Koh Samui

Things to do in Koh Samui by Carrie So

Koh Samui

It is one of the most popular destinations for people looking to escape or retreat from civilization. Koh Samui, in Thailand, will instantly bring to mind visions of beaches and sunsets. For me, it means, yoga, massages, diving and general relaxation for the ultimate retreat.


Family Mart

I usually get up early, and as a result, not many shops are open, so I would suggest grabbing simple cheese and ham sandwich at Family Mart.  You need to ask though as apparently it serves only the local so not out on display. You can also get cash from Family Marts that display a “plus” sign, which is very convenient for those who like to get cash on the go.


Koh Samui Diving


Simply put, you should go diving. Prior to arriving, I booked a couple of early dives at Sail Rock. It is a beautiful dive area in the Gulf of Thailand, and you will probably not want to leave.


Lazy Day Hotel

Lazy Day Hotel

Go for lunch at Lazy Day Hotel. This is a very cute place – simple and pretty. As expected, they serve up seafood like grilled fish and lobsters, as well as having a good range of European food for other tastes. You’ll get to eat in front of some sensational views of the sea.

As a side note, I also really enjoyed chilling with my Kindle on their swing chairs, without a care in the world.

Afternoon Activity

Late in the afternoon, I went off to the yoga retreat Vikasa Resort. Super impressed with the view but had no idea how things work. My first yoga class at 6pm and it left me with some aching muscles.


Still at Vikasa Resort, I then got served a cold tomato soup, veggie juice and salad for dinner. All organic! I felt a hundred times healthier already.


If you have any strength left, get out to town, and visit Laima’s market.  I found a lot ..mmmm a lot of food. It’s too bad I was in this healthy organic mode right now, so there were only few things I could try.

But it means there is next time, though. Next time, I suggest not solo- preferably someone with a substantial stomach. Sharing is caring!

Oh do not forget the reggae music bar, right opposite the resort.  Happy music played throughout the night.  A must visit if you have made yourself friends or two at the resort.

Indulgence can only be for special occasions in life and glad I’m using it sparingly! Maybe that’s why we name them “retreats”, so we feel more justified.

*All images credited to Carrie So*

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