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Guide to Ko Samui Outdoors

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Ko Samui is the sort of place where you can spend your days lazing on the beach, with the occasional dabble with watersports and other activities as you see fit. However, there's a huge range of outdoor pursuits to get involved in around the island, so if you're the active type here’s your guide to Ko Samui outdoors.

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Beach Goer

10 Places

2 City Tips

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10 Places

X-Quad Samui

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Private Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Day Trips

Samui Football Golf Club

Game & Entertainment Centres

Boutique Yachting - Day Cruises & Private Charters

Boat Tours

100 Degrees East Dive Team

Scuba & Snorkeling

Treetop Tour Cable Ride

Sightseeing Tours

Chaweng Noi Beach

Beaches

Fisherman’s Village

Neighbourhoods

Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park

Geologic Formations, National Parks

Tree Tops Sky Dining & Bar

Restaurants

Bang Po Beach

Beaches

Kirsty S's City Tips

  • The easiest way of getting around Ko Samui is by hiring a moped, but if that’s not your thing, there are plenty of taxis to transport you across the island. Many don’t use the meter so be sure to negotiate a fee upfront before traveling.
  • Be careful on Ko Samui’s beaches. The monsoon season sees plenty of rainfall between October and January, with the weather causing high waves and strong currents, particularly on the east coast of the island.
  • X-Quad Samui
    4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Private Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Day Trips
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    Kirsty S Says:

    A day out with X-Quad Samui is every outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Explore Ko Samui’s beautiful countryside on an ATV or buggy ride up on the island’s tallest hill, with lunch at the top included. Get two outdoor experiences for the price of one when you visit a waterfall in the heart of the island too.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • X-Quad Samui is based in the Mae Nam part of the island, with transport to and from your hotel all part of the deal.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 195 Outdoor Activities in Ko Samui
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great fun! 07/11/2018
    • Worth every Baht spent 26/10/2018
    • X-Quad Samui
    Address:
    Maenam Soi 7 Atv
    84330
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 90 980 5401
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$5
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    08:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Samui Football Golf Club
    Game & Entertainment Centres
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    Kirsty S Says:

    If you like your sport, the Samui Football Golf Club is something a bit different. It’s set in one of Ko Samui's beautiful coconut plantations and is a must for both football and golf fans, although it won’t disappoint families and other groups looking for a fun outdoor activity either.

    Good for
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There's a pleasant area to sit after you're finished your game, which is perfect for enjoying a refreshing drink, particularly if it’s a very hot day.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 17 Fun & Games in Bophut
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Much better than we expected 14/11/2018
    • Now just a cash machine 06/11/2018
    • Samui Football Golf Club
    Address:
    63/240 Moo 5
    Choeng Mon Beach
    Bophut 84320
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 77 426 600
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Boutique Yachting - Day Cruises & Private Charters
    Boat Tours
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Get out onto the water and sail around some of the most stunning parts of Thailand’s south islands. Boutique Yachting operates a luxury 30-metre vessel with an expansive sun deck and plenty of room for everyone to relax and take in the stunning scenery, not to mention all that fresh sea air.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Boutique Yachting offer half-day, full-day and overnight trips, so be sure to choose the right one for you and your party.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 76 Tours in Bophut
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Perfect service 03/11/2018
    • Cruise on the Naga to the National park 30/09/2018
    • Boutique Yachting - Day Cruises & Private Charters
    Address:
    Petcherat Marina
    Bophut 84320
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 80 695 0801
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    09:00 - 20:00
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • 100 Degrees East Dive Team
    Scuba & Snorkeling
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    Kirsty S Says:

    If you’re into diving (or want to be) the 100 Degrees East Dive Team are the go-to people in Ko Samui. Highly professional, yet friendly and accommodating too, the team offer training courses plus dive tours to Ko Tao and the unutterably beautiful Ang Thong National Marine Park. The small group sizes are also a major plus.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If diving’s not your thing, you don’t have to miss out; 100 Degrees offer opportunities for snorkeling and kayaking too.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 177 Tours in Ko Samui
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best dive brief ever 12/11/2018
    • They Made It Feel Bespoke 07/11/2018
    • 100 Degrees East Dive Team
    Address:
    23/5 Moo 4
    T Bophut
    84320
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 77 423 936
    Other:
  • Treetop Tour Cable Ride
    Sightseeing Tours
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Do yourself a favor and hire a moped and ride up to the Treetop Cable Ride. The journey there is stunning enough, and outdoor types won’t be disappointed with the main event. Run by a friendly local family, you’ll get a clear demonstration of what to do before climbing to a platform for your first zip-line through the trees!

