How to Get to Koh Samui from Singapore Changi Airport?
Bangkok Airways – Asia’s Boutique Airline flies direct from Singapore Changi Airport to Koh Samui Airport in just 1 hour 30 mins. Bangkok Airways is a full-service carrier and you will be pampered by wet towels to freshen yourself, in-flight meal and lots of drinks (water, rice tea, coffee, tea, soft drinks, wines). Oh, you will get to see pretty Thai stewardesses too! Want to see what I saw? Come back for a detailed review on Bangkok Airways which will be out soon. :)
So, here’s the 15 Things To Do in Koh Samui!
1) Enjoy the landing view of Koh Samui Airport
Koh Samui Airport is privately owned by Bangkok Airways. At first glance, it looks so different. It doesn’t feel like landing at an airport but instead at a resort! You will alight the plane and transfer to a tram, which will bring you to the airport in style.
2) Purchase Prepaid SIM Cards
Not many airports in Thailand have telco counters for you to purchase SIM cards. In Samui Airport, you are blessed because all three telcos are there for you to choose from.
3) Visit Friday Night Market ”“ Bophut Fisherman’s Village
Make sure you are in Samui on Friday night to visit the Bophut Fisherman’s Village Night Market, which only opens on Friday. Lots of street food around as well as souvenirs and hand made items for you to purchase. If you like Mojito, don’t miss out the various carts selling them! They are open on Fridays, 5pm to 10pm.
4) Chill out by the beach, lounging in style at Coco Tam’s
Coco Tam’s is one of Samui’s finest beachfront bars. No wonder I was drawn to the sight of this place while going around taking photos. You can lounge on comfy sand bags along the beach. I need to get back here to experience this!
5) Stay in a hotel which has direct access to the beach!
For this trip, I stayed in OZO Chaweng Samui and it has direct access to the beach! It is a relatively new hotel with modern fixtures. Being situated along Chaweng also means I have convenient access to both massages, pubs, restaurants and shopping!
6) Wake up early to catch the sunrise followed by Breakfast in the hotel!
The beach is made more beautiful by sunrise and sunset. So, wake up early on one of the days and just chill out by the beachchairs and enjoy the sunrise!
You will be staying in a beautiful hotel, why not have breakfast in the hotel where everybody is yearning for it!
7) Go for Snorkelling Trip at Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan
Take the Lomprayah Catamaran High Speed boat to these islands to snorkel and enjoy the undersea views for corals and reefs! It’s an experience not to be missed! Even if you don’t know how to swim, it’s alright because you have the life jacket on. This activity It costs 2500 baht for a half day trip, inclusive of all transport fees, snorkelling equipment, lunch and 2 free soft drinks on board the boat.
8) Photos Galore at Koh Nang Yuan
I was blown away by the sight of this island. So beautiful. However, to get the best “helicopter view”, you got to get to the highest view point. Bring water along to keep you hydrated as there is a steep flight of steps which will make you very tired. The climb up is worth it after you get to see this magnificent view!
9) Visit Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai)
The Big Buddha is 12 meters high and was built in 1972. The big, golden and shiny buddha has since become a major tourist attraction in Koh Samui.
10) Catch the sunset and dinner at Jun Hom Seafood Restaurant
If you have only one chance for dinner in Koh Samui, you have to visit this place! All of us came to agreement that this was the best meal we had in Koh Samui. Jun Hom serves authentic Southern Cuisine and the seafood is fresh and all the dishes were so delicious!!! This local restaurant is a MUST VISIT! They are located at 7/3 Moo 6, Mae Nam, Ko Samui, Thailand.
11) Shopping along Chaweng Beach Road
If you need a proper shopping centre with established brands and restaurants, there is a new shopping centre, Central Festival. Outside, there is also a mini night market! Walk further down and you will see many pubs, restaurants, shops and massage parlours.
12) Visit Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks (Hin Ta – Hin Yai)
This is another must visit attraction which is special to Koh Samui. Located in Lamai Beach, there are 2 rocks which resembles the male and female genitalia. Grandfather (Hin Ta) and Grandmother (Hin Yai) rocks was formed million of years ago due to nature (wind and water) . Some believe the legend which craft a beautiful story on how they came to be.
“A folklore of Samui Island tells the story of an old couple by the name of Ta Kreng (Grandpa Kreng) and Yai Riem (Grandma Riem) who lived with their son in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Since their son had come of age, they felt that it was time he got married. One day they decided to sail to the neighbouring province of Prachuap Khiri Khan to ask for the hand of the daughter of a man named Ta Monglai. During their sea journey, their boat was seized by a storm. The old man and his wife were unable to swim ashore. They died at sea, turning into rocks as proof to the would-be bride’s parents of their true intentions. The rocks stand there to this day.”
13) Go for massage!
There are many massage parlours or spas along Chaweng Road. All of them seem nicely decorated and prices are reasonable. Take your pick and see which deco captures you!
14) Prefer lush greenery instead of beach?
If a beach getaway is too much for you and if you prefer somewhere even more quiet among the lush greenery, I came across this place… Not in the forest, but Farmer’s Boutique Resort. It’s actually villas among the tropical surroundings. It’s new and the room is nice too.
Photo from Farmer’s Boutique Resort
15) Enjoy the lounge at the airport while waiting for your flight out of Koh Samui!
This is a popular dessert in Bangkok Airways Lounge called “Khao Tom Mud”. It’s basically bananas with sticky rice. It’s really good you should try it!
Well, this wraps up the 15 Things To Do in Koh Samui. I will definitely be returning to explore more and will also be updating this list. Meanwhile, do lookout for the individual posts which I will be writing if you are interested in knowing more about the individual places that I recommended.
This post is made possible, all thanks to Tourism Authority of Thailand (Singapore) and Bangkok Airways. Thank you for hosting with your great hospitality as always! Khob Khun Mak Krub!
Thinking of travelling to Koh Samui, check out the current promotion from Bangkok Airways! From S$359, you can enjoy return economy airfare, 3 nights accommodation with daily breakfast and return airport transfers. The price varies between the different hotels. Package prices does not include airport taxes and fuel surcharge (S$198)*.
Got extra days off? Want to visit Chiang Mai at the same time? Fly both Koh Samui & Chiang Mai from S$480! Do be back for our adventures in Chiang Mai!
Flights (SINGAPORE -> KOH SAMUI)
PG 964 Departs 1725 hours (New flight timing on Tue,Fri and Sun)
PG 962 Departs 2035 hours (Daily flight)
Flights (KOH SAMUI -> SINGAPORE)
PG 963 Departs 1340 hours (New flight timing on Tue,Fri and Sun)
PG 961 Departs 1635 hours (Daily flight)