Things to do on Koh Samui
For those who want to venture out from Samahita, we've highlighted some of the many attractions, restaurants and places of beauty, which our guests have enjoyed over the years.
What to see?
As well as being a tropical haven of beaches, five star hotels and spas, Samui has a rich Buddhist heritage and is home to many active temples. Only a five minute walk from Samahita Retreat is the Laem Sor Pagoda. With its shining golden tiles and peaceful atmosphere next to the mangroves and the ocean you can also visit the remains of Leung Poo Daeng, a realized monk and climb up to the Khao Chedi, high on the mountain with breathtaking views. Wat Kunaram is home to the preserved body of the revered Lung Padaeng, known as the Mummified Monk as he is still sitting in the meditation position over 20 years after his death. The most iconic Buddha statue on Samui is Wat Phra Yai, or Big Buddha temple not far from the Airport, where you can climb the steps up to see the large majestic Buddha. Only a short drive from here is Wat Ban Plai Leam where you will find is a large selection of intricately designed temples.
Beaches and Towns
For deep swimming beaches the North and East of Samui have less reef protection, with Chaweng's powdery sands drawing in vast crowds of tourists from around the globe. A hub of shopping, nightlife and entertainment, this bustling metropolis feels like a million miles from the tranquility of Samahita Retreat's quiet beach.SilverBeach near Lamai is still reminiscent of old Samui with a few family run resorts and restaurants and is a favorite for swimming beach with the locals.
Where to shop?
For holiday trinkets and gifts, visit the peaceful and traditional port town of Nathon, or the busier bustle of Lamai. The island's largest tourist hub is Chaweng which is home to miles of stalls and stands selling everything from carved elephants to buckets and spades. Feel free to barter and be aware that many of the clothes and handbags are counterfeit - hence the low prices.
From 5pm until late on certain days the towns close off one street to traffic creating 'Walking Street'.
These colorful market events combine delicious hawker food, fun shopping, live music and performance.
Thursday - Maenam
Friday- Bophut Fisherman's Village
Saturday - Nathon
For beautiful high quality hand crafted Buddha statues from Thailand and Burma visit Double Dutch next to Big Buddha Temple.
On land and on sea...
Join an organized tour from Samahita and the long tail boats (with shade) will collect you right in front of the shala and whisk you off to the peaceful tropical islandsofKohMatsum and Koh Tan for snorkeling and relaxing.Enjoy the stunning islands of the Anthong Marine National Park on a fun packed day trip, made famous by Alex Garland as the setting for his novel, 'The Beach'. Visitors can swim, snorkel and visit the park headquarters on a beautiful white beach and climb to the view point for a breath-taking panorama, before lunch and a visit to the emerald lake. Discover the best dive sites in the region with the award winning 100 Degrees East Samui Dive Team on board their 35 ft dive speed boat. See the sights of Samui with MrUng's Full day Magical Jungle Safari. From temples to waterfalls, monkey shows to traditional rubber tapping, these highly professional and experienced guides will show you the best of the island from their iconic 4x4 jeeps.For those interested in learning more about Thailand's martial artMuayThai visit the MuayThai Camp in Lamai, and if you're a lover not a fighter and you want to see some Thaidancing, it is available at many of the islands hotels and restaurants, however the fine dining and romantic atmosphere at Zazen in Bophut is a lovely setting to enjoy this beloved art form.
To discover authentic Thai food not far from Samahita take a taxi to Nuch Green Talay in the fishing village of Tong Krut for delicious curries, seafood and friendly service. For lunch with a view there is nowhere more magical than The Jungle Club, with tasty food served in bamboo salas on the mountainside overlooking the ocean. (Arrange a pickup as a 4x4 and experienced driver is essential.)
Fun for the children
With over 1,000 feet of bouncy castles, tunnels, slides and swings children under eight can burn off steam at Fairways, the islands first soft play center while parents relax in the coffee shop downstairs.100 baht per child, open seven days a week, 10am-7pm.Children and adults can get up close and personal with a range of tropical birds and animals at Paradise Park Farm. High on the mountain of KhaoPom with panoramic views of the ocean and tropical jungle, there's also a playground, infinity swimming pool and restaurant. (Call to arrange a pick up).
Feel like dancing?
Villa Chocolat is only a five minute drive from Samahita, home to ballet classes for adults and children, as well as a tea room serving hand made Belgian truffles cakes and coffee. For a later night and more raucus affair head to Chaweng's infamous Soi Green Mango, anytime after 10pm. This is Samui's party capital, home to Sound, Sweet soul and a host of lively bars and clubs. (Not for the faint hearted!) Chaweng's Warm up bars include the beachfront Ark Bar and the street side Solo or the friendly Australian themed Bondai bar.
Shared taxis or Songtaews drive around the island for reasonable fare, although they are unlikely to drive all the way to Samahita from the main ring road. Contact our reception to enquire about hiring cars, taxi's, bicycles and motorcycles and remember- a helmet is essential!
Taxi rates from Samahita Retreat:
|Pangka||280 baht +|
|Kamalaya||280 baht +|
|Na Muang||280 baht +|
|Nathon||550 baht +|
|Lamai||550 baht +|
|Taling Ngam||550 baht +|
|Chaweng||770 baht +|
|Bang Por||770 baht +|
|Fisherman Village||880 baht +|
|Maenam||880 baht +|
|Bophut||880 baht +|
|Choeng Mon||950 baht +|
|Plai Leam||950 baht +|
|Around Island Trip (4-5 hours)||2,750 baht +|
|Motorcycle Rental||250 baht +|
+Price is subject to 7% government tax(VAT).
Double Dutch, T: +66 (0) 899716620
100 Degrees East, T: +66 (0) 77 245 936
MrUng's Magical Safari Tour, T: +66(0)77-230 114
Fairways Samui, T: +66 (0) 819688181
Anthong Marine Park trip -High Sea Tour, Tel: +66(0)77-421285
Nuch's Green Talay