Samui Guide Magazine Online Version. "Koh Samui. "Koh" is Thai for Island and Koh Samui is Thailand's favorite island getaway location. Located in the south of The Gulf of Thailand just offshore from Surat Thani. The island is surrounded by white sand beaches and coral reefs. The Angthong Marine National Park lies just a few kilometers away. Samui is a favorite with young and old, singles and families, Thais and International visitors. Features and attractions include natural beauty, waterfalls, national parks, inland mountains, coral reefs, extensive white sand beaches, scuba diving, four-wheel-driving, elephant trekking, mountain tours, island tours, national park tours, accomodation, night life, zoos, parks, gardens, temples, wats, restaurants, markets, fishing villages, buffalo fights, working monkeys, snake farms, butterfly farms, bungalows, 5-Star accomodations, PADI & BSAC dive courses, land & house rentals and purchase. Samui is the place to be for the holiday of your lifetime." 
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Things To Do & Places To Go

For assistance with booking any of the activities below, call Travel Solutions at 077 230 203 or drop into their beachside Chaweng office.

Adventure Sports 

If you're after an adrenaline rush, you have a number of options. You can head to Samui Shooting Sport on the main road between Bophut and Chaweng where you can blast away at paper targets with a variety of lethal weapons. You can head to Samui Quads and Paintball in the interior behind Maenam, to ride around a professionally sculpted football pitch sized terrain or play a variety of tactical games with BB guns in the jungle. Tel. 01 371 0744.

To get a birds eye view of the jungle, check out Canopy Tours, which allows you to travel between tree-houses in a harness attached to a high tensile cable. Tel: 077 414 150 or drop into their office on the beach in Chaweng.

Mountain bike enthusiasts should check out Red Bicycle, which offers a range of half and full day off-road trips into Samui's mountainous interior and longer tours around Ranong on the mainland. All the trips include lunch and all equipment, which is kept in perfect condition. For those wanting to go it alone, the shop also has Merida, Cannondale and Italian made waterbikes for rent. Tel. 077 232 136.

 

Bowling 

The Living Bowl Centre offers tropical 10-pin action and its own onsite restaurant in a fun, funky alley. It's in central Chaweng above McDonald's and open 10am-2am. Price: 100 baht per game per person. Tel. 077 413 258. 

Buffalo Show 

Bringing back some of the traditional way of rural life to Samui, Living Thailand offers a pleasant diversion from the rigours of the beach. Situated among paddy fields and rolling hills in the south of the island, visitors can enjoy buffalo-cart rides, buffalo theatre and a Thai farming museum. The theatre show includes demonstrations of rice planting and paddy ploughing, and visitors are welcome to join in. Multi-lingual guides are on hand throughout. Tel. 077 418 680 for showtimes. Route 4173. 

 

Butterfly Garden 

Butterflies are among the most easily observed and beautiful examples of the island's richly varied wildlife. You can see many vividly coloured species of tropical butterflies in this scenic netted hillside setting. Since butterflies only live for about two weeks, the garden raises its own and has a great display of caterpillars, cocoons and adults. Open 9am-6pm.

 

Dog Rescue 

Unfortunately, stray and abandoned dogs in varying states of health can still be found everywhere on Samui. But the pooch's lot has improved dramatically over the past three years since the Dog Rescue Centre Samui (DRCS) was founded by a dedicated group of animal lovers. 

DRCS provide essential medical care, food and a home for many canines and can advise on how to take a dog back to Europe with you (which is easier than you might think). 

None of this comes cheap and the DRCS needs to raise 150,000 baht every month for dog food and medication. 

This is where you can help. Simply log on to www.samuidog.org for details of how to make a donation, or, if you have time, help out at the centre for a day. Tel. 077 413 490 or e-mail info@samuidog.org

 

Elephant Trekking 

If you like to enjoy the scenery without the noise of an engine disturbing the peace, then why not go on an elephant trek? Elephants are no longer employed in Thailand for traditional logging work and so have plenty of free time to work with visitors - even on Samui, where they are not native. Despite their huge size, elephants are incredibly sure-footed, even on steep and narrow trails - and the world looks wonderful from their backs, three metres up. Standard trips last half an hour, although longer trips can be requested. For more information, call Living Thailand. Tel. 077 418 680/1.

