Koh Samui: A Journey into Tropical Luxury

Icon Share


Advisor - Laura Vaughn
Curated By

Laura Vaughn

  • Thailand

  • Beaches

  • Active Travel

  • Outdoors

  • Coastal

  • Sightseeing

Twilight Koh Samui
Curator’s statement

Koh Samui, nestled in the Gulf of Thailand, is a tropical haven known for its pristine beaches, clear waters and lush landscapes. Whether you're seeking relaxation on Chaweng Beach or tranquility at Lamai Beach, the island offers a diverse range of experiences. Discover the mystique of Na Muang Waterfalls and admire the sunset from the iconic Big Buddha Temple. The island's culinary scene blends Thai authenticity with international flavors. World-class spas, vibrant markets, thrilling water activities and lively nightlife. Koh Samui seamlessly marries luxury with local charm, promising an unforgettable escape in paradise.

The Fora Difference

Book with Laura to access exclusive perks and experiences on your trip.

[object Object]
Killer perks

Free upgrades, spa credits and more—we got you

[object Object]
Personalized recs

Customized travel planning for your style

[object Object]
Insider knowledge

Expert advice from people who’ve actually been there

Where to stay in Koh Samui

Unlock perks by contacting Laura to book your trip.

Things to do in Koh Samui

Blue water and clouds

Thailand remains an enduring destination for me, drawing me back year after year. Its timeless allure and diverse beauty captivate, and within this enchanting country, Koh Samui shines as a true gem of sophistication and relaxation. I also find myself returning due to the genuine warmth of the Thai people, who extend their friendliness from bustling markets to serene beaches, creating a sense of belonging that makes every visit a heartwarming experience. A haven where luxury meets tranquility, Koh Samui is the ideal place to rejuvenate and indulge in a serene escape. Immerse yourself in its stunning beaches, explore vibrant markets, experience the culinary delights and embark on exciting excursions – each moment in Koh Samui becomes a treasured memory.

Beaches in Koh Samui

Koh Samui boasts a collection of exquisite beaches, each with its own character and charm, all beautiful. These are just a few of the beaches Koh Samui has to offer.

Chaweng Beach

A vibrant hub with powdery white sands and clear turquoise waters. It offers a bustling atmosphere, water sports and a lively nightlife scene.

Lamai Beach

This beach provides a balance of relaxation and adventure, featuring soft sands, gentle waves and the iconic Hin Ta and Hin Yai rocks.

Bophut Beach

Known for its laid-back ambiance and Fisherman's Village, it offers calm waters, boutique shops and a blend of relaxation and cultural experiences.

Maenam Beach

Offering tranquility and stunning sunsets, Maenam features serene sands, gentle waves and a quiet escape from the crowds.

Choeng Mon Beach

Family-friendly with shallow waters and a gentle slope, this beach is perfect for leisurely water sports and relaxation.

Shopping in Koh Samui

Discover a diverse shopping scene on Koh Samui, where vibrant markets like Fisherman's Village Walking Street and modern complexes like Central Festival Samui cater to a range of tastes, from local crafts to international brands.

Central Festival Samui

This modern mall offers a mix of luxury brands, fashion boutiques, and entertainment. Explore international fashion, cosmetics and electronics.

The Wharf Samui

An open-air shopping center featuring boutique shops and upscale offerings, perfect for luxury seekers. Discover unique designs, fine art and stylish accessories.

Boutiques at Resorts

Many luxury resorts house high-end boutiques with designer clothing, jewelry, and lifestyle products. Find exclusive resort wear and curated collections.

High-End Jewelry Stores

Explore exquisite gems, precious metals and custom-made jewelry in select stores around the island. Discover personalized pieces and timeless elegance.

Fisherman's Village

The village offers high-quality crafts, art pieces and unique items. Unearth authentic handicrafts and locally-made treasures.

Spas in Koh Samui

Indulge in luxurious relaxation at Koh Samui's world-class spas, offering a rejuvenating escape amid serene and tranquil settings.

Tamarind Springs

Enjoy holistic treatments amid lush gardens, combining traditional and modern therapies. Immerse yourself in nature-inspired relaxation.

