Best ways to relax and rejuvenate around Koh Samui
Whether you want to get the tension out of your shoulders, turn back the clock a couple of years, or go all-in on a cleanse, Koh Samui has a spa to suit.
One of the island’s prettiest, Tamarind Springs Forest Spa is a lush hideaway nestled amid granite boulders and a dense forest. Everything at Tamarind soothes the soul and melts away any stress, including its rock pools and herbal steam caves.
Eranda Herbal Spa is also in an idyllic location, offering coastal views of the Gulf of Thailand amid its cascading waterfalls, towering pagodas, and stone walkways.
Wellness retreats are immensely popular on Koh Samui, with everything from juice fasts to yoga stays to gung-ho boot camps available. The island’s most famous retreat centre is the 5-star Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary Resort. This east-meets-west haven has packages to remove stress, detox the body and uplift the spirit.
Cultural Koh Samui
Thailand’s rich heritage and culture are evident across Koh Samui. The impressive hilltop Wat Phra Yai Buddhist temple is a standout due to its bedecked Big Buddha gold statue, bronzed bells, and chanting monks.
Wat Khunaram is a more culturally challenging temple due to its mummified monk remains. Luong Pordaeng’s body has been on display since 1973 as per his instructions to remind people of “the transience of human existence”. Note: be prepared to cover your shoulders and knees to visit a Thai temple.
For a more hands-on (and delicious) cultural activity, take a Thai cooking course. Learn techniques to recreate the perfect pad Thai, red curry, or even a sticky mango pudding.
Thai massage courses and Muay Thai boxing lessons are another wonderful way to immerse yourself in Thailand’s fascinating culture.