lasts from 7 to 11 PM on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings.
Activity price: 2490 THB per person, including a deposit of 1000 THB which needs to be paid when making a booking
2) Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan
The world famous full moon party at Koh Phangan happens on the Haad Rin Beach on the southern part of Koh Phangan. A festival and night club atmosphere sets the stage for a memorable all-night party with famous DJs dishing out underground beats, lots of alcohol buckets and thousands of revellers from all over the world.
Timings: Parties start around 6 PM and go on all night.
Activity Price: A 100 THB entry is charged which goes into the clean-up work.
3) Ang Thong Park Snorkelling and Kayaking
The Ang Thong Marine Park is one of the most pristine corners of Koh Samui, and the best way to experience it is to jump right into the waters. Snorkel in the azure seas and watch colourful marine life glide in front of you. Engage in some kayaking as you negotiate the gentle currents and marvel at the natural beauty around. This is a day activity.
Timings: Most boats leave early in the morning around 5-6 AM and return by evening 4 PM.
Activity price: The fee for adults is 3100 THB per head, while the fee for kids is 1700 THB (3-10 yrs., or under 100 cms tall)
4) Koh Samui 4WD Jeep Jungle Tour
Koh Samui’s inland beauty is legendary, and you can enjoy a deep excursion into the jungle on an open top jeep. Enjoy an adventure where you reach otherwise inaccessible places and immerse yourself in the secluded tropical scenery that will engulf you. Drive over shallow rivers and rugged trails and witness gushing waterfalls in this all-day activity. Highlights include a stop at the island’s highest point.
Timings: The tour generally starts early in the morning around 9 AM and ends in the evening by 6 PM.
Activity Price: Around 2400 THB depending on the package
5) Sunset Cruise Koh Samui
A romantic image that will last a lifetime enjoy a tropical sunset view from a cruise around Koh Samui’s coastline. Some sunset cruises also include refreshments and dinner. This activity is a perfect opportunity for some great photos. Timings are dependent on the sunset times; it is recommended that you choose cruises that leave a bit early, so you get to admire the dramatic colour and light play of the ocean and the sky.
Timings: The Sunset Cruise starts around 4 PM and ends by 6:30 PM.
Activity price: Starts at around 2000 THB depending on the package chosen
6) Island Safari and Elephant Ride
Explore the beauty of Koh Samui on the back of an elephant. Enjoy an island safari where you can visit some of the popular landmarks like temples featuring giant Buddha statues and picturesque natural sites. The experience is a half-day tour, and there are different packages. The elephants are gentle and allow you to pet them when the mahouts are around.
Timings: The Island safari starts at 8 AM and ends at 5 PM.
Activity Price: From 1500 THB to 2000 THB depending on the package chosen
7) Tour of Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan from Koh Samui
Step onto a boat and embark on a small ride before you reach the Nangyuan and Tao islands. Sandy beach formations connecting the Koh Nangyuan islands are one of the highlights of this trip and the clear blue waters provide a great stage for snorkelling. Walk around the islands and enjoy the idyllic vibe of this day-long activity.
Timings: Boats ply from 10 AM up until 5 PM.
Activity Price: Around 2100 THB per person depending on the package chosen
8) Tree Top Sky Fox Cable Ride
Glide through the canopies of a green jungle paradise like Tarzan in this thrilling activity. The Sky Fox Cable Ride comprises of 8 stations with international standard equipment. Strap yourself into a harness and feel the cool wind in your hair as you fly like a wu-xia warrior through the tree tops. This ‘three and a half hour’ experience is well worth it and you can choose from morning and afternoon sessions.
Timings: The cable ride opens at 9:30 AM and closes at 5:30 PM.
Activity Price: Starting at 1700 THB
There is a lot more to see on Thailand’s second largest island. Its lively bars and restaurants are the juncture of many a conversation with new friends from across the world. Adventure is waiting in its verdant interiors and turquoise pools, its blue seas and its vibrant beaches. Chalk out those plans on GoFro pack your bags and head off to Koh Samui.