Things to do in Koh Samui, Thailand for Travellers, Families & Couples


Shrouded in forest and fringed by white sandy beaches, Koh Samui island in Thailand offers travellers the best of island life with nature, culture, adventure, and nightlife at your fingertips. Discover the best things to do on the island with our curated list of experiences.

The Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai) which is a 12-metre tall golden Buddha statue

A 5-star tropical playground: Best things to do in Koh Samui


Koh Samui welcomes all types of travellers with an expansive range of unique attractions and activities. While the island has a reputation for being a ritzy oceanside escape for the wealthy, there are also plenty of options that cater to the average vacationer.


Start your day with a refreshing dip in the azure waters of Chaweng Beach, or head to Lamai Beach for calm waters ideal for swimming. For those who love hiking, Elephant Rock offers a bird's eye view of the Gulf of Thailand, while the Nathon Mountain Ridge Trail is a 13.5km trek with stunning views over north and west Samui, including Zong Raue Waterfall, a must-see for nature lovers. 


If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the local culture, visit the Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai) where a 12-metre tall golden Buddha dominates the skyline, or Wat Khunaram which is home to a mummified monk. At day’s end, kick back with a tipple as you watch spectacular sunsets, and feast on the freshest seafood.

Where all ages are welcome: Things to do for families


Looking for some family fun, kids included? Koh Samui has got you covered. From hair-raising water sports and scenic cable rides through a jungle, to day trips to neighbouring islands — Koh Samui offers a myriad of fun-filled activities for children, adults and everyone in between.


Big and little thrill-seekers can whet their appetite for adventure with all sorts of water sports including snorkelling, jet-skiing, kiteboarding, paddle boarding, and more at the many beaches available. For a different kind of thrill, soar through the jungle on the Sky Fox Cable Ride where breathtaking views are guaranteed. Alternatively, drop your kids off at Garrya Tongsai Bay Samui’s Kids Club where they can participate in art classes, outdoor activities, and even learn simple yoga movements.

A family of five on vacation and enjoying the sunset by the beach
A couple having a romantic dinner at the beach of Garrya Tongsai Bay Samui

An evergreen love affair: Things to do for couples


“Love at first sight” was how the former Chairman of The Imperial Hotel Group described Tongsai Bay when he first laid eyes on it from across the sea. Since then, the bay has captured the hearts of couples and honeymooners, offering a private sanctuary of lush green forests and romantic experiences. 


Get scuba-certified together in the calm, clear waters of Koh Samui, or immerse yourselves in local culture with an Eco Jungle Safari Tour. Then, recharge with a couples massage at 8LEMENTS Spa or join a beach yoga class to reconnect with yourself and each other. If your love language is food, indulge in elevated beachfront dining in Koh Samui at Fish Tales, or innovative dishes at EVOL. 

If you’re looking to make a trip to the sunny island of Koh Samui, get in touch with Garrya Tongsai Bay Samui so we can assist with your travel and tour arrangements. Browse our offers to start planning your stay.