If you are looking for a romantic retreat for your honeymoon, Koh Samui is the right place to be. It is Thailand’s second largest island and its famous for powdery and palm-fringed beaches, turquoise waters, and dense rainforest, the luxury resorts and posh spas on the island complete the paradise island experience. Now, come with us to explore this paradise of #AmazingThailand.
This issue is part of a 6-part travel series of #AmazingThailand. Read other issues below:
- Top 16 Things to Do on your Bangkok Honeymoon
- Top 18 Things to Do on your Chiang Mai Honeymoon
- Top 16 Things to Do on your Phuket Honeymoon
- Top 10 Most Romantic Thailand Destinations for your Honeymoon
- Top 17 Things to Do on your Krabi Honeymoon
Before we get started on the things to do, here are our recommendations on the best places to stay at in Koh Samui:
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Best Places to Stay in Koh Samui:
1. 180 Samui, for a breathtaking panoramic view of the ocean
Set on a secluded hilltop in Koh Samui, 180 Samui is a modern, luxury villa that epitomizes tropical living. Its architectural design is stylish, cutting-edge, and effortlessly cool in every sense. Wake up every morning to a breathtaking panorama of coral coves, white sand beaches, and small islands. If you are lucky, you can even spot dolphins from your villa! In this magnificent setting, you can indulge in 5-star cuisine without ever stepping foot out of your villa, and even participate in your own cooking class hosted by resident chef Tuu.
Whether you seek ultimate relaxation or want to work up a sweat, 180 Samui has a suite of wellness programs consisting of yoga, meditation, detox, reiki healing, massage treatments, Muay Thai and personal workouts for you to try. Spend your honeymoon relaxing in the infinity pool, soaking in the jacuzzi, or in the sunken lounge, all while you admire the mesmerizing sunrise and scenic beauty that 180 Samui presents. Best of all, 180 Samui considers environmental sustainability all while bringing you an indulgent honeymoon to remember. The villa is home to 5 deluxe bedrooms, allowing you to have a maximum occupancy of 10. 180 Samui also makes a perfect place for special events such as proposals, intimate weddings and anniversaries.
2. Celebrate honeymoon romance and luxury at Conrad Koh Samui
For your honeymoon, stay in a luxurious sea-facing pool villa at Conrad Koh Samui, where you are presented with panoramic views of the azure reefs and stunning sunsets of Aow Thai Beach. This tropical resort is located on a secluded hillside surrounded by a landscape of lush coconut plantations. The peaceful and refreshing atmosphere transports you away from any city buzz, allowing you to truly relax and enjoy couple time together. This gorgeous resort spans over a sprawling 24 acres of land and is equipped with its own private beach, four fantastic restaurants, an oversized infinity pool, a fitness gym and a luxury spa, which makes for a complete and indulgent honeymoon experience. It is also home to 8 beautiful and romantic wedding venues.
As one of the world’s innovative resorts, Conrad Koh Samui blends luxury and technology with artistry and expertise. The luxurious villas are furnished with original artwork and artifacts, providing you with an innate sense of contemporary Thailand. We suggest to select their 1 Bedroom Pool Villas for your honeymoon stay. You can enjoy incredible views of the Gulf of Thailand while soaking in your own private infinity pool that seemingly merges into the ocean and beyond. Conrad Koh Samui’s collection of luxury villas make it almost impossible for you to leave the room. But if you manage to do so, you can enjoy complimentary boat trips to the nearby outlying islands. Conrad’s Stay Inspired Program also has 1, 3 and 5-hour itineraries that reflect a local take on culture, art, food, and adventure, allowing you to discover and experience more of Thailand. With their Destination Dining Inspired package (Thb 19,900 per couple), you could also have a romantic dinner by the beach and enjoy savory dishes from their International and Thai set that will surely impress your taste buds.
Home to the weekly night market Asadong Beach Bazaar, this charming bazaar features live food stations, free flow drinks, and local vendors selling exquisite handicrafts and souvenirs. There is also a famous fire dance show and the ‘Pong Lang’ traditional dance performance for you to feast your eyes on. Conrad Koh Samui has been titled Winner of Asia’s Leading Honeymoon resort by World Travel Awards 2015 and is a proud recipient of TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2017, making it the perfect home away from home.
3. Experience an unforgettable honeymoon at Tongsai Bay
It is said that Tongsai Bay is the most romantic hotel in Koh Samui. With its 28.5 acres of secluded land, filled with lush gardens, a hillside that is overlooking the tranquil beach, Tongsai Bay is truly the perfect place for a serene and romantic getaway. The resort only has 83 rooms and villas that are well separated to ensure that the guests will have the privacy that they need.
We truly enjoyed our stay at Tongsai Bay. We get to wake up on the most beautiful views of the sea as all of their room have this mesmerising view. We get to swim at our own private infinity pool with the stars blinking above us, and what’s more is that their staff welcomed with warmth and sincerity that truly touched our hearts.
What made us fall in love more with Tongsai Bay is that they are a luxurious green hotel. When it the resort was being built no trees were cut down to preserve the natural surroundings of the hotel. They also have their own sustainability project where they made their own cleaning agents and fertilisers that are made from natural resources.
