Koh Samui offers limitless thrills that make it one of the most famous holiday destinations in Thailand. Its breathtaking beaches are just one of the attractions that visitors can enjoy. This island also contains lush jungles, captivating Buddhist temples, and viewpoints that offer magnificent views. Whether you are a backpacker or traveling with family, the vast array of activities leaves you with no dull moments.
Below are six must-visit places in Thailand’s second-largest island—Koh Samui.
1. Wat Plai Laem
Located north of the island is this Buddhist temple complex that is a top attraction for locals and visitors alike. Aside from the laughing Buddha, the Guanyin with 18 arms that symbolize mercy and compassion is a must-see statue as well. The area also features smaller shrines that combine Chinese and Thai influences.
2. Big Buddha
It’s easy to spot the 12-meter high Buddha statue even if you are miles away. However, it’s best to see this landmark up close via an island tour. See the snake-designed staircase leading to the viewing platform that presents panoramic views of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. Meanwhile, it will be best that you visit this area before 8 am to avoid bigger crowds.
3. Koh Samui’s beaches
It’s hard to imagine a trip to Koh Samui without spending time with the beaches. The most popular of which is Chaweng Beach that has a six-kilometer shore with fantastic hotels and bars that host lively parties. You can also get some quiet time at Chaweng’s longshore, and its location makes it a perfect starting point for island excursions.
There’s also Silver Beach, which is one of the most beautiful places in Koh Samui. It has a 200-meter long bay that contains rock formations, coconut palm trees, and crystal-clear waters. You can also visit Lamai Beach that features the Hin Yai and Hin Ta rock formations, which look like male and female genitals. Finally, Coral Cove is a secluded location with captivating beauty. This beach is the perfect location for snorkeling, and its impressive rock formations will surely take your breath away.
4. Magic Buddha Garden
Tarnim Magic Garden is a haven perched within the thick jungles in Koh Samui’s mountains. You’ll see several stone figures and stunning details in this location that is next to a beautiful river. However, similar to visiting the Big Buddha shrine, it’s best to visit the place early in the morning to avoid the wave of people.
5. Mummified monk
The Mummified Monk at Wat Khunaram is an intriguing attraction that gives an insight into Thai culture and religion. The deceased monk passed away in 1973 but showed little decay. However, though they placed sunglasses on the eyes, this temple is a sacred place where people pray and bring their offerings.
6. Na Muang waterfalls
This multi-layered waterfall is accessible via a short hike through the jungle. It’s worth the effort, though, because this is a must-see location. You can also use the secured ropes throughout the trail to make the hike easier. You can even see the different sections of the waterfall without having to climb to the top.
Koh Samui is chock-full of incredible things to explore. After a long day enjoying all Samui has to offer, refresh yourself at Manathai Koh Samui with one of our incredible spa treatments or a dip in the pool. You’ll never be short of things to do or see here. When surrounded by the beautiful sand and waving palm trees, you’ll surely feel at rest. Book a room with us today!