Koh Samui in beautiful Thailand is an essential holiday destination for travellers on a budget. There is plenty to see and do here and many activities and attractions are low cost or even completely free of charge. Here are 5 of the best things to do when visiting this beautiful island.
There are loads of fantastic low cost accommodation options in Koh Samui, from hotels and B&Bs to whole apartments and houses for rent that are ideal for larger parties. Koh Samui property rentals are a great way for friends or families to enjoy an affordable holiday with the complete freedom to come and go at leisure. With properties available to suit all budgets and preferences, there is no better way to experience a flavour of the true laidback Thai lifestyle.
So here are a few essential things to do in Koh Samui on a budget!
For those who love getting up close to nature, there is no better day out than a visit to the Samui Aquarium. With its unusual old-world fishing village setting, this park gives visitors an insight into the local history and culture while seeing impressive sea life including manta rays, leopard sharks and catfish.
The attached zoo also offers plenty of interesting animal displays, however the highlight of your trip is sure to be the Bengal tigers, who perform in a daily live show. If you are feeling brave, you can even have your photo taken with them!
No stay in Koh Samui would be complete without a visit to Chaweng Beach. This thriving hub of the island is not only the largest town but also offers the most stunning (and busy) beach. Here is where you can find Koh Samui’s main nightlife with a wealth of restaurants and bars catering for all tastes.
The 3km-long strip is packed with low cost bars where you can dance and drink the night away, and you can even be entertained by one of the famous Ladyboy shows.
The Thai Experience
If you are looking for an unusual and authentic Thai dining experience, why not try the Thai Experience for something completely different.
This restaurant is a complete social event where all the guests get to know each other in a communal dining event. After cocktails and introductions, everyone shares a single communal table, trying their hands at cocktail making before sampling a range of delicious local dishes.
Lipa Noi Beach
If you aren’t really the partying type or just need a break after a long night out, why not spend the day relaxing on Lipa Noi Beach? This stretch of gorgeous white sand is completely free from any rocks or coral and the water is warm and shallow.
Na Muang Waterfalls
Enjoy the beauty of nature with a visit to the Na Muang waterfalls in their stunning jungle setting. It is completely free to enter the park and this quiet location is the ideal place to enjoy a swim in gorgeous surroundings.