Despite the fact that it is one of the most developed islands in the Gulf of Thailand, on the coast of Samui you can still find many natural beauties and charm among sparkling modern objects - from beaches worthy of postcards to stunning shopping centers. We present you a list of the best attractions of Samui.
Play Laem Temple
The most amazing statue on the island in the newly erected temple is the thousand-armed Kwan Im, also known as Kuan Yin, a Buddhist bodhisattva of mercy, depicted with eighteen hands in the form of a fan.
The colorful statue, located on an island in the lake, rises next to the temple hall, which also hovers above the water.
To the north of the hall you can see the statue of the merry Buddha Maitreya or the Coming Buddha. The whole atmosphere of the temple complex is incredibly picturesque and photogenic.
Address: Wat Plai Laem, Bo Put, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand.
What to see on Samui besides temples and waterfalls? Of course a fishing village! Go to Bophut, where you will be greeted by an incredible concentration of small Chinese shops occupying narrow streets, some of which have been rebuilt into boutique hotels, snack bars, cafes and bars.
The adjacent beach, especially its eastern part, is rather narrow with coarse yellow sand, and further west it becomes whiter and wider. The combination of sandy beaches and the colorful old village is really magnificent, but it can be quite crowded during the peak tourist season.
In the low season it is not so lively, and therefore quite calm and everything is also attractive.
Address: Fisherman’s Village Bophut, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand.
Anchorage Hua Thanon
Located south of Hat Lamai, the incredibly photogenic Hua Thanon is home to the Muslim community. Anchored with moored fishing boats on an almost deserted beach surrounded by palm trees, is an amazing gallery of intricate designs.
Pay attention to the white mosque located on the main street of the village, with green and gold décor.
Address: Hua Thanon Wet Market, Maret, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand.
Wat Samret Temple
At Wat Samret Temple, near Ban Hua, you can see a typical sitting Buddha from Mandalay, skillfully carved from solid marble, a common occurrence in India and Northern Thailand, but not so common in the south.
In the temple, among clusters of Buddhist statues, you can see the lying Buddha Shakmuni, who is going to enter the parinirvana, with a very pacified expression on his face. At the back of the temple is a row of old stupas in memory of the dead monks.
Address: Wat Samret, Na Mueang, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand.
Mae Nam Beach
This 5-kilometer stretch of sand is visited by a relatively small number of tourists, making it easy to choose a place to sunbathe and swim.
This is not particularly remarkable, however, a calm, and therefore attractive stretch of coast. Along it there are many bungalows and a good selection of small restaurants in the coastal village.
Address: Maenam Beach, 2 Mae Nam, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand.
This shrine with a pair of golden Chinese lions, decorated with sparkling dragons, is rightfully the most colorful Chinese temple and town hall on the island.
The temple was erected by Thai-Chinese immigrants from Hainan in the extreme south of China. You can get to it on the road 4169, following the special signs.
Address: Hainan Temple Nathon, Ang Thong, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand.
Hua Thanon Beach
Despite the fact that there is a lot of garbage, at the same time, this beach, located south of the Muslim village of Ban Hua Thanon, presents a wonderful picture: fishing boats moored to the shore, the remains of old boats seen from the sand, children playing everywhere and picturesque palm trees framing the coastline.
The incredibly photogenic beach attracts not lovers of sun loungers and tans here, but exclusively those who are ready to discover the dilapidated texture and charming perspective of this place.
Address: Hua Thanon Fishing Village, Soi 5, Bangkok, Thailand.
Guan Yu statue
The reason for the rapid increase in the number of Chinese tourists on the island, as well as special Chinese patronage, is the recently erected colossal statue of Guan Yu, also known as Guangdie.
Kuan Yu was a 3rd-century commander of the Three Kingdoms period, who was worshiped as a deity of military valor, and was often called the God of War.
There is also a temple colorfully decorated with banners and many small statues, including Guanyin.
Address: Guan Yu, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand.
Observation deck Mae Nam
To get to the observation deck, located directly in front of the waterfall among the green trees, you can go hiking, or ride a scooter.
From the terrace, suspended between the trees, you will see a magnificent panorama of the island. Those who travel on a scooter, in order to enjoy the local beauties, can continue their journey along the serpentine further into the mountains along the road leading to Nathon.
Signs advise you to stop before descending to give the brakes a break.
Address: Maenam Viewpoint, Mae Nam, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand.
In order to better see the island, take a scooter and go to the top to the observation deck, bypassing the observation point of Mae Nam.
On the way to the top there are several rather steep serpentines, but you will be rewarded with stunning views of the jungle, the endless sea and the picturesque island of Koh Phangan.
Returning, you can stop at a series of bungalows located here in order to drink soft drinks and let the brakes cool before continuing down the road. Keep walking or driving past the bungalow to the large stone on the left, from where you can admire the magnificent panorama.
Address: Maenam Soi 7 View Point, Mae Nam, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand.
Tang Rua Waterfall
After taking a short walk up from the observation deck of Mae Nam along the dilapidated wooden steps, and then along the narrow path, winding through the trees, you will come to a beautiful waterfall that spills through the green leaves from a height.
