Now among the best places to visit in Southeast Asia, Koh Samui is currently highlighting its position in the map as a top tourist destination. It is a blissful island that is at once serene and exciting, welcoming yet intriguing. Before it was pretty coy and was overshadowed by more popular places in Thailand such as Phuket and Bangkok. Over the years it managed to sweep past forward and has now the momentum and reputation to make it worthy to be in every traveller’s bucket list. For those who are still hesitating and can’t make up their mind yet, maybe this list could convince you to visit.

Sunbathing

If a gorgeous tan that you can show off on your selfies is your favorite travel souvenir, then you will love it at Koh Samui. The island boasts a lot of sunshine, clear skies, and warm sand that will give you plenty of opportunities to allow your skin to have a golden sunkissed glow. Rest assured that when you get back you won’t need a bronzer to make you look like a walking sun god or goddess.

Swimming

The tropical weather is perfect for swimming. You can swim at the beach, in the privacy of your villa pool, or in one of the island’s beautiful waterfalls.

Sand

Powdery, fine, and light colored, the sands you can find in Koh Samui are among the best in the world. Feel it against your feet on a warm day and your stress will instantly go away.

Sunsets

The island will give you many chances to see the most romantic sunsets you will ever witness. Whether you are sailing, taking an afternoon stroll along the shoreline, or sipping margaritas in your private beachfront retreat, you will be rewarded by a beautiful tropical sunset that you can gaze at or take many pictures of.

Sports

It’s hard to get bored here because there are a lot of physical activities you can engage on if you are done sightseeing. You can try surfing, snorkelling or perhaps learn Thai boxing. You can also play golf, ride a go-kart, or take a hike.

Shopping

On your stay in Koh Samui, you better hold onto your purse as you will enjoy spending so much on the local street markets and shopping malls. There are so many wonderful products you can find all over the island. Whether you are after souvenirs or into fashionable summer dresses, your shopping experience here is bound to be fun. Word of advice: practice haggling. It may not be a custom where you came from but here people do it all the time.

Spas

Relaxation is the aim of every holiday and if you came to Samui for a well deserved break, you won’t be disappointed. The island is home to the best wellness spas in Thailand. Even if you don’t feel like going out, you can still indulge in a massage or a body scrub as most hotels and private accommodations have their own spa services.

Sailing

The beauty of a tropical destination is that sailing is always in style. There is something about riding a boat and heading out in the middle of the sea where all you can see are the sky and the endless stretch of water. It is exciting and a little scary at the same time and this combination is the perfect cocktail for any adventure. Take sailing trips with fellow tourists or perhaps book a private yacht for a more luxurious sea expedition.

Sarong

A popular beach essential, sarongs are a must buy in Koh Samui. Thai sarongs are colorful, have interesting patterns, and will last you a long time. You can use this in many ways so even if you pay a high price for a special piece you know that you will get your money’s worth. The good news is that locally, sarongs are affordable. You can wear this as a beach cover up or transform it into a halter dress for beach parties.

Silk

A labor of love and an expression of Thai artistry, Thai silk is something you must explore on your holiday to Koh Samui. If you love to sew and are involved in crafts, Thai silk is a material that you can incorporate in your creations. This fabric is versatile and used by locals because it can withstand constant use since it is strong. Also it is comfortable to wear and is smooth to touch. Thai silk is cooling during the summer and will keep you warm during cold rainy nights. It is available in different designs and colors too.

Spirits

If you drink more alcohol than water, Koh Samui will feel like a paradise to you. The island’s laid back atmosphere and beach vibe are enough excuse for a drinking session. Most locals drink just because. Drinking here does not require an occasion or a cause.

Local spirits are worth exploring. There’s sato or Thai rice wine which is comparable to Japanese sake. This can be availed for cheap, say less than 30 baht. You can also try local beer brands that have a higher alcohol content than most imported brands. We highly recommend Singha and Chang. Thai whisky is another well known local spirit. The name is confusing as it is like rum more than whisky. This can be combined with cola or lime soda for a refreshing drink with a nice kick.

Sweets

What we love most about being in a destination in Thailand is that there is a wide variety of sweets available. In Koh Samui, you will have fun exploring local desserts such as mango sticky rice and egg yolk tart. These desserts are the perfect way to complement a spicy meal and to balance the saltiness of savory dishes.

Spicy Food

If you like your food hot and fiery, you will be at home in Koh Samui. Thai food has plenty of chili so most dishes have a strong spicy kick. Try tom yum goong, spicy papaya salad, and spicy red curry to kickstart your Thai food trip and initiate your taste buds with the unique flavors of Thai cuisine.