How to spend 48 hours in Koh Samui

by Travelbag on 19 June 2015, 12:06PM

One of Thailand's largest islands, Koh Samui is popular with all sorts of travellers, and it's no wonder why when you consider all of the activities and attractions on offer. Whether you're looking for a luxury beach break, or you're on a backpacker budget – Koh Samui is one of those places that will leave you wanting more.

The island is mainly known for its stunning beaches, and long stretches of golden sand. On land you'll find small communities and towns, as well as dense jungle and rainforest, perfect for hiking in.

Choosing how to spend 48 hours in the city is a tricky one, but we've tried to narrow it down for you below.

Spend your first day exploring by moped...

You can get around the island of Koh Samui pretty easily using a moped – and the vehicles are pretty inexpensive to rent. Just don't forget a helmet! Traffic and congestion can get a bit crowded in some parts of the island, so be sure to put safety first. We'd recommend packing a little picnic too – so you don't need to worry about finding a lunch spot whilst out and about exploring.


Na Muang Waterfall is your first stop...

Koh Samui has many waterfalls to choose from, but our favourites have to be the two Na Muang waterfalls. They're definitely the most photogenic and beautiful to look at. If you've always dreamed of bathing under a tropical waterfall – here's your chance! Finding and getting to the waterfalls will include a little bit of walking, so make sure you've come out in some decent hiking shoes – no flip-flops!


Next stop, Big Buddha...

On the north side of the island, you'll find the huge (and beautiful) Big Buddha statue. Most large islands in Thailand have their own Big Buddha, and the Koh Samui Buddha is one of the most famous. As you can imagine – the big statue can be seen from miles around – but it's most impressive when you get up close and personal. Around the statue you'll find a few market stalls (good for gift shopping and souvenirs) as well as other temples and monuments. Remember – this is a religious site – so dress respectfully.


After you've taken in the beauty of Big Buddha, take a walk (or drive) to Wat Plai Laem, which is a newly constructed temple and is one of the most unique, colourful and interesting on the island. You'll be blown away by how ornate some of the décor inside is – and the attention to detail is unlike any you'll have glanced upon. Remember, you can donate some money to the temple whilst you're there (it's nice to be nice!).

Catch the sunset somewhere unique...

Hin Ta and Hin Yai, are some fascinating rock formations located on Koh Samui's southern coastline. Now, a rock formation may not sound like the most exciting thing to go and see – but bear with us. The reason these rocks are so famous, and are visited so regularly by tourists and locals alike – is because they resemble human body parts. More particularly, male and female genitalia. It's definitely a funny photo opportunity, and it's fun to see and hear people's reactions when you're there.


Up early on day 2....

Ang Thong National Marine Park is one of the most beautiful marine parks in the world, and right on your doorstep when staying in Koh Samui. You can make the most of the marine park by booking a full day tour (most hotels will be able to recommend a good tour company).


What should you expect from a day tour around the marine park? Well, Ang Thong National Marine Park is a pristine archipelago of 42 islands each with unique features, cliffs, jungles and rainforests to explore and enjoy. Your tour will most likely take you out into the midst of the marine park and to different islands and coves that you can kayak, swim, hike or snorkel around. Snorkelling here has to be one of the top activities, with the clear blue water and beautiful marine life, it's something seriously special to be in the water amongst them and be so close to such beautiful wildlife.

Take in a show in the evening...

When you've returned from your tour, liven up the evening by buying tickets to one of Thailand's famous Ladyboy Cabarets. Sure, it's not exactly an elegant way to spend the evening – but you'll have loads of fun, and it's quirky, funky and definitely entertaining! If anything, it's great to go along, just so you have an opinion! You never know, you might really enjoy it!

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