Luxtripper Travel Editor
You have to check out the beautiful Buddha Beach - with plenty of attractions to keep the whole family entertained it’s a must see! Visitors can find Buddha Beach just off Chaweng Beach with its stunning sea views and golden sands... Camp out in beautiful beach bungalows with luxury interior and surrounded by buzzing nightlife and quirky arts and crafts stores. You'll be spoilt for choice whilst enjoying browsing the shops for unique souvenirs and stunning handmade jewellery and clothing. Buddha Beach is a great attraction for all the family. Visit the temple that houses the astonishing 12 metre tall Wat Phra Yai Buddha statue; can climb to the top of the stair case and admire the beautiful dragon-detailed decoration.
Chaweng Beach offers a range of fun activities to do and caters to everyone’s taste. Enjoy sipping tropical cocktails in the central bars or alternate between the fantastic bars on the Green Mango Strip, perfect for young travellers wanting to experience Thailand's nightlife culture from ladies clubs to upbeat dance clubs. Hop to and fro and relish in the buzzing atmosphere of Koh Samui!
For backpackers the Manem is a great beach to explore, its beach bungalows are affordable and comfortable. With no commitment to a hotel, backpackers you can set up camp and enjoy the atmosphere or to move from beach to beach exploring Koh Samui.
You won’t go hungry whilst vacationing on the island with a variety of amazing restaurants to explore along the beaches. Scope out the delicious Coast restaurant and enjoy a variety of sublime steaks, fresh sea food dishes, tasty burgers, delicious Tasmanian salmon steak or steak grilled to perfection.
Or if you're seeking a laid-back dinner then Zenzibar restaurant, located on Maenam Beach, is a perfect choice; enjoy traditional Thai dishes without any hustle and bustle. It offers a stunning serene view of the sea and Koh Phanga. You'll be seated on the beach where you can choose from a variety of meals and fruity cocktails.
The Swing Bar venue on the Lamai beachfront is a fantastic choice for holiday-makers seeking an upbeat, friendly atmosphere. Sip cocktails or your own personalised beach ‘bucket’ whilst dancing across the sand to DJ's the music.
Koh Samui offers lots of amazing and exciting activities for everybody to enjoy. Elephant trekking is a popular tourist activity, enjoy a relaxing trip through Koh Samui's rainforest and take in stunning views from a generous height. For thrill seekers there’s also an exhilarating cable ride that offers zip wires from one part of the island to another. The cable ride is commonly known as the ‘Sky Fox Tree Top’ - zoom from tree to tree, an exhilarating and unique way of taking in the beautiful scenery. The Sky Fox caters for both children and adults. After 30 minutes, you'll be guided up to the tropical forest where you can relax and cool down by the stunning waterfalls.
The island also offers a fantastic supervised kayak adventure. Discover hidden coves and caves whilst gliding through the crystal clear waters in a kayak. Start your water adventure at Anthong National Park and Coral Island, a stunning way exploring the waters.
A day spent on the Koh Samui brunch and snorkelling cruise is another great way for you to explore the island. Dive at the virgin bays of Koh Phanag and have the opportunity to discover Thailand’s tropical marine life; instructors will be seated on board for beginners giving everybody the chance to dive in. Enjoy a variety of tasty dishes offered on board from traditional Thai dishes to fresh seafood and a barbecue. You'll be traveling for around six hours on the yacht with stop offs for snorkelling and a chance to admire the views from the golden sands.
Koh Samui also offers fantastic cookery classes for everyone to enjoy. Thai chefs will teach you how to prepare certain delicacies, pick up a few tips to take back home! The classes are very popular, pop by and book a couple of hours beforehand. This is great way for visitors to experience Thailand's culture - why not let the locals taste your dishes? You might even get to visit the market stalls with your teacher... We recommend that you try the Sandalwood or Pai cookery classes.