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1. Chaweng Beach

Chaweng Beach
4.5 /5

6 km
from city center
1 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Chewang Beach is Koh Samui's best beach, with a large stretch of white sand and palm trees. It is divided into four parts - North, Central, South, and Little. The beach area is filled with bars, restaurants, and souvenir shops and has a buzzing nightlife. It is also popular for watersports like snorkeling, kayaking, and paddleboarding.

2. Ang Thong National Marine Park

Ang Thong National Marine Park

2 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

A short boat ride away from Ko Samui, the Ang Thong National Marine Park is a group of islands home to some exotic and varied species of wildlife and marine life. It has a number of watersports available for the adventure enthusiast, with the most popular sport being diving. Always check your instructor for proper licenses and certification before going underwater. A visit to the Ko Mae Ko or the Mother Island is another must-do activity when at the Ang Thong National Marine Park.

3. Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai)

Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai)
4.3 /5

8 km
from city center
3 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

The Wat Phra Yai is located on the rocky island of Koh Phan, connected to Ko Samui by a bridge. The main highlight here is the 39-foot-high Buddha statue, known as Big Buddha. The icon is so vast that it is visible from kilometers away. A flight of stairs leads to the statue, and there are stalls selling souvenirs and knick-knacks at the base of the stairs. Dress appropriately.

4. Mae Nam Beach

Mae Nam Beach
4.1 /5

7 km
from city center
4 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Known as one of the quieter and more peaceful beaches, Mae Nam is a perfect escape from all the mayhem. Even though it is said to be rather slow and nascent, it has an amazing scenery and a handful of local activities to engage in. With tall, swaying palm trees, and soft, subtle waves - Mae Nam is a slice of heaven!

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5. Lamai Beach

Lamai Beach
4.4 /5

7 km
from city center
5 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Lamai is the second most popular beach in Koh Samui and is less crowded than Chaweng Beach. The powdery white sand beach is ideal for sunbathing, swimming, and watersports. It is also home to unusual yet amazing natural rock formations. You will find a couple of beach bars and many vendors selling local delicacies.

6. Hin Ta Hin Yai Rocks

Hin Ta Hin Yai Rocks
3.8 /5

7 km
from city center
6 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

A unique thing to see in Koh Samui, the Hin-Ta and Hin-Ya rocks are fascinating rock formations found on Lamai Beach. Popularly known as the Grandfather and Grandmother rocks, these formations have gained popularity worldwide for resembling male and female genitalia. These originate from granite eroded by seawater and heat. The view from the rocks is breathtaking.

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7. Hike to Secret Buddha Garden

Hike to Secret Buddha Garden
4.2 /5

4 km
from city center
7 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

The Secret Buddha Garden is a private sculpture park set atop one of the highest peaks on the island. Also called the ‘Heaven's Garden’ or the ‘Magic Garden’, the main highlight is the group of angel and musician statues. Set amidst lush jungle foliage, there are waterfalls and streams, along with Buddha statues hidden in plain sight. The view from the garden and the way leading up to it is stunning.

8. Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving
4.5 /5

0 km
from city center
8 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

The clear and calm waters of the Gulf of Thailand around Koh Samui and its colorful coral reefs make this a soothing spot for divers, who can spot stingrays, barracudas, eels, and sea anemones. Divers venturing deeper into the water might even spot whale sharks, and the nudibranchs and shrimps hiding between crevices underwater make for amazing photographs. Sail Rock has much marine life, as does the Chumphon Pinnacle Dive Site, Hin Wong, and the Southwest Pinnacles. You could swim or go on shallower dives at Green Rock, while you could spot the rare titan triggerfish at White Rock.

9. Fisherman's Village in Bo Phut

Fisherman's Village in Bo Phut
4.5 /5

6 km
from city center
9 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

The Fisherman's village in Bophut is beside Lamai Beach but has a different feel from it. Get all your food, entertainment, and shopping needs met in one place. The original fishermen's shops have been transformed into shops, restaurants, and cafes. Fisherman’s Village Walking Street market is set up here every Friday. There are a couple of entrances to Fishermens Village, and vehicles are allowed every day except Friday.

10. Day Trip to Koh Phangan

Day Trip to Koh Phangan
4.3 /5

24 km
from city center
10 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Ko Phangan is famed for its monthly Full Moon Party and the Half Moon Parties. You could take a 30-minute ferry or a speed boat ride from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan and explore the island, exclusive of its party culture. Koh Phangan has a lot of other things to offer, including fishing trips, diving, kite-boarding, and waterfall hopping, and it is also renowned for its meditation centers.

