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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Shopping Centre
“The Big Buddha is one of many Temples located on Koh Samui, literally a 5 minute drive from the villa and close to the great sunset view restaurants the Big Buddha is a great spot to check out mid afternoon then enjoy the sunset on the way home”
  • 69 locals recommend
Flea Market
“Fisherman’s Village Samui is a historical part of Bophut, with rustic-style buildings housing boutique stores, trendy restaurants and a small selection of hotels lining the narrow Beach Road. Every Friday, the whole area becomes the site of the Fisherman’s Village Walking Street market, attracting huge numbers of shoppers from across the island for the amazing variety of wares and the lively atmosphere.”
  • 100 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Laid back modern open air shopping mall with a cinema and the best grocery store for imported goods on Samui.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Beach
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“Great music venue on the beach with plenty of bars, thumping out great retro music.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Beach
“Chaweng Beach A very busy beach in Samui is Chaweng Beach. This is very popular because of its proximity to the airport and the fact that it is a highly developed area on the island. People come here to experience the local nightlife at the Green Mango Strip and get a taste of yummy Thai dishes. Those are looking for souvenirs to give to friends and family, will love it here as there are a good number of shops where you can buy locally made trinkets and goodies ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“If you only visit one temple on Ko Samui, make it Wat Plai Laem. The active Buddhist temple boasts several eye-grabbing statues on either side of an ordination hall that appears to float above a pond filled with fish.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Café
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“This is a “must-visit” restaurant located in the hills above Chaweng. Enjoy stunning views as you sit on a large deck with oversized bean-bag chairs. Food and drinks are excellent and match the view. Reservation is recommended - ask for a table next to the hillside.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“One of Samui's oldest clubs, this club is located in the heart of the nightclub scene in Chaweng. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Spa
“A fun place to indulge the beauty that offers dancers and sun bathers alike”
  • 32 locals recommend
Flea Market
“Friday night market is a must! Choice of many great restaurants on the beach ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“There is one very new, modern and famous shopping mall on Koh Samui: The Central Festival. This mall is located in Chaweng and offers a wide range of diffrent shops for all kind of desires. They have a huge and free parking area.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Park
“A majestic set of two cascades on Koh Samui, show that the island’s beauty is not limited to its beaches.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Lamai Beach The beach of Lamai is a favorite among tourists who love to try diving as there are good diving schools in the area. This is Koh Samui's second largest beach and is a good choice for family holidays as the prices Here are cheaper as compared to Chaweng. The famous Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks can be found here. One of the frequented attractions in this part of the island is Escapology where you can have fun finding your way in the escape room. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
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“Coco Tam's is a fun and extremely popular beach bar located just outside of The Wharf Samui. With beanbags on the beach, swing seats at the bar, cabanas, shisha and even a large projector screen, it is the ideal tropical relaxation spot and one of the top nightlife attractions in Fisherman's Village.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“SECRET GARDEN Secret Garden is hidden on the heights of Taling Ngam, in the middle of nature, in the middle of the jungle and durian plantations. Once you enter this magical place, you are enthralled by these many statues with amazing shapes. They are the creation of a former fruit farmer from Koh Samui, who began his work in 1976, erecting several statues and temples around the green and wild lands of his family. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Beach
“A quieter beach compared to Chaweng. Lots of bars and restaurant dotted along the beachfront.”
  • 12 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“This is a “must-visit” restaurant located in the hills above Chaweng. Enjoy stunning views as you sit on a large deck with oversized bean-bag chairs. Food and drinks are excellent and match the view. Reservation is recommended - ask for a table next to the hillside.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Shopping mall and very large grocery store, a few restaurants, banks, and even a StarBucks outside. They have most everything, even imported goods as well as Thai favorites.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Resort
“beach republique its a beach with a nice swimming pool facing a quite a fabulous beach.There are yoga class outside with the ocean view.On sunday you can enjoy a great brunch with Dj.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Cliff Bar and Grill provides luxurious Mediterranean cuisine and the best dinner that Koh Samui has to offer, located between Lamai and Chaweng with the best views.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Well known bar and restaurant in Samui. Lovely spot for a nice lunch or a cold drink.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Without a doubt the very Best Food on Koh Samui !!! Chez Francois is an absolute Legend, the food he serves is second to none, Absolutely 5 Star this place is the Best !!!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Modern Restaurant with great meals and a cool vibe. Great place to celebrate a special event. Best to book in advance.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Avec son brunch du dimanche, vous passerez un agréable moment au bord de la piscine de l'hotel Centara ou sur la plage de Chaweng. Le bu!et est très beau et les mets de qualité. Un très bon rapport qualité-prix. Pensez à réserver.”
  • 5 locals recommend

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