Top 3 Must-Try Island Experiences in Koh Samui

Samui is more than just white sandy beaches and azure waters. There are unique treasures awaiting you! If you’re looking for what to do in Samui, we got you covered.

Make your Insta stories different from everybody else’s. At Samui,  you’re never too far away from one-of-a-kind adventures. There are tons of top things to do in Samui but we have curated our top 3 just for you..

Here are 3 must-try island experiences in Koh Samui:

1. Yachting with Blue Voyage

Yacht charter in Koh Samui

Photo from Blue Voyage Website

Does anything feel more luxurious than chartering a yacht? Experience the glorious marriage of sea, sun and leisure with the help of Thailand’s number one exclusive yacht charter company. You can choose between a half-day, full-day and overnight stay on board, while enjoying their first-class service.

You’ll be in awe of Blue Voyage’s magnificent 40-foot Lagoon 400 yacht in Samui.  It has a starting price of USD 1000 and comfortably accommodates 25 guests in 3 glamorous cabins. It’s manned by a highly-trained crew of 4. What’s more? Not only can you lounge in the ample living room, but you can also enjoy the sweeping views while seated in the outdoor dining area. There are BBQ grills, fishing equipment, snorkelling masks, fancy floats, afternoon tea and a butler service.

For an extra charge, you can avail of more facilities. How about a soothing massage as you’re gently rocked by the boat? A chef treating you to incredible dishes? Or a bartender whipping up delicious cocktails?

With this yacht, you can explore the beauty of Samui, including the scenic Ang Thong Marine Park on a full-day trip. If you’re pressed for time, why not set off for a half-day excursion to Mudsum Island’s Pig Beach? Who knows, you may even go swimming with the pigs!

Whether you’re looking to swim in pristine waters, enjoy delectable food and drinks or soak up the sun on the deck this luxurious yachting experience won’t leave you disappointed.

2. Meet the Elephants

Visit an elephant sanctuary in Koh Samui

If you’re travelling with kids, this is a no brainer! Welcome to Samui Elephant Haven, a charming sanctuary for rescued elephants that practises ethical treatment. Here, you can delve into the lives of these majestic creatures and provide an unforgettable learning experience for your little ones. Watch the elephants thrive and interact in their natural environment, unharmed by practises of exploitation like trekking, circus acts, forestry and street begging.

Choose between morning and afternoon tours at the sanctuary to learn more about these gentle giants from knowledgeable, empathetic instructors. You’ll get the chance to walk with the elephants, to watch the elephants engage, play and live in a way that is most instinctive to them.

Perched atop rolling hills, Samui Elephant Haven is tucked away in Koh Samui’s tropical woods. Besides a day of watching wildlife, you’ll be charmed by its stunning views of Koh Phangan and the Gulf of Thailand. And that’s not all! Enjoy a little menagerie of your own by interacting with a herd of curious cows and rescued dogs.

Samui Elephant Haven differs from many other elephant parks as it does not involve giving elephants rides or making them do tricks. Instead, the focus is on monitoring and creating a sanctuary for them that is similar to their natural habitat where they feel safe. By going on a visit, you’ll be supporting a project that genuinely cares for the well-being of these lovely animals.

For more useful information, go to their official website. Book with The Luxe Nomad and our Guest Experience team can book this experience for you.

3. Scuba Diving and Underwater Exploration at Koh Tao

Diving in Koh Samui

What’s a visit to Samui without an underwater adventure?! Koh Tao is a paradise for divers and has activities for all levels of experience. The island may not be the biggest, but its underwater environment is vast and magnificent. Divers can enjoy an outstanding experience at spectacular shipwrecks, coral-covered rock pinnacles, and bright reefs.

There are always groupers and stingrays around and if you’re lucky, you might even spot an eagle ray or a whale shark, the largest fish on the planet. While diving at Koh Tao, the abundance of vibrant reef fish around you is a sight for sore eyes. Huge schools of yellow snapper, big-eyed trevally and chevron barracuda will accompany you as you swim around the pinnacle. Dive into a military shipwreck or hang out with enormous groupers. There is so much marine life to keep you company.

