Whether you can’t swim or just don’t want to do water-related activities in Koh Samui, these are some ideas to keep you busy on your time-off.

Golf

While it is a legit sport, a lot of people  (those that haven’t tried it) don’t see it as such. Many think it is more of a social activity. But this couldn’t be more wrong. While it is indeed a means to socialize, it burns more calories than other strenuous activities. You can burn close to 1000 calories for an 18-hole game. Not only that, you can also foster healthy competitiveness, form friendships, and even seal business deals while playing. No wonder it is a popular activity. It allows one to walk around a lot, breathe some fresh air, enjoy the greenery, and get a good dose of sunshine. If you haven’t played before, better do so during your island holiday. It’s fun and it’s cool. If the rich people are all over this thing, you know something must be really good about it. Take the hint and try it at least once. You may find a new hobby that you can carry on at home. Play your first game at Santiburi Samui Country Club.

Santiburi Samui Country Club

Address: 12/15 Moo 4, Baan Donsai, Tambol Mae Nam, Mae Nam, Ko Samui, Thailand
Phone: 089 874 2735

Hiking

A fun outdoor activity for nature enthusiasts, hiking let’s you get to know Koh Samui in a different perspective. Most people when they think of an island, they usually think of lovely beaches and that’s it. But there is more to this destination than the blue waters and fine sand. It has lush jungles, thick rainforests, and beautiful waterfalls that you can all discover on your hiking tour. Whether it is your first time to trek or you’d want to expand your hiking portfolio, Koh Samui has many varied trails that you can conquer. Make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes and have your camera with you. Hiking is also an excellent choice for folks who want to have a unique and authentic experience while here. While most visitors would be posting photos of them at the shoreline or at the Big Buddha, you can take pictures of yourself on top of a mountain or an orchard only a select few have come to visit. A company offering hiking tours is Hiking on Samui. Here you will be lead by Femke, an experienced local hiker and a nature lover.

Hiking on Samui

Address: 61/8 Angton 10, Ban Makam, Ko Samui 84140, Thailand
Phone: 082 271 5325

Escape Games

Escape rooms are all the rage in countries and there is a reason. They are fun, provides an opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends, and is a nice activity for some mental workout.

If you are a closet geek or a fan of mysteries and puzzles, don’t leave Koh Samui without trying one of its escape rooms. This is a great idea too if it is raining and your day tour is cancelled.

Escapade Samui in Chaweng is now a leading local tourist spot. It is popular among the young set, couples, and families. If you can work under time pressure and would want to stretch your brain cells, book your escape online.

Escapade Samui

Open: 11am to 8pm

Address: 14/40 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach Road | Above Tropical Murphy’s Irish Bar, Chaweng, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Phone: 0998016760

Go-Kart

For those who live for speed or would want to blow off some team, go karting is an excellent option for an activity. It is a fun thing and appeals to individuals of all ages. Those who are still a year too young to get their driver’s license or are interested in having a career in car racing, this is the  Koh Samui activity for you. You can do it solo, with your fiance or the whole family. Because you are focused on the track, it is also an effective way to unload stress and unplug. Here you can get a good amount of satisfaction at every turn and be able to cheer for yourself every time you get past your friends. So, if you have nothing to do and have had enough fun at the beach and would want to do something else, head to Samui Go Kart.

Samui Go Kart

Open: 9am to 9pm

Address: 101/2 Moo 1, Samui Ring Road, Bophut, Ko Samui 84140, Thailand
Phone: 077425097

Shopping

If you are the not-so sporty type and your idea of adventure is trading money for stuff, then by all means conquer the island’s shopping scene. There is truly nothing like good old retail therapy. If you are itching to burn cash or would want to practise your haggling skills, head out and check out local shopping malls, supermarkets, and street stalls. Shopping on the island is a whole lot of fun because there is a store meant for all kinds of budget. You can head to Central Festival Samui to find popular global brands such as Esprit, Uniqlo, Adidas, Giordano, Yves Rocher and Oakley. If you get hungry while here, there’s a huge food park where you can get quality local food and international offerings. There is also a Kentucky Fried Chicken branch on site, a pretzel store called Auntie Anne’s, a Mister Donut, and a Starbucks for a nice cup of familiar coffee.

For some classic outdoor Thai style shopping spree, you can check out the island’s street markets. You can find some in Chaweng, Lamai, Fisherman’s Village, and Maenam too.

Central Festival Koh Samui

Address: Chaweng, Bophut, Ko Samui, Thailand
Phone: 077962777

Muay Thai

Looking for a new sport to add to your fitness routine? It’s a good thing you pick Samui as your destination since there are many sports you can explore while here. One of them is Thai boxing or Muay Thai. This is a mega workout that strengthens your legs and your core. It also allows you to have lots of cardiovascular exercise. Whether you would want to pursue this as a competitive sport or you just want to add variety to your physical activities, enrolling for Thai boxing while on vacation will reap you a lot of health benefits. Not only that, this is also a good method of self defense and an effective way to release stress. One hour of Muay Thai training is enough to help you burn more than 600 calories.

Yoga

Probably the most popular wellness activity you can commit to while on your Samui holiday is yoga. This is good not only for the body but also for the mind. Some are intimidated to try it because they think they are not fit enough or flexible or coordinated enough. But that is the beauty of yoga. You come as you are, regardless of your fitness history. As you practice this discipline, your flexibility will improve and you will be fitter than when you started. The only requirement is your willingness to do it.  Yoga is a cure for many ailments too like arthritis, adrenal fatigue, and high blood pressure. It also improves your posture and your mood. Regular yoga gives your immune system a boost and keeps your heart healthy. The Yogarden is a health and wellness studio that offers yoga classes. They have morning sessions that you can participate in and a nearby cafe that serves healthy raw food.

The Yogarden

Address: 78 Moo 1, Laan Thong Road | Fisherman’s Village, Bophut, Ko Samui, Thailand
Phone: 0857903409

Elephant Trekking

If you hate walking but are dying to go on a nature trip, one thing that you can do is ride an elephant and let it take you to some of Koh Samui’s interesting spots. Elephant is an important symbol of Thailand and is known to represent royalty and strength. Elephant trekking is a hit activity among couples and solo travellers. While riding on this amazing and strong creature, you will have a chance to see the beauty of Samui. You can see notable landmarks, rainforests and waterfalls while sitting on an elephant’s back.

Thai Cooking

Thai food has its own share of fans and if you are one of them, you don’t have to always eat out to avail of your well loved Thai dishes. In Koh Samui, you can learn how to cook them. Enroll in a cooking session with a local chef and be familiar with all the basic ingredients used in making local dishes such as pad Thai, green curry, spring rolls, and Thai chicken rice. You can book lessons at Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts. You can avail of their short daily lessons or get a more comprehensive 2-week training if you are a chef or just want to really dig deeper into the world of Thai cuisine.

Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts

Address: 46/6 Moo 3, Chaweng Beach, Borphut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84320,