11. Wat Plai Laem

Wat Plai Laem
4.2 /5

9 km
from city center
11 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Wat Plai Laem is a Buddhist temple compound on Samui's northeast, flaunting a striking white, 18-armed idol of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, and a large lake. The temple's intricate, ornate blends of Chinese and Thai architecture were created by Jarit Phumdonming, one of Thailand's foremost artists. The Goddess is flanked by two long halls displaying colourful murals and frescoes depicting Buddhist mythology and stories.

12. Trip to Koh Tao for Diving and Snorkelling

Trip to Koh Tao for Diving and Snorkelling
4.5 /5

68 km
from city center
12 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

The 20 kilometres of coastline around Koh Tao is rich in marine life and is perfect for underwater exploration. Snorkelers can try Shark Bay and try spotting the Black Tip Reef Shark or explore Aow Leak Bay and its colourful array of fish. Hin Wong Bay and Mango Bay are great places to explore the variety of fish around this island. While some operators allow uncertified divers to join them, certification programmes are also available at Koh Tao.

13. Jeep Safari Tours

Jeep Safari Tours
4.3 /5

0 km
from city center
13 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

At Koh Samui, you can go off the beaten track and take a jeep safari to explore the island. Safaris take visitors to the Magic Buddha Garden, which offers majestic views from the top of a hill. They also go to the Namuang waterfall, where you can relax and take a swim, and to Grandfathers Rock and Wat Khunaram’s mummified monk. The jeeps can go up the mountain and stop at viewpoints, from where you can enjoy open-air lunches.

14. Na Muang Waterfall

Na Muang Waterfall
4.2 /5

6 km
from city center
14 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Namuang Waterfalls roughly translates to 'Purple Waterfalls'. Na Muang 1 along with Na Muang 2, which lies higher than it, makes up the Na Muang Waterfalls. Both these waterfalls get their name from the water gushing down the purple rocks and giving off purple tints under the sunlight. Na Muang 1 is the highest among all the waterfalls in Koh Samui. It is best visited during the rainy season as there is almost no water during the dry season.

15. ATV Quad Bike Tour

ATV Quad Bike Tour
4.5 /5

0 km
from city center
15 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

A quad bike is a perfect way to go off into the jungles and hills of Koh Samui and explore the island at your own pace. Quad Bike tours include stops at the highest point on the island for a breathtaking view of Koh Samui and the water around it. Tours also stop at the Teepangkorn Temple and a hidden waterfall in the jungles of the island.

16. Lad Koh Viewpoint

Lad Koh Viewpoint
3.8 /5

5 km
from city center
16 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Lad Ko Viewpoint is considered one of the best and most amazing view points in Koh Samui. With a beautiful panoramic view of the sea and the east coast of the island, Lad Koh can never disappoint! Inviting many tourists to take a stroll down the charming pavement overlooking the coastline, Lad Koh is best known for its sunrise and sunsets.

17. Standup Paddling

Standup Paddling
4.4 /5

0 km
from city center
17 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

The island of Samui offers stand-up paddleboarding for both beginners and experienced paddlers, and some operators even offer paddleboarding lessons. The Gulf of Thailand’s calm waters make paddling around Koh Samui a safe experience. Some operators allow renting paddle boards so you can paddle at your own convenience, while others offer paddle boarding at sunrise or in the afternoon near sunset.

18. Lipa Noi Beach

Lipa Noi Beach

10 km
from city center
18 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Located on the west coast of Koh Samui Island in Thailand, Lipa Noi Beach is a tropical paradise featuring white sand and calm water. This hub of serenity is perfect for beach lovers who want to relax in a peaceful environment away from the noise of the bustling streets of Koh Samui Island. It is an unspoiled beach that is one of the least crowded beaches in Thailand. With coconut palms surrounding the area and shorelines covered with seashells, Lipa Noi Beach offers a rejuvenating beach experience.

19. Wat Khao Hua Jook

Wat Khao Hua Jook
3.4 /5

6 km
from city center
19 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Resting on the northern part of the island, Wat Khao Hua Jook is a cosy temple that is very famous in Koh Samui, seeing footfalls throughout the year. This golden pagoda, beautifully illuminated at night, is famous for a replica of Buddha? footprint. Home to scenic views and a relaxing atmosphere, it is one of the more serene areas of the island.

