When you travel to a place like Koh Samui in Thailand, it’s easy to take one look at the stunning beaches and luxury beachfront villas and decide to spend your time on the Island lying on the beach sipping cocktails. And while there is nothing wrong with that, it would be a shame to leave this beautiful Island without exploring some of the wonders that it has to offer. There are ways to get the best of both worlds if you are careful with your time.
A perfect day on Koh Samui could go something like this:
Morning time: explore
If you are a traveller who likes the finer things in life there is no doubt that a beach front villa is the way to go when it comes to accommodation on the island. There is no better way to wake up in the morning than in a beachfront villa with ocean views.
Many villas have the option of having a chef available to cook for you which means that breakfast can be served in the villa. However if you feel like venturing out, there are many places that are known on the island for serving fantastic breakfasts. All along the beach you will find restaurants that serve everything from fresh fruit and smoothies to the full works English breakfast and stacks of pancakes. If you are recovering from a heavy night the beachfront is also dotted with fantastic coffee places, providing the caffeine needed to give you some get up and go.
After breakfast it is a good time to wander around one of the many attractions or towns of Samui. It is a great opportunity to explore the island culture and see some of the sights that reside there. This is where it is a good idea to have a vehicle such as a scooter or a jeep, as it really does make the island your oyster. You can drive around the island in an hour and half, meaning that many places are easy enough to get to for the morning if you get up early enough. Some of the most famous attractions on Samui are Big Buddha Beach where a 12 meter tall golden Buddha resides,
Afternoon: lunch and relaxation
As with breakfast there are so many places to visit for lunch, but while visiting Koh Samui you should try and sample some of the amazing street food and off the beaten track restaurants. A good tip is to look for places where lots of locals are eating, this is sure to be good quality. Another great thing about street food is that it is great value, freeing up more of your budget for your evening meals.
After you have had your lunch, the afternoon time is perfect for relaxing and enjoying the idyllic surroundings, whether that means laying on one of the sandy beaches, laying by the pool of the villa or even spending the afternoon getting pampered at one of the many spas on the island leaving you refreshed for the evening’s activities.
Evening: wine, dine and party
You don’t have to be a wild party animal to enjoy the night life ion Koh Samui, although there are many places designed for those who like to dance until dawn.
A perfect way to spend an evening on Koh Samui is to get a table at one of the many luxury beachside restaurants that overlook the stunning sunsets over the sea. Sip a cocktail or two and enjoy some freshly caught local seafood and traditional Thai dishes. If you are not a fan of Thai cuisine, most places do offer more western options on their menus.
After dinner, you cannot beat a moonlit walk on the beach while you ponder your next move. Samui has an abundance of bars and clubs, from the very laid back and chilled out, to some more formal and upmarket and then of course the clubs and bustling nightlife that Thailand is so famous for. The great thing about the nightlife in Samui is that it really does cater for everyone even if you are just looking for a quiet after dinner drink before heading back to your villa to get some rest before your next big day on Koh Samui.
Mark Cox is Director at Samui Island Villas.