Another great thing about Tongsai Bay is that every week, they are having a movie show by the beach. There’s no reservation required you can just walk down the beach and pick between traditional Thai cushions or bean bags and join the gathering and spent an unforgettable night with your loved one
Read more: Get Wed in Nature’s Paradise at The Tongsai Bay, a Luxury Coastal Hotel in the Stunning Island of Koh Samui, Thailand
Top 14 Things to do on your Koh Samui Honeymoon
1. Soak in beach vibes at Koh Samui’s best beaches
Koh Samui is home to beautiful beaches with its idyllic location. One of those beaches is the Chaweng Beach that is perfect for swimming because of its crystal clear water, sunbathing on its powdery white sand beach, and various watersports. At night Chaweng Beach transforms from its tranquil setting to a buzzing nightlife with its bars and restaurants.
If you prefer a much laid back beach then you should check out the Lamai Beach. It is as beautiful as Chaweng Beach but much quiet and less bustling. Its stunning coastal stretch is a perfect spot for a great sunset view. You won’t fall out of option with accommodation and restaurants that are dotting the area.
Another beach in Koh Samui is the Maenam beach. It may not be as developed as the first two beaches but you would still be able to find a slice of paradise here. Maenam beach is sporting a stretch of five kilometers of sand that is ranging from grainy to powdery that is ideal for lounging to catch some sun. The water is crystal clear perfect for swimming. And because Maenam beach is still under development the prices are relatively lower than Chaweng and Lamai beach.
2. Explore the timeless Bophut Fisherman’s Village
Being the third most popular resort town of Koh Samui, there is a lot to explore and experience at Bophut. It has a 3km beach that is perfect for sun tanning and swimming.
Bophut is greatly known for its Fisherman’s Village. It is home to a thriving fishing community back in the day, but even though the seafaring community already moved on, the village is able to retain its old wooden shophouses and rustic-styled building. It’s laid back and old village atmosphere is part of the charm that many tourists have been falling for.
And every Friday, the quiet atmosphere of the village is brought to life with its Fisherman’s Village Walking Street. Stalls are lining across the many alleys of Fisherman’s Village and we were able to score up some great deal with our souvenirs to take back home. The stalls have a diverse range of items from a simple T-shirts, handbags, and jewelry your bargaining skills will surely be tested out on this famous walking street market.
3. Tour the famous Ang Thong Marine Park on a traditional boat
Ang Thong (means Golden Bowl) is a beautiful place that needs to be explored and it’s one of the most idyllic places to be in Thailand. It’s 42 islands have towering limestone mountains, rainforest and jungles, pristine white sand beaches, waterfalls, and hidden coves. The waters are perfect for taking a swim or snorkeling.
We tour these islands using a Red Baron boat, which is a luxury traditional yacht. There’s enough seating on deck that’s why we were able to enjoy the view as we glide along while lounging with a drink in your hand.
4. Snorkel in the pristine waters of Koh Tao and Koh Nangyuan
Koh Tao and Koh Nangyuan are both small islands that are renowned for being one of the best spots for scuba diving and snorkeling in Thailand thanks to its cerulean waters. We get to snorkel and were able to see vibrant coral reefs and a myriad of sea creatures. There is even a sandbar connecting the islands and is such a beautiful place to take a stroll.
5. See panoramic coastal views at Lad Koh Viewpoint
Koh Samui has hilly terrain that’s why various viewpoint is spread out throughout the island. These viewpoints give the tourist the perfect chance to survey Koh Samui’s incredible beauty. One of the most famous viewpoints of Koh Samui is the Lad Koh Viewpoint. It is located between Samui’s famous beaches, Chaweng and Lamai Beach making it easily accessible for tourist. What made this viewpoint great is that it gives supreme views of the Gulf of Thailand. The view of the island with its sparkling seas is truly a sight to behold. This spot is also a perfect place to see the stunning sunrise.
6. Experience romantic dining in the treetops
In Koh Samui, you can experience an exquisite dinner amid treetops. This is available at Anantara Lawana and it packs a unique experience. The food is great too as its prepared by seasoned professional chefs. With only 8 tables available, do book a table in advance.
Other romantic dining options also include a sunset dinner cruise on a Red Baron luxury boat, as you sail across the coast of Koh Samui while chasing the sunset. The savoury dinner buffet will make for a perfect night. Private beach dinners are also available in several of the beach resorts.
7. Angle for big fish off Koh Samui
Koh Samui is home to big fishes like barracuda, sailfish, and mackerel, and if you want to experience catching these kinds of big fish there are a lot of fishing tours available in Koh Samui. All of these have experienced captain and crew that will bring you to the fish-rich part of the sea. If you are a beginner the crew will give you all of the things that you need to know about fishing. You can also choose to swim as your partner reel in the day’s catches.
