Thailand has a reputation for having some of the best beaches in the world.
And the island of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand has everything a tourist could ever want in a tropical paradise.
You have the choice between several types of luxurious Koh Samui beachfront villas that overlook the sea giving you a piece of heaven on earth.
There are so many reasons why it is the best beach town in Thailand, of which just a few are described below.
Koh Samui Beaches
The small tropical island has a wide variety of beaches. Some are secluded making it a place to relax whereas others host wild parties. Popular ones include Chaweng, Lamai, Nipa Noi, and Bophut Beach. If you’re looking for an active nightlife and a town full of other tourists, check out Chaweng.
A large number of bars and restaurants are within a short distance of this area. The others tend to be quieter. Most of Koh Samui’s beaches have palm trees lining the edge of the sand providing lots of shade. Thai vendors also roam around offering everything from an impromptu massage to barbeque chicken and souvenirs.
Cultural Experiences in Koh Samui
Thailand is full of culture. Apart from relaxing and enjoying your luxurious vacation rental, it’s possible to soak up some of the local Thai culture. Temples and religious monuments are around the island including the iconic 12-metre tall Big Buddha Statue and the Buddha Secret Garden.
The first sits on a small island near the airport, made from gold and depicts Buddha staying firm in the face of temptation. The second is hidden away in the middle of the jungle and has an extensive collection of statues and carvings of religious icons and animals.
Spa Treatments in Koh Samui
Koh Samui is the unofficial spa capital of Thailand. Expect wellness resorts, an abundance of Thai massages and a tropical paradise for the ultimate session of relaxation. You can visit one of the spas and get treatment from a simple massage all the way up to taking your entire vacation in one of the resorts.
A number of resorts have opened up to cater for the growing demands of tourists who want nothing but the best relaxation and spa treatment on the island. Others have shops along the streets that offer the fish treatment, which involves submerging your feet into a bowl of water and allowing Garra Rufu to bite off the dead skin. And finally, still, women walk along the beach asking sunbathers if they want a massage. So you don’t even have to get off the sun lounger to enjoy one!
A spa treatment is available here to suit whatever you’re looking for and at any budget. You could spend several hundred dollars on the ultimate weekend of luxury and get the full works including a body massage, pedicures, and the saunas. Or, just pay a few Baht on the beach.
Yoga in Koh Samui
In the small village of Bo Phut, near the beach with the same name, is a little retreat called Yogarden. Here, gurus hold regular classes in a pristine environment against the calm backdrop of Koh Samui’s paradise. Students of all levels of ability join in the lessons, which range from absolute beginners up to experts and attracts people from all walks of life to get a piece of the action.
Nothing can be more cleansing for the soul than spending a few hours getting some of the best Thailand has to offer and taking up a few yoga lessons. The classes are affordable and have an adjoining vegan restaurant where you can get a drink and a meal after the session is over.
Visitors who attend the classes go away and claim this to be one of their best experiences on the island. A trip to Yogarden is a must if you’re into yoga and want to get more out of your journey than just lounging around the beach. This is one of the best places to get some vegetarian and vegan food too.
Where to find the best Thai food in Koh Samui
Few people dislike Thai food making a trip to this island a dream come true for foodies. Combine this with the range of seafood that’s available too, and it makes a trip to Koh Samui a perfect place to enjoy some of your favourite food. Expect to find restaurants to suit any budget around the island selling everything from chicken and fish to a range of your other Thai dishes at an affordable price.
And if you love Thailand’s food so much, you can also take a lesson to learn how to cook it for yourself. Classes are held on a daily basis and teach students the essentials of Thai cooking. You’ll have the experience of learning how to cook the likes of Tom Yam using fresh organic ingredients grown on in the school’s vegetable garden. The ones who take the lessons can bring a little bit of the delicious Thai cuisine back home with them. A cooking lesson isn’t too be missed on Koh Samui.
Why is Koh Samui the Best Beach Town in Thailand?
Koh Samui combines beaches, spas, delicious food, and natural beauty in one small and easy to navigate the island. You could be getting a massage on the beach in the morning before attending a yoga class or eating some of the best seafood later in the day. This island has everything any tourist could need to make their trip to Thailand perfect, which is why it has some of the best beach towns in the country!