If you step back a little from the waterfall, you can find a site from which you can climb up the stones, holding tightly to the slippery rope stretched there.
Address: Tan Rua Waterfall, Mae Nam, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand.
Catholic Church of St. Anne
This small church with green tiles is located north of Nathon across the road 4169 from St. Joseph's School, it is interesting as a Catholic outpost on the island, despite the fact that it is an active house of worship. Its interior with images of crucifixes and a decorative floor is quite simple.
Address: Saint Anna Catholic Church, Koh Samui, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand.
Hin Lat Waterfall
If you want to kill time, then go to this waterfall, located near Nathon, before setting off by boat back to the mainland. After a slightly busy route along streams and boulders, reward yourself with a swim in the stone pool at the foot of the waterfall.
Pay attention to the Buddhist temple, where you can see signs with spiritual wisdom about moral principles and enlightenment. Before hiking, wear sturdy shoes and stock up on water.
Address: Hin Lat Waterfall Ang Thong, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand.
South of Route 4169, between the cities of Ban Thurian and Ban Hua, is the Khunaram Temple, which must be included in the list of what is worth visiting on Koh Samui. It contains the mummified remains of a pious monk.
The rector of the temple, Luang Pho Daeng, has been dead for more than four decades, but his body has been preserved. Today he can be seen sitting in a meditative pose and in sunglasses on his face. The monk foresaw his own death in 1973 at the age of 79 years.
Address: Wat Kunaram School, Na Mueang, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand.
Pang Ka Beach
This beautiful beach in the southwestern part of Samui is even more beautiful at low tide, when the water recedes, revealing a huge sandy plateau, stretching to the horizon.
The summer sunsets here are truly magnificent, like snorkeling when there is water, while the lack of tourist infrastructure will make you feel like you survived on a desert island after a shipwreck.
Address: Phang Ka Beach, Thailand, 84140, Thailand.
Beautiful at sunrise, in the evening it becomes the busiest and noisiest beach on Koh Samui. And during the day there are many tourists, due to the concentration along it a huge number of resorts and hotels.
Nevertheless, it is still a pleasant and quite beautiful coastline where you can have a good lunch at one of the restaurants located here.
Address: Chaweng Beach, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand.
During low tide, you can have fun, making your way along the sandy plain at Na Ton, especially south of the narrow beach at the pier.
The sand strip widens when the water recedes, and photogenic boats are an excellent attribute in order to take the perfect photo at sunset.
The beach is not suitable for swimming, as the bottom is covered with silt, which is especially noticeable during low tides.
Address: Nathon Beach, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand.
Phu Khao Thong Temple
This temple is in a quiet location, away from the main road. Under his golden pavilion sits a dark Buddha, to see him, you have to climb a long staircase with a railing made in the form of green dragons.
Pay attention to the magnificent main hall of the temple, decorated in red, gold and green.
Address: Wat Phu Khao Thong, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand.
Khao Hua Juk Temple
This golden pagoda, beautifully illuminated at night, is located on a hilltop north of Lake Chaweng, which offers a beautiful panorama.
Look for a turn up on the hill near Lake Chaweng, which you can climb on foot or on a scooter.
Address: Wat Khao Hua Jook, Bo Put, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand.
Stone formations in the form of genitals Hin Ta and Hin Yai
In the southern part of Hat Lamai you will find these shameful stone formations in the form of genitals, also called “Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks”, which give endless fun for giggling Thai tourists.
Address: Hin Ta Hin Yai, Moo 3 Samui, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand.
Chinese Temple Mae Nam
This is a very colorful Chinese temple, located west of the Mae Nam River, it is definitely worth exploring. At the entrance you will be met by dragons curled up on colorful columns. He is especially good at the Chinese New Year, when presented in all its splendor.
Address: Maenam Chinese Temple, Mae Nam, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand.
Laem Sor Pagoda
Laem Sor Pagoda is located on a steep cliff and is washed on three sides by the sea. The pagoda looks especially beautiful during sunset, when the rays are reflected from the small tiles with which it is decorated. The pagoda is located on the territory of the temple complex of the same name.
Address: Laem Sor Pagoda, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand.
Orthodox temple on Koh Samui
The only Orthodox temple in Thailand, the Ascension Temple, was built at the turn of 2011-2013 in the western part of the island, in a tourist place called Lamai. The windows of the building offer magnificent views of the sea and mountains. The attraction is on top, the slope is steep and getting to it is not easy. But the result is worth it, it’s really beautiful here!
The temple has five domes, a white and blue facade, a rich interior with high columns. It contains a particle of the relics of Prince Alexander Nevsky, as well as an icon with the relics of St. John of Tobolsk. Twice a week (Wednesday and Friday), prayers are held in the church. There is a school, a library at the temple, and rites of baptism, confession, and weddings are held. There is free parking.
Schedule: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily.
