Koh Samui Thailand is now hailed as one of the trendiest beach destinations in the world and there’s a reason. Some of the planet’s most upscale hotels and restaurants are right here. You might be thinking that there is no way to enjoy Samui if you are on a tight travel budget but you are wrong. Koh Samui has something for everyone despite its hip reputation. In fact if you know what you are doing, you can make your Koh Samui holiday complement your budget. In other words, you can make it as affordable or as luxurious as you like.
These attractions will convince you that you can enjoy Koh Samui without spending so much money.
Unwind at the beach.
It is a no brainer that people would want to go on the island for the beaches and this is because just lounging at any beach of your choice in Koh Samui need not be expensive. Take in the scenery, enjoy the sun, and indulge in tropical fruits and seafood as much as you like—that’s what beach vacations are all about anyway.
Koh Samui is blessed with many fabulous beaches. Whether you fancy as party beach or a quiet beach, rest assured that Samui has got you covered.
If you love to party, the Chaweng Beach is suitable for you. This is a fun place and the crowd, like you, came here to have a great time so you are in good company. For tranquil waters and a serene atmosphere where you can practice yoga or simply have some quiet time, the beach of Lamai could be your pick. For a breathtaking sunset, there’s Lipa Noi and if you want a more family friendly beach, there’s Bophut.
Check out Big Buddha.
Koh Samui is home to some of Thailand’s incredible landmarks and one of them is Big Buddha. This temple charge no admission fee and is a majestic work of art and architecture. If you have an hour or so to spare, go here and enjoy the breathtaking views from the top. Be sure to dress appropriately though and avoid revealing clothing.
Have a real Thai massage.
You probably tried a Thai massage at home and while there it might cost a lot of money, here you can get it for a lesser price. In fact massages here are so cheap you can afford to get pampered as often as you’d like.
Do a good deed.
You might think that a great vacation should be all about you. Well, not really. In Koh Samui you can make donations and offerings on one of the island’s spirit houses (you can see them often). Who knows maybe the spirits will reward you with better travel karma.
If you are a fan of yoga, good for you and you are probably aware of its many benefits already. If you happen to be curious about yoga, you can start by joining one of the island’s yoga classes. Here you can learn the basics or probably more depending on how often you show up to yoga sessions. Maybe by learning this discipline while on a holiday, you’d enjoy it so much that you’ll practise it even after you leave the island.
Spend time at the Chaweng Night Market.
You may not be a fan of scheduled tours and would want to explore the island on your own pace. That’s okay. The best way to do that is to visit Koh Samui’s night markets. A good choice is Chaweng Night Market. This is actually more of a big outdoor food court than an actual market though there are shopping stalls here and there where you can purchase souvenir items. You can go on a food trip, check some local items, and have a drink or two. This is a great spot to take the whole family as the place is so alive and colorful. It is a recommended place to soak up some local culture as well.
Certainly among the reasons why foreigners choose Koh Samui as a destination is that here weddings are more affordable than having it at your home country. To be very blunt about it, Koh Samui weddings are convenient, hassle free, and probably cheaper than weddings anywhere else. If you are a couple who are thinking about tying the knot abroad, the island has endless options for you as far as wedding venues and wedding packages are concerned.
Indulge your kinky side at the Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks.
Very famous rock formations that resemble the male and female genitalia, the Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks sure are a must stop on the island. On your holiday in Koh Samui, make sure to drop by and have a selfie at this popular attraction.
Feast on seafood.
As you can expect from a destination that is surrounded by water, seafood are plenty in Koh Samui. On your holiday take advantage of the fresh catch of the sea and have a seafood feast. Try some spicy crab curry, grilled squid, or a serving of Thai shrimp fried rice. In Samui, fresh seafood is abundant so make sure you satisfy your cravings before you head home.
Take the whole family to Coco Splash Water Park.
Travelling with the whole family can really cause you to dip into your savings to accommodate your travel expenses. Good thing there are reasonably priced water parks that are perfect for kids and adults alike. At the Coco Splash Water Park, you only pay when you swim in the water, which is great for those with limited budget. Fee is 200 Baht for both kids and adults but they have a promo. If you visit after 4 pm on a weekday, fee will only be 60 Baht. Cool right? This park is highly recommended if you want to relax while the kids are having fun.
With these Koh Samui attraction ideas, you will never run out of things to do. The plus side is that you won’t need to spend so much while having a wonderful time.