20. Bo Phut Beach

Bo Phut Beach
4.3 /5

6 km
from city center
20 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

One of the oldest places on the Island, Bo Phut beach is a beautiful long stretch that runs in between the Big Buddha and the Mae Nam Beach. Offering an entire package to its tourists, the Bo Phut beach is easily amongst the favorites for many visitors. Three kilometers down from the beach, lies an attractions centre filled with fun activities and even an aqua park for water lovers!

21. Mae Nam Viewpoint

Mae Nam Viewpoint
3.5 /5

9 km
from city center
21 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Mae Nam Viewpoint is quite a hike on foot, however there is also an option of renting a scooter to shoot you up the mountain. With a stunning view overlooking Nathon, the west side of Samui on one side and the gorgeous range of the Samui mountains on the other - this view is worth every drop of sweat! What else could one really ask for?

22. Coral Cove Beach

Coral Cove Beach

6 km
from city center
22 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Coral Cove Beach is a beautiful beach in southern Koh Samui with reddish sand and clear, deep waters for the ideal day of swimming and relaxation. Approximately 200 metres (650 feet) in length unlike its larger neighbours, the beach lives up to its name which means ‘bay with corals’. On either end of Coral Cove Beach are rock formations that cordon it off from other beaches.

23. Trip to Koh Tan

Trip to Koh Tan

836 km
from city center
23 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Koh Tan Island is located approximately five kilometres south of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. Also referred to as the Coral Island, the island of Koh Tan has a wide variety of colourful, hard and soft corals and is a popular destination for snorkelling, kayaking and scuba diving.

24. Silver Beach

Silver Beach
4.4 /5

7 km
from city center
24 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Silver Beach (Haad Thong Ta-khian) is a pristine 250-metre-long tropical paradise in a charming bay north of Lamai Beach. It faces northeast from the foothills and is a favourite among beach lovers, sunbathers and divers. Beside the glimmering sandy stretch and granite cliffs are a few refreshing resort retreats with restaurants and bars, plush bungalows, water sports, pools and massage spas.

25. Laem Sor Pagoda

Laem Sor Pagoda
3.7 /5

12 km
from city center
25 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Ever seen a beautiful, mesemerising temple along the shore? Well, Laem Sor Pagoda, located at the southern end of Samui is the epitome of beauty. Embodying the old-school Srivijaya-style architecture, the Great Pagoda is looked upon as the hidden gem of Samui. One of the famous tourist spots of Koh Samui, the slightly challenging journey to the temple will give you a whole new island experience!

26. Hin Lad Waterfall

Hin Lad Waterfall
4.0 /5

5 km
from city center
26 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

A few kilometres south of Nathon Town, Samui, lies the Hin Lad waterfall, a gorgeous sight of natural beauty in the midst of streams and mountains. With beauty oozing out of every corner - Hin Lad waterfall promises an afternoon of happiness. After hiking up the demanding trail leading to the waterfall, don? forget to reward yourself with a peaceful dip in the pool at the bottom.

27. Wat Khunaram

Wat Khunaram
4.0 /5

7 km
from city center
27 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Wat Khunaram, located on the west of Hua Thanon on route 4169, is very well known for the famous 'Mummy Monk'. While it can be slightly disturbing or unpleasant to those seeing this for the first time, it provides great insight into the Buddhist and Thai culture. An active temple, Wat Khunaram conducts daily rituals, and is definitely a sight to behold in Koh Samui!

28. Bang Po Beach

Bang Po Beach
4.5 /5

10 km
from city center
28 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

One of the quieter and less-developed stretches, Bang Po beach is the place to run off to when you want to escape from the crazy, chaotic atmosphere of civilization. With gorgeous views at every turn, the Baan Tai side of the beach is a treat to the eyes! A heaven for all the seafood lovers, it's hard not to fall in love with this beautiful coastal delight.

29. Wat Racha Thammaram

Wat Racha Thammaram
3.6 /5

7 km
from city center
29 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Looking over the Chao Phraya river, Wat Racha Thammaram contains a lovely replica of Phra Buddha Chinarat of Phitsanulok. Locally known as the Snake Stone Temple, it is also home to a sacred bodhi tree. With a beautiful clear blue sky as a backdrop, this beautiful temple gives you a perfect dose of Buddhism culture.

30. Wang Sai Thong Waterfall

Wang Sai Thong Waterfall
3.1 /5

6 km
from city center
30 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Just north of the ring road close to the Ban Hua Thanon lies Wang Saotong waterfall. This serene waterfall is quieter and smaller compared to the others, making it the perfect spot for a relaxed afternoon drive and swim away from the buzz of the tourists.