Rocks Grandma and Grandpa
In the south of Lamai beach there is a picturesque natural monument, a frequently visited tourist place - two rocks of the same size. They were called Grandparents because of the visual similarities with the human genitals. Many people believe that the place is sacred and helps childless couples conceive a child. Finding a tourist attraction is easy: at the end of the coast Behind him you will immediately see the rocks. Nearby there is a parking (paid, 20 baht), souvenir shops and grocery tents.
Waterfalls on Koh Samui
Waterfalls, of course, is one of the very first answers to the question: “Where to go to Koh Samui?” There are 11 of them on a small island. Some of them are easy to find, others without a local guide - it is almost impossible. They are especially beautiful in the period of rains when streams of water "rampage". We talk about the most beautiful waterfalls.
Another small but beautiful waterfall on the island. Located in the mountains, surrounded by dense jungle in the south of Samui. On the left side of the waterfall is a ladder high in the jungle. There is an observation deck with a good overview. On the territory there are several backwaters with clean water, which are allowed to swim. At the very top of the waterfall is a statue of a girl, near which you can relax from the scorching sun and listen to the sounds of nature.
You can’t get to the waterfall, you will have to walk 200 m. Before the start of the path is a pointer. Entrance is paid - 20 baht. Asphalt is laid throughout the site, it is difficult to get lost, there are arbors, benches. There are usually few people, you can admire the natural beauties in silence.
Na Mueang Waterfall 1 and 2
These are the best waterfalls on the island! Numerous positive reviews are a vivid confirmation of this. The first waterfall on Muan reaches a height of 18 m, the second - as much as 80 m! Na Mueang 1 - this is a huge falling stream of water freely, below which a font has formed. After it, water flows into a river with stones, the width of which is about 5 m. Elephants walk along the river bed, rolling tourists for money. There are many mosquitoes here, so take all measures beforehand so as not to catch Dengue fever. The place is in demand among tourists, there is a cafe nearby, there are food stalls where you can buy water or fruit. Prices in them are 30-40% higher than in similar institutions along the road.
The water at the second waterfall flows at an oblique angle, crashing into a multitude of stones. It looks really amazing! You can approach the waterfall at arm's length using two equipped paths. Be careful, the stones are slippery, as warned by tablets.
Two waterfalls are in the same zone, being the thresholds of one stream. Each leads its own entrance. You need to take the ring road to the WATERFALL signs 1 and 2.
Magic Garden - Magic Garden
This attraction has many names: Buddha Garden, Tarnimmagikgarden, Tarnim Magic Garden. Located high in the mountains, but the road is acceptable. You can get there by car, bike or on foot. The path starts immediately after Lamai Beach, on the ring road. We reach the colorful temple, turn left. We go to the fork, another turn - now right. Ahead we will meet the pointer Magic Garden. The cost of admission to the attraction is 80 baht per person.
The complex consists of a beautiful sculpture garden and Tarnim Falls. How many sculptures of deities, animals, birds are located here is unknown. According to legend, all this was built by a local farmer Nima Thongsuka with his own hands. Here one feels amazing peace and tranquility. Near the entrance there is a shop with souvenirs and a cafe. Prices are above average.
Angthong Marine Park is an archipelago of 42 small islands in the Gulf of Thailand, of which only two people live. Fancy shapes and beautiful landscapes made it a popular tourist destination. Among the beautiful sights, you can distinguish viewing platforms with stunning panoramas, Lake Tale Nai on the island of Mae K and a cave of sostalactites on another island - Vua Talap. You can view the archipelago as part of an excursion group on a boat or yacht.
Big Buddha statue
The heart of the island is considered by many to be a statue on a hill dedicated to Buddha. It was installed in 1972 in order to protect Samui from natural disasters. The majestic architectural composition reaches a height of 12 m, covered with gold leaf. The deity sits in a lotus position, the distance between the knees is 6 m. There is a viewing platform with a beautiful view at the foot. There is a fence with bells along the perimeter. If you want luck for a long time, hit one of these bells.
The statue is surrounded by small stone sculptures symbolizing the days of the week. They say that if you make an offering to “your” day, you will automatically extend your life to yourself. This is not a temple complex, you can visit the attraction in a T-shirt and shorts. The only caveat: remove the shoes at the beginning of the stairs that lead to the Buddha. It consists of 60 steps. The staircase itself is a real work of architectural art, which has exquisite railings in the form of snakes with dragon heads.
100 meters from the stairs, right in the water, there are interesting sculptures that do not immediately catch the eye. This is a mermaid, monk, musician. In a word, not only statues of a larger Buddha should come here, but also other compositions. A nice place!
This is the temple complex Wat Plai Laem, in which there is "Many-armed", "Fat" or another name Happy Buddha. Look for him near the statue of a larger Buddha. Visit the attraction is free, donations are welcome.
It is believed that the huge belly of the deity is the concentration of life force. If you touch it, your health will improve significantly. Together with the Happy Buddha, inspect the sculpture of the Wheel of Life, the many-armed goddess Kuan Yin, the god of wisdom Ganesha. On the territory there is a beautiful lake in which fish, food stalls, a souvenir shop are found.
