What to Do in Koh Samui in 2 Days

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Having only 48 hours in Koh Samui is quite a common part of many travel plans, particularly of those on the backpacker trail around Thailand and Southeast Asia. Being just 25km long and 21km across, it is perfectly easy to drive around the little island in the Gulf of Thailand in just a matter of hours. However, the place is packed with stunning beaches, fascinating attractions, breath-taking views, great restaurants and much more. Even with two days, you’re going to have to prioritise and pick just the best of them.

That’s where our 2 Days in Samui Guide comes in. We’ve boiled the huge selection down to just the absolute musts, providing you with a rough itinerary to get you started in planning an unforgettable trip to Koh Samui, even if you have nothing more than a weekend available. Check out the great selection of attractions and activities below.

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Day 1 – Going Coastal

Daytime - Enjoy the Sun, Sand and Surf

Koh Samui is ringed with pristine white-sand beaches, each more beautiful than the last. Those along the east coast are the busiest and arguably the best and include Lamai Beach and the extremely popular Chaweng Beach. The west coast beaches are much wilder and less developed, including Taling Ngam and Lipa Noi. Don’t forget to check out the great opportunities for snorkelling, diving, kitesurfing and enjoying other beach activities.

See Samui’s Best Temples and Landmarks

While Samui’s choice of temples is relatively modest, each is remarkable for its unique attractions, including the huge statues of the Big Buddha Temple and Wat Plai Laem or the mummified monk of Wat Khunaram. Other beautiful sites around the island include Hin Lad Waterfall Temple, Wat Lamai with its Cultural Hall and the colourful Hainan Temple.

Evening - Shop ‘Til You Drop

Koh Samui has a wealth of shopping opportunities, many open every night while others are special events for just one night of the week. The most popular is the Fisherman’s Village Walking Street on Friday night, but there is also Lamai Night Plaza, Elephant Walk in Bophut and Chaweng Walking Street open most evenings. If you want a more climate-controlled shopping experience, Central Festival Samui is the island’s biggest and best mall.

Party Time!

Chaweng is the party destination of choice in Samui, with most of the island’s biggest and best clubs and bars. A popular itinerary involves enjoying the early happy hour at Bar Solo, then the beach party at ARK Bar before heading for Soi Green Mango or Soi Reggae after 02:00.

Day 2 - Inside and Out

Daytime - Nearby Islands

As stunning as Koh Samui undoubtedly is, it is surrounded by smaller islands which are arguably even more so. Samui can be a great base to visit them from. The striking natural beauty of the Ang Thong Marine National Park is definitely worth seeing, though both Koh Tao and Koh Phangan also have their attractions. All can be reached within quite a short ferry ride.

Explore the Interior

Samui’s rugged interior of jungle-covered mountains is largely untamed, but offers a great opportunity to see less visited attractions, great views and wildlife. Among those places which are easier to reach are the Lamai Overlap Stone, the Secret Buddha Garden, Na Muang Waterfalls and the Sky Fox Cable Ride. You can also take an ATV ride if you want to get really close to the wild side of Samui.

Evening - Take In A Show

Thailand is famous for its dramatic Muay Thai boxing matches as well as the flamboyant and fun ladyboy cabaret shows. Samui has both of these in abundance, with three boxing stadiums and three cabaret shows, most of which are located in Chaweng. Both are must-sees to complete any trip to Thailand, albeit for very different reasons.

Come For the Sunset, Stay For the Party

With its great atmosphere and first-class cuisine, Nikki Beach is one of the top beach clubs on Samui. With a west-coast location, it is a superb spot to watch the sun setting. Other top beach clubs (which don’t feature the same great view) include Beach Republic, Bangrak Beach Club and KC Beach Club.

Where to Stay?

You’re going to need somewhere to rest and recover between these two action-packed days, which means that you need a hotel. We have quite a sizable inventory of great places to stay, with choices for any budget. Whether you are travelling on a shoestring or have a bit of cash to splash, we have a selection of rooms for you. We have even organised them into very specific categories to make it easier for you to find exactly the sort of thing you’re looking for.

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