14 Reasons Why Koh Samui Is The Ultimate Holiday Island

Updated 5 March 2020 | by Will Bradley

  Children on the beach at Koh Samui

The beautiful island of Koh Samui lies off the east coast of Thailand and is the country’s second largest island after Phuket. Whilst attracting development it has managed to maintain the balance between developed civilisation and isolated natural paradise and as a result, it has become the ultimate holiday destination.  

1. The Beaches.

Brochure quality white beaches with crystalline turquoise water are everywhere…

Swing hang from coconut tree over beach, Phangan island ,Thailand Picture: www.travel-associates.com


2. Buzzing Nightlife.

Koh Samui nightlife is renowned for being amongst the best in Thailand, therefore the world. The strip is packed with bars, clubs, cabarets, mud wrestling fights and even ladies boxing bouts!

Buzzing nightlife in Koh Samui Picture: www.muaythaischolar.com


3. Legendary full moon parties

full moon parties in Koh Samui Picture: www.jervilla.com

4. The snorkelling

Grab a snorkel and explore Koh Samui’s dazzling marine life, you may even see a whale shark! (Don’t worry they won’t eat you).

School of creole wrasse, Thailand Picture: www.talesoffaerie.blogspot.com


5. The fishing

The waters around Koh Samui are teaming with fish of all shapes and sizes, meaning there’s something for the expert fisherman as well as the laid-back-with-a-beer fisherman.

fishing in Koh Samui, Thailand Picture: www.islandinfokohsamui.com

6. Luxury accommodation.

Stunning villas kitted out with infinity pools and inbuilt speakers are pretty commonplace here...

Villa in Koh Samui Picture: www.clickstay.com

7. Hiking

Go on an adventure in the jungle with a tour or by yourself. If hiking sounds a little bit too much like hard work, you can explore the jungle in one of the jeep jungle tours.

trekking in Thailand Picture: www.samuiholiday.com

8. Beautiful waterfalls.

Go for a dip at one of these magical places.

waterfalls in Koh Samui Picture: www.thailandholidayhomes.com

9. Yoga and Meditation.

Cleanse your mind at one of Samui’s inspiring yoga and Meditation retreats, such as the meditation temple Wat Hin Lat which teaches daily vipassana courses

Silhouette young woman practicing yoga on the beach at sunset www.bookyogaretreats.com

10. Rainforest Zip-lining

zip-lining in Koh Samui Picture: www.samuiholiday.com

11. Food

Delicious Thai and Western food served in plenty of restaurants. If you develop a taste for Thai food, you can learn how to make it at the Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts.

Thai food Picture: www.samuiholiday.com

12. There's an awesome Water Park.

The Aquapark Chaweng is full of giant inflatables of various shapes and sizes which keep kids and adults alike entertained for hours on end.

waterpark in Koh Samui Picture: www.soma-samui.com  

13. Rum Distillery.

Koh Samui is host to Magic Alambic, the only rum distillery in Thailand. You can hang out in the tasting area and try the coconut rum.

rum distilery in Koh Samui Picture: www.samuiholiday.com

14. The Big Buddha 

One of the reasons people travel to a small island, just a stone's throw from Koh Samui, is to visit the temple of the Big Buddha and witness for themselves the 12 ft Buddha looming over visitors. 

Koh Samui's Big Buddha temple

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