Thailand is such a beautiful place and as many of you know, Sam and I spent around 4 months of our trip mainly in Koh Samui. Whenever we go back it feels like home, this is because we pretty much lived at Lamai Muay Thai Camp. Koh Samui is a great place, so diverse. Whether your having a chill day at beautiful beaches, heading to sick parties, or having a quiet evening at a nice restaurant, it has it all. I’m going to run through some of the highlights Koh Samui has to offer and what we think you would LOVE.
Things to do during the day
Head over to Koh Samui Elephant Sanctuary. Please, where ever you are in Asia (or the world), DO NOT RIDE ELEPHANTS. If you wonder why I say this, click here, and it will show you why riding elephants is not okay. On a lighter note, there is a beautiful sanctuary in Samui for rescued elephants. You do pay around £60 to go there, but it’s worth it. The elephants are roaming around so freely and you can just watch them and feed them. The elephants are left alone which is how it should be.
Hire a moped and take yourself on a tour around the island, check out the waterfalls, beaches, temples & views and have the best time! Koh Samui has a lot more to the island than a Chewang partayy!
Get a massage – goes without saying. Thai’s have NAILED massages. You are spoilt for choice too, we usually get one done at every single place, just to be sure.
Get a boat to the other islands – Koh Tao and Koh Phangyan are the neighbouring islands and are also beautiful. You do need a few days on each island though to explore them properly!
Go to Samui’s Sunday market – Sundays are the best ever at the Sunday market. Soo much good food. Some great arts and crafts and normally some great entertainment.
Watersports & Boat Trips can be arranged at the many little travel agencies you’ll see scattered around Koh Samui. There are some amazing snorkelling/diving sites as well as adventure fuelled days banana boating/jet skiing around the islands!
Go to watch a Muay Thai fight – this is more of an evening/night thing, but you can go to the lady boxing in Lamai which is on every Saturday and is free to watch! And/or you can head to Samui International Muay Thai Stadium and watch the professional fights (costs around £30, but it’s deffo worth it).
Check out the fishermans village for cocktails on the beach!
Get a Sak Yant tattoo done by a monk while getting blessed! This was super good, we had a full blown ceremony. Sam always wanted to get a Sak Yant (traditional Thai tattoo) done in the traditional way, and his wishes came true when we visited Cat-Cat Samsak.
Muay Thai – for those of you who don’t know – is a martial art and just so happens to be Thailands national sport, also known as ‘the art of 8 limbs’. Sam and I absolutely LOVE the sport. Its a great work out, an amazing way to de-stress, and not only that, it is for everyone (yes including you!). If you go to Thailand, specifically Koh Samui, head to Lamai Muay Thai, whether it’s one session just to try it, or to get into shape, or even to prepare for a fight – some of the best, world class fighters also train at this fight camp.
The team there quickly become family, your one session soon becomes a week, and before you know it, its been 4 months (on and off) and you have just won your first Muay Thai fight! Yes, I am speaking from experience. These guys helped us overcome more than we even knew was possible. If you are in Samui, PLEASE go and say hello to our Lamai Muay Thai Family.
When we were in Koh Samui, we found ourselves in a lot of vegan cafes/restaurants. One of our favourites is Funky Vege – Their vegan burger is legit to die for. We were eating here on most days.
A few other recommendations for food around Lamai are: Lamai Veggie (set vegan menu but BANGING), Wild Tribe Cafe, Vikasa life cafe (they have amazing views), The Jungle Club (also amazing views), The French Bakery, the list goes on! Also… if you just want something quick and cheap, head down to the food market! We spent most nights down there, and every Sat you can watch the ‘lady boxing’ for free there too!
Okay, so it goes without saying, Sam and I do like a party, a drink or 10 and great company. If you are up for a night out (drinking or not), Chewang, is your place. Chewang is home to some great beach clubs and great bars, such as Ark Bar & Hush. You can stay out till the early morning and get yourself a DELISH falafel kebab at the end of the night!
Guys, I hope you have found this helpful! Thailand all round is one of our favourite places ever! If you end up there, or in Koh Samui, definitely let us know what you get up too!
Lozza & Sam