Koh Samui, otherwise known as Treasure Island, is known for its luxury hotels, amazing beaches and fantastic waterfalls. A vast jungle surrounded by modern towns, Samui attracts both expats and tourists alike, as the year-round sun and famous Thai hospitality lives up to its reputation.
Bangkok is Thailand’s bustling capital with 65 hotels specialized in the meeting, incentive, conference and event business (MICE). Bangkok has everything to offer from ancient temples to an exciting nightlife.
Why Koh Samui is the perfect incentive team building destination
Boasting a tremendous amount of events and activities, you’ll never run out of things to do. From deep sea fishing to zip lining through the dense jungle canopy, Samui has enough events to satisfy anyone’s and everyone’s taste. It’s no wonder that Samui comes up time and time again in ‘top 100 destination’ reviews from magazines the world over. It really is the perfect destination for a team get-away.
Ideal group size – small to very large
Samui boasts many different style and size venues and events, from small, personal villas for small groups of 10 to 20, to luxury hotels capable of holding any group size. Due to its attractiveness, Samui is also home to many function, ball, and conference rooms, suitable in size from 1 on 1 meetings, to a 1000 people get together.
MICE hotels in Koh Samui (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events) and accommodation
Koh Samui’s beautiful scenery and well established infrastructure makes it a perfect location for most MICE events, boasting a wide choice of hotels, villas and venues all around the island. Hold a MICE event with your team of 10 in a set of private and secluded villas on the southern shores of Samui, or spend your time in a luxury resort conference hall with up to 100 people in central Chaweng. Samui has all manner of support services to make sure your MICE event goes off without a hitch. Medium to small conference and meeting facilities are available in many of the 4 and 5 star resorts on Samui.
As well as meeting facilities, Samui is home to a wide range of accommodation, from boutique hotels designed for small to medium sized groups, 5-10 people to slightly larger resorts able to host 50-100 people, allowing for availability. We guarantee there is a resort perfect for you and your needs. Hotel prices vary from 2000-6000 THB per night, per person; subject to availability, season and group size. For more information, please click this link to visit our Samui hotel partner page or click on the individual links below.
Koh Samui flight connections
Samui International airport has regular flights in and out, to 11 cities, ranging from the nearby destinations of Bangkok and Changmai, to further away metropolises like Hong Kong or Singapore. Enjoy flying in style with either Bangkok airways or Thai airways on an easy 40 minute flight to the capital. Once in Bangkok, international travel becomes easy, with flights to every major destination around the world. Samui International airport is also known for being one of the most beautiful and natural airports in the world, helping people enjoy their stay from the second they land.
Don’t like flying? No worries, Surat Thai train station is situated a short journey away via ferry and land transport of choice, where you can catch a modern, sleek train straight to Bangkok. Samui was made with ease of access in mind and being one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, you’ll never be short of transport choices in and out of the island.
Koh Samui weather
The best time to visit Samui is during the dry season, February through June, with February and March being known for the nicest weather, when the humidity is low and the sun is out, reaching average temperatures of 24C – 32C. However, Samui is still buzzing all year round, with the time from October to November seeing some heavy rain but beautiful sun in between. Even for those planning a trip but don’t want to spend huge amounts, Samui has plenty of affordable options for every budget size. Consider coming in low season to save even more as quite often hotels will be running great offers and we can put on fun indoor team-building sessions in case of poor weather conditions.
Team building activities in Koh Samui
Here at Making Teams, we offer more than 20 amazing teambuilding programs, each designed with different aspects of Samui in mind. We also give all teams participating the ability to fully customize the activity of their choice to suit their particular needs and interests. Explore the island’s many hidden treasures on our ‘Amazing Chase‘, which takes on a challenge style race around the island, as 2 or more teams compete to find and solves clues across Samui. Perhaps try the calmer version, ‘Cultural Discovery’, as we take our time visiting all the unique, stunning cultural sites throughout Samui. Or why not try our version of the highly popular show, ‘Survivor Island‘, where we take you to one of the nearby desert islands to compete in a spectacular competition of team work, strength, intelligence and spirit. Our activities don’t only revolve around competition, we also offer a wide verity of skill development activities, ranging from ‘Top Chef‘, where you’ll learn as a group how to cook some of Thailand’s more traditional dishes to ‘Cocktail Shakers Thailand‘, which involves a fun day of learning how to make the best cocktails from a professional cocktail maker. Weather looking overcast? There’s no need to worry, we can put together multiple indoor activities to keep you and your team from feeling down. For a group of about 50 people, team building packages run from as low as 500 THB per person for outdoor or indoor activities up to around 3000 THB per person for a full day of Survivor-style activities on another island including transportation i.e. speedboats and transfers.
