Things to do on Koh Samui
There is an abundance on things to do on Koh Samui, with activities to suit everyone. Cultural, sporting and charity events are held annually throughout the year. Guided tours to precincts and stores are available for tourists who visit the island with shopping in mind, and numerous restaurants are dotted about the island, offering traditional and local produce.
For the Thrill Seekers
For those looking for adventure and adrenaline, there is the opportunity to conquer the rocky cliff faces of the mountainous terrain in the centre of the island, or surf the waves on a kiteboard. Quad bike jungle safaris are available, for you to check out the local wildlife, or explore the world famous coral reefs by snorkelling or scuba diving.
For those wanting a more relaxing and sedate time on the island, why not try a trek through the jungle on elephant back? The island boast numerous spas where you can enjoy a relaxing massage, sunset cruises around the island taking in the views of the beautiful beaches and coral reefs, and a golf course where you can enjoy a round or two before retiring back to lazing on the beach.
For the Shopaholics
Chaweng town hosts some of the best shopping opportunities on the island. There are numerous shopping malls and impressive boutiques, including the Central Festival Samui. With three storeys and over 90,000sqm of retail space, it is home to over 200 shops. Not only is it home to large shops and boutiques, it also boasts numerous restaurants and bars, including coffee shops and cocktail lounges.
For a more relaxed shopping experience, there is an abundance of privately owned independent stores and market places, where you can haggle for bargains and purchase local produce.
Mediterranean and European style dishes are available within the various restaurants on the island, but if you really want to immerse yourself in island life, there is plenty of locally sourced and traditional Thai food on offer.
One of the largest restaurants on Koh Samui is the Barracuda. It is a modern and stylish concrete and chrome restaurant, that overlooks the beach. 80% of the seafood served on the menu is sourced from the local waters around the island, and all of its vegetables are organically grown locally.
Whilst the island is dotted with fine-dining venues, great food can also be found in simple shacks by the side of the road. Local lobster, prawns and crabs can be enjoyed under tall palm trees on a deck overlooking the beach, and traditional curries and local atmosphere can be enjoyed within terrace eateries.