It spreads over an area of 8000 m². The grand opening took place in 2000. Today it is one of the most popular attractions on the island. Crocodile farm contains hundreds of pets of various species (cayman, Siamese, marine crocodiles), a large terrarium with snakes. Monkeys, parrots, sea turtles, monitor lizards and iguanas are also found on the territory. Animals live in enclosures, they can be fed and photographed. The inscriptions are duplicated in Russian. Colorful shows featuring snakes and crocodiles are held here daily. Duration - 30 minutes.
The attraction is open to the public from 10:00 to 18:00. Entrance ticket + performance will cost 600 baht for an adult and 300 baht for a child.
The farm is located in the northern part of the island, 200 meters from the international airport.
A snake farm was opened next to Tong Krut Beach in 2002. The territory of the complex is small, but well maintained. There is a small zoo with reptiles, if desired, they can be fed and photographed together. There are also performances with the participation of a poisonous royal snake. Cost - 500 baht for an adult and 300 for a child.
And this place is especially interesting for children! On the territory there is an equipped playground, a corral with 10 lambs and rabbits. The atmosphere is cheerful, the staff gets along well with the kids. While the child is playing, parents can have a bite to eat at the cafe. You can buy animals food (from 20 to 60 baht) and feed them. It also grows salad and vegetables using modern technology.
A sheep farm is located in the north, next to Mayenam Beach. It is open daily from 10:00 to 18:30. Entrance is 80 baht for adults and 40 baht for children.
Oceanarium and zoo
Both complexes are located on the same territory, in the southeast of the island. Landmark: the neighborhood of Natien Beach and Laem Set Beach. The zoo contains monkeys, lions, tigers, leopards and cheetahs. The feline family is the hallmark of this place. Of the birds - eagles, rare parrots, toucans.
In the aquarium you can see moray eels, stingrays, tropical fish, turtles, otters. It will take no more than an hour to inspect the entire complex. Here every day in the morning there are performances that children like. Another show is participation in feeding fish and sharks (for an additional fee).
Admission fee - 750 baht adult, 450 baht for children up to 140 cm tall. Kids whose height does not exceed 100 cm can go to the oceanarium and zoo for free.
Farm Paradise Park
Another attraction of Samui, near which it is advisable to make a stop during your walks. In fact, it is a contact zoo in which dozens of parrots, guinea pigs, rabbits, swans, ostriches, ponies and deer live. On an area of 20 acres there is a swimming pool where you can swim and dive, a restaurant, bars, shops. There are many tourists here, especially in the dry season. The park itself is located on Mount Khao Pom, which offers a wonderful view of the water and the nearby islands.
At least 3 hours must be allocated for the inspection of the territory. All the inhabitants of this place can be fed by hand, having previously bought food here. Animals and birds are not at all afraid of people, they boldly go “to pose”. Taking pictures is allowed.
Entrance ticket costs 400 baht for an adult and 200 baht for a child whose height exceeds 97 cm.
Opening hours: 8:00-18:00.
Butterfly Garden and the Insect Kingdom
The tropical butterfly garden occupied part of southeast Samui. It is located on a hillside near Lamai Beach. The garden area is fenced so that the beautiful inhabitants could not fly out. There are 25 species of butterflies in the park. In addition to the closed pavilion in which they are kept, there are many cozy, picturesque places on the territory. There are rivers, waterfalls, decorative representatives of the flora, gazebos and viewing platforms. Special attention is given to the Thai style hive house. In it are hundreds of bees that regularly produce honey.
You can try it here for an additional fee. There is also a museum with insects on site. It has a good exposure, they talk about rare species of insects that live in Thailand. The service staff is wonderful, happily communicates with young visitors, telling them about their pets. Everyone speaks good English, many speak Russian.
Getting to the sights is easiest by taxi. Cost - up to 400 baht.
Schedule: daily, from 8:30 to 17:00. Come either immediately after the opening, or after 16:00, when it is not so hot. For an adult admission ticket pay 200 baht, children - half the price.
Samui is a beautiful and sightseeing resort. It will be interesting to everyone - from children to older tourists. See for yourself!
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Excursions on Koh Samui
Knowing our person’s skepticism about paid services abroad, I suppose that a lot of people in the pursuit of a penny spoil their unhappy two weeks of vacation in an attempt to save. Well, if you have everything in order with driving skills and you can rent a cheap scooter for two - I myself am. But if you don’t know how to drive, if you want to be in time for the time allotted by the vacation schedule, then take excursions, this simplifies everything for you. You are transported to the most popular places, they help you in case of strange situations, and all the connections and key moments for visiting are verified by the time and experience of the office. That is, you will not climb into the grotto before the tide, for example.
Excursions are sold at every corner, including the hotel reception. The only caveat - you need to find out whether the Russian-speaking guide. This is true in cases where the tour involves some kind of story, in other cases the tour will essentially represent a transfer, and what language the guide will speak is no longer important, since his task then will only be to bring you on the spot and take you back .
