Your first trip to Koh Samui will be an interesting and adventure filled experience no matter what you decide to do. While there are some of the best beaches in the world for you to explore, soaking up some Vitamin D doesn’t have to be the only thing on your agenda. With world-class diving, national parks, cooking classes, and more, you’ll never run out of activities to do while on this beautiful tropical island. We’ve compiled a list of the best activities to do and sights to see for your first trip to Koh Samui
With some of the best diving locations in the world, you could spend days under water and not see a fraction of all the marine world has to offer you in Koh Samui. The beautiful world under the sea is teeming with fish, plants, and other secrets for you to explore. If you are not keen on being completely submerged, snorkeling will still allow you to play with the marine life. Make sure you bring some waterproof sunscreen and food because it’s likely that you’ll not want to leave until the sun goes down.
Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park
This national park of Thailand covers many islands and has many features to it. The four different forests include the dry evergreen forest, beach forest, limestone forest and the mangrove forests. They’ll keep you exploring for hours or even days, depending on how much time you have. Photographers will love the variety of flora and fauna they have to choose from, making it an ideal place for photo shoots. If you end up wanting to turn into Tarzan and never go home, don’t blame us.
Thai Cooking Class
The food in Thailand will blow your mind with how simple yet savory it is. After only a few meals, you will be wishing that you had a personal Thai chef who would come home with you. Or you can take a Thai cooking class so you can reminisce about your Koh Samui vacation anytime you want. The lemon grass, ginger, coconut milk and exotic spices will become your new favorite cooking ingredients after you’ve learned the secrets of the Thai kitchen. Don’t be surprised if you end up waddling home after eating too much good food.
Many of the best hotels in Koh Samui will organize any sorts of tours or classes for you. They’ll usually have recommendations for the providers who will give you an authentic experience.
Wat Plai Laem
What better way to round out your trip to this tropical paradise than taking in some of the local culture. There is no better place to do so than Wat Plai Laem. This Buddhist temple complex features an 18 armed image of Guanyin. This temple is a living and active one with devotees coming daily to pay homage to Guanyin and Buddha. Even if you are not religious, you can still appreciate the splendor of this newer temple. If you give, you can feed the multitude of fish in the lake which surrounds the temple.