8. Marvel at queer rock formations – Hin Tai and Hin Yai
Hin Tai and Hin Yai are one of the biggest attractions near Lamai Beach, these rocks are shaped to look like male and female genitalia. There are a lot of things in Thailand that will shock you and this is surely one of them, these rock formations are formed by nature which is a magnificent thing at all. According to the legends, there is an old couple who wants their son to get married that’s why they sailed to the neighbouring province but their boat is seized by a storm and they died at sea. The old couple turned to rocks to show the would-be bride’s parents their true intentions. Aside from these unusual rock formations, the view that surrounds it is spectacular too because of the stretching sea and the nearby islands.
9. Get active with adrenaline-thumping activities
If you and your partner is an adrenaline junkie, Koh Samui could give you that. Defy gravity with a breath-taking bungee jump. Bungee jumping is great to experience in Koh Samui, while free falling you will be treated with a great view of the tropical paradise that is Koh Samui, and at the bottom is large plunge pool or the ocean to take your fall.
Or you can have a bird’s eye view of Koh Samui as you fly through the treetops of Koh Samui at their Canopy adventure. This heart thumping adventure will surely be an unforgettable experience. Or you can race against each other by a Go-Kart. This activity will surely bring out the daredevil in you as you can go with a maximum speed of 125 kilometre per hour on their 500-metre long track.
Other activities are available too, you can ace a bull’s eye at Koh Samui shooting range, bring out the kid in you at Coco Splash and Adventure Park, and try different water sports like kiteboarding and kite surfing. Surely, you won’t fall out of options at Koh Samui when it comes to heart thumping activities.
10. Bond over a cooking or fruit carving class
The best way to learn a country’s culture is by its cuisine, and Thai food is renowned for their use of fragrant herbs and spices. On a Thai cooking class, you will be thought the step-by-step process of cooking a 4 course Thai meal. The chef will make sure that you will learn the art of Thai cooking which lies on the balance of spice, salt, sour and sweet. You can also try a fruit carving class and learn to create centerpieces for your tables during gatherings that will surely impress your friends and families.
11. Shop at the largest beachfront shopping complex in Asia
If you love shopping, you’ll surely love Koh Samui. You could find in Koh Samui the “Asia’s Largest Beachfront Shopping Complex” which is the Central Festival Samui it is even described by the locals as the “largest and most complete lifestyle shopping complex in Koh Samui.” With 90,000 sqm of retail space and over 200 fashion and boutiques, there’s no better way to describe this establishment.
There’s also Koh Samui famous Lamai Night Walking Street that is divided into two parts, one is dedicated solely to food and the other one is for everything else. And at the center of the market is a stage where an entertaining show is offered throughout the evening. With hundreds of stalls in the street, your bargaining test will surely be tested.
12. Seek out the cultural attractions of Koh Samui
Koh Samui also has a lot of cultural attractions that you need to visit during your stay. Wat Plai Laem is Koh Samui’s most interactive and colourful temple, its main attraction is the eighteen-armed statue of Guanyin, who’s the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion, sitting in the middle of the lake.
The Big Buddha temple or locally known as Wat Phra Yai is another one of Koh Samui’s popular attractions. It was built in 1972 and it will be the first landmark of Koh Samui’s that you will see upon arriving if you travel by air because it is a 12-metre seated Buddha. At the base of the statue are stalls selling amulets, clothing, religious artifacts, and souvenirs.
While Laem Sor Pagoda at the southernmost tip of Koh Samui is famous for it golden hue and ornate details that are set on the oceanfront. This place is famous for its sensational backdrop of the crystal blue sky and turquoise water making it a perfect place for taking photos with an unrivaled view.
Other great cultural attraction in Koh Samui is the Secret Buddha Garden that is hidden in the hilly interior of Koh Samui. Hundreds of sculptures representing the Buddhist folklore of all shapes and sizes could be found here. There’s also the Mummified Monk at Wat Khunaram that is an unusual sight but it gives visitors a unique insight into the Buddhist and Thai culture.
13. Take a nature hike to see the picturesque Na Muang Waterfalls
Na Muang Waterfalls, shows that the beauty of Koh Samui is not limited to its beaches, there are other waterfalls at Koh Samui but these falls are considered the most scenic. The majestic two cascades of the waterfalls have a striking purple color because of their rock faces. The water is cool making it a perfect place to take a swim and relax. These waterfalls are set in a lush jungle surrounding that is easily accessible, located 12 kilometres at the south-east area of Nathon Bay, from there you can reach the falls by a walking path from the park’s entrance.
14. Try Thailand’s first floating spa
You can now free your mind from stress and your body of its tiredness by floating on water on state-of-the-art isolation tanks. In the past few years floating had become a popular practice because of its benefit to the human body as you “turn off” the outside distraction, so if you are looking where you can enjoy a total peace and quiet, you should really try this floating spa practice.
Best Time to Visit Koh Samui:
If you are looking forward to swimming the seas of Koh Samui, then you should plan your visit late December to April because this is the time of the great weather on Koh Samui. If you want to time your visit on the best times for snorkeling at Koh Samui, the best time to visit is in late November and early December. Diving is great in March, April, and May because you will be able to spot huge whale sharks.
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