The allures of Koh Samui are not just limited to its sublime beaches but also its culinary offerings that bring together exotic Thai flavours and aromas for an unforgettable dining experience. For foodies heading to this island in Thailand for the first time, here are four popular dishes to savour.

Tom Yum Goong

Begin your gastronomic journey with the quintessential Thai dish, Tom Yum Goong on offer at local eateries and resort restaurants. Koh Samui versions of this hot and sour soup feature seafood and shrimp along with key ingredients; it is enhanced by the freshness of lemongrass, fish sauce, crushed chilli peppers, galangal, lime juice, and kaffir lime leaves that create a harmonious blend of flavours.

Fresh Seafood

Being an island paradise, Koh Samui offers an unparalleled seafood experience. Feast on the daily catch of fish, prawns, squid, lobster, crab, and shellfish, prepared Thai-style with ingredients like tamarind, lemon, and ginger. Choose a resort such as Santiburi Koh Samui that elevates the experience with fresh seafood BBQs and stir-fried rice or noodle dishes like Phad Krapaow, Phad See Ew, and Khao Phad with seafood options too. Every bite will be a celebration of the island’s coastal abundance!

Som Tam

Som Tam
Som Tam – Image via Flickr

Indulge in the vibrant and zesty Som Tam, a healthy papaya salad that packs a punch. Featuring finely cut raw papaya, this flavourful dish incorporates palm sugar, chilli, lime, green beans, and fish sauce. Some variations elevate the experience with seafood additions (no surprises there!) like prawns or soft-shell crab, creating an evocative blend of textures and tastes that define the essence of Thai cuisine.


Conclude your culinary journey of discovery for the day with the sweet enchantment of Kalamae, a unique Thai candy special to southern Thailand and, in particular, Koh Samui. Crafted from glutinous rice flour, coconut cream and palm sugar, this sweet and sticky treat can readily be found available at fresh markets around the island. Great to have after a hearty meal or on the go, it’s bound to become another foodie favourite!