5 Unmissable Activities on Koh Samui
Having lived on Koh Samui for year working for Samui Wining & Dining and Samui Holiday Magazine, I had some great insight into how best to maximise what this beautiful place has to offer. It is safe to say that I tried out most of the recommended tourist activities, and therefore have formulated my list of the very best. Whether you want to relax, try the local food, or see some awesome scenery, these tips should have you covered...
1. Get a Thai Massage
You’ve got to capitalise on the super-cheap massages while you’re in Thailand – you’d be mad not to! If you haven’t had one before, it’s worth bearing in mind that Thai massages are a little more vigorous than your average Western one. Expect reasonably hard pressure, cracking, and even some stretching at the end. You can choose between a massage on the beach or in a shop, and while the air-conditioning of in indoor spot can offer welcome respite from the heat, sometimes nothing beats a good massage in a hut over the sand while you listen to the waves and watch the sunset.
2. Eat Thai Food
From Thai curries and noodles, to salads and soups, Thai food has so much to offer. Full-on flavours and a variety of textures signify this diverse cuisine. Some travellers are scared to really get in amongst the local grub for fear of dishes being too spicy, but it’s worth noting that there are ways around this – well, antidotes: sticky rice, steamed rice, and certain vegetables are used by Thais to subdue the burn from chilli. So don’t forget to order some to have nearby when you’re feeling adventurous!
3. Visit Ang Thong National Marine Park
There are numerous companies offering day trips to visit the beautiful archipelago that is Ang Thong National Marine Park. You can kayak, swim, snorkel and hike in various areas throughout this lush tropical region. Whilst many parts of Samui offer a bustling, more developed experience, the marine park is protected and is thus uninhabited. It’s a glimpse into what Thailand looked like before it became developed as a tourist destination.
4. Check out Namuang Waterfall
Hike up a jungle-flanked path to reach the two waterfalls – the first is 18 metres high and the second a very impressive 80 metres high. You can easily spend a good few hours here stopping at the various pools on the way up, taking a dip if you like. There’s a large pool near the base of the first waterfall that’s popular with bathers. Although you can access the first waterfall by car, you do need to hike 30 minutes to reach the second, which makes it far less populated.
5. Go Snorkelling in Koh Tao
Hop on the high-speed ferry over to Koh Tao for a different island experience. It’s known for its low-key vibe, and diving and snorkelling opportunities. It takes just under two hours to reach the Koh Tao from Koh Samui so many people stay the night. There’s plenty of affordable accommodation on the island including beach huts right over the sand.
Thanks to Christina Wylie, Editor of The Great Aussie Bite for her top tips!