Namuang Waterfalls and Safari Park
Two waterfalls, Namuang-1 and Namuang-2 belong to the same river, but are completely different in appearance. The lower waterfall, Namuang-1, is an almost sheer cliff about 20 meters high, from which water falls into a beautiful font, like in a movie (you can swim). And the upper waterfall, Namuang-2, is a sloping wall, along which water, down into the first Namuang, flows smoothly, breaking into dozens of streams. You can also swim here, though all decent places are located above the hiking trail, but it won’t stop you? Just keep in mind that the most spectacular period for waterfalls on Samui is September-October and the end of January-February. In the remaining months, either a mass of yellow rainwater awaits you, or vice versa - the waterfalls will dry out from the heat. I wrote more about waterfalls in the post "Namuang 2 Waterfall and Namuang 1 and How to Get There."
Namuang Waterfall 2
Hin Lad Waterfall
Hin Lad is a waterfall that is located two kilometers from the main road, and there is no convenient trail with a railing to it. You will find a full-fledged trekking for an hour and a half, so do not come here in slippers and summer dresses. Only sandals, and preferably in jeans and in closed clothes - whatever one may say, this is a wild jungle. But in the end you will find a rare bonus in Koh Samui - a place forgotten by people with a small waterfall and a font. Two kilometers around - not a soul, only birds and cicadas. The water is clean, there are no farms or dirty farms upstream of the river, like on Namuang-1, where an elephant poop from the Namuang-2 elephant farm can always sail. Read more about Hin Lada here - Hin Lad Waterfall on Samui: a path through the jungle + secret place
Hin Lad Waterfall
Dusit Deva - Samui Cultural Center
Dusit Deva is a private mansion built in a beautiful location in the Lipa Noi district. It is quiet, few cars, almost no tourists, but there is a lot to see. The mansion is non-residential, and its owner (a collector of antique products from SEA) turned his house and its territory into one large authentic museum, stuffed with a mass of beautiful and unusual things. By the way, the photo below is just the main gate of the mansion, the beginning of the exhibition. Read more about the cultural center - Dusit Dhewa - a cultural center on the island of Koh Samui.
Samui Cultural Center
Chinese Sanctuary Guan Yu
The construction was widespread and perspective, it was built for several years, and the money was given by the inhabitants of Samui themselves. At the moment, the sanctuary itself has been built with a huge statue of the red-faced god Guan Yu, part of the interior is finished, tea rooms, parking and shopping arcades are waiting for visitors along the road. The organizers plan to complete a large shopping center in the wasteland behind the sanctuary, but in general, the attraction is very spectacular, photogenic and free. For inspection, you can safely lay about an hour, and if you come here on your own, then plan for lunch, at the same time and have a snack. I would like to immediately dump you the secret mission of this sanctuary, but you better follow the link and read my post on Guan Yu and the Hainan community of Samui - "The Guan Yu Sanctuary on Samui is a place where generations communicate."
Guan Yu on Samui
Angthong Marine Park
Angthong Marina Park consists of a scattering of islands of various sizes that lie in the sea west of Koh Samui. This is one of the few places where you can get only as part of the tour (although if you have a lot of money, you can also hire a private boat). I’m not going to tell you about volcanic origin and historical facts - who cares what rocks are made of and who found them? Guides will tell you about this. More importantly, another - Marina Park, this is the tropical "Lost World", with noisy birds, secret lakes, many caves and grottoes, wild beaches and stunning panoramas. Remember, at the beginning of the post I wrote about the simplicity of the nature of Samui? So in Marina Park everything is exactly the opposite: bright, beautiful, sunny, breathtaking, you have never seen this! Do not refuse a trip in any case.
Angthong Marina Park, Samui
Magic Garden - Magic Garden
This is a small, strange, but photogenic attraction. In a picturesque mountain hollow, along the bottom of which a river runs, one aging planter decided to take up sculpture. He was not a professional, so it took a lot of time to create Magic Garden, and some figures look awkward or disproportionate. Thanks to the humid climate and the jungle, the cement quickly darkened, even turned green in places, and the whole composition began to look like quite an ancient creation. After the author’s death, his ashes were buried in one of Magic Garden’s houses, and the heirs decided that the place could bring money. So one of the iconic sights of Samui appeared, where the entrance costs 80 baht. Read more about how to get to the garden here - "Magic Garden on Koh Samui - Buddha and bungalow in a mysterious forest."
In total, there are two mummified monks on Koh Samui. One turned out to be a very popular attraction due to the location of the Khunaram Temple. It stands on the main road near the turns to Namuang Waterfalls, so the temple is not deprived of the attention of tourists and travel agencies. And the second temple, Kirivongkaram, very old and really authentic, stands on the other side of the island, on the seashore. Both temples are very similar in size and architecture, mummies are also not particularly different, except that there are no sunglasses on the second mummy. Therefore, you have the opportunity to look the deceased in the eye, if you will not be disgusted. My personal opinion is that Kirivongkaram was undeservedly bypassed, if only because it is located in a picturesque place, and not far from it there are several small grottoes on the shore of Taling Ngama. I wrote more about all the mummies here - "Mummified monk on Samui - how many of them actually are."
