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What to do in Koh Samui Thailand? Discover the villages

5 times what to do in? Great tips on the 5 biggest places to do on Koh Samui.


#1 What to do in Fisherman's Village?

Fisherman's Village is an old fishing village in the North of Koh Samui and can be reached with 20 minutes by cab from Idyllic Samui Resort. (Cost around 400 bath)

Fishermans Village is known for its laid back feel. A walking area through the center full of cozy bars and restaurants interspersed with souvenir stores.

The atmosphere in Fisherman's Village is super relaxed or even better.


The restaurants on the shoreline where you with your feet in the sand can enjoy the various cuisines which the village has to offer. The Friday evening gives an extra dimension to a visit to Fisherman's Village with the walk true food market. A diversity of stalls with Thai street food dishes.


During the day you can enjoy lunch at the beautiful beaches of Bophut and Meanam. Bophut Beach is definitely one of the best beaches on Koh Samui. White sand and very clear water



Coco Tam's  Fishermans village

#2 What to do in Chaweng?

Chaweng is a beach lover's paradise. Palm trees, white sand and crystal clear water.

Here you will also find possibilities such as jet ski rental and banana boats.

After a day at Chaweng beach it is definitely worth to eat or enjoy a cocktail in one of the many restaurants on the beach.

The center of Chaweng is a nice place to look for souvenirs in one of the hundreds of stores.

At night you can find here a vibrant and exuberant nightlife.

Here you will also find the well-known chains such as Mac Donalds and the many pizza parlors. Unfortunately, this takes away a bit of the idyllic Thai feeling.

Hotels in Chaweng are not allowed to be higher than the palmtrees so they do not stand out immediately.


Chaweng Noi in the north of Chaweng has a small quiet beach where you can sunbathe in peace. At the end of the beach you will find small, cheaper restaurants.


#3 What to do in Lamai?

Lamai is just like Chaweng a real beach resort only a bit quieter. The 4km long sandy beach invites you to take a walk. The warm seawater is great for swimming. The restaurants and bars offer the possibility to eat on the beach and compared to Chaweng it is cheaper here.


On Sundays is the Lamai Nigth Market. A good place to enjoy local dishes available in one of the many stalls at the Night Market.


Do you like martial arts then the Lamai Boxing stadium is a must. here are muay thai fights organized on Saturdays.




#4 What to do in Bohput

Bophut is besides a Municipality on Samui where Fisherman's Village is located, a place where you can find many private beaches of large and small idyllic resorts situated between the beaches of Big Buddha and Meanam.


The small villages with local restaurants will introduce you to the authentic Thai cuisine. Highly recommended is Pui Relax Restaurant and Bar. A very extensive menu with an average price of 150 bath for a main course.


Luxury restaurants can be found in resorts like Hyatt, The Ritz Carlton and Six Senses.

Our resort is located in this community next to the Six Senses Resort. Our guests can get to the private beach of Idyllic Samui Resort from the Resort.

Our staff can provide a delicious BBQ for you on the beach.


In Bophut you will find, among other things, the Golden Buddha and the Wat Plai Leam temple. Highly recommended is the Samui Elephant Sanctuary where you can help care for elephants that can no longer be released into the wild.


Luxury restaurants can be found in resorts like Hyatt, The Ritz Carlton and Six Senses.


For a vibrant nightlife you will have to go to Chanweng.


The airport of Koh Samui is also located in Bophut.


#5 What to do in Nathon

Nathon is the capital of Koh Samui. Here you will find the harbor where Ferries can be taken to the from and to the mainland. Here you will find no resorts or hotels and is the opposite of what the rest of the island has to offer. Most resort or hotels are at least a half hour drive from Nathon.


Still, Nathon certainly has something to offer and is especially popular among backpackers on a limited budget. Many souvenir stores with prices much lower than on the rest of the island. Visit Nathon in the morning or late afternoon because of the high temperatures during the day.


On Saturday evening it is walking street with a wide range of street food, clothing stalls and souvenirs.



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