Five luxurious experiences in Koh Samui outside your hotel
1. Take a boat tour around the Ang Thong National Marine Park
The pristine 42-island archipelago, in the Gulf of Thailand, is a haven of unspoilt white-sand beaches, lakes, mangroves, waterfalls, hidden coves and cliffs. The marine reserve is also a popular spot for diving and snorkelling.
2. Watch the sunset in style
Koh Samui is renowned for its stylish sunset bars. What better way to enjoy a signature sundowner and fine dining than on an outdoor deck with a swimming pool, open bar, ambient music and a tropical breeze, as you watch the sun set over the horizon. The Air Bar and Woobar are top ticks for tourist looking for the most luxurious experience.
3. Get pampered at an exclusive spa
Destress, decompress and revitalise at one of Koh Samui’s luxurious spas which offer massage, beauty and grooming treatments, including Thai and aromatherapy massages, deep cleansing, natural body scrubs and facials. Your hotel may offer similar treatments from the in-house spa or wellness centre.
4. Visit the Secret Buddha Garden
This mystical world of landscaped gardens, miniature waterfalls and clusters of statues depicting scenarios and deities of Buddhist mythology, is hidden in the hills of Koh Samui but well worth the trek. Go as part of a tour and let an expert guide take you around the gardens and explain the significance of each statue formation.
5. Visit the Wat Plai Laem
This modern Buddhist temple doesn’t have ancient roots, but is a stunning example of traditional Thai-Chinese architecture, featuring mystical statues and shrines, like the giant 18-armed Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion. Wat Plai Laem is surrounded by a lake teeming with fish which you can feed after donating to the temple. The Big Buddha temple and Wat Phra Yai are also close by.