A Handy Guide To Eat, Party, And Explore Koh Samui

White sand beaches attract both budget traveler and luxury holiday-goers from all over the world.

Thailand is a beautiful country and it’s actually kind of hard to wrong with any of the islands. They are all beautiful and each offers their own unique glimpse into the Thai lifestyle. However, one island you certainly don’t want to miss out on is “Koh Samui”.

Koh Samui is the second largest island in Thailand. Its white sand beaches attract both budget traveler and luxury holiday-goers from all over the world. It is more than just sand though. The eclectic crowd it draws in isn’t by accident. There is truly something here for everyone to enjoy. In a matter of minutes, you can go from a lively, beach party atmosphere to feeling like you are in a tranquil, secluded paradise.

But with so much to enjoy on this island, how do you know what’s best?

Don’t worry. We’ve created this guide to help you navigate the Koh Samui’s top picks. no matter if you plan on staying weeks or just a couple days, this guide will help you enjoy the island to its full potential! Keep reading to find out the best of the best when it comes to eating, partying and exploring Koh Samui.


Koh Samui’s eating scene is as diverse as the people you come to dine here. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants that make great chill spots for checking your emails or reading a book. There are also plenty of options for those dining in groups and looking to enjoy a lively atmosphere. Here are a few of our top picks for eating:

Relax Restaurant and Bar

For those looking to soak up the local atmosphere, Relax Restaurant is the place to go. Known for their delicious, creamy curries, it would be a mistake to show up here on a stomach that isn’t completely empty. Here you can soak in an amazing view of the ocean while enjoying a local dish of your choice from the comfort of a cozy hut.

Sunday Sessions at the Beach Republic

Looking for where to eat in Koh Samui for Sunday brunch? Then you need to head to Sunday Sessions at Beach Republic. Seasoned Koh Samui island visitors know that this brunch spot is so good that’s worth scheduling your trip around it.

What’s so great about it? Every weekend the chef prepares a creative spread that caters to every taste bud and preference imaginable. While local Thai cuisine is the focal point, the chef always balances it out with European dishes, vegetarian options, and other Asian flavors. There isn’t an appetizer, entree or dessert that you’ll be able to look at without your mouth watering. Plus, let’s not forget the unparalleled views the restaurant offers of the Gulf of Thailand.

Akaryn Resort and Spa

For those who really need a break from the Thai cuisine and also want to class it up a bit, head to Akaryn. The fresh, succulent cuts of steak are some of the best you’ll find in all of Thailand.


Once you’ve filled your belly, it’s time to decide where you’re going to get your party on for the night. Thailand has quickly emerged as one of the best party scenes in all of Asia, and Koh Samui nightlife is at the forefront of all of it. Here’s how to navigate the party scene in Koh Samui:

Music Scene

Music snobs can’t afford to be too picky on Koh Samui. Almost all clubs play a similar mix of pop, electronic and trance rhythms. They also usually have similar playlists. That being said, once the music gets going, you’ll hardly find a club with a dead dance floor. The spirit of this island makes everyone down to boogie.

Chaweng Beach

Chewing Beach is really the place to go if you’re looking for a nightlife that has it all. Here you’ll find reggae bars, Irish bars, cabarets, and of course, some seedy hole-in-the-wall bars that are only for the brave of heart. If you are looking for an all-in-one party spot, head to the Ark Bar Beach Resort. Two beachfront restaurants, three swimming pools and two swim-up bars make this one of the island’s hottest party destinations.


Don’t get so busy dining and partying that you forget to explore the island itself. There’s plenty of things to do in Koh Samui that don’t involve staying up until the wee hours of the night.

Art Scene

Koh Samui is chock full of small galleries that sell mass-produced reproductions of famous paintings as well as simple decorative works created by locals. Cameron Hansen is one gallery certainly worth checking out for those wanting to purchase photographs of everyday Asian life.

Angthong National Marine Park

Moo Koh Angthong National Marine Park is the place to go for those looking to move their bodies all day long. Snorkelling and sea kayaking are not to be missed activities in this national park.

Fisherman’s Village

Spending the day at this rustic village will make you feel like you’re on an entirely different island.

You can pass the day swimming, sunbathing and treating yourself to a spa treatment. Friday is the best day to come as during the night this village hosts an impressive night market.

Have you ever been to Koh Samui? Share with us in the comments.

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