14 Indulgent Ways to Enjoy a Rainy Day on Koh Samui

Have you awoken on a rainy day on Koh Samui, or has a storm cloud just rolled across your sun-bed? Don’t worry – this could still be your favorite day of your trip. Really. There are tons of things to do in Koh Samui when it rains – and most of them are ideal for the lazy, super indulgent, totally relaxing “stuff of Thai vacation dreams”.

Rainy day preamble

Rain approaches Chaweng Beach


1. Some good news

Koh Samui is a hilly little island with lots of micro-climates. If it’s safe to do so (as in ‘normal’ rain, no flooding), you can often rent a car and drive to another part of the island to find your sunshine. There’s nothing I love more than sitting on Bophut Beach and watching a storm wallop Koh Phangan … storm schadenfreude = pure bliss.

2. What kind of rain are we dealing with?

“Little bitty stingin’ rain”, “big ol’ fat rain” or “rain that flies in sideways”? Some of the rainy day activity suggestions below are perfect for a short storm, but aren’t recommended during extended periods of heavy rain (like in Koh Samui’s rainy season), due to the small chance of flooding. If it’s really raining and has been for some time, avoid all “intrepid exploration”. It won’t end well. Reputable tour companies will cancel activities if very bad weather makes them unsafe.

3. No self-pity!

Rainbow over Big Buddha Beach

Rain in the tropics is incredible – you’re about to star in your own Herbal Essences commercial. Outside of Koh Samui’s rainy season, the island’s rain usually comes as short and frantic tropical storms that last just an hour or two. If you’re reading this in July or August, that’s especially likely. With few exceptions, your vacation is not ruined. Promise!

14 Koh Samui rainy day activities

Whether you’re coming to Samui during its rainy season, or meet some soggy weather for a day or two of your trip – here are a few activity ideas to best enjoy (or completely forget about) Koh Samui rain. You’ll need some loose-fitting clothes: We’re about to assign food and beverage homework.

1. Eat two breakfasts… two lunches…

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Breakfast at Baan Dalah by SILK

Most Koh Samui restaurants, including those on the beach, have rain screens. Consider precipitation an invitation to gluttony, and rain is no longer a hardship. With nowhere else to be, your day unfolds at a leisurely pace.

2. Samui Spa Day

Koh Samui is rightly known as ‘the best spa destination in Southeast Asia.’ Heed the call of “hello, massaaaage” and submit to the sublime. Indulge your inner brat at any of Samui’s famous spas. In the rainy season, when the island is relatively quiet, you can usually get appointments at no notice. If the weather forecast looks bad for busy periods (especially Xmas/New Year), you’ll want to book in advance.

3. Watch a perfect movie

Private Cinema Experience at Villa Splash by SILK

Consider your rainy Koh Samui day the most indulgent Saturday you’ve ever dreamed of – and chance to enjoy the hotel room you spent so long choosing. Get comfy in bed, perhaps order room service, and watch a movie that’s perfectly suited to the weather outside: lots of lashing palm fronds and tropical mayhem. Koh Samui’s WiFi speeds are pretty good, so you can choose a movie and stream/download to watch right away. Build your pillow fort and snuggle in!

Movies set or filmed in Thailand

  • The Man with the Golden Gun
  • Tomorrow Never Dies
  • The Beach
  • Good Morning, Vietnam
  • Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
  • Stealth
  • The Hangover Part II

4. Foot massage

Or you could let this happen to your feet. They’re not piranhas, but I still don’t trust them.
Reflexologists will easily pinpoint your troubles & ease any pain away. An hour of this heaven costs about 300-400 THB (US$8-12) at any beach town massage shop.

5. “Pop up and do less”

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Master Bathroom at Villa Suralai by SILK

You’ve come on vacation to relax and be lazy, right? Well, get going! Get on Skype with long-neglected friends, get bingey with Instagram or actually write actual postcards to your people at home. If your hotel room or private villa has an insane bathtub situation, check your room service menu – lots of Thai hotels/bespoke holiday villas offer “bath-drawing services” with bubbles, magic potions and the whole nine yards.
Back in the real world, many island restaurants & cafés offer WiFi, giving you every opportunity to add breakfast with bacon to your plans. Or, curl up with your iPad in your closest outdoor living room – most Samui hotels have a handful of secret spots. Got a good view? Get comfy and watch the storm clouds from your bed.

6. Get a new suit

Is it time to add some Thai silk to your life?

7. Take a Thai cooking class

Who knew it just took a rainy day for you to become a green curry-making machine?

8. Learn to carve fruit

Once you can make a mean pad Thai, try your hand at Thai fruit carving lessons.

9. Read stacks of books

Get comfortable and deservedly indulge.

10. Unleash your inner horrible person

Have an Uno afternoon, or, better yet, an irreverent and side-splitting game of Cards Against Humanity (U.S. edition). You’ll need to bring this game from home, but here’s why you should…
With over 36,000 5-star reviews on Amazon and an insistence it’s for “horrible people”, we packed this grown-ups card game for our latest Koh Samui holiday. As bona fide horribles, we were certain we’d enjoy it ourselves. We had reservations, though, about our respectable, Baby Boomer relatives. Had they heard of Britney Spears? Could they handle edible underpants (and worse… much, much worse)?
The results of our trial run? Our most upstanding family member nearly choked to death laughing. A surprise indeed: Cards Against Humanity is tremendously cross-generational (mistyped that as ‘gross’…. which is also true). It’s definitely not for small children but teenagers will love it.
TIP! If you’re definitely a horrible person but are already in Thailand – you can print your own deck of Cards Against Humanity cards: here’s a free, downloadable PDF provided by the horribles nice people from Cards Against. Finally, a legit business use for your hotel’s “business center”.

11. Your $5 solution

A trip to one of Samui’s movie theatres (or the bowling alley) could fill a rainy afternoon. Seeing a movie at a theatre in Thailand can be just as cultural an experience as visiting a night market.

12. A nice yoga session

Put on something comfortable, and enjoy some Koh Samui yoga. A wide range of options is available on the island for all interests and skill levels.

13. Settle the matter, once and for all

Do you prefer pineapple shakes? Or coconut shakes. Perhaps with some Koh Samui rum? Maybe it’s no contest – you’d rather have Thai beer. Happy hour starts early when it’s raining!

14. Puppy party

Saving the best for last? Koh Samui’s only animal shelter, Dog, and Cat Rescue Samui always need volunteers for any length of time. You’re very welcome to drop in for just a few hours – no experience needed – and play with puppies. (Or cats … if you’re one of those people). I recommend wearing scruffy clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, bringing bottled water and wearing tons of mosquito repellent.

What else?

Certainly, a day of Koh Samui rain demands a slower pace. No matter what the weather, many of these activities will be a relaxing part of your holiday. Enjoy!
Note that we don’t recommend visiting Big Buddha when it’s raining – the steep, tiled steps are very slippery when wet.
November 30, 2017 Travel Tips
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SILK is led by a team of dedicated hospitality professionals with 70 years of combined experience serving the Thai luxury sector. We specialize in the management and marketing of the best villas and vacation rentals in Koh Samui. SILK is part of a group of strategically related companies working together to offer a range of premium services including property development, real estate sales and marketing, event management, catering, and private villa rentals on Koh Samui.

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