Buffalo Fighting Festival
Held on special occasions such as New Years Day and Songkran. Unlike the Spanish custom, fights are fairly harmless as buffalo bulls fight other bulls, each decorated with ribbons and gold-painted leaves on their horns. Before the contest of two rounds, morning and afternoon, monks spray them with holy water. Winning owners typically takes home millions of baht in prize money.
Ten Stars Samui Art Party
Brings together art lovers, and artists, both local Thai and international, with new, original works. Bi-monthly events are hosted at various resorts around the island, and aim to build a thriving arts community on Samu.
Fisherman's Village Festival
Five-day festival in late August, celebrated with music and food. Well-known local musicians perform and food tents provide inexpensive cuisine prepared by local hotels.
The Samui Regatta is a sailing tournament, held every year in May/June. The tournament is the final regatta of eight in the Asian Grand Prix series, internationally attended with competitors from Australia, Singapore, Japan and China. This event, for boats of all sizes and shapes, began in 2002.
Songkran (Thai New year)
Celebrated all over Thailand, when family members return home. A traditional time for throwing water (or using water guns, buckets, dippers, and hoses) on anyone and everyone in the streets. Takes place in April, during the hot season, so not a bad idea.