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Best Activities to Try in Koh Samui – Fun in the Sun, Sand & Surf!

A picture perfect tropical island paradise, Koh Samui in Thailand offers some truly unforgettable adventures. Here are some of the ‘must try’ activities when holidaying here.

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Snorkelling

An activity that can be enjoyed by the entire family, snorkelling offers countless hours of fun as you explore the waters that surround Koh Samui. You can look forward to relatively clear visibility and a chance to witness some truly spectacular marine and coral life that make up this rich underwater biodiversity. One of the popular places for snorkelling is undoubtedly Koh Tao or ‘Turtle Island.’ It lies around 70 kms from Koh Samui, but the trip will be worth your while as you get a chance to explore the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Thailand.

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Elephant Trekking

If you are on the lookout for more land based activities, then elephant trekking offers a unique excursion into the heart of the island. Elephants are considered the national animal of Thailand and such activities give you a chance to get up close with these gentle giants as you traverse jungle pathways and cross tropical terrains with rivers, streams, waterfalls and wildlife. A ride you will not soon forget, elephant trekking in Koh Samui is something that the whole family can enjoy.

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Local Cooking Classes

Part of any enriching holiday would be to sample the unique local cuisine on offer which is very much a part of the culture. This is especially true in Asia and when in Koh Samui you can always look to sign up for a cooking class that will help unlock the secrets of preparing delectable Thai dishes that you can learn to make yourself. Some classes let you truly get a hands-on experience by organising market tours as well, where you can pick the ingredients needed for the dishes you are going to prepare. Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort & Spa is amongst the Koh Samui hotels where you can enjoy such culinary adventures.

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Sea Kayaking Tours

Back out to the ocean, a sea kayaking tour offers you the perfect chance to further explore the breathtaking beauty that surrounds Koh Samui. Of note is the Anthong National Park which is home to countless islands set amidst lush green landscapes, awe-inspiring limestone cliffs, vibrant marine life and not to mention pristine beaches that can be enjoyed when on island hopping outings on a trusty kayak. Nothing quite lack kayaking to a secluded island and spending time exploring a tropical slice of paradise before heading back out to sea with the promise of adventure all around!

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Spa Treatments

After all your sightseeing tours and excursions, one of the best activities in Koh Samui is definitely to enjoy a rejuvenating spa day. Many resorts have their own spa giving you the chance to truly unwind an indulge in some luxurious pampering be it stress relieving traditional massages or invigorating Asian beauty treatments. Most spas let you choose from a range of therapies that will help you experience some holistic healing amidst the island’s enchanting tropical and coastal backdrops.