For those on holiday in Samui, a rainy day can seem like a disaster. One of the main motivations to visit Koh Samui – or any subtropical region, for that matter – is to flee from the northern countries’ cold and bad weather. However, wet weather need not mean wasting a day by hiding in your hotel room.
The rather negative feeling about a rainy day while on vacation in Samui should be tempered for the following reasons: firstly, a rainy day in the tropics is not really cold – the lowest temperature ever recorded in Samui is 17.8°C - and secondly, there is a good list of things to do in Samui when it rains! See below our non-exhaustive list of rainy day activities in Koh Samui.
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Located in the heart of Chaweng, between the lake and the beach, Central Festival Samui is a massive dining, shopping and leisure entertainment complex hosting a wide range of options to spend a great time while avoiding the rain. The four sections comprised in this large lifestyle shopping complex feature a gaming arcade, XD theatre, Pirate Adventure Horror House, and enough boutiques and restaurants for the whole family to spend a great rainy day in Samui. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
- Tel: 077 962 777
Indulge in a Spa/Massage TreatmentAll around Samui
Spa treatments and foot or whole body massages are an enjoyable and relaxing way to forget the rain while on holiday in Samui. A large choice of quality standalone spas are established all around Samui Island, most of them in the major resort towns, but you could also have a look at our Top 10 Koh Samui Spa Resorts if you like to have a top-notch massage service at hand. Read More...
Join a Thai Cooking ClassAll around Samui
If there is a constructive way to spend the day, it is by learning something new. As everybody likes to eat, spending a rainy day learning to prepare Thai cuisine will certainly not be wasted. The popularity of Thai cuisine has steadily increased since the end of the 20th century, and Koh Samui now hosts many reputed Thai cooking schools. Learn how to concoct delicious exotic dishes, then sample them; is there a better way to spend a rainy day? The cherry on the top of the cake is that you will be able to surprise your friends and family with your new culinary knowledge once you get back home. Read More...
Go Bowling or Watch a Movie at Tesco LotusChaweng
Tesco Lotus Chaweng was the first large shopping centre to settle on Samui Island. Apart from its interesting shopping opportunities – supermarket and boutiques, as well as dining options (mostly chain-brand restaurants) – it hosts a few recreational choices apt to entertain everyone on a rainy day. The cinema-going public can enjoy the three-screen Major Multiplex Theatre showing Thai and western movies; indoor-sport enthusiasts can go and throw a few balls at the bowling alley; and wannabe singers can break into a tune at the karaoke booths (including large family/group booths).
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 24:00
- Tel: 077 245 400
Play a Real-Life Room Escape Game
Real-life room escape games’ popularity is gaining ground at most major tourist destinations around the world, and Samui Island now hosts two venues at which visitors can enjoy this challenging puzzle game. The goal of these games is to escape from a locked room by using various objects and clues in the environment. Situated in the compound of Beach Republic resort in Lamai, Escapology features two themed rooms – Cuban Crisis and Shanghaied – from which to escape. In Chaweng, The Escape Hunt Experience is located above Tropical Murphy’s pub on the beach road; three rooms that can host from two to five players are available.
Get a New Custom-made Suit at a TailorAll around Samui
The competence and professionalism of the tailoring shops established in Thailand (mostly run by Indian and Pakistanis natives) is widely recognised. In Samui, you can find tailors in all the major resort towns. You can get a custom-made quality suit or dress for a fraction of the price you would get it in Europe or the US. Do not hesitate to bargain hard (always with a smile) and to go for at least three fittings to assure that everything is done your way.
Take the Children to Fairways SamuiNear Bophut
Fairways Samui describes itself as “an action-packed indoor adventure playground”. Located on the airport road, this 320sqm kids’ club, themed around The Jungle Book, permits children to freely enjoy themselves in a totally safe soft-playground under the supervision of professional staff. Meanwhile, parents can relax around a drink while checking their email at the coffee-shop available on site. The coffee-shop also has an all-day menu. Day-care and baby-sitting services are also on offer at Fairways Samui.
- Opening Hours: Soft Play from 10:00-18:00 daily; Nursery Mon - Fri 08:00-16:00
- Tel: +66 (0)89 867 3844
Fire a Few Clips at Samui Shooting SportChaweng
Firing a few clips is a good way to unwind when one is upset by the bad weather, and Samui Shooting Sport is the right place to do this. Located on Samui Ring’s Road, a few hundred metres from Tesco Lotus, this modern shooting range hosts an impressive arsenal – from small .22 calibre to war weapons such as the Kalashnikov rifle – with which they can hit the targets. Professionally supervised, Samui Shooting Sport puts safety at the top of its priorities and gives wannabe sharpshooters a great place to demonstrate their shooting skills.
- Opening Hours: daily from 09:00 – 20:00
- Tel: +66 (0)77 962 488
Get TattooedAll around Samui
In Chaweng only, you can find up to 20 professional tattoo studios, and many others can be found in Samui’s prime destinations – Lamai and Bophut. Both temporary and permanent tattoos are available in most of the studios, and if you want to experience a genuine Thai tattoo, inked by bamboo stick, it is also available in many parlours. Why not bring back home an unforgettable beautiful souvenir of your holiday in Samui?
- Opening Hours: usually from 13:00 – 23:00
Samui Butterfly GardenNatien Beach
Located near Centara Villas Samui in the south-western part of the island, Samui Butterfly Garden is a family-friendly attraction that lets you discover butterflies and other insects in their (reconstructed) natural habitat. Set in a large open-air well-maintained garden covered with netting, the butterfly zone of the venue is indeed a lovely place. You could learn a lot of things and see the butterfly’s cycle of life – from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly – in this well-thought eco-friendly centre. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 08:30 – 17:30
- Tel: +66 (0)77 424 020