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You do have to be fairly fit for the Treetop Cable Ride as it requires a certain degree of strength and can get quite tiring. If you’re young and moderately fit you should be fine.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 177 Tours in Ko Samui
    • Great fun, friendly family run business! 23/07/2018
    • Great fun. Very safe. 19/01/2018
    • Treetop Tour Cable Ride
    Address:
    On mountain top in the middle of Koh Samui
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 81 968 4806
    Other:
  • Chaweng Noi Beach
    Beaches
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Chaweng Beach is the most popular beach in Koh Samui and manages to retain its beauty despite the crowds. There are a whole host of watersport activities to keep the adrenaline junkies happy, plus plenty of shops, restaurants and beachside bars lining the coast here.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • Beware of jet ski scams – go with a recommendation if you can to avoid any false claims of damage followed by demands for compensation.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 115 things to do in Ko Samui
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Great, relaxing, low key, "Natural", white sand beach. 06/11/2018
    • quiet beach 03/11/2018
    • Chaweng Noi Beach
    Address:
    Bo Put
    Thailand
  • Fisherman’s Village
    Neighbourhoods
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    Kirsty S Says:

    For a laidback outdoor activity, take a wander around Bophut’s charming Fisherman’s Village. Despite being lined with high-rise hotels and restaurants, it has a laidback attitude and features a gorgeous beach with some stunning views. The village also has a charming walking street, allowing you to enjoy a traffic-free stroll through the area.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • Fisherman’s Village is known for its Chinese-Thai culture so be sure to explore the traditional old buildings here and learn about the history and culture of the area.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 28 things to do in Bophut
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A great place to visit 19/11/2018
    • Night Market 18/11/2018
    • Fisherman’s Village
    Phone:
    +66 81 719 2456
    Other:
  • Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park
    Geologic Formations, National Parks
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    Kirsty S Says:

    The staggering beauty of the islands of the Ang Thong National Marine Park deserves a whole day of exploration. Huddled close together in the Andaman Sea, the park’s islands are carpeted with lush forest inland and fringed by stunning stretches of beach and pristine waters. There’s a popular viewpoint on one of the main islands, where, after a steep climb, you’ll be rewarded with jaw-dropping, unparalleled views of the islands. Simply stunning.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you want to avoid the crowds while visiting the islands, arrange a private speedboat to take you there.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Ang Thong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Didn't get what we paid for still a good day 18/11/2018
    • Beautiful 12/11/2018
    • Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park
    Address:
    346/1 Talad Lang
    Ang Thong 84000
    Thailand
  • Tree Tops Sky Dining & Bar
    Restaurants (European, International, Contemporary, Fusion)
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    Kirsty S Says:

    For a less energetic tree-top experience than zip-lining, the Tree Tops restaurant is just the thing! Grab your loved one, your friends or your whole family and enjoy fine food and wine from the privacy of your very own tree house. Tree Tops is a unique outdoor dining experience not to be missed.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    Tips
    • Try something from the Tree Tops’ cocktail menu – not only are they delicious, but many of them are also quite the spectacle!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 196 restaurants in Chaweng
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awesome Romantic dinner 20/11/2018
    • Enjoyable dinner 09/11/2018
    • Tree Tops Sky Dining & Bar
    Address:
    92 / 1 Moo 2
    Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort
    Chaweng, Bophut 84320
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 77 960 333
    Price range:
    US$27 - US$76
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    18:00 - 20:45
    21:00 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Bang Po Beach
    Beaches
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Chaweng Beach and others like it are great but if you want a more secluded place for strolls along the beach and perhaps a dip in the ocean, head over to Bang Po Beach instead. A good dose of lounging on the beach is a must in Ko Samui and this serene, narrow strip of beach is delightfully free from hawkers, jet skis and, most importantly, crowds.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • There’s a chilled out bar/restaurant at Bang Po, which provides all you really need for a relaxed day on the beach.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 115 things to do in Ko Samui
    • Beautiful Soft Sand 16/11/2018
    • Quiet beach 05/09/2018
    • Bang Po Beach
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