Koh Samui is one of the most beautiful places in Thailand as its nickname ‘Paradise of the Gulf of Thailand’ suggests. This beautiful island has been widely loved as a honeymoon destination. If you have a love for the outdoors, head to Koh Samui for the outdoor activities.
Here are the 6 best outdoor activities in Koh Samui you should try.
1. Sea Walking
If you have wondered what views are like under the sea but not dared to dive yet, try sea walking, among many outdoor activities in Koh Samui! No swimming or diving skills needed as a professional instructor and a custom-made oxygen helmet are provided. It will be a truly magical experience as you can breathe and walk on the ocean floor.
Fishing is something you don’t want to miss in Koh Samui as there are countless fish waiting for you to catch them! The most popular fishing spots in this area are the islands located to the south of Koh Samui such as Koh Taen, Koh Mat Sum, and Koh Rap.
It is a quite relaxing experience as you get to be on an authentic Thai wooden boat that provides shade cover keeping you from the sun and rain. Also, all the necessary fishing equipment will be provided, thus you don’t need to bring anything.
3. Jet Ski
If you want to add more excitement to your island-hopping trip, get on a jet ski instead of a boat. Riding a jet ski is very safe and enjoyable, and even children can ride it safely with the staff’s assistance. Not only do you get to cherish the stunning surrounding views as you speed across the wave, but you can also engage in various activities such as snorkeling, hiking, and watching the sunset!
Flyboarding is something you should try if you are a water-sports fan. With the strong water shooting out from the bottom of your feet, you will feel the excitement as you are lifted higher into the sky. There are professionally trained staffs to support and teach you how to enjoy the excitement of flying!
5. Exploring the Jungle
Sunbathing and relaxing on the beach aren’t the only things you can do in Koh Samui. If you are more of a mountain person rather than a beach person, don’t miss exploring Koh Samui’s jungle! You can either drive the ATV in the jungle or zip through the mountain savoring its view. You can also go swimming while in the jungle at the waterfalls.
Here are the best Koh Samui jungle tours.
- Jungle Safari Tour
- Zip Line Tour (Half Day)
- Zip Line + Waterfall + Local Market Tour (Half Day)
- ATV + Zipline + Waterfall Tour (Half Day)
6. Exploring the Neighboring Islands
With more than 50 islands and islets scattered across the Gulf of Thailand, island hopping is a one of the best outdoor activities in the Koh Samui area. Here are the must-visit islands near Koh Samui.
1) Koh Tao & Koh Nangyuan
Koh Tao and Koh Nangyuan are located right next to each other, and they are both known as the best snorkeling spots near Koh Samui.
In Koh Tao, basically anywhere along the coast is a great spot for snorkeling, though the Mango Bay and Mae Haad are among the most popular. Mae Haad is also the island’s main town, where you will find plenty of guesthouses, shops, and bars.
Koh Nang Yuan is a group of three tiny islets where you can get with only 15 minutes long-tail boat ride from Koh Tao. The most iconic and photographed part of the area is the beach which links 3 islets. You can hike the viewpoint to capture this panoramic view.
2) Ang Thong National Marine Park
Ang Thong National Marine Park is a beautiful archipelago of 42 islands in the Gulf of Thailand. There are thick jungles, towering limestone mountains, white-sand beaches, and lagoons to explore. Ang Thong park is home to a rich variety of exotic wildlife and sea creatures. Snorkeling, diving, sea kayaking, and simply relaxing by the beaches are the main activities to enjoy at Ang Thong.
3) Koh Taen
Koh Taen is a tiny island that can be reached with a short boat ride (only 5 km) from Koh Samui’s south coast. This small island is a great place for those who like snorkeling and pristine white sandy beaches. Most of the day trips to Koh Taen also include neighboring islands such as Koh Mat Sum and Koh Rap, which are also interesting islands to visit!
7. Full-moon Party
Only 20 mins speedboat ride from Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, where the Full Moon Party takes place, is one of the most famous party-beach towns in the world with Spain Ibiza and Greece Mykonos. This massive party is held every month around the full moon night, and thousands of people come from all over the world to experience this crazy party and dance all night long.
With a lively festival-like atmosphere, great music and huge quantities of alcohol, this one-of-a-kind event is often listed on bucket lists of many people as one of the essential experiences in Thailand.
To learn more about Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan, read our other post 👉 The Beginner’s Guide to the Full Moon Party.