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.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.
Koh Samui as the premiere resort island of the Gulf of Thailand has everything you need and more for your next team building or incentive trip destination. With its gorgeous beaches, exotic jungle terrains, relaxing waterfalls, or inspiring scenic views, Koh Samui is a team building trip paradise. From your base at one of our top quality partner hotels in Koh Samui, you can in engage in many adventure, outdoor, and indoor team building activities.
Island and jungle based adventure team building activities in Koh Samui will guarantee to inspire and please your staff. The islands and waterways of Anthong National Marine Park, Koh Tan, Koh Mat Sum, Koh Mat Lang, and around Koh Samui make stunning staging locations for our Island Survivor, Treasure Island, Jungle Adventure, and sailing team building exercises. Amazing Chase and By All Means Thailand are great team building activities that not only promote better work ethic but also team dynamics among other tangible results. Teams work together in a number of challenges around the island on the ring road and through this get a full view of the beauty that is here in Koh Samui. It should be noted that if you choose one of the events that involves some travel, especially by boat, then this can add considerably to travel time. Be sure to take a look at our partner hotels in Chewang and particularly Bophut, Maenam, and Lamai, which all have their own ferry and private boat jetty or is located nearby.
Outdoor team building activities on Koh Samui are equally innovative and sure to be a crowd favorite. From the safety of your beach at the hotel we can arrange an exciting Water Regatta team building challenge event with water activities such as paddleboats, kayaks, banana boats, jet skis and more. Outdoor Olympics and Hotel Survivor are two of our other most popular outdoor team building activities. Market Barter is another particularly good team building to sample in Koh Samui with its almost nightly night markets and is a fun opportunity for your staff to show off their negotiation skills.
Our indoor team building activities, which can be held for the most part at our partner hotel, have proven to be popular with our clients for their varied nature. Activities include a selection of team building seminars, Indoor with Fun experiential games, and most notably the culinary team building challenges of Top Chef and Cocktail Shaker Thailand.
CSR has an important role to play in team building and incentive trip tourism in order to help make sure some of the benefits these businesses bring in return to the locals. Your teams will learn about local environmental and communal issues and work together to make a project to help a cause from that issue. Koh Samui’s island beauty led to its rapid development which has led to some people noticing the beaches aren’t as nice as they once were in some places. Choosing to help the environment through mangrove planting, turtle hatching, and beach clear up, among others, are popular ways past clients have chosen to give back to Koh Samui. Our Build a Bike program is another popular choice.
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.
Koh Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand, about 300 miles south of the capital city, Bangkok. It forms part of the Mu Koh Samui Archipelago, a series of small islands.
Koh Samui is no more than 15 miles across at its most extreme points, though it is still the third-largest island in the Kingdom of Thailand. It is surrounded by more than 60 smaller islands which, taken together, form the Ang Thong Marine National Park.
The island of Koh Samui is plush with white sandy beaches, small desert bays and rice and coconut plantations. The central area of the island is covered with tropical rainforest and is uninhabitable. Within the trees is also the highest mountain, Khao Pom, which is 635 meters high.
The hotels hide among the coconut trees nearer the perimeter of the island. These various lowland and coastal areas are connected by a single road which roughly encircles the island. There can also be found a few rivers and waterfalls, and even a few original springs.
There are no direct flights to Koh Samui. Flights from anywhere in the world will involve at least one connection.
Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi (BKK) offers direct flights from:
● London (Gatwick (LGT), Heathrow (LHR))
● Frankfurt (FRA)
● Amsterdam (AMS)
● Zurich (ZUR)
● Paris (CDG)
From here it is a short domestic flight to Koh Samui, either from Suvarnabhumi Airport again or via Don Mueang Airport (DMK), which can be reached by the Airport Rail Link – a quick and easy train that travels directly between Bangkok’s two airports very frequently.
Other potential stops from the UK are Kuala Lumpar and Singapore. Outside of London and Manchester, most airports in the UK offer flights with a minimum of two stops.
The three New York area airports offer flights – LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark – and there are also flights from San Francisco (SFA), Los Angeles International (LAX), and Chicago (CGO). These are available through multiple airlines and depart at least daily.
There are no direct flights from the United States. Many airports offer flights but usually two stops.
LIke much of Thailand, Koh Samui has a tropical climate and the temperature is very hot. The year-round average is 28 – 34 degrees Celsius.
The island does not experience the southwest monsoon-like most of the rest of Thailand, so there is a greater period of drier and cooler weather than other places such as Phuket and Khao Lak on the Andaman coast.
So between May and September is an ideal time to visit as the weather will be warmer and less humid. Instead, Koh Samui has its own rainy season between October and December. The weather in this season is warm and wet and very humid.
The driest months are in February and March, while the wettest month is October. These are also the months with the highest (October) and lowest (February) levels of humidity.
The most famous of Koh Samui’s attractions is the big Buddha temple.
The beautiful sculpture is situated just off the corner of Koh Samui on a tiny island that is connected by a causeway. At 12 meters tall and covered in gold, it truly is a marvel. It shows Buddha resisting temptation in the Mara position.
On this idyllic island, however, it is essential that you take in the wonderful scenery of nature.
Namuang waterfall is just one place to take in. There are actually two waterfalls, Na Muang 1 and Na Muang 2, and the first fall into a small pool that you can swim in, while the second gathers about 30 minutes uphill.
There are so many other things to do while exploring this small island.
● A jungle safari tour
● The secret Buddha garden
● Angthong marine park
● Diving in the stunning waters
● The temple of Wat Plai Laem
These are just a few of them. And not to forget the Thai-style Oktoberfest which was introduced in 2004 and features bratwurst and beer and lederhosen. Plus all the profits go back into the community to help build local schools and other causes.