Be it spending lazy days on the beach or engaging in thrilling adventures, the Thai island of Koh Samui is where you should be going for your next holiday; here’s more on what you need to know.
Fully vaccinated travellers heading to Koh Samui under the “Sandbox” scheme should stay at SHA Extra+ certified properties like Avani+ Samui Resort; apart from stringent health and hygiene measures, they also offer an idyllic beachside location, pool villas for families or friends and dining options as well as make a convenient base for exploration.
Featuring more than 50 km of coastline, the island is perfect for beach-hopping escapades and water sports. Popular places include Chaweng Beach known for its lively nightlife too and palm-fringed Lamai Beach in Koh Samui; resorts beside scenic Phang Ka Beach provide a more secluded escape, while the Bophut and Maenam beaches are worth visits too.
Attractions & Activities
Cultural discoveries await at sacred sites like the Big Buddha shrine and Laem Sor Pagoda, while outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy kayaking amidst mangroves, jungle trekking and visiting the two Na Muang waterfalls. Don’t miss markets like Lamai’s Walking Street Market on Sunday nights or viewing the traditional fishing fleet at Hua Thanon.
Amongst the best things to do in Koh Samui is to venture out on excursions to nearby islands on a longtail boat or speedboat. A key attraction is the Ang Thong National Marine Park home to over 40 pristine islands to explore; you can also plan trips to Koh Phangan as well as Koh Nang Yuan and Koh Tao ideal for snorkelling and diving.