Koh Samui might call to mind beaches and spas – but its coconuts are of particular acclaim. Behind tourism, coconuts are Samui’s second industry. Local growers will tell you that Koh Samui coconuts are the very best of Thailand’s coconuts – we believe it.
3 ways to enjoy Thailand coconuts
Before coconut water stepped into its fifteen minutes of fame, you might have equated coconut with a sickly Bounty bar or other fake confection – but that’s set to change.
1. Fresh Thai coconut
Fresh coconut juice has more vitamin C than orange juice! Happily, someone else will wield something machete-esque to cut the coconut open. Drink the juice and then use the provided spoon to scoop out the sides. (Parents – this is a great drink to get your kids hooked on).
2. Thai coconut shake
Coconut milk blitzed with ice, guaranteed to cool you down faster than sub-zero air-conditioning. Both fresh coconuts & coconut shake options are available at just about every restaurant on the island – no need to spend time searching.
3. Thai coconut rum, jam, candy, oil, ice cream… and a lampshade
You can enjoy Thai coconuts in roughly a thousand ways. The booziest? Stop by Magic Alambic Rum Distillery to sample coconut flavoured Thai rum.
Thailand coconuts in numbers
The number of coconuts a well-trained money can harvest per day (vs 100 for a nimble human).
Koh Samui coconuts grow year-round – unlike other Thai fruits, you can’t miss them.
The number of coconut trees on Koh Samui
Coconuts produced per Koh Samui coconut tree, per year
Coconuts shipped from Koh Samui to Bangkok every month