10 Best Things to do with Kids in Koh Samui


Beaches, trees, amusement parks, lots of shops to buy toys and dresses and yummy food is all a child looks for in a holiday! And which other place is more suitable for a family holiday than Koh Sah5mui.

Koh Samui is a place of blue oceans, serene greenery, luxurious resorts, and ceaseless entertainment. Unlike the other major destinations such as Phuket and Bangkok, Koh Samui is quite laid back in its nature. The uniqueness and the beauty of nature are comparable to none. 

Let’s dive right in and see what are all the things to do in Koh Samui with Kids.

1.  Koh Samui Beaches:

Water, sand, and lots of space to play outdoors. What else will a child want on its holiday?

The messier the child gets, the happier it is. They just love to let go of themselves and play with whatever is available. Let it be a broken shell, a conch, buildings, sandcastles. It really gets hard to control kids as they get extremely excited when they are at the beaches. 

However, Koh Samui is a place where all its beaches are safe and are regularly under the surveillance of the guards. Just get an additional pair of clothes for the child and you are ready to have a day filled with fun!

Some of the best beaches suitable for Koh Samui Family Holiday are-

  • Lipa Noi Beach
  • Silver Beach
  • Maenam Beach
  • Chaweng Beach etc

2.  Water Sports Activities:

Koh Samui is world-famous for its underwater sea world and the mesmerizing life forms it contains. There are so many thrilling things to do at Koh Samui. Especially watersports activities that are even suitable for kids, will definitely be one of those family vacations that will be etched in their minds forever. 

It is not necessary that children need to know swimming for these water activities. Instructors will be with them throughout taking care of them and all the instructors are all PADI certified. So there is no need to worry about it at all. However, there might be certain age limits and conditions for kids to take part in a few of the water sports activities, and hence parents might have to accompany them.

Best suited water sports activities for kids when you are on a Koh Samui family vacation are –

  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Banana Boat ride
  • Canoeing
  • Speed Boat

3.  Pink Elephant Samui Water Park:

On the shores of the infamous Maenam Beach, hidden in plain sight is this amazing amusement park called the Pink Elephant WaterPark. They have taken all possible ideas into consideration and have built this park in such a way that all the dreams of a child come true.

A definite itinerary of the things to do in Koh Samui with kids list, this amusement park literally has it all. From heart-racing water rides to the lazy river and even a jacuzzi area for the adults. It also houses a restaurant serving some delicious Thai food and also a few of the international cuisines. They do include 2 beach bars and also a coffee shop. 

Timings: 10 am to 6 pm

Entry Fee: approximately 1,500 INR (for kids) to 2,200 INR (for adults)

4.  AngThong Marine National Park:

A breathtaking archipelago consisting of 42 islands with plush hill clad with forests, azure oceans, white sands, and mesmerizing limestone rock formations is a perfect destination to spend a day of your Koh Samui’s family holiday. It will definitely take more than a week to explore all the islands. But you could definitely try a few of the best tours or experiences of this archipelago. It is also known as one of the Instagram spots in Koh Samui.

AngThong is a perfect name for this place as it literally translates into – Golden Basin. Some of the most famous spots are – 

  • Wua Ta Lap island
  • Mother Island
  • The Emerald Lake
  • SamSao Island

Some of the most popular water sports activities you can experience are – Snorkeling, Diving, and Swimming.

5  Canopy Adventures:

True to its name, Canopy Adventures provides some of the most accelerating experiences of adventure. Set among the gorgeous and lush green forests of Koh Samui, this place boasts of the best Ziplining tracks.

Prior Zip Lining experiences not necessary. This place caters to all kinds of people, from young to old anyone can try this place. 21 platforms, 15 cable rides spread over 2,000 meters of pure virgin forests is almost a compulsory thing to do in Koh Samui with Kids. You will be always guided by highly trained professionals. You will be welcomed with some refreshments post which you will be handed over some safety gloves, helmets, and other necessary gear.

Post this you will have a brief training and then you are all set to have the fun of your lives!

