Things to do in Koh Samui

It's hard to resist a sparkling pool, isn't it? And with Koh Samui packaged holidays a dime a dozen, there are plenty of resort pools for the taking. While the balmy weather and palm tree shade may lend Koh Samui to being a place best spent poolside, the island has much more to offer. The beaches, for one, are just as enticing - especially as the main resort areas of Chaweng Beach and Lamai Beach boast turquoise waters, bright white sand and plentiful facilities. Ang Thong National Marine Park also offers ample water fun from snorkelling to scuba diving and kayaking.

Back on dry land and Koh Samui offers just as many options. You can bear witness to the Big Buddha shrine at Wat Phra Yai or see the mummified monk at Wat Khunaram. The sparkling Namuang Waterfall is also a highlight, especially for an inland dip.

When the sun sets, return to the beach for dinner enjoyed alfresco with stalls and tables set up along the water with the sand at your toes. Koh Samui nightlife will also keep you entertained well into the night with everything from cabaret shows to full moon parties, club and pubs. You can also take a speedboat to the mother of all full moon parties on Haad Rin on the nearby island of Pha-Ngan. And when in doubt, there's always the pool bar.

Here, we've scoped out the best things to do during your Koh Samui holiday.

Chaweng Beach

Chaweng Beach is the beating heart of Koh Samui. A palm-lined resort strip where much of the action takes place. Here is where you will find some of the island's best shopping and nightlife, not to mention mouth-watering dining opportunities huddled along the famous Green Mango strip.

Lamai Beach

If the bustling nature of Chaweng Beach isn't the relaxing island holiday you had dreamed of, then Lamai Beach may be more your style. Located on the east coast, Lamai is Koh Samui's second largest beach and typically loved for its laidback and hassle-free vibe.

Wat Phra Yai

While it’s locally referred to as Wat Phra Yai, over the years it has also become known as the Big Buddha Temple. As the nickname suggests,  Wat Phra Yai is home to a big golden Buddha statue, one of Koh Samui’s most recognisable icons.

Ang Thong National Marine Park

For a taste of untouched Thailand, Ang Thong National Marine Park is a must. A beautiful archipelago of 42 islands lying within the Central Gulf Coast of Thailand, the park is a mecca for nature lovers looking to explore deserted beaches, lush rainforests and snorkel thriving reefs.