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Koh Samui: All You Need to Know for a Perfect Family Holiday

Discover why this island in Thailand is such a popular holiday choice for Aussie families. Explore Koh Samui’s natural wonders, spirituality, wildlife, and food scene while staying at family-friendly hotels like Centara Villas Samui or Centara Reserve Samui

The main pool area at Centara Reserve Samui

Koh Samui's attractions: From waterfalls to wildlife

Koh Samui is well known for its gorgeous beaches, including Chaweng Beach, Lamai Beach and Maenam Beach, where you can chill out on the white sand, swim in the calm turquoise water and listen to the rustle of palm trees swaying in the breeze. But there’s more to Koh Samui than its beaches. You can also swim in beautiful waterfalls, such as Na Muang Waterfall, which has two stunning cascades with impressive views. And make sure you book a boat trip to Ang Thong National Marine Park to explore some of the 42 islands in the archipelago, which feature limestone cliffs, caves and waterfalls.

The beach outside Centara Villas Samui

Exploring Koh Samui's spiritual side

Don’t miss a visit to Wat Plai Laem Temple to see its 18-armed statue of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, and smiling Buddha statues. The nearby Wat Phra Yai temple, which also has a 12-metre high gold ‘Big Buddha’ statue, is another must. With its tranquil streams, the private sculpture park known as the Secret Buddha Garden or Magic Buddha Garden is also a lovely place to visit, but can only be accessed by 4WD and features a climb that may be challenging for small children. If you’re keen to check it out, consider booking a guided tour.  

Koh Samui's wildlife and food scene

Samui Elephant Sanctuary has two sites on forested land where you can feed and walk with elephants that have been rescued from working exhausting hours in the logging and tourism industries, and watch them as they roam, socialise, bathe and play in the mud. 

Also check out the Fisherman’s Village at Bophut Beach, where traditional shophouses have been converted into cool boutiques, cafes and restaurants. It’s fun to visit at night when it becomes a walking street, and is great for dining on the beach. Kids will also love seeing things like fried worms and grasshoppers for sale at Lamai Night Market.

Family-friendly Koh Samui hotels and resorts

The pool at Centara Villas Samui

Set amidst tropical gardens on the southern tip of the island near Lamai Beach, Centara Villas Samui has 102 contemporary villas that blend in with the environment, cascading down a gentle hillside to the resort’s private beach. There are three freshwater pools to swim in, a playground, full-service spa, gym and three restaurants. The resort is just 15 minutes’ drive to Lamai, 30 minutes’ to Chaweng Beach and 40 minutes’ to Samui International Airport.

Relax on a sun lounge at Centara Reserve Samui

Located on the quieter end of Chaweng Beach, the luxurious Centara Reserve Samui blends colonial-style architecture with contemporary design. Less than 15 minutes’ drive from Samui International Airport, the reimagined resort offers exclusive suites and villas that come with ‘Reserve Hosts’. Choose between pool access rooms ideal for families or splash out on one of the ocean-facing villas. Mini bars and cocktail stations in rooms are also restocked daily. It also has a kids’ club and huge outdoor wet area for kids, as well as swim-up pool bar and adults-only pool.

Kids eating in their villa at Centara Reserve Samui

An alternative for families with older children

COSI Samui Chaweng Beach, which is connected to the Central Festival Samui shopping and dining complex, is more suited to families with older offspring, with a 24-hour café (appropriately named Café 247), a social hub and a highly Instagrammable rooftop pool which is see-through on one side. It also has fast, free Wi-Fi and USB charger points throughout, which is sure to be a winner with teens!

All about dining: Where to eat on Koh Samui

Coast at Centara Reserve Samui is one of those dream places where you can dine with your feet in the sand as you watch the kids play and build sandcastles.

No Stress Restaurant, Lamai Beach

On Lamai Beach, the atmospheric No Stress restaurant has a thatched roof, teak furniture and bamboo deck chairs. The eatery serves a mix of Thai and European dishes, so it’s guaranteed to keep everyone in the clan happy.

Dine with your feet in the sand at No Stress Restaurant

Bao Bao, Maenam Beach

Bao Bao at Maenam Beach has a modern tropical vibe, with dining tables, lounges and a shady garden ideal for enjoying a fresh fruit shake or a cold Chang or Singha beer. Its menu includes homemade bao buns, Xiao Chi (Asian tapas), cakes and fried bao bun ice-cream desserts. It also offers a bento menu for kids.

Mango and lime ice-cream from Bao Bao

A wide range of options to satisfy your appetite!

Treehouse Silent Beach has everything from traditional Thai dishes like fresh red snapper fish to international offerings such as homemade felafel, dahl, quesadillas, chili con carne and schnitzel! There are also 10 different types of mojito to sip whilst watching the sunset over the beach during happy hour, from 4pm to 7pm.

Leonardo Gelato Lab and Ice Cream Factory at Bangrak Beach is an old-school ice-cream shop known for its refreshing flavours, including coconut, mango and passionfruit, and vegan sorbets.

But the aforementioned Fisherman’s Village walking street is probably the best place to eat on the island, with a variety of options and restaurants on stilts overlooking the beach.

No Stress Restaurant

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