Koh Samui offers a wide range of activities, most vacationers spend a lot of time on the beautiful white beaches, but there a many other things to do and places to visit. This varies from diving, fishing, kite-surfing, elephant riding, Thai cooking courses and to visiting the amazing Angthong Marine National Park.

Below we have listed some of the most interesting and popular activities in and around Koh Samui.
Angthong Marine National ParkAngthong Marine Park is a group of 42 islands Northwest of Samui. The islands have spectacular caves, lagoons and beautiful beaches, and are characterized by hundreds of limestone monoliths, carved into fantastic shapes by years of erosion. The park is famous for its natural beauty untouched by development. It is recommended to take a package tour by speed boat from Koh Samui, this will get you there in one hour and gives you all day to adventure around the islands.

Experience the many intriguing rock formations and caves by sea-kayak, which can be arranged by most tour operators. Most of the islands are close to each other making a breathtaking panorama sailing around the park. Hundreds of beaches here in the archipelago are deserted. Get a boat and find your own secret beach away from the crowds. The park itself is inhabited by a considerable amount of Asian wildlife and dolphins also live in the sea
Diving And SnorkelingThe warm clear waters of The Gulf of Thailand and its abundant marine life gives you an ideal opportunity to take the plunge and explore the underwater world that surrounds these islands. Whether you are a certified diver or a complete novice, there is a range of dive tours and courses, which encompass all the major dive site destinations around Koh Samui - Koh Tao, the Angthong Marine Park and the famous Sail Rock are all on the itinerary.

Large schools of tropical fish, reef sharks and the awe-inspiring whale shark, combined with good visibility will delight underwater photographers and marine naturalists. The most famous dive site Koh Tao, also known as turtle island, is a haven for divers all over the world, it is located only 27Km North of Koh Phangan, and is easily reached from Koh Samui. All diving companies in Samui are fully PADI certified.
Thai Cooking CoursesLearn to cook your favorite Thai dishes while on vacation in Samui. Get an introduction to Thai ingredients, paste making, a tour of the local market or fruit carving. Whether it is to learn how to cook some of Thailand's most beloved dishes, to impress friends and family at home, to enjoy a terrific day out, or to participate in one of Thai people's favorite past times - communal cooking and eating - a Thai cooking course is an unforgettable memory of your visit to Koh Samui.

For more information visit www.sitca.net
Detox, Massage and YogaKoh Samui has become world famous for its detox centers. There are daily or weekly programs combining delicious juices, nutritional superfoods, yoga, meditation, daily massage, herbal Detox, Massage and Yoga steam baths and educational workshops. Colonic hydrotherapy treatments is an extremely popular way of cleansing the body, and available at the bigger detox centers.

Massages are offered everywhere in Samui and can cost everything from a few hundred bath for a beach massage to several thousand bath in a trendy spa.

Samui's biggest yoga and well-being center is located only 900 meters from The Park Samui, they have several classes all day and all facilities for full detox treatments.

Private massage and yoga instruction can be arranged at your house at The Park Samui.
Elephant Riding and WaterfallsNo trip to Thailand is complete without riding an elephant. Most elephant riding in Samui goes into the jungle and visits some of the beautiful waterfalls on the island, giving you a unique perspective of everything from sitting on the back of the elephant.

Swimming in the waterfalls and feeding the elephants is bonus to an already big experience. Elephant riding is located mainly on the West coast of the island south of Nathon and to the West of Lamai.

The elephant riding may also be combined with a Junge Safari trip which includes 4x4 WD driving in the jungle, crocodile show, rubber plantation, temple visit, waterfall swim and monkey show. Full and half day packages are available.
FishingKoh Samui is situated in the Gulf of Thailand, which teems with a variety of fish like barracuda, white and red snapper, shark, cobia, mackerel, sailfish, grouper, gar, travally, queen fish and sting ray. There are various operators, most use the typical beautiful wooden Thai long boats, up to 12-meter long and painted in bright reds, blues and a variety of other eye-catching colors. FishingThe only things that you need to bring are towels, some sunscreen and a bit of patience, all fishing gear will be provided. There is normally also an opportunity to go swimming and snorkeling during the fishing trips.

Depending on weather conditions, the captain will decide where to fish: Around Koh Pha-Ngan, Koh Tan, Orange Island or Lamai.
Kite SurfingThe daring sport of kite surfing has now made its way to Koh Samui, and the spectacle of super fast surfers gliding across the bay and launching themselves into the air is an exciting addition to the usual sights offshore. With several shallow bays and many days with consistent wind speeds, Samui is a good place to learn the sport. Inside the reef the water is warm and flat, waves are building outside the reef as the wind strength increases. No nasty marine animals to watch out for here. Board shorts and a rashie is all that's required.

Water temperatures: Range from 26-28 Celsius throughout the year. There are numerous beaches suited for kite surfing depending on the season, wind direction and tide. The two main spot for kite surfing is Lamai Beach and North of Nathon on the West coast.
Thai TemplesDominating the culture of Koh Samui is the religion of Buddhism, whose tenants are linked inseparably with the daily lives of most Thais. Thus, it is hardly surprising that one of the leading tourist attractions of Koh Samui is linked to Buddhism. Also known as the Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai), is a 15 meters tall statue of Lord Buddha built in 1972, which is located towards the northern shores of Koh Samui.

There is a wide selection of temples all over Samui, some of the more interesting being Kunaram Temple on the Southwest coast housing the mummified monk, the Wat Plai Lam Temple between Big Buddha and Choeng Mon Beach, which is probably the biggest temple in Samui. And the Wat Khum Aram Temple with the very impressive Elephant gate.
Koh Phangan Full Moon PartyThough not for everyone, but never the less a big event that attracts 10,000-20,000 people from all over the world every month, the Koh Phangan Full Moon Party is a big beach party going on for 3 days during every full moon.

The DJ's play all kinds of music; Techno, Trance, Goa, Drum n Bass, Dub Reggae, "commercial hits", House etc on about 15 sound systems along the Haad Rin Beach.

Koh Phangan is located to the north of Koh Samui and is reached from Bang Rak Beach by speed boat shuttle during the Full Moon Party period.
GolfThe small island of Koh Samui has 3 golf courses, The Park Samui has managed to negotiate unbeatable prices with all 3 of them. The main course being Santiburi golf course, a championship course that is part of the PGA Asian Tour. The two other courses, even though being smaller are both very unique and offer a golfing experiences among palm trees not seen many other places in the world.

All 3 courses are within a 20 minutes drive from The Park Samui. Contact the reception for further information.
Boat RentalThe beautiful and clear waters around Koh Samui makes it a perfect destination for boating. All types of boats are available for rental, from modern speed and sailing boats to more traditional old sailing junks. It can be the perfect setting for a wedding, birthday or just a beautiful day cruising around the islands.

Jet skis are easily available for rental on most beaches.