 Rate: Approximately 3,500INR per person

Timings: 9 am to 6 pm

Age Limit: 7yrs to 80 yrs

6.  Aqua Park Samui:

Right on the Chaweng Beach is yet another amusement park. This park mainly consists of huge inflammatory items that can be climbed, slid upon, bounced, and anything that comes to your mind. This place is not only for children, but adults as well making this a perfect itinerary for a Koh Samui Family Holiday.

Since the park itself is built on waters off 40 meters of sand, full precautions of safety have been taken. However, the operation of this amusement park depends on how favorable the weather and sea conditions are. The main attractions of Aqua Park are –

  • Five Meter High iceberg
  • Banana Rockers
  • Hamster Wheel
  • Rocking Planets
  • Large Trampolines
  • Catapult
  • Spinning Log Bridge

Rate: Approximately 700INR to 1,600INR per person

Timings: 10 am to 6 pm

Age Limit: 5yrs and above

7.  Elephant Sanctuary:

Thailand has been a safe haven for elephants. Koh Samui as well is no less. They rescue ill-treated, injured, orphaned, and many more elephants that need care. These parks call themselves as the Ethical Elephants Sanctuary. These places are dead against any kind of ill-treatment. 

These places have created an environment that is very similar to these huge and gentle animals. Tourists are allowed to observe them, feed them, bath them, care for them, and basically be with them as though they were their own. The guides here have the information to every question you might have regarding elephants. They will also tell you the history of each and every elephant they take care of. Totally this experience of your vacation in Koh Samui with kids is going to be a memorable and unique one. 

The best Elephant sanctuaries of Koh Samui are –

  • Samui Elephant Sanctuary
  • Samui Elephant Haven
  • Elephant Jungle sanctuary

Rate: Approximately 7,000INR (adults) to 3,500INR(Child)

Timings: 9 am to 5 pm

8.  Butterfly Garden:

The most beautiful and gentle creatures on earth are the Butterflies. There are so many life lessons we learn from the life of the butterfly. These delicate creatures are one of the most attractive species of organisms that are literally harmless but attract all the spotlight.

Butterfly Garden is one such place that will definitely be a hit among the kids for a memorable Koh Samui Family holiday. This garden has taken all the steps to ensure butterflies live in a very similar, free, and natural environment. They have built a huge dome-like area with umpteen amounts of space for it to fly around. They have planted a lot of flowering plants.

This place is like an overload of fragrance and colors which will definitely brighten up your day. For tourists who are interested in insects and bugs, there are places like the Insect Museum and the Bee House which will give them more insight into these tiny organism’s lives.

Timings: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Entry Fee:  approximately 400 INR per person

9.  Central Festival Mall:

The Mall which revolutionized shopping in Koh Samui is The Central Festival. Placed right at the epicenter of all the buzz of the city, on Chaweng Road, this is the best example of an all in all experience complete with its modern Open Air Atrium. From shopping branded goods to entertainment in the multiplexes complete with a food court and spacious play area. What is not there here? 

Spread across 90,000 sq meters of land this Mall has been divided into four sections based on their shopping category. 

  • Chaweng Port – Dedicated to Food (Main Entrance)
  • Bird Cage – The Fashion zone
  • Fisherman Village – Branded Stores and Children’s Play area
  • Beach Town Market – Foodcourt and Gaming zone

These categories will definitely help you in exploring the right area and save some time, Making this Shopping one of the must things to do in Koh Samui with Kids.

Timings: 11 am to 9 pm

10. Koh Samui Bazaars:

New things always excite children. Given Koh Samui attracts herds of tourists, shopping scenes in Samui have also been growing drastically with a wide array of things to choose from. 

These bazaars are a perfect End of Day itinerary of a Koh Samui Family holiday. There are many kinds of shopping experiences that you can explore in Samui. Even the price range here is very reasonable. The most unique and noteworthy among them are Walking Street and Night Bazaars. 

Here are some of the preferred shopping places in Samui. Do give it a try.

  • Chaweng Beach Street Shopping
  • Lamai Walking Street
  • The Wharf Samui
  • Lamai Night Plaza
  • Fisherman’s Village Walking Street 

Final Thoughts:

It is always hard to impress children when we go one a family vacation. But, Koh Samui is one such place that children are bound to love. Hope the above choices help you.

Have a great time!