Koh Samui Island is considered one of Thailand’s most preferred tourist destinations. The island is home to several Temples that reflect various aspects of great Buddhist culture. The island also offers great collection of natural tourist attractions like waterfalls, hilly areas, jungles, marine park, sandy beaches, and more.
Visit popular attractions
Some of the main tourist attractions on this island are- Big Buddha Temple, Wat Khunaram Mummified Monk site, the Na Muang Waterfall area, the Ang Thong Marine Park, Hin Ta & Hin Yai rocks site, and the Samui snake park.
Explore the jungles
Koh Samui Island is home to many unexplored jungles. You can opt for elephant ride through the jungle areas or hire safari jeep. Several acres of coconut plantations, forests with rare bird species, picturesque rock formations, spectacular waterfalls, and ancient monuments are scattered in various parts of the island. These can be best explored by hiring safari jeep to travel. If you are looking for thrilling experience, you can also think about hiring motor cycle or bicycle to travel across various parts of the island.
Buy a souvenir
As mentioned earlier, the island has something for everyone. There are many shopping centers and evening markets on the island. Let’s take a look at some of the best ones.
- Lifestyle shopping complex
Chaweng based Lifestyle shopping complex is slowly gaining popularity as the island’s best shopping center. It is located near the Chaweng’s beach road. The shopping complex also attracts eyeballs due to its architectural features. The dining cum shopping mall is spread across 90,000sqm area, on three floors.
Not just this, the shopping center also offers garden area with restaurants, shops and a beautiful playground for kids.
- Nathon & Lamai based Samui Hot Club
If you do not feel satisfied after visiting Lifestyle shopping complex, you should visit the Samui Hot Club. The shopping area is best for shoppers who wish to buy beachwear, and T-shirts. There are several stalls inside this big hall. The only drawback about this shopping center is that they do not allow customers to try wearing items before purchasing. Goods once sold won’t be exchanged or refunded.
The shopping center’s policies are very strict, but the overall offers and quality of goods sold under this roof are definitely something worth compromising for.
- Street markets in Chaweng area
Chaweng is not just popular for its beach on Samui Island, but it is famous for its street markets as well. These markets are full of roadside food and clothing shops. So, you can eat snacks, drink cocktail, and continue shopping at the same time. You can buy good quality clothes, art material, watches, sunglasses, bags, cosmetic material and wooden souvenirs from this market.
Several stalls also sell T-shirts with copied designs from big brands. So, don’t feel surprised if you find Ralph Laurent shirts for just few cents.
- Market at Fisherman’s village
Every Friday, the Fisherman village based Bophut area’s main street attracts hundreds of locals and tourists due to its street market. Every Friday, the market is held from 5PM to 10 PM local time.
Fisherman’s market is not just about fish. You can find cocktail stalls, seafood stalls, handicraft material, wooden souvenir items, and clothing as well.
Live like a king
Koh Samui is home to some very good restaurants, pubs, cafes, and tourist-friendly budget hotels. Most importantly, there are many sea facing villas as well. If you are looking for luxury villas Samui, try Samui Villa Retreat. The group offers Villas with garden and pool view, panoramic sea view, villas beside the beach, and beachfront villas.
Their sea facing villas are truly world class, and they also offer some of the best facilities like personal concierge service, free airport pick-up or drop service, continental breakfast, and more. All the villas are inspected every day to make sure that they match certain standards.
Executives at the concierge desk can assist you with maps, and information about the island and various tourist destinations. They can also take care of your transportation needs.
Samui Villa Retreat offers villas that are close to night-clubs, pubs, discos, and bars. This means you can enjoy great night life, and then enjoy some peaceful time at the villa.