Contact Zoo. I don’t know how you personally feel about this type of entertainment, but the place is childish, and children have much less troubles, and they like it. And against the backdrop of the general Samui deficit of children's entertainment, Paradise Park is becoming a place that must be visited at least once. Painted pigeons, unpainted deer, parrots, turtles, other safe and fleeting animals are available for “touch” and “cuddle”, although the pleasure is not free. The park is located high in the mountains, the road leads there with good surface, not dangerous, so it’s not necessary to take an excursion there; Read more about how much a ticket costs, how to get there, etc. read in my review -
Paradise Park on Koh Samui (Paradise Park) - a mini zoo on the island.
Contact Zoo Paradise Park
Big Buddha - Big Buddha
The Big Buddha statue is located in the northeast of Koh Samui, on a small island that is connected to a large island by a mound with a road. The height of the statue is about 12 meters, not very large from what I saw, but the largest on the island of Samui. 60 steps lead to it, and the staircase is divided by railings into three rows and the central row, as I was told, is intended only for monks.Around the territory you can find other Buddha statues, smaller, various figures from Thai mythology, Chinese and Indian deities - Thais are very tolerant in matters of religion. Wat Phra Yai is located next to the statue, and clothing and souvenirs are sold on the street leading to the Buddha. At the end of the street, opposite the Big Buddha, there is a sculptural composition from Thai fairy tales in the water. If the details are interesting, then read my post - "Big Buddha on Samui - not very big, but under the protection of transformers."
Buddha Statue - Big Buddha
Temple complex Play Lam - Wat Plai Laem
Not far from the main attraction of Samui, the statue of the Big Buddha, there is an undeservedly deprived of the attention of travel agencies temple complex Play Lam. The complex is an artificial reservoir on which three concrete foundation platforms are built. In the center, the Play Lam Temple was erected, to the right of it was the many-armed Chinese goddess Kuan Yin, and to the left was the Hindu Hottay, surrounded by smaller deities. Play Lam is a good example of how the three main Asian religions easily coexist in Thai culture. Near the pond there is another temple and elementary school. Entrance to the complex is free, there are a lot of tourists, but they cannot be compared with the number that is hustling around the Big Buddha, although in my opinion Play Lam is much prettier and more comfortable. All the details and many pictures of this attraction - Temple complex Play Laem - a tourist, but very beautiful place.
View of the complex from the school
Red Temple and Snake Stone Pagoda
Not far from the Hin Ta Hin Yai rocks, the original Wat Ratchathammaram temple, painted in red, was built. Rachatammmaram is a remake that is under construction, but there is a much older Buddhist shrine on its territory. The Power Ngu Pagoda, or the Serpent Stone Pagoda, which for more than 250 years has attracted pilgrims, both ordinary mortals and members of the royal family. The place is not to say that it is somehow awkward, but it is located very conveniently near the road, it looks extremely photogenic in the pictures, and the first farang tourist on Samui was buried in the temple cemetery, who made a lot of efforts to make the island known to the world. More details and photographs can be found in the article “The Red Temple on Koh Samui and the First Tourist - a Time of Amazing Stories”.
Red Temple on Koh Samui
Khao Hua Chook Chedi Pagoda
The second largest (after the Lam So Pagoda) is a Buddhist stupa on Samui. It is located on the top of a low hill in the area of the Chaweng settlement, from which amazing panoramic views still open. From the Khao Hua Chok Pagoda you can see the airport runway, Lake Chaweng, Chaweng itself with beaches, as well as Play Lam, Big Buddha, the beaches of Bo Phut and Manam. If not for the shrine, this place could be called the main viewpoint of Samui. Entrance to the territory is free, there is parking for equipment, it is not a problem to call here yourself. After the reconstruction in 2016, the bells that rang from the wind were removed on the upper platform, which made the place of slang lost in charm, but for me it remains in the top of the most interesting sights of the island. I have a post with details about the pagoda - "Pagoda on Chaweng - viewing with a 360-degree view."
View of the pagoda from Lake Chaweng
Due to the relief of the island, there are a lot of viewing platforms in Samui, popularly referred to as “viewpoints” from the English view point. As you understand, there can be only four types of viewpoints on the island - according to the cardinal points, so there is no need to visit them all (you will find them on the map at the end of this post), it is better to go to the most famous and easily accessible of them. The main places you definitely need to get with the camera: Gecko Bar - in the north, dawn viewpoint - Samui Camp Bar in the east, Rattanakosin pagoda in the south, and in the west it is good to watch the sunset on the Stone Chair. And, as a panoramic viewpoint, I would recommend the observation deck around the Khao Hua Chok Pagoda in Chaweng. All five viewpoints are located in beautiful places where you can easily get on your own.
