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3 Days in Koh Samui: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, November 2014

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Koh Samui is one of the most spectacular getaways in all of Thailand – and the world. Its pristine beaches and beautiful, clear green seas are just two of the reasons you’ll have a hard time leaving. This island is a festive melting pot of Southeast Asian and Western influences, and you’ll find these undercurrents in just about every facet of the population’s culture.

While Koh Samui has been inhabited for over 1500 years, it was not until the early 1970s that it became a tourist destination. In modern times, hotels and resorts have sprung up around the various beaches, making many of them small towns in their own right. The island’s old capital, Nathon, is the regional seat and hub for commerce and travel, boasting a rich and exotic cultural heritage from decades of visitors and those who came for good. On a three day trip, you’ll find plenty to do.

Day 1: Buddha, Grandpa and Grandma

Your best bet is to begin your stay with an island tour. Koh Samui’s most salient landmarks are the Big Buddha statue and the “Grandpa and Grandma Rocks.” The former reaches 15 meters tall (approximately 50 feet) and presides over a nice beach; like many of Koh Samui’s beaches, restaurants and shops abound here. The latter are a pair of rock formations that happen to resemble male and female genitalia. There is a story here, and your guide will be sure to share it with you. You’ll also visit the Na Muang waterfall – the views of the island and the surrounding wilderness are amazing.

Day 2: Explore the Marine Park

On your second day, book a Sea Kayaking Tour at Ang Thong National Marine Park. Koh Samui is ringed in small islands, and a “sea canoe” is one of the best ways to experience them. Paddling under and around a fantastic array of granite arches and outcroppings, you’ll explore the park and head to Tai Nalay, an amazing saltwater lake and marine habitat. From Tai Nalay, you’ll be taken by the escort boat to the northern region of the park, where even more fantastic grottoes, rock formations and lagoons await. The trip is rounded out by some snorkeling time; keep an eye out for dolphins, sea turtles and even the huge, harmless whale sharks that frequent the area.

Day 3: Cruise the Jungle


Spend your last day in the jungle. Viator can book you a tour in which you will explore the island’s interior in an open-air 4x4.You’ll get lunch at the restaurant on the mountain, in addition to an amazing view from atop the island’s highest peak.

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Sea Kayaking at Ang Thong National Marine Park from Koh Samui

4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

When you first fly into Koh Samui you will have seen the clusters of islands, one of these areas is called the Ang Thong National Marine Park. One of the best ...  Read more

Location: Koh Samui, Thailand
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.46

Koh Samui Island Safari and Elephant Ride

4 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Discover the nature, culture and the rural way of life on Koh Samui in a half day tour. Ride a top an elephant for a great view of the natural beauty of the ...  Read more

Location: Koh Samui, Thailand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.90

Koh Samui Island Tour including Lunch and Thai Massage

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

This Koh Samui Island tours is a must! As the name suggests you will go around the island and see a number of the highlights and attractions Koh Samui offers ...  Read more

Location: Koh Samui, Thailand
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $86.46

Koh Samui Island Cruise and Snorkel Full-Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Enjoy the many beautiful unspoiled beaches of Koh Samui on this full-day cruise and snorkel tour.

Location: Koh Samui, Thailand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.54

Koh Samui Sunset Dinner Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Enjoy a romantic dinner cruise to the small island of Koh Som, located just offshore from Koh Samui. Listen to birdsong while you marvel at the beautiful beach ...  Read more

Location: Koh Samui, Thailand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.18

Koh Samui 4WD Jeep Jungle Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 26 Reviews

Off the beaten track and through the jungles of Koh Samui is today's adventure tour. See the real jungle on this island from the back of an open top 4WD jeep. ...  Read more

Location: Koh Samui, Thailand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $97.73

Rainforest Ziplining and 4x4 Ride from Koh Samui

Fly through the rainforest canopy of Koh Samui on a morning or afternoon zipline adventure. Soar along six thrilling ziplines and enjoy breathtaking, ...  Read more

Location: Koh Samui, Thailand
Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours

From USD $79.88

3-Night Sailing Cruise: Koh Samui to Koh Tao

Travel through paradise on a sailboat adventure that takes you through Thailand's eastern islands. Depart from Koh Samui to Ang Thong National Marine Park and ...  Read more

Location: Koh Samui, Thailand
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $870.00

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