If your life is like a near-bursting pressure cooker and you are buried on paperwork, constantly glued on your phone, and had your last vacation 5 years ago, you must be really exhausted. All work and no play can truly make you dull as the cliche goes. If it has been a long time since you took a holiday, you might have noticed that you are constantly fatigued, have lost your drive, and have less productivity. You are also frequently sick and might be in dire need of anger management.

Many experts believe that while pressure is good, too much of it can make us sick in many ways and affect the quality of our life. Take a break, you deserve it. In Koh Samui, you can get away from your fast paced modern life and have the chance to watch the time tick more slowly and be able to energize your worn-out batteries. A holiday will boost your creativity, give you inspiration, and make you happy and refreshed when you get back. Here are ways to take it slow on the island.

Go fishing.

One of the most relaxing activities you can do in Koh Samui is fishing. The island is home to different interesting species of fishes. Here big game fishing is what’s hot. Not only will you be able to de-stress. You will also be able to socialize with folks who are into this sport as well. Some of the species you can catch are snapper, grouper, and mackerel. Barracudas are pretty common too.

Spend your holiday in a hilltop villa.

Holidays in Koh Samui vary depending on preferences. If you want to take it slow, have plenty of peace and quiet and avoid the crowd, a private villa rental set on a hill top is most suitable for you. The high elevation means that you can enjoy magnificent scenery all throughout your stay. Also, the less accessible location means that the vicinity would be less crowded, which is great.

Sail away.

You can unleash your inner Captain Hook in Koh Samui. Surrounded by water, the island opens a lot of window for water expedition. Sailing is a great way to unwind, embrace the elements, and move at a more leisurely pace. It is also a good way to get a sunkissed glow.

Relax in a secluded beach.

There are all sorts of beaches all over the island. If you are looking for a quiet, not-so-usual beach, you can visit some of the island’s low profile spots like Silver Beach and Thong Krut. These are less frequented by tourists and are perfect for those who want to get away from the noise and the pressures of the modern life.

Discover organic food.

If you have visited the groceries lately, you will realize that the majority of the aisles are dominated by processed food. Our ancestors have eaten way better than we do and have more energy because they consumed whole foods that have no preservatives, plants that are free from pesticides, and meat obtained from the wild and were not products of commercial feeds. For those who would like to be healthy for life, you should look into organic foods. There are dining places in Koh Samui that serve dishes only made from organic ingredients. One of them is Greenlight Cafe which is located in the Fisherman’s Village.

Greenlight Cafe and Bar
Open: 8am to 10pm
Address: 3/28 Moo 1 Fisherman’s Village | Fisherman’s Village, Bophut, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Phone: 00 66 95 615 7230

Find your inner domestic god or goddess.

Cooking is a relaxing activity and is proven to be a good stress reliever. Whether you are a fabulous home cook or have always been interested in cooking but haven’t tried it yet, start now. On your island holiday, grab the chance to take cooking lessons and know how to create your favorite Thai dishes.

Have a BBQ party.

What’s more fun than a barbeque party with friends? If your place has an outside grill, shop for supplies and organize a simple barbeque gathering. Buy seafood, meat, and veggies and grill them outdoors. Everyone will enjoy the smoky feast plus you can get to bond with friends and loved ones inside your own space.

Take a holiday from social media.

If you count the number of hours you spend holding and fiddling your smartphone on a daily basis, you will be surprised (if you are totally being honest about it). People spend more time posting, liking, and following other people’s lives that they have very little time left for themselves and what’s important. Unless your livelihood depends on it, it is recommended that you take a vacation from social media platforms from time to time. Always remember that people with truly colorful lives are too busy living it that they don’t have time to post, like, or follow other people. Make your real life more substantial than your social media life. It is what truly counts.

Interact with the locals.

Be with the island folks. Sometimes a conversation with someone who has a life that is so different from what you have is the best gift you can give to yourself. Human interaction is a channel for growth and learning. People who live on the island run on nature’s time and have a healthier schedule than yours. Take the moment to get to know them and see the world through different eyes.

Realize that sometimes you build your own pressure cooker and the only way to escape it is by taking a deep breath and taking it slow. So clear your schedule and get your well deserved break in Koh Samui.