When in Thailand, be sure to take a trip to Lipa Noi, located on Koh Samui island. Lipa Noi is on the west coast of the island and known for being the perfect relaxation destination for anyone and everyone. Instead of an energetic nightlife and entertainment atmosphere, Lipa Noi has become a hub of tranquility, focused more on maintaining its white sandy beaches, clear blue water (which remain kid-friendly for about 100 meters (328.1 feet) from the shoreline and natural wonders, like waterfalls.
If you’re looking for a way to have fun on your vacation but relax at the same time, Lipa Noi is the destination for you. Read on for our list of top things to do in this beautiful region of Ko Samui!
1. Jump into Na Muang Waterfall
While Koh Samui does have other waterfalls, Na Muang is considered the most scenic. Na Muang is a popular destination for those looking for a lazy day. You can jump in and float around the natural pool or have a picnic on the banks. If you’re looking for a little more excitement, there is an elephant safari camp nearby, where you can take a ride and see the waterfall from a higher perspective.
Na Muang Waterfall
Address: Na Mueang, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
2. Learn about southeastern Thai culture at Dusit Dhewa
If you’re interested in learning about southeastern Thai culture, stopping at Dusit Dhewa is a must. Dusit Dhewa is the Samui Cultural and Fine Art Center and is maintained by a local artist and landscape engineer. It features art, artifacts, and architecture inspired by Thai, Burmese, Malaysian, and Indonesian cultures.
It’s nestled within vivacious tropical vegetation, creating a zen-like environment and it is the perfect place to truly appreciate the beauty of nature and manmade ornamentation.
Address: 42/10 M.3. Amphoe Koh Sa-Mui, Surat Thani, Thailand
Price: from 1.50 USD
Duration: around 1.5 hours
Facebook: Dusit Dhewa
3. Escape to Wat Samut Tharam
Continuing on with more cultural immersion, Wat Samut Tharam is a calming Buddhist temple with intricate architectural features and magnificent sea views. The temple seamlessly integrates gold and white stone, resulting in a stunning masterpiece. The fact that the temple is not a huge tourist destination (yet), means you get more time to admire the temple and atmosphere.
Wat Samut Tharam
Address: Moo 4, Lipa Noi, Ko Samui 84140, Thailand
4. Lounge on Lipa Noi Beach
Lipa Noi Beach rivals some of the best in the world. The white sand is smooth and free of any rocks or pebbles and the crystal water remains shallow up to 100 meters (328.1 feet) from the shore, creating plentiful space to wade and play around. Additionally, since the beach is west-facing, you’ll always be graced with picturesque sunsets. The beach itself is pretty remote, adding to the overall serenity of Lipa Noi and allows you to truly embrace the calmness of the city.
5. Detox at Orion Retreat Centre (Koh Samui)
The Orion Retreat Centre is the ultimate retreat center, offering detoxes, yoga classes, fitness seminars and more - basically, anything that will support you in enhancing or healing your body, mind, and soul. And, when is there a better time to focus on you then on a relaxing vacation? The center combines spiritual practice with scientific thought, giving even skeptics a reason to try out a class.
The center is located right on the beach, so you’re always around the warm sand and sparkling ocean. Some of the services they offer include a Vitality Juice Detox, Yoga Retreat, Alchemy Detox, and Holistic Therapies.
Orion Retreat Centre
Address: 95/70 Moo 2 , Lipa Noi, Koh Samui, Suratthani 84140, Thailand
Contact: +66 9 3 620 8066
Website: Orion Retreat Centre
6. Sail at the Le Beach Club Samui Lipanoi
Le Beach Club Samui is a recent addition to Lipa Noi but is one quickly gaining recognition. Le Beach Club is a sailing team with over a decade of sailing experience, all around Thailand. So, knowing that you’re in expert hands, it is the ideal place to learn to sail. The water is typically calm and they offer classes ranging from beginner to expert, which are suitable for all ages.
If sailing isn’t for you, you can also learn to ride and rent speedboats, which can be used to explore nearby coves, or rent wakeboards, water skis, and more.
Le Beach Club Samui
Address: Le Beach Club Samui Lipanoi, Lipa Noi Bay, Lipa Noi, Ko Samui 84140, Thailand
7. Grab brunch at Nikki Beach Restaurant
While Lipa Noi is 100 percent the place to go to relax, if you’re looking for a place to let off some steam or if you are looking for some excitement, Nikki Beach Club is the place to go. One of their most popular events is Sunday Brunch, where guests can enjoy poolside cocktails, feast on international delights, and dance to live music and entertainment.
Nikki Cafe is also open for breakfast and lunch and is great for families looking for an internationally inspired meal, right on the beach. Additionally, visitors can sign up for one of their onsite cooking classes and learn to make some signature Thai dishes or sign up for an oceanside massage. Whatever kind of adventure or relaxation you’re looking for, there’s a high chance that Nikki’s has it.
Nikki Beach Resort
Address: 96/3 Moo 2, Lipa Noi, Amphoe Koh Sa-Mui, Surat Thani, Thailand
Opening Hours: 8 AM - 1 AM
Website: Nikki Beach Resort
Remember that Lipa Noi, Koh Samui, is just one of the many islands that are in this region. So, Lipa Noi could be just one adventure of many, while vacationing in Thailand. Have fun island hopping!
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