Sightseeing

TOP 10 ATTRACTIONS IN KOH SAMUI

 

1. Big Buddha

Big Buddha temple, known locally as Wat Phra Yai,  has a golden, 12-metre seated Buddha statue  which  was built in 1972 and remains one of the island’s most popular attractions.  The Big Buddha can be seen at a distance of several kilometres and is often the first landmark people see when arriving to Samui by air.

 

 

 

 

2. Hin Ta and Hin Yai ( Grandmother and Grangfather rocks)

The Hin Ta/Hin Yai legend is  the story of an old couple by the name of Ta Kreng and Yai Riem who lived with their son in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Since their son had come of age, they felt that it was time he got married.  One day they decided to sail to the neighbouring province  to ask for the hand of the daughter of a man named Ta Monglai. During their sea journey, their boat was seized by a storm. The old man and his wife were unable to swim ashore. They died at sea, turning into rocks as proof to the would-be bride’s parents of their true intentions. The rocks stand there to this day.”

 

 

 

3. Wat Plai Laem 

Wat Plai Laem is a Buddhist temple on north-east coast of Samui, not far from Big Buddha,  featuring a striking white 18-arm image of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion. You can see from the road when you are passing by in the car, but it’s one of the most stunningly beautiful temples in Samui, so you’d better go and see it for yourself. Don’t forget your kids – there are tons of coi fish in the ponds there, which you can feed, and all the kids love it.

 

 

 

 

4. Wat Kunaram and Mummified Monk

The Mummified Monk at Wat Khunaram is the monk Luong Pordaeng which died in 1973 in a seated meditative position, and ever since his body has been on display in an upright glass case at the temple. Remarkably, even more than 30 years on the monk’s body shows little sign of decay.

 

 

5. Magic Garden

The “Magic Garden” or “Secret Buddha Garden” is located in the hills of Samui.  This a stunning collection of beautifully handcrafted statues, made by a local fruit farmer,  Khun Nim Thongsuk, who started to build the garden in 1976 when he was 77 years old.  Amazing job he’s done!

There are two main roads leading to the garden, they both are shown on the Samui maps: the old road is coming from Nathon, it is a “military road”, but for some reason most of the people trying to use exactly this road before realising that this road is now closed for traffic.
 The new road and the only one which you need to take, is originating across the road from Wat Kunaram (see above) on the south of the island.  Wat Kunaram is shown on every Samui’s map and it’s easy to find, it’s located right on the main ring road near Namuang Waterfalls.
The entrance fee to the Garden is 80 THB.

 

 

 

6. Paradise Park Farm

Best place to go with kids. Amazing park, where animals live free. All sorts of birds, plus monkeys, deers, goats, horses, donkeys, etc…You can stroke them, you can feed them, you can play with them.

Also great restaurant, kids playground and infinity pool with an absolutely breathtaking view to five islands. Bring your bikini. Hotel Transfer + Ticket to the park:  Adult Bt 800, Children (3-10 yrs old) Bt 700

 

 

 

 

 

7. Namuang Waterfall and Elephant Trekking 

Na Muang waterfalls 1 and 2 are easily accessible from the main ring road between Nathon and Lamai and are well signposted. There are other waterfalls to visit on Koh Samui, but these are considered to be among the most scenic.  Bring swimming gear and be sure to wear good walking shoes to enjoy the walking trails safely.

Na Muang Safari Park, which features elephant rides as well as monkey/bird/elephant/snake shows and other entertainment that kids especially will enjoy. An entire day could be spent there and is fun for the whole family.

 

 

 

 

8. Fisherman’s Village in Bophut 

Well preserved the most unique village on the island of Koh Samui. The most beautiful and most sophisticated village as well. Best place for al-fresco dining, also great for upmarket shopping.

Main village street has quite a few very old traditional Chinese houses, which have been restored  and are now shops and the restaurants. Big choice of different delicious cuisines, amazing views to Koh Phangan from nearly every restaurant, what’s not to love!

Every Friday there is walking sreeet where you can sample local Thai cuisine from the food stalls located all along main roads in the village. Great atmosphere, music, dancing by the pier, shows, performances – please come and visit the village on Friday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Laem Sor Pagoda 

A small golden pagoda on the south of Samui. Stand alone beautifully created piece of art. Highly recommended.

 

 

 

10. Ladyboy cabaret show

No visit to Koh Samui is completed without visiting a cabaret shows in Chaweng performed by ladyboys. Great mucis, free entrance, but you pay for drinks. Friendly crowd and good fun!

 

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