IN THE KNOW
Discover unique insider’s perspectives, and gain a deeper understanding of Samui and Thai culture with our In The Know experience
Connect to the real Samui through our unique In the Know concierge programme and embrace new and authentic Thai experiences.
Skip the familiar and journey into the unfamiliar. Discover the unique, embrace the new and immerse yourself in the local culture. Uncover local knowledge and insider experiences through our In The Know concierge programme. Visit a local village, traverse through a coconut garden and circle a buffalo fighting stadium on our insider cultural walk.
Take our private speed boat tour to see the pink dolphins in the marine national park and stop for a leisurely secluded beach picnic before heading back for sunset cocktails.
China Tour Guide is available with additional charge THB 800. Please reach out to concierge team to make a reservation. E. Concierge@ickohsamui.com T. +66 (0) 77 429 100
Koh samui town
Head to the main tourist hub of Samui on the east coast for a night of shopping, eating and partying by the sea. The beach is popular and bustling with lots to see and do. For shopping, head to Central Festival where you’ll find all the usual brands of a mall plus a lively night market out the front.
Home to a bustling open-air night bazaar of street food, souvenirs and local crafts, spend an evening exploring this popular coastal town just south of Chaweng. Grab a relaxing massage on the beach before you head to one of the beachfront restaurants for dinner. Also in the area is the famous and quirky attraction, Hin Ta & Hin Yai the Grandfather and Grandmother rocks.
For something less touristy, visit the main boat and ferry port, Nathon. See the traditional Thai fishing boats huddled along the shore, meet some locals and check out the Chinese style architecture of the surrounding shops. This is where local life is lived. If you’re interested in eating and drinking like the locals do, then this is the place to visit.
On the northern part of the island you’ll find the beach and nightlife more low-key and relaxed. Check out Fisherman's Village -- a popular walking street that comes alive at night. At the end of the street pull up a beanbag on the sand and relax with a beer or cocktail while the kids run around and play.
Hin Ta and Hin Yai
Add this unique tourist attraction to your list of things to see and do in Samui and explore these truly interesting rock formations with beautiful ocean views. There are lots of shops and stalls nearby where you can pick up a refreshing a scoop of coconut ice-cream or some of the island’s specialty coconut caramels, kalamae.
On everyone's to see and do list in Samui is this towering and impressive golden statue. Explore this colorful temple compound by the sea with all of its intricate and unique architectural elements. During the evening you can hear the monks chanting. Get a blessing from a monk while you’re there. Visit during Songkran for a real insider experience.
Drive to the local plantations where you will see a demonstration of how monkeys are utilized in agricultural production on the island. For centuries, monkeys have been trained to harvest the mature nuts in Samui's coconut plantations.
Ang Thong National Marine Park
Regarded as the inspiration behind Alex Garland’s novel The Beach, Ang Thong National Marine Park is a unique archipelago of 42 luscious islands. The marine park is a protected area of more than 100 square kilometers with soaring limestone mountains, exotic jungle, and white sand beaches and is home to a rich variety of exotic wildlife and sea creatures. Enjoy snorkeling, hiking, sea kayaking, diving, sailing and simply relaxing in this truly idyllic sightseeing spot in Samui.
Koh Tan is only a few hundred meters off of Taling Nam Bay. It is a relatively small, and mostly deserted island, renowned for its exquisite corals and exotic marine life. Giant clams, fan corals and a wide variety of underwater sea life live in and flourish in the protected reefs of this crystal -clear snorkeling haven.
A 45-minute ferry ride from Samui will take you to the shores of the beautiful beaches famous for full moon parties. Koh Phangan is the island hub of lunar parties, but you can also find quiet and tranquil spots to explore. Get ready to dance and drink the night away on Sunrise Beach and enjoy an authentic full moon party experience complete with colorful cocktail buckets and amazing fire shows.
Only 25 minutes by speed boat from our hotel to the Khanon area. There are four varieties of Dolphin species inhabitation these waters, most notably the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin. Blood flow beneath their skin is the contributing factor in the adult dolphin's unique pink hue. These dolphin's are wonderful acrobats and you will know doubt witness this first hand. Join us on an amazing day tour to see and experience the wonderful and rare pink dolphin's. On the return journey why not stop by at Koh Tan and enjoy some snorkeling, swim amongst a myriad of exotic tropical reef fish, fan corals and glide over enormous giant clams. You may even catch a glimpse of a blue-spotted stingray.