We’ve put together a NEW list of things to do when it rains in Samui. There are rainy day activities for couples, families and kids. Most of the activities are offered at the InterContinental Samui as part of their rainy day activities schedule.
Hopefully you’ll get some rainy day inspiration here or sign up for a class during your stay. There are a couple of unique activities too, such as towel folding, eco-crafts, and a fruit and veggies carving class. Most of the activities on this list involve learning a new skill and taking a class of some sorts. If you’re looking for something to do during the rain with a cultural twist you’ll find it here, from Thai cooking to language to writing to garland making.
The rainy season in Samui is typically late October to mid-December. So if you’re planning on travelling during this time, it’s best to have some rainy day activities up your sleeve.
Koh Samui is an incredibly lush and tropical island, which means it rains throughout the year. Sometimes there can be flooding on local roads, so it might be best to stay at a resort that’s self-contained and has lots of activities on-site during the peak rainy season.
The InterContinental Samui has a rainy day back up plan that will occupy you and the kids while you’re waiting for the sun to pop out again. Sometimes it will only be raining in the morning and then the afternoon will be sunny and clear. Don’t despair, you can still have an amazing experience in Samui with the presence of a bit of rain.
#1 Choose a resort with a great kids’ club for rainy days
Kids’ clubs are the best. They let you have a holiday within a holiday. There are some great ones on the island. If you want to book a luxury vacation in Samui with a kids’ club to match, try the InterContinental. It comes with all the usual games and toys, plus cultural activities and experiences. There’s also a Junior Master Chef class, plus a special spa treatment designed for kids over 12 years of age. Read more about the experience here. Let someone else plan your rainy day activities in Samui.
#2 Take advantage of the kids’ club and get an all-day spa treatment
Spa treatments are the best. They can happen on the sunniest of days or the rainiest. Koh Samui is a trending health and wellness destination. Baan Thai Spa by HARNN fits perfectly into this. It’s a relaxed space, that you feel immediately comfortable and at home in. You’ll be able to hear the rain as you get coconut massages and treatments as white cotton curtains billow inwards with the fresh sea breeze. For couples, read our post about this indulgent and romantic experience.
#3 Develop your culinary skills and learn something new on a rainy day in Samui
Take a cooking class. Learn how to blend Thai spices and herbs. Discover how to get the perfect balance between spicy, sweet and sour. At the Intercontinental, you can take a cooking class that also includes a trip to the farmer’s market and fish market. Talk to the local producers about what you will cook in class. This is a true insider’s experience in Samui and a cultural rainy day activity in Samui.
#4 Don’t let a rainy day stop you from celebrating, become a mixologist in Samui
Just because it’s overcast doesn’t mean the party has to stop. Take a mixology class with a view of the ocean and Five Islands. Learn how to mix some of the classics plus some new cocktail creations. Drink them at the end of the day as you look out to the horizon. When the sun comes out and the rain stops, head to Air Bar and have some of the classics made for you as you watch the sun set from one of the best spots on the island. Read up about this iconic bar in Samui here.
#5 Develop your knife skills as the rain falls
For those of you who have experienced cooking classes over the years of travelling and want to try something a bit different, take a fruit and vegetable carving class. Learn how to make the intricate flower and leaf garnishes that you see at the buffet table. Have the chance to watch a master carver at work in this unique class. Stay dry and learn a culinary skill on a rainy day in Samui.
#6 Let brunch turn into lunch
Take a book, the paper or your favourite magazine with you. Have a few coffees, graze, get a fresh fruit smoothie, graze some more. Maybe by the time you’ve finished the rain will have stopped and you can spend some time by the pool. You can read more about one of the best breakfast spots on Samui here.
#7 Get in some boxing cardio
Take a Muay Thai boxing class. You can do it as a family as well. Get your heart rate up. Learn a new skill. Add some Thai culture into your workout routine. It’s a great way to burn some energy on a rainy day in Koh Samui.
#8 Pick up some unique house keeping skills
Learn how to fold towels into the shape of swans and elephants. It’s fun and something unique to do during the rain. Surprise your house guests back home with your newly acquired towel folding skills.
#9 Learn how to make a Thai dessert
Fried bananas are the best. They’re delicious and are a real comfort food dessert. Learn how to make it the way they do in Thailand. You can do this rainy day activity with the whole family.
#10 Take a Thai writing class
Learn how to write in Thai. Think of it as a drawing class where you’ll learn how to create the shapes of the Thai language with the little twists, curls and circles. It’s a fun challenge. It’s a great rainy day activity for older kids too.
#11 Learn how to say, When will the rain stop? in Thai
In addition to the writing class, you can also choose a Thai language class. Pick up some basic phrases you can use around the resort and when you get back to Bangkok. If there’s something you want to learn how to say in Thai, ask your teacher.
#12 Master some massage techniques
Become everyone’s new best friend and learn some of the massage techniques used at Baan Thai Spa by HARNN. You can also take a DIY Herbal Compress class, where you will learn how to make a compress from scratch using herbs and spices that will help alleviate inflammation.
#13 Learn an eco-craft – a great rainy day activity for kids
If there’s one thing that is abundant on Samui, it’s coconuts. They grow everywhere. You’ll see the lovely coconut fronds swaying and fluttering all over the resort. In the Coconut and Palm Leaf craft class you’ll learn how to weave and fold the leaves into different 3D shapes and objects. This one is fun for kids.
#14 Immerse yourself in Thai culture with the Krathong Class
In this class, kids will learn how to make a floating flower sculpture used during the Loi Krathong festival when people pay respect to the goddess of water. Kids will have fun arranging and making the sculpture with colourful flowers and banana leaves and will forget all about the rain.
#15 Learn the art of flower weaving and brighten a rainy day
Phuang Malai is the circular garland of flowers that looks like a beautiful and intricate bracelet. You will probably see them being made on the street, hanging from the rear vision mirrors of taxis, or you may receive one when you check in at the resort. They are presented as a sign of welcome and respect and they are believed to bring good health. Brighten a rainy day with flowers and the sweet smell of jasmine. Learn the trick to arranging these sweet smelling flowers together.
#16 Head out of the resort and visit the mall
Get some souvenir shopping done, spend the morning or afternoon watching a movie. Check out a local supermarket and pick up some fresh tropical fruits. Take some goodies back to your resort.
Central Festival has all the well-known brands: Uniqlo, Boots, Jaspal, Crocs, and more. On rainy days take advantage of the cinema then treat the family to an ice-cream sundae at Swensen’s ice creamery. Or skip the cinema and have a relaxing facial at the Royal Spa. If you are feeling adventurous, get a bespoke tattoo at Six Nine Custom Tattoo. During wet weather the InterContinental offers a shuttle service to Nathon and Chaweng for a small fee.
For more ideas and first-hand experiences when it rains in Samui with kids check out 2 Moms Travel and their post about rainy-day tips when on a beach holiday.