One of Samui viewpoints
Samui Aquarium And Tiger Zoo - Zoo and Aquarium
Despite the presence of tigers in the name of the attraction, it is more of an aquarium than a zoo. The place is well-known, popular, but sad from the point of view of animal lovers. The attraction is a ten minute drive south of Lamai Beach and has its own territory with ample parking. The entrance costs not quite adequate money, but as I wrote above, amid a shortage of children's entertainment, even tourists agree to such prices. Inside you can see a variety of marine inhabitants and a couple of heat-tortured tigers. Adults usually come out of AquaZoo with mixed feelings, but the kids like the entertainment. A daily show with tigers, birds and seals is held. A lot of photos and my detailed impressions of this place - “The aquarium and the tiger zoo on Samui is sad and expensive.”
Aquarium and Tiger Zoo
Standing Buddha in the Lamai Mountains
Buddha Teepangkorn or Pra Putta Teepangkorn is an attraction accessible either to those who bought a jeep tour or to the desperate daredevils who independently conquer not the best road to Samui. The statue is located on the second highest point of the island, along with a historical museum and a building for Buddhist events. The views here are simply fantastic, the main thing is that you are lucky with the weather. The area around the standing Buddha is constantly updated, new statues appear, improve the road surface around the top. But the rest of the road, several kilometers of mountain serpentine, is constantly suffering from rain, which makes the trip to Theepangkorn Buddha a real adventure even for motorcyclists with experience. There is no need to rent something super-powerful, even Honda Click will drag it here, the main thing on the descent is then to stop more often and cool the brakes. Cars ordered here the road is ordered - only four-wheel drive.
Pra Buddha Teepangkorn in the Lamai Mountains
Lam So Pagoda and Rattanakosin Pagoda
The place is remote from the main tourist routes, and therefore unloved by travel agencies and deprived of the attention of the masses. And in vain, because the Lam Pagoda is the number one stupa on Samui in size, it has an interesting history and a beautiful location - right on the derega of the sea. In the neighborhood of Lam So, there are three interesting Buddhist sights, which few people know about at all: the boat temple, the statue of a monk on the ship and the Rattanakosin Pagoda. This pagoda is also called Buddha Chedi or Little Buddha, because of the statue of the little Buddha, who first meets you at the very top of the hill next to the pagoda Lam. In addition to the small Buddha, there are quite large statues of the sitting and lying Buddhas, as well as a place for meditation and a magnificent view of the south and east. I will say more - this is a great viewing platform for those who want to watch the sunset without leaving the western coast of Koh Samui. Look at the details in this post - “Laem Sor Pagoda and Little Buddha - a very atmospheric place.”
Map of Attractions
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1. Wat Play Laem Temple
The largest religious landmark of Samui. It is a complex of structures in the appearance of which a mixture of several Asian styles can be traced. It was built in 2004. The central objects are the Thai temple and two huge statues - the 18-arm of the Chinese goddess Guanyin and the Buddhist deity Hottey. They are installed on stilts in the middle of an artificial lake. On a catamaran you can take a walk on the water, feed the fish and small turtles.
2. Wat Khunaram Temple
One of the island's most visited temples, located near Namuang Waterfalls. The main attraction is the mummified body of an 80-year-old monk, rector of this temple, in a traditional lotus position. He died during meditation more than 40 years ago, was placed in a glass sarcophagus, and since then no signs of decomposition have appeared on his body. Near the mummy is a vessel with numbered sticks. Taking one of them, at the stand you can see the monk's prediction.
3. Big Buddha
The 12-meter high sculpture of the supreme deity is located in the northeast of Samui, near the airport. It is installed on a hill where a staircase of 60 steps leads. Shoes must be removed before entering. Upstairs is a good observation deck, and bells are set in which you can ring to fulfill your wishes. The majestic figure of Buddha is surrounded by his small statues, symbolizing the days of the week. A temple was erected nearby. At the foot of the stairs are souvenir shops.
5. Chinese Temple Guan Yu
The opening took place in 2012. The temple was created in honor of the god of war and wealth Guan Yu, its huge statue with a red face is located in the center of the complex. Nearby is the ancestral memory wall with the names and photographs of the first Chinese immigrants from Hainan. But in general, the construction of the sanctuary is not yet completed. A large 2-storey building is planned, on the first floor of which there will be numerous shopping arcades, and on the second - the temple itself.
6. The Red Temple
It stands out for its architecture and terracotta color against the background of traditional Thai religious buildings. The facade is decorated with incredible beauty by bas-reliefs and sculptures. The inner walls are richly decorated with stucco moldings, a statue of a seated Buddha is installed in the center. Also on the territory of the complex is a 250-year-old pagoda, one of the oldest on the island. A staircase descends from it to the sea with Nagi snakes on the railing, on both sides of which is a small cemetery.
8. Sunday night market Lamai
The main event of the week in Lamai, where in the evening many tourists and locals flock. After 5 p.m., two perpendicular streets fill trays of merchants offering a variety of inexpensive goods - souvenirs, jewelry, dishes, cosmetics, clothes and accessories. And also there is a great opportunity to enjoy the famous Thai delicacies and try all kinds of cocktails. Visitors are entertained by local musical talents all night.
