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The Top 05 Koh Samui Experiences To Enjoy – Remarkable Island Getaways

An enchanting Thai island that has something for everyone, Koh Samui offers an unforgettable holiday adventure. Of course, with so much to see and do, narrowing down your itinerary may not be an easy task; with that in mind, here are some of the best experiences that you can look forward to.


Visiting Local Temples & Shrines

The island has a rich culture and religious heritage which can be experienced on visits to its many temples and sacred sites. One of the most famed attractions in Koh Samui is the Big Buddha shrine which features the golden Big Buddha statue at an impressive height of 12 metres. The fascinating mummified monk can be found at Wat Khunaram, while Wat Plai Laem with its intricate décor and 18-arm image of the Goddess of Mercy (Guanyin) is also worth a visit.


Spending Time at the Beaches

The island is blessed with picturesque beaches which will make you want to just spend your days soaking up the sun and lazing in the sand. The best thing is, resorts in Koh Samui can be found right beside the shoreline so you can begin and end your day by the ocean. Amongst the most popular spots are the beaches of Chaweng and Lamai where you can enjoy water sports too. For a quieter beachside escape you can head to Bophut Beach home to Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort and near the well-known Fisherman's Village. More secluded coastal getaways also await at the Maenam and Bang Por beaches.


Enjoying Holistic Wellness

The soothing seaside setting is perfect for experiencing some rejuvenating wellness treatments as well. Those who stay at a spa hotel Koh Samui has to offer can enjoy a range of therapies be it traditional eastern or modern western healing rituals. From royal Thai and jet lag massages to Thai herbal steam sessions and coconut scrubs, there is much to try. Added to this, is the chance to engage in some guided yoga or Pilates or even a Muay Thai boxing workout for a truly revitalising holiday.


Exploring Local Markets

The local markets of Koh Samui are great spots to not only get in some shopping but to soak up island culture and savour delectable Thai dishes too. The Fisherman's Village Walking Street Market held every Friday (5:00pm to 11:00pm) is one of the most popular, while also well-known is the Walking Street Market in Lamai which begins on Sunday evenings. More shopping fun awaits at Chaweng Walking Street and the Chaweng Night Market, each providing an eclectic array of items to choose from.


Partying the Night Away

Of course, those who like to party and party hard, will have a blast here too; the nightlife in Koh Samui is certainly lively, especially at areas such as Chaweng which transforms into a party playground at night; those who head to locales such as Soi Reggae or Soi Green Mango will find plenty of clubs, bars and pubs. Areas like Bophut offer more laid-back nightlife and chilled-out fun by the beach, while for something different, you can look to witness a ladyboy cabaret show too.