Other activities in Koh Samui
Koh Samui really does keep everyone in mind, whether you’re looking for family friendly fun, roaring night life, or a shopping bonanza. Enjoy sun bathing on one of Samui’s many heavenly beaches, and once you’re done, you could have some fun splashing around with one of the many water sports Samui has to offer, from jet skiing to wind surfing. Tired of the beach? Samui’s Pink Elephant water park is a great way to enjoy your day, with relaxing pools and dare-devil slides.
Samui’s shopping district, Chaweng, where you can find the modern mall, Central Festival, boasts many high-end fashion brands in a contemporary shopping center setting. Be surrounded by a great mix of nature and modern architecture as you splash out on that new look. Or peruse one of the many local markets, with interesting and unique clothes, souvenirs and food to try.
Get away from the hustle and bustle of the town, and get into nature. Go on safari through the thick jungle, or cool off in one of Samui’s many amazing waterfalls. Being a mountainous island, Samui is a great place to rent a scooter and go exploring. With many small roads going into the island, within 30 minutes you can be on top of a mountain, looking out over an amazing view.
Once you’ve finished enjoying your day, sample Samui’s famous night life, boasting extravagant bars like Nikki Beach to break out the Champagne, to full-blown dancing in Chaweng to get your groove on. Here during a full moon? Koh Phang Ngan’s infamous, world famous, legendary full moon party is only a 30 minute ferry ride away.
Chaweng is the largest and most lively beach resort on Koh Samui and is ideal for corporate groups looking for a location where everything is fully accessible. With an extensive choice of accommodation, great shopping , legendary entertainment and nightlife, Chaweng provides an excellent base for your team building program, with excellent sandy beaches, great markets, a vast selection of quality dining and beautiful scenery all within a short distance of your chosen hotel.
Lamai is the second largest resort on the island and rivals Chaweng in terms of its wonderful beach location, dining, shopping, and evening entertainment all within a few minutes of your chosen hotel. By day the beach is the main focus, with an abundance of water sports available and plenty of beach space for outdoor team building in the sun , it is also great for speedboats to moor to take your group to our Survivor Island Koh Madsum. Lamai is also accessible to the beauty of the countryside on the south and west coasts with an abundance of coconut plantations, local lanes and temples to be explored as well as unspoilt hidden beaches.
Bophut is a purpose built resort on the north coast of the island, built around an old traditional fishing port which became Fisherman’s village which today is well known for its local past and today for its vibrant atmosphere, high class dining, shopping and accommodation all within a short walking distance. Bophut is a superb choice for corporate team building groups because of the quality of the accommodation, the large open space of the beach which is perfect for outdoor team building and its accessibility to the island with Chaweng only 10 minutes away.
Mae-nam located on the northern coast is well known for its fantastic beach and its cosmopolitan atmosphere where people mix of many nationalities. Mae-nam has a variety of accommodation choices and resorts which are ideal for corporate groups looking for a one location experience on the beach where everything is accessible in or nearby to the resort and yet possible to travel around the island and Chaweng for dining and nightlife easily.
The resorts located on Koh Samui’s South and West coast truly offer that away from it all experience with many quality accommodation choices for your executive retreat to choose from. This side of the island is the true face of Koh Samui with wonderful scenery, unspoilt beaches and rustic countryside which are ideal for many outdoor team building events with adventure activities including zip line, ATV, kayaking nearby and Survivor Island within a long-tail boat or short speedboat ride of the coast. Nathon, the islands capital is well worth a visit to see local everyday life and it is the best place for souvenir shopping and for a relaxing evening to see the night market.