9. Cabaret Stars
A very bright and colorful transvestite show, combining elements of national and European culture. Located in the north of the island, between the beaches of Chaweng and Bo Phut. Artists perform in fantastic handmade costumes for famous world hits. The 45-minute performance consists of song and incendiary dance numbers along with an impressive embodiment of the famous pop divas - Tina Turner, Beyoncé, Kylie Minogue and others.
10. Chaweng Boxing Stadium
One of the best rings for the popular Thai boxing in the world. Located in the center of Chaweng. Fights involving local and foreign athletes take place 2 times a week, 7 pairs of boxers participate. The strongest and most enduring of them go to the finals. Sometimes fights are held among women. Cars with loudspeakers move around the island and advertise the upcoming battles. In the daytime, anyone can take a few Muay Thai lessons from experienced trainers.
11. The Magic Garden of the Buddha
The famous landscape attraction in the center of the island, combining the imagination of nature and the creation of human hands. In a small garden on the side of the mountain, in the middle of the stones, there are numerous statues of Buddha, other deities, animals, mythological creatures. All this is shrouded in vines, many statues are covered with moss, so the area seems very mysterious and mysterious. The garden appeared in 1976 through the efforts of a Thai farmer who made all the sculptures with his own hands.
12. Paradise Park
Mountain top zoo in the center of the island. Aviaries with animals and birds are equipped here, but most of them freely walk around, asking visitors for refreshments. Among the inhabitants of the zoozone - monkeys, ostriches, deer, rabbits, iguanas, parrots. The park has an artificial waterfall, a pool with sea views, an exotic garden, a restaurant. There are benches and pavilions throughout, where you can relax and enjoy stunning views of Samui.
13. Stones Grandparents
The most famous stone formations of the island. They are located on Lamai beach, a few tens of meters from each other, and resemble female and male genital organs. The names "grandfather" and "grandmother" are associated with an old local legend about old parents who died at sea. There are many other rocky piles, they occupy an area of approximately 150 m 2. The place is beautiful, but very crowded, surrounded by bars, restaurants and shopping stalls.
14. Namuang Waterfalls
The two most popular waterfalls. Located in the center of the island, one above the other, but at some distance. The first waterfall, the lower one, is called Purple because of the color of the surrounding rocks, on which it falls into a spacious bowl. Its height is 18 meters. The second waterfall is located in Namuang Safari Park. It is more beautiful, multi-level and has a height of 80 meters. The path to it is not easy, it is recommended to wear comfortable shoes. And you can get to the waterfall in jeeps or elephants.
16. Maenam Beach
Located in the northern part of the island. Suitable for a relaxing family holiday with children. The length is 5 km. The coast is covered with large yellow sand, many palm trees, giving a shadow. Convenient entrance to the sea, the bottom is smooth, without stones. Waves are rare. A slight drawback is that the water in the sea is cloudy. The infrastructure is well developed, in the evening all institutions are closed, there are no noisy discos. There are no entertainments on the beach, only arbors for Thai massage are found.
17. Lamai Beach
Located on the eastern side of Samui. The length is 4 km. The central part of the beach area is suitable for swimming - the entrance to the sea is smooth, the bottom is clean, without stones. The sand on the shore is large, light yellow. There are few trees on the beach; you can rent a deck chair with an umbrella. Often there are waves. A wide range of entertainment - kayaks, jet skis, parachute flights, etc. The entire coast is built up with comfortable bungalows and hotels. Parties and discos are held at night.
19. Lamai Viewpoint
The most famous observation deck on the island. Located on the outskirts of the village of Lamai, at a 100-meter height. There are local sights along the way - a huge stone named after St. Valentine, a small waterfall with a beautiful dam and fish peeling. A trail equipped with steps and bridges leads upstairs. The climb is simple, takes no more than 10 minutes. A restaurant and a zip line are located next to the observation deck.
20. Angthong National Marine Park
Includes 42 uninhabited islands. Each of them is dense jungle, cliffs and caves, secluded beaches, shallow coral reefs. The area of the park is 250 km 2. On its territory 16 species of mammals, 54 species of birds, 14 species of reptiles live. The tour offers walking and boating, swimming in coastal waters, diving, snorkeling. Tourists must visit the largest island - Koh Vua Talap, where the headquarters of the reserve is located.
12. Maenam Beach
Located in a beautiful bay in the north. A four-kilometer coastline - no pebbles or large stones, only fine yellow sand. The entrance to the water is steep, with cliffs, and the sea itself is a beautiful azure color.
Nearby is a palm grove, so the beach envelops a pleasant aroma.
The coast is well equipped: there are cafes, souvenir shops, a rental point for water equipment. There are no free sunbeds, they all belong to coastal pubs. If you buy a drink at the bar, you can freely use a sun lounger at least all day.
11. Lamai Beach
The beach, 5 km long, is located in the eastern part of Koh Samui. It is conditionally divided into 3 parts:
In the northern part, the calmest of all. Suitable place for a quiet secluded vacation.
In the southern part of the beach is not very nice to swim: the sea is deep, there are hedgehogs and jellyfish. But there is