Koh Tao is a favourite diving location, thanks to its clear, tranquil seas that offer steady conditions all year round. You’re blessed with more than 300 days of sunshine and water temperatures that seldom fall below 84°F/29°C. Visibility can reach 30 metres from July to September, making for an unrivalled diving experience.

1 kilometre from the southern end of Koh Tao, you’ll find Shark Island. Named because it resembles the fin of a shark from some angles, this island is a prime diving spot to encounter turtles and racoon butterfly fish. Similarly, the Green Rock dive site on the North-West of Koh Nang Yuan comprises a labyrinth of underwater caves and arches. If you’re looking for a more adventurous time, this one’s for you. On the western part of Koh Tao, you’ll find some dazzling underwater photography sites at White Rock. It’s a perfect spot for day and night diving.

In short, Koh Tao welcomes everyone whether you’re an experienced diver or a beginner. Don’t pass up the chance to explore this underwater paradise and learn why it’s on the bucket list of so many divers.

Check out their website for a list of gorgeous diving spots in Koh Tao. Book with The Luxe Nomad and our Guest Experience team can help you cross off this bucket list item.

So there you have it! Some fun things to do on your trip to Koh Samui. And the best part? You don’t have to bother with planning and guess-gaming. Simply book your stay with The Luxe Nomad and our complimentary concierge team will handle everything for you. Our expert travel curators will make sure your trip is seamless and worry-free, leaving you to enjoy all the excitement and leisure Samui has to offer.

WHERE TO STAY?

If you’re looking for the best places to stay in Koh Samui, The Luxe Nomad hosts a number of luxury villas that are guaranteed to complete your holiday. There are a wide range of villas to choose from – beachfront villas, cliffside villas, or private pool villas. 

Baan Fan Noi

Baan Fan Noi villa Samui

This 3+1-bedroom villa is beautifully designed and landscaped, set on a hillside away from the madding crowd but close enough to Chaweng to give you all the privacy and space you need, without skimping on the fun.  For all day relaxation, there’s the airy living and dining spaces, but our favourite spot would have to be the villa’s 15m pool, sunken Jacuzzi and the limestone terrace which offers the perfect al fresco location.

Baan View Talay

Baan View Talay Samui

This luxurious and airy 6+1 bedroom villa is built onto the Nathon hillside with a breathtaking panorama of the surrounding vistas and sea views. Built to accommodate large groups of family or friends, the indoor living room is equipped with a pool table and dining space for ten. Besides the infinity pool that hangs over a cliff, the villa also offers an indoor gym, a putting green, a field for badminton, volleyball or soccer.

Baan Samlarn

Baan Samlarn Samui

Baan Samlarn is situated within the luxury complex of Dhevatara Cove. This villa features five superb bedroom suites that are spacious and beautifully decorated, opening out to the terrace, gardens or a private balcony, and enjoy superb ensuite bathrooms, some with al fresco showers. accommodating a maximum of ten guests. Keep the little ones safe in the large swimming pool with a shallow zone. The pool also features a relaxing built-in jacuzzi.

Baan Maliwan

Baan Maliwan Samui

Baan Maliwan forms part of the award-winning Dhevatara Residence estate. This stylish 3-bedroom villa is one of the Sea View Villas that sit directly behind the beachfront homes. Everything from its boutique styling, mix of contemporary and antique furnishings, fully fitted modern kitchen with a central island feature, to its blue-tiled infinity-edged swimming pool ensures a relaxed getaway.

Villa Blue View

Villa Blue View Samui

High on the hills of Koh Samui’s north coast lies Villa Blue View. True to its name, this GFAB-designed villa boasts five luxurious bedrooms that can house up to 12 guests. We’re talking about a 3state-of-the-art barbecue unit, 60-inch 3D television, a high-tech Bose sound system, minimalist designs, and a 15m L-shaped infinity-edge swimming pool that matches the exact colour of the sea. 

Take the guesswork out of your holidays when booking with The Luxe Nomad. On top of a beautiful luxury villa, the team will take care of the activities you want to book and can even provide you with recommended restaurants (which they can book for you too!). All you have to do is take the first step – Visit The Luxe Nomad website or reach out to us on [email protected]

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