Wondering about what to do in Koh Samui? Here’s our travel itinerary for Koh Samui, with some of our suggested places to visit in Koh Samui and things to do on your holiday.
Koh Samui was our second destination in Thailand and the third leg of our trip, which began in Singapore. Samui, which is part of the province of Surat Thani, is an island in the southern region of Thailand. We spent 7 days in Koh Samui.
We hope this itinerary, for 7 days or less, can help you plan your trip to Koh Samui. You can adjust the itinerary for Koh Samui based on your preferences and number of travel days, as you please. 🙂
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- Buy a SIM card and set up mobile data connection (the salesperson usually sets it up for you)
- Wear sleeved T-shirts (or bring a shawl if you’re wearing a tank top or tops that show your bare shoulders) paired with pants or long/knee-length shorts or skirts when visiting temples. They usually require modest clothing as a sign of respect.
- Rent a scooter to save some money and drive around town on your own. Scooter rentals generally range from 150 to 300 baht per day for a basic one, like a Honda Click or Scoopy. Other types of scooter/mortorbike are usually worth more. Sometimes you can get some discount if you’re renting it for a couple of days or more. Don’t forget to ask!
- Should you decide to rent a scooter/motorbike, it’s best to have an insurance and an international driver’s license.
Wondering what to do in Koh Samui and where to go?
Here’s how our 7-day travel itinerary for Koh Samui looked like:
- Arrival in Koh Samui. Check in at hotel (along Chaweng Beach for us)
- Go to Chaweng Beach, if time permits or just explore around the neighborhood
How to get to Koh Samui
Our flights from Bangkok to Koh Samui
Koh Samui is our second destination during our trip to Thailand, after Bangkok. So we flew from there.
We selected Nok Air for our flight from Bangkok to Surat Thani Airport. We chose their Fly n’ Ferry package, which included flight, ferry and an optional on-island transfer services. The coach and high-speed catamaran service was operated by Lomprayah, but we booked everything through Nok Air and they took care of it all.
Here’s a summary of how we got to Koh Samui:
Don Mueang Airport (Bangkok) to Surat Thani Airport –> coach to Surat Thani’s Tapee Pier –> hi-speed catamaran to Koh Samui’s Nar Ton/Nathon Pier –> van to hotel. And vice versa.
I know it sounds like a lot of effort, but it was actually not much of a hassle at all. Everything was handled by Nok Air and Lomprayah, and we didn’t have to worry about anything else. Our total travel time took around 4.5 to 5 hours.
If you want a quicker and more convenient route, there’s a direct flight to the island, landing at Samui International Airport. Bangkok Airways, which privately owns the airport, and Thai Airways offer such flights. The flight generally takes only about 1 hour and 30 minutes, or a few more minutes less. However, it can be a bit expensive.
It’s cheaper to land in Surat Thani, but then you’d have to take a coach and ferry to Samui from there. Hence, more travel time. Our total travel time from Bangkok to Koh Samui (via Surat Thani) took around 4.5 to 5 hours.
Where to stay in Koh Samui
We stayed at the Briza Beach Resort, which we booked through **Booking.com. We had a comfortable stay and we were happy with our choice.
Our booking included a buffet breakfast, and the Briza had a variety of food choices. If we walked a bit more past the restaurant and bar, we would be in Chaweng Beach. The staff were very warm and always willing to help. The hotel is also in a good location, just a few minutes’ walk to various restaurants, bars and shops around Chaweng Beach.
**At no extra cost to you, you can book a room through Booking.com using my special referral link^^ to get 10% of your trip back after completing your stay!
If you’re looking for luxury resorts, some of the popular ones among travelers to Koh Samui are the Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui, SALA Samui Choengmon Beach, Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui and Mantra Samui Resort.
- Visit the Secret Buddha Garden (around 80 baht for admission)
- Lunch at Mountain Grand View Seaview Restaurant, enjoy view
- Visit Hin Ta and Hin Yai rocks, also known as Grandmother and Grandmother rocks, are rock formations overlooking the beaches of Lamai and Hua Thuanon.
- Visit Wat Plai Laem (temple, free), which features a very large and colorful 18-armed statue of Guanyin, the goddess of compassion and mercy. A large white laughing Buddha statue is also present in the area.
- Visit Wat Phra Yai (temple, free). About a 5-minute drive away from Wat Plai Laem. Here you will find a large seated Buddha statue painted in gold.
- Visit and explore Fisherman’s Village, a popular attraction in Koh Samui located at Bophut Beach road. The place has lots of shops and restaurants that remain open until late at night.
- Dinner at Coco Tam’s X Peppina (they have an awesome show with fire dancers every night, from 9:30 PM)
- OPTION 1: ATV jungle adventure half-day tour. Part of the journey was riding up to Teepangkorn temple. (price from around 2800 baht)
- OPTION 2: Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan full-day tour (price from around 1500 baht)
- Visit the Jungle Club Restaurant. It has a great view of the Gulf of Siam. You can also book a dinner reservation in advance.
- Visit Bophut Beach (free)
- Explore Fisherman’s Village further
- You can also visit Chaweng Night Market, or Chaweng Walking Street
- Mu Koh Angthong National Marine Park tour (price from around 1500 baht)
You can go here by big boat/slow boat. It usually includes hotel pick up and drop off, a light breakfast, lunch as well as snorkeling and kayaking activities. There is a 300 baht entry fee for the park, in case it’s not included in the tour price. You can also go to the park by speedboat^^
TIP: You can also use Klook^^ to book tours, sightseeing activities and others. It’s very convenient and usually has instant confirmation. You can download the app for free in Google Play or Apple’s App Store. Sometimes the price in Klook is cheaper than travel agencies/tour companies, or just about the same. Remember to canvass around and compare!
- Lamai Beach (free)
- Fisherman’s Village in Bophut Beach or explore Lamai Beach area
We then headed home the next day for our flights back home.
We really liked staying in Koh Samui. It’s not too crowded with tourists, and for us, we thought it had a romantic vibe to it, compared to the more popular Phuket. It just takes a bit effort to go to Samui, if you’re landing in Surat Thani Airport, but we think it’s worth the trip!
Here’s a freebie, just for you!
For your convenience, we also created a PDF document of our itinerary that you can print and download for FREE!
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You can use it as a guide to help you plan your trip to Koh Samui and switch or add things around for your own kind of adventure.
We hope you found our post and suggested itinerary helpful!
~ Safe travels, everyone!
Have you been to Koh Samui? How long were you there and how did your itinerary look like?