 

Golf 

The world class 18 hole SantiBuri Golf and Country Club has recently opened in Maenam. Tel: 077 418 557 for more information. (North Coast Map). Alternatively, The Samui Extra Golf Club at the Fair House Beach Resort has three professional standard holes ideal for practice sessions. Open 6am- 6pm daily. Tel. 077 422 255. (Koh Samui Map S9). The 18 hole Mini Golf International is Thailand's only mini golf course and can be found in the jungle above Choeng Mon. Tel: 01 787 9148 (Koh Samui Map W15). For family fun check out Treasure Island Mini-Golf, Crazy Golf & Putt - Putt is set up for kids and adults alike. A full 18 holes of fun and adventure playing up hills, over water, through the mouth of a tiger, the belly of a whale and the gapping jaws of a crocodile. Either play for fun or test you putting skills. There is also the 19th Hole for beers and soft drinks. 11 am-Midnight everyday, 18 holes is 180 baht, 9 holes is 120 baht, 11am - 6pm kids under 10 yrs 18 holes is 120 baht and 9 holes 80 baht. Located behind the Islander Restaurant. Tel01-895-7276. 

Heaven's Garden 

This is an extraordinary sculpture garden created by an extraordinary man. Nim Thong-suk was a fourth generation Samui native. At the age of 77, he began creating figures based on Buddhist scriptures and was still working on the garden when he died a few years ago at the age of 91. The garden not only displays Khun Nim's wonderful sculptures, but offers a great view of the island's hills and forests. To get to Heaven's Garden, take the asphalt air force road in Ban Saket, turn right about 1km before the end of the road, then follow the dirt track for 400m. If you get lost, ask for Nam Tok Ta-nim. 

Jungle Tours 

Several areas of Samui are covered with dense tropical jungle which can be reached by jeep and/or a short hike. The beauty and natural diversity of these areas easily justifies tearing yourself away from the beach for a day. Most travel agents have information about the various tours available and will make a reservation for you. To get a birds eye view of the jungle, check out Canopy Tours, which allows you to travel between tree-houses in a harness attached to a high tensile cable. Tel: 077 414 150 or drop into their office on the beach in Chaweng 

Running 

The Hash House Harriers are sometimes described as 'runners with a drinking problem', sometimes as 'drinkers with a running problem'. Either way, they gather every other Saturday to run. They meet at Tradewinds Cottages in Chaweng at 3.30pm and the Red Fox Bar in Lamai at 4pm, and from there head to an always different location for some running fun and seriously entertaining company.

Samui Aquarium & Tiger Zoo 

See the amazing colour and beauty of Thailand's undersea world without getting wet. Thousands of turtles, fishes, crabs and innumerable other species of aquatic life can be viewed in their natural habitat. There are also five tigers on the prowl in outdoor cages. Open from 9am-6pm at Samui Orchid Resort..  Price: 350 baht per person. Tel. 077 424 017.

Snake Farm 

Even if you're not keen to venture into Samui's remaining forests, you can still get some of the thrill from the snake farm's daily shows. They feature ten different species of snakes as well as centipedes, scorpions and lizards. Snake handlers boast the longest King Cobra in Thailand, which is on display at the farm's King Cobra House. On occasion, the snake farm also performs a valuable service by capturing unwanted snakes from the yards of locals and giving them roles in the show. Show times are 11am and 2pm daily. Price: 250 baht per person. There is also a restaurant on the premises. Tel. 077 423 247. 

 

 

 

Tattoos 

Looking for a permanent souvenir of your visit to Samui? French ex-pat Esther of Tattoo Mania offers a wide range of modern, tribal and traditional designs, each uniquely adapted for each customer. Interested parties are advised to give Esther two to three days to complete a design before going under the needle. She also recommends having the tattoo done on the final day of your holiday, so as not to miss out on any swimming or sunbathing. Tattoo Mania, Bophut Fisherman's Village, Tel. 09 868 2558. 

Thai Boxing 

Muay Thai is Thailand's national sport and taken very seriously indeed. An evening's entertainment can feature as many as 10 fights before getting to the main bout and can last up to three hours. Unless you're a devoted fight fan, it's probably best just to drop in for an hour or so. The pre-fight rituals and the traditional music throughout are as much a part of the event as the fights themselves. Widely considered to be the world's most dangerous martial art, Thai boxing is a superb showcase of speed, grace and discipline. There are two permanent stadiums on Samui. The first is in Chaweng, just off the road leading to the Reggae Pub. Boxing matches are held here every Monday and Friday at 9pm . The other stadium is in Lamai on the road connecting the main road to Route 4169.

Thai Cooking 

One of the best things about Thailand, of course, is the food. If you want to have more than a passing knowledge of classic Thai dishes, then you can learn how to cook them yourself. A culinary institute and several hotels offer demonstrations and hands-on practical experience involving both Thai ingredients and cooking techniques. Introductory and intensive courses are both available and range from a few hours to a whole week. For more information contact: Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts (SITCA) - Tel: 077 413 172 , Health Oasis Resort- Tel: 077 420 124 (North Coast Map), Central Samui Beach Resort - Tel: 077 230 500  or Laem Set Inn - Tel: 077 424 393