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary

A wellness retreat offering holistic therapies, yoga and detox programs in a serene environment. Embark on personalized wellness journeys.

Six Senses Spa Samui

Known for ocean views and holistic treatments, it's a paradise for relaxation and rejuvenation. Delight in sensory experiences that invigorate the mind and body.

Banyan Tree Spa

Offers massages and therapies in a serene setting, with a focus on luxury and well-being. Experience the harmony of skilled therapists and natural surroundings.

Activities in Koh Samui

Embrace myriad captivating experiences in Koh Samui, from exploring sacred temples and cascading waterfalls to savoring authentic culinary delights and reveling in the island's vibrant nightlife, all while surrounded by its breathtaking natural beauty.

Big Buddha Temple

Marvel at a golden Buddha statue and panoramic views of the island's beauty. Engage in tours for insights into its cultural significance.

Na Muang Waterfalls

Hike to stunning cascades amid lush surroundings, perfect for a refreshing dip. Explore the trails and nature's wonders.

Five Islands Sunset Tour

Witness breathtaking sunsets over the iconic Five Islands during a boat tour. Enjoy a relaxing cruise and capture the stunning scenery.

Thai Cooking Classes

Learn to prepare authentic Thai dishes using fresh ingredients and traditional techniques. Discover the secrets of Thai cuisine.

Angthong Marine Park

Embark on a day trip for kayaking, snorkeling, and exploring a stunning archipelago. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the marine park.

Nightlife in Koh Samui

Enjoy lively beachfront bars, fire shows and renowned clubs like Green Mango. Embrace the vibrant energy of the island's nightlife.

Cultural Experiences

Attend the Samui Cultural Show to experience Thai dance, music and traditional performances. Immerse yourself in local culture.

Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks

Discover these natural rock formations, amusingly resembling male and female genitalia. Explore this unique geological wonder.

Secret Buddha Garden

Explore a hidden oasis filled with statues, waterfalls and lush greenery. Discover the artistic and spiritual treasures within.

Water Activities

Dive into azure waters for snorkeling, scuba diving, paddleboarding or luxury yacht adventures. Embrace the marine playground's thrilling options.

Places to eat & drink in Koh Samui

Food and fruits

The Dining on the Rocks: Perched above the ocean at Six Senses Samui, this iconic restaurant is a sensory marvel. Offering panoramic vistas, it unites international flavors in innovative ways, creating a symphony of taste and visual beauty.

Zazen Restaurant: Nestled along the pristine Bophut Beach, Zazen is a haven of romance and refined taste. It artfully blends Thai and Mediterranean influences, curating an unforgettable dining experience illuminated by soft beachside breezes.

Nikki Beach Koh Samui: Infusing global sophistication into the island, Nikki Beach delivers chic beachfront dining at its best. Creative cocktails, sumptuous cuisine and an exuberant atmosphere come together, culminating in an experience that redefines beachside indulgence.

OceanKiss: Within the InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort, OceanKiss elevates Thai cuisine to new heights. Perched seaside, it harmonizes breathtaking sea views with modern interpretations of traditional flavors, painting an exquisite canvas of taste and sight.

Dara Samui Beachside Restaurant: Set along the coastline, Dara Samui Beachside Restaurant captures the essence of tropical relaxation. While your feet touch the sand, savor authentic Thai classics and delectable seafood, embracing the rustic charm of beachside dining.

Lamphu Restaurant: Hidden within Chaweng's heart, Lamphu Restaurant offers a down-to-earth encounter with local Thai flavors. With a welcoming ambiance, it's the place to delve into authentic dishes, enjoying a feast of traditional tastes amid a family-friendly atmosphere.

Advisor - Laura Vaughn

Travel Advisor

Laura Vaughn

Get in touch with Laura

Did you like this guide? Reach out to customize and book your own experience. Or, just to chat about travel in general.

You can normally expect a response from Laura within a business day or so. You’ll also be subscribed to our travel newsletter (you can unsubscribe at any time).

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Ursvashi Marwah's guide, 2-Week Itinerary in Thailand: From City to Beach. This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Thailand.