#1 Go island hopping
Where: Ang Thong National Marine Park or Koh Taen
What: There are a few islands you could boat around while in Samui, but if you had to choose from the lot, we recommend setting a full day aside for the tour of Ang Thong National Marine Park, and half a day for Koh Taen. Charter a private yacht for the tours. The boats depart from the Ko Samui Boat Charter on Choeng Mon Beach.
Stay here: Motsamot, from USD 364++ per night
Hillside villa in Choeng Mon with 3-5 bedrooms, and gorgeous private pool. Just 10 minutes from Samui airport, short drive to Chaweng and Choeng Mon Beach.
#2 Zipline through the trees
Where: Canopy Adventures
What it is: Adrenaline lovers shouldn’t miss the opportunity to see Koh Samui’s beautiful rainforest, waterfalls and sea from the top of the canopy. Anyone over the age of 7 can zipline, but it’s possible for children under that age to ride tandem with a parent or guardian.
Stay here: Baan Leelawadee, from USD 550++ per night
Beachfront villa in Bophut with 2-4 bedrooms, infinity pool, and direct beach access. Just 20 minutes from Samui Airport, and close to restaurants and attractions in Bophut.
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#3 Indulge in sports
What it is: Nothing brings a big family together like some healthy competition. Get everyone racing at the go-kart track or split into teams for a game of hybrid football golf.
Stay here: Sangsuri Villa 1, from USD 1,015++ per night
Large 2-8 bedroom villa in Chaweng with two dormitories, sleeps up to 16 adults and 14 children, direct beach access and 22m pool. Located 5 minutes from the airport, and close to Chaweng nightlife.
#4 Ride Samui’s best water slides
What it is: In case all the beach and underwater activity hasn’t been enough, one of Koh Samui’s top water parks will thrill both young and old with its many high-speed, twisted slides.
Stay here: Villa M, from USD 480++ per night
3-storey villa in Bophut with 2-5 bedrooms, direct beach access, private pool facing the beach, and rooftop jacuzzi. Located close to the Fisherman’s Village markets, and just 15 minutes from Samui airport.
#5 Visit as many beaches as you can
Where: Chaweng Beach, Bophut Beach, Choeng Mon Beach, Big Buddha Beach, Maenem Beach, Lamai Beach and Lipa Noi Beach
What it is: White sand, blue-turquoise waters – so simple, yet so beautiful. You haven’t been to Koh Samui if you didn’t visit its best beaches. Some of the top names you should tick off your list are mentioned above. Click here to see what’s there to love about some of them, plus where to stay if you’ve found one you’re particularly keen on.
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