One of the highlights of any vacation is, of course, the food and Koh Samui is internationally known for its abundant coconut production. Coconuts are widely available across the island and you may be surprised at how delicious they are! There is nothing more refreshing than sipping on an ice-cold young coconut, lid cut open, with its soft, white flesh ready to scoop out and eat after finishing the water. It's an excellent and natural way to stay rehydrated in the tropical temperatures.
Be sure to also try a local delicacy called Kalamare. Kalamare is a sweet caramel candy made from sticky rice, coconut milk, and palm sugar. The texture of Kalamare is very sticky and chewy, making it entertaining to consume and well worth a try.
People in this region of Thailand take so much pride in their big and delicious fresh Oysters and they have become a part of the province's motto. So, try not to miss Suratthani's oysters, which are famous for their size, taste, and cleanliness.
WALKING STREET MARKETS
Thai people are very passionate about two things; street food and shopping, and there is no better place to combine the two than at one of Koh Samui’s famous Walking Street Markets. These events take place in different villages throughout the week, but the most popular location is in Bophut’s charming Fisherman’s Village.
Here, you can taste delicious freshly-cooked street food, shop for local art, fashion and souvenirs and soak up the local culture and atmosphere. Fisherman’s Village is also lined with Chinese-style shop-houses, local boutiques and an excellent selection of restaurants and bars. This means there is no shortage of things to do once you have finished exploring every hidden corner of the market.
Koh Samui is famous for its soft and sandy beaches, but the island also has a wealth of cultural gems hidden within its tropical jungles. Must-see sites include Big Buddha Temple and Khunaram Temple the mummified monk.
PART OF SAMUI
Fisherman’s Village is a good choice for visitors looking for a family-friendly beach, within easy walking distance of local shops and restaurants.
Maenam Beach has a long beach and a small town center featuring a picturesque Chinese temple and a selection of local restaurants and bars.
Chaweng beach is the most developed tourist area, offering a great beach and a myriad of international cuisines and nightlife. This is a good choice for travelers who want to stay right in the heart of all the action.
The much quieter district, Chaweng Noi is a much sought after area, due to its peaceful beach and upmarket resorts that attract the more discerning traveler. Chaweng Noi is ideal for those searching for tranquility and serenity within easy reach of the island’s main attractions.
Finally, Lamai is well known for its sandy beach; however, it is situated quite far from the main nightlife areas of Chaweng and Fisherman’s Village.
Koh Samui is the number one luxury island destination in the Gulf of Thailand. With stunning natural surroundings, beautiful beaches, and a treasure trove of cultural attractions waiting to be discovered, this tropical island really does offer something for everyone. With so many different options to choose from, here are ten things you should try not miss when you visit Koh Samui.
A DAY TRIP
By private car is the perfect way to see it all. Popular stops include waterfalls such as Na Muang 2, where you can splash in the pools, Grandfather & Grandmother's rock the amazing rock formations, and the Lad Koh Viewpoint, also known as the Zenith Viewpoint. This is probably one of the easiest-to-reach breathtaking viewpoints on the island.