How to Spend 4 Days in Koh Samui, Thailand

January 16, 2024

Koh Samui is the jewel of the Gulf of Thailand. With crystal-clear aquamarine waters, gorgeous sandy beaches, and wonderful weather, no visit to the "Land of Smiles" is complete without a visit to this incredible island.

There are so many fun things to do in Koh Samui, from lazy days at the beach to expeditions through the jungle. Even during rainy season, the island has so much to offer! 

How to Spend 4 Days in Koh Samui

If you're ever lucky enough to find yourself on this beautiful island, and aren't sure where to start - this sample itinerary is for you. 

Take what you like, leave what you don't. I created this to help you make the most of your trip to Koh Samui!

Day 1

When you first arrive in Koh Samui, you'll notice the smell of fresh flowers and the kiss of warm tropical air. Are you ready to start your adventure?!

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Spend your morning hanging out on one of the island's gorgeous beaches at a Koh Samui beach club. There is really no other place in the world like Koh Samui, so you will want to take it all in while eating some delicious authentic Thai food (like papaya salad) and cooling down with a traditional Thai iced coffee. YUM!


Tired from your long morning at the beach? Need an excuse to pamper yourself? Beachside massages are comparably very inexpensive in Thailand and are an excellent way to continue your relaxing morning. 

Try traditional Thai massage, hot stone massage, or even get a beautiful beachy pedicure right on the shore.

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Now that you are totally relaxed, it's time to explore two of the most impressive places on the island; Wat Plai Laem, and the famous Big Buddha. 

When the sun is dipping below the horizon, the temperature will cool off and you'll feel more comfortable walking up the stairs at these iconic temples. Big Buddha is one of the most famous places to visit in Koh Samui and you will be amazed by the beauty and size of this temple!


After you've finished with Big Buddha, you need to see the Night Market at Fisherman's Village. Do as the locals do! Sample traditional Thai food, and have an authentic experience wandering the stalls of this market.

Day 2

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Get up nice and early and take one of the most popular day trips from Koh Samui; a visit to Ang Thong Marine Park. Comprised of forty-two islands, Ang Thong is a little piece of heaven on earth. You can easily spend several hours here.


After you return from your Marine Park adventure, you will probably be pretty hungry. Why not get to cooking? 

The island is full of traditional Thai cooking classes, where you can make mouthwatering favorites like authentic curries or mango sticky rice, one of the country's signature desserts.

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There is really nothing like watching the sunset over the water, so head to Taling Ngam for a spectacular view of the sun sinking into the waves. Enjoy a cold Chang beer as you toast the day goodbye and prepare for your night.


Your second night in Koh Samui is a great time for partying! Hit Chaweng for some of the best clubs on the island, and make sure you try one of the signature buckets for a local feel. You will dance the night away.

Day 3

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Time to shake off the night before with a refreshing dip in the sea and some relaxing beach yoga. Once you have refreshed your body and your mind, it's time to get your day started. Day Three is pretty busy!


It's time to island hop! There are plenty of tours on Koh Samui that will take you out on the high seas for a day of visiting neighboring islands. Many times, these tours include lunch and refreshments. Pack your sunscreen because it will get hot.

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After your day at sea, you owe yourself a traditional island treat; coconut ice cream! Grab one of the best ice creams near famous Hin Ta and Hin Yai (Grandmother and Grandfather) rocks. These famous rocks are a must-see on Lamai beach.


If you visit Koh Samui and don't see a famous fire show, you are missing out. Camp out on the beach and watch the spectacle begin! Thai fire dancers are amazingly talented and highly entertaining.

Day 4

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Your fourth morning on Koh Samui is a great time to visit the island's most famous resident. Wat Khunaram is known for its sunglasses-wearing mummified monk. Visit the temple and pay your respects.


You might have spent most of your time on the beaches so far, but you really should get inland to check out some of the island's gorgeous jungle waterfalls. Take a cool dip in the waterfall pool, and do not forget to see the elephants on your way back.

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Your last night in Koh Samui could be spent relaxing and looking at souvenirs in some of Lamai Beach premium shops. Pick up everything you need for loved ones back home at these great stands.


Far from the thumping beach clubs of Chaweng, you will find the last word in island dining. Have a quiet beachside meal and marvel at the gorgeous night sky and beautiful waters of Koh Samui. Finish your evening off with one of Koh Samui's signature cocktails.

If you are wondering how many days to spend in Koh Samui, I'd say - the more you can spare the better! The island is full of so many incredible things to do. 

If you find yourself on the island over the weekend you must check out Sunday brunch in Koh Samui

If you have more time, why not go snorkeling or even check out places to get PADI certified? The sky's the limit.

Riya is an inspired writer, passionate about traveling, lifestyle and encouraging startups. As a freelancer, she understands the importance of productivity at work. Riya never stopped finding new ways to create her work productivity.


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