Photo: On Ko Phaluai, Ang Thong NMP.

Must-do activities on Samui

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So you’ve arrived for the first time ever and you’re wondering, what are the must-do activities on Ko Samui? Well, aside from laying on the beach and having a bit of a swim, there are a few other activities that are well worth doing. Some are well known, others less so, but, in our opinion, these are all worth sticking on your short list.





First and foremost, don’t make the mistake of sticking to your one strip of sand and not exploring any further. Ko Samui has well over a dozen beaches and just about all of them are well worth a look. If you have your own transport, this is easy, but otherwise, use Ko Samui’s songthaew system to get to the other main beaches. If you’re staying on Chaweng or Lamai, take a look at Thong Ta Kien or Chaweng Noi as both are good day trip destinations. Or from Chaweng, head north to Choeng Mon and the bays around the peninsula (you will really need your own transport for this area).

Hello Chaweng Noi. Photo taken in or around Must-do activities on Samui, Ko Samui, Thailand by David Luekens.

Hello Chaweng Noi. Photo: David Luekens

If you’d like to do some shopping, both Fisherman’s Village in Bophut and Nathon town are bursting with shops – the better, more stylish shopping is at the former – but Nathon is great for cheap t-shirts and souvenirs. If you’re looking for beaches that just go and go and go, Mae Nam in the north or Lipa Noi and Taling Ngam to the west are great choices. The west coast beaches also offer great ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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