Koh Samui is famous for its lush tropical forests and stunning sandy beaches. This natural and appealing land and seascape make it the ideal setting for all kinds of outdoor activities. Especially anything water-related. From kite surfing to scuba diving, hiking to zip-lining, it is a great place to visit when you fully intend to take advantage of being out in the sun.
However, just like in most other parts of the world, there are periods when you may not be able to enjoy as much sun exposure. Thailand’s weather includes the monsoon season when there is rainfall and plenty of cloud cover. These wet and dull conditions can make it challenging to enjoy outdoor activities. Fortunately, the wettest period is typically restricted to just November. During the rest of the wet or rainy season, the rain showers will often last for short periods, with the rest of the day being warm and dry.
If you are still worried about getting stuck indoors, here are some great ways you can still have fun in Koh Samui, without having to contend with rain and muddy conditions.
1. Visit A Spa
Thailand is famous for its spa culture and Koh Samui is home to some of the best facilities. There are many spas to choose from, including those housed within high-end hotels and resorts, and independent spa and wellness centres. There is a wide range of relaxing and rejuvenating spa treatments to choose from.
Some of the most popular options include full-body massages, scrubs, facials, herbal steams, saunas, and whirlpools. If you just want a short treatment, then visit for a pedicure, manicure, or foot massage. Many of the techniques used stem from Ayurveda treatments, Reiki therapy, and other holistic Asian influences. Whether you want rejuvenation or just to feel refreshed, you can be guided on what the best options are for your goals. Some spas also cater to couples and even kids.
2. Go Elephant Trekking
If you are worried about muddy feet, then let an elephant do the trekking for you. Destinations like the Namuang Safari Park are great for exploring the jungle while riding an elephant. You will be taken on a guided journey that will take you through tropical vegetation, coconut plantations, past waterfalls and around a zoo where you will enjoy interactions and performances from other treasured animals including monkeys and crocodiles.
Asian elephants are an endangered species and the housing of these animals in such conservation areas helps to protect them from conflict with humans. The calm soothing environment allows these gentle creatures to live out their days peacefully, entertaining and being fed by visitors to the parks who help contribute to their care through patronage.
3. See The Temples
Koh Samui has many important religious and culturally significant landmarks to explore. Amongst the most notable is the Big Buddha Temple which is home to a 12-metre high golden Buddha statue. Located on its own island of Koh Fan, this temple is connected to Koh Samui through a causeway. The surrounding temple area features other buildings and quiet areas that are suitable for some quiet contemplation or meditation. There are also a few souvenir shops if you want to take home a memento.
The Nathon Hainan Shrine is another fascinating Chinese temple that is about 160 years old. Brilliantly coloured and with dragon carvings, it is a small but exquisite attraction that is worth a visit. Be sure to also add Wat Kiri Wongkaram to your bucket list. Home to the famous mummified monk, this red, yellow and green temple also features several beautiful statues and often hosts various events.
4. Walk The Night Markets
Koh Samui hosts several night markets, with the Lamai Night Walking Street market and Fisherman’s Village Street market being especially famous. These are weekly markets, held on Fridays and Sundays respectively. You can also try the daily Chaweng Walking Street market.
These markets bring together a wide variety of vendors selling everything from artworks to street food, electronics to clothing. Even on a rainy day the markets will still be open and provide you with a good chance to mingle with the locals, do some shopping, enjoy delicious food and even get to enjoy entertaining street performances.
5. Try The Restaurants
The night markets of Koh Samui always have street food sections where you can find just about any type of local and some western foods. The food prices are very affordable and many stalls provide dining space where you can sit and enjoy your meal or snacks with drinks.
Koh Samui also has a variety of fine dining restaurants located within hotels, shopping complexes and along streets. Some notable establishments include No matter the weather, you can easily go out to enjoy a delicious bite to eat
6. Enjoy The Party Scene
A little downpour is unlikely to dampen the spirits of revellers in Koh Samui. The island has a vibrant nightlife with several clubs and bars easily found along prominent beaches and streets in Lamai and Chaweng. Bophut and Maenam also have popular establishments.
Chaweng however is the party capital of the island, with many bars and clubs remaining open till the wee hours of the morning. If looking to indulge in a bar crawl, this is your best bet for nonstop fun. Some of the most popular destinations include Ark Bar and On Street Bar in Chaweng.
If looking for more interesting entertainment as you enjoy drinks, try a cabaret show. Several theatres and bars host this entertainment in Chewang and Lamai. They can add a touch of glitz, glamour and light-hearted fun for those with an open mind.
7. Attend A Muay Thai Fight
Muay Thai boxing is a national pastime. There are regular fights at boxing stadiums and prominent gyms. If you do not mind a little gore, find local venues where fights are usually held twice a week on Mondays and Fridays. Watching these bouts can make for an interesting evening’s entertainment.
If you are interested in some training for yourself, check out local gyms, some of which offer training sessions for beginners of all ages. If you are not sure, you can even spend a little time watching the pros training to get a better idea of what kind of workout it entails.