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With it’s stunning blue waters boasting a vast variety of marine life and corals, and with the island lined with top-notch resorts, Thailand’s Koh Samui has set itself as a premier holiday destination in Asia.

Beach fun and partying aren’t the only things you can enjoy here. If you have been looking at what to do in Koh Samui, there is a lot to see, do, and experience in this island paradise.   


Songkran is the Thai New Year, celebrated annually with a water festival between 13 and 15 April. A true highlight of Samui’s event calendar, Koh Samui takes Songkran as “seriously” as the rest of Thailand – a deluge of good-spirited fun, best experienced up close, in person and without reservation. Whether you’re coming specifically for Songkran or just have good luck, here’s everything you need to know to come prepared and enjoy every minute of the Thai New Year.

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Loy Krathong, known as the ‘festival of light’, occurs on the night of the full moon in November. ‘Loy’, is the Thai word meaning ‘to float’ and ‘krathong’ is the name give to the small floats, painstakingly crafted by locals. During Loi Krathong festival, all bodies of water including the sea, hotel swimming pools and, the lake in Chaweng, or at Wat Plai Laem, become a hive of activity as locals come to float their homemade lotus-shaped Krathongs into the water. It is a spectacular and peaceful experience to watch hundreds of colorful banana leaf receptacles filled with incense and candles floating under the full moon.

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Koh Samui nightlife is famous for being amongst the best in Thailand, if not the world. The island’s full moon parties are legendary and continue to attract an endless stream of visitors keen to party on the soft white sand until the break of day. The wealth and variety of discos, clubs and beer bars is also a major pull, bringing a lively young crowd of revelers.

There is a degree of variety to the nightlife in Koh Samui. Alongside the buckets of cheap whiskey and cheaper beer are sophisticated gourmet restaurants; classic Thai dancing can be found a short distance from mud wrestling ladies boxing bouts and the country’s famous transgender cabaret shows are always a hit. Check out our guide to the best places to go and things to do once the sun has set.