31. Wat Samret

Wat Samret
4.0 /5

8 km
from city center
31 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Wat Samret is a temple not known to too many visitors, making it the perfect place for someone looking for an offbeat and tranquil tourist destiantion in Koh Samui. With it magnificent facade adorned with intricate detailed work and a stunning blend of colors, the main highlight of this temple is the beautiful marble Buddha statue, carved from a single piece.

32. Statue of Guanyu

Statue of Guanyu
3.5 /5

7 km
from city center
32 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

A beautiful, detailed shrine is built for the statue of Guan Yu, a Chinese general during the Three Kingdom era who is worshipped and looked up to with great amounts of respect. The entrance to this shrine is marked by large, ornate solid timber doors that give you a sneak peak to what? waiting inside. The interiors have been decorated with golden murals, large Chinese embellishments and other decorative objects.

33. Ban Hua Thanon

Ban Hua Thanon
4.4 /5

8 km
from city center
33 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Ban Hua Thanon, down south of Hat Lamai, is a beautiful beach which is known for its photogenic scenery. Situated within the Muslim town, it also is home to a green, gold and white mosque. Even though the sand might be not as clean as the other beaches, over all it is definitely a pretty sight!

34. Coconut Museum

Coconut Museum
3.4 /5

8 km
from city center
34 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

At the Spaco Coconut Museum, visitors are introduced to coconut farms where unadulterated virgin coconut oil is produced. About 900 coconuts are used on a daily basis to make oils which are then utilised for manufacturing cosmetics and edible ingredients with a natural goodness. The museum tour showcases local coconut varieties and their uses, and has a shop where visitors can purchase products made from these oils.

35. Mae Nam Chinese Temple

Mae Nam Chinese Temple
3.4 /5

7 km
from city center
35 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

The Mae Nam Chinese Temple boasts of the finest work of architectural detail, gorgeously painted with traditional Chinese temple colors. Close to the Mae Nam beach, this temple exhibits gorgeous ancient Chinese relics and colourful interiors. There are some old black and white picture you can view here that will give you a glimpse into old Samui.

36. Tan Rua Waterfall

Tan Rua Waterfall
3.2 /5

4 km
from city center
36 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Located in one of the most picturesque points in Samui, a short walk through uneven stone steps past the Mae Nam Viewpoint brings you to the gorgeous Tan Rua Waterfall. Nestled amongst hills, tall trees and vines, it will strike you with its awe-inspiring view, filled with surprises through the journey to this serene spot.

37. Baobab

Baobab
3.1 /5

7 km
from city center
37 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

When in Baobab, happiness and smiles are sure to accompany you! Known for its friendly culture, Baobab is home to amazing seafood, drinks on ice, and the perfect dosage of chilling, all at once. With its warm, welcoming staff, it's impossible for one to leave Baobab unhappy. Situated in the Lamai Beach, it is an incredible experience which you cannot miss when in Koh Samui!

38. St Anna Catholic Church

St Anna Catholic Church
3.1 /5

9 km
from city center
38 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

One of the few Catholic churches on the island, St Anna Catholic Church in Nathon Bay is the most popular church for expats as it holds regular English mass services. It is also frequented by Catholic couples who want to hold their wedding ceremony in Koh Samui.

39. Coco Tam's

Coco Tam's
3.0 /5

6 km
from city center
39 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Located just outside The Wharf Samui, Coco Tams is an incredibly hippie and popular bar. With a very relaxed vibe attached to the bar, Coco Tams is where you can find people aged from 20 to even 80! With beanbags on the beach, swing bar seats, hammocks, cabanas, shisha and much more, Coco Tams invites you to a night of relaxation and a lot of fun!

40. Hainan Temple

Hainan Temple
2.9 /5

9 km
from city center
40 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Hainan Temple is not only famous for its Chinese traditions and rituals, but also for the enormous and mighty warrior, Guan Yu who served under the warlord Liu Bei in the late Eastern Han dynasty. Portraying majestic qualities, the statue is a major tourist attraction. The entrance to this majestic temple is marked by two regal and grand looking, gold-plated lions on either side. This shrine is sure to leave you with vivid images of the place, making it a must visit of Koh Samui!

41. Ao Phang Ka

Ao Phang Ka
2.8 /5

12 km
from city center
41 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Phang Ka is the best way to find tranquility. Remotely located on the south-west part of Koh Samui, one can truly enjoy the gorgeous summer sunsets in peace. With fisherman fishing peacefully in the southern part of the beach, the northern part is home to private villas and a few comfortable hotels, making for a serene beach vacation.

42. Ko Samui Central Mosque

Ko Samui Central Mosque
2.7 /5

8 km
from city center
42 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Built in 1984, the Ko Samui Central Mosque is a beauty that cannot be missed at the heart of Bua Thanon. Painted in lovely authentic colors such as green, white and gold - the Central Mosque sings loudly as you walk around the area. With culture engraved within its walls, it? the perfect combination of history and beauty.

43. Chaweng Noi Beach

Chaweng Noi Beach

5 km
from city center
43 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Chaweng Noi is one of the longest beaches in Koh Samui boasting of a great nightlife within walking distance, but still far enough to enjoy the tranquillity of nature. It is the southernmost portion of Chaweng Beach that attracts thousands of visitors each year. Chaweng Beach is made up of four beaches: North Chaweng, South Chaweng, Central Chaweng, and Chaweng Noi (also called “Little Chaweng”).

44. Choeng Mon Beach

Choeng Mon Beach

10 km
from city center
44 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Blessed with coconut trees that line its soft, white sand shores, Choeng Mon Beach is a lesser known beach getaway in Koh Samui. Essentially a series of bays on the northeast tip of Koh Samui, it has a charming, quiet ambience that’s ideal for families and couples. Additionally, it is well-known for its expat population.

45. Taling Ngam Beach

Taling Ngam Beach

10 km
from city center
45 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Taling Ngam Beach is situated in the Taling Ngam district on the west coast of Koh Samui, Thailand. Usually, it is referred to as a strip of sandy shore from Laem Yai Krai cape to the Phang Ka Bay. It is renowned as a beautiful and quiet beach with fewer tourist activities as compared to other beaches. This is also one primary reason why it is known as the ‘Paradise Corner.’

46. Samui Elephant Sanctuary

Samui Elephant Sanctuary

9 km
from city center
46 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Located on the tropical island of Koh Samui in southern Thailand, the Samui Elephant Sanctuary is indeed a paradise on Earth for the elephants, since it provides a haven to the rescued animals and gives them a second chance to live their life in dignity and peace in harmony with nature. The sanctuary aims to provide a home to formerly exploited elephants by providing them with beautiful natural habitats.

47. Pink Elephant

Pink Elephant
3.5 /5

5 km
from city center
47 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Smack off the pearly white sands of Maenam Beach, Pink Elephant is the first professional waterpark in Koh Samui. This full-day attraction is open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM and houses fifteen different slides, a wave pool, swimming pools, a lazy river, Superbowl high slides and 12-metre speed slides. Food and drink options include a lush two-storey beach club restaurant-cum-bar.

48. Thongson Bay

Thongson Bay
4.4 /5

11 km
from city center
48 out of 48
things to do in Koh Samui

Tucked into the northernmost point of Koh Samui, Thongson Bay is a secluded cove with soft white sands, coral-rigged turquoise waters, high hills with rocky feet and luxurious spa resort villas. A short drive away from Chaweng, the bay offers spectacular settings for island trips, snorkelling and kayaking. There are several restaurants in Thongson Bay serving Thai and western delights.

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What are the top hotels in Koh samui?

There are 1579 Hotels in Koh samui which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Koh samui are Whispering Palms Bophut, Samui Green Valley Resort, Baan Bon Khao, Villa Skyfall, Baan Leelawadee, Baan Hinyai. You can see all the hotels in Koh samui here

What are the top activities in Koh samui?

The top activities in Koh samui are Samui Airport Transfers (USM) for Koh Samui and More, Koh Tao and Koh Nangyuan Full Day Tour with Snorkeling Experience by Speed Boat, Ang Thong National Marine Park Tour by Big Boat from Koh Samui, Koh Samui Private Car Charter, Koh Tao and Koh Nangyuan Day Tour with Snorkeling Experience by Catamaran, Off Road ATV Tours by X-Quad Samui.

What are the top sightseeing places in Koh samui?

The top sightseeing places in Koh samui are Wat Phra Yai, Ang Thong National Marine Park, Wat Khunaram, Na Muang Waterfall, Hin Ta & Hin Ya Rocks, Wat Plai Laem .

How can I commute within Koh samui?

Motorbikes and cars on rent are the preferred option for tourists on this island. News-gathering run for short distances if you wish to use public transport. Taxis run on the island if you don't mind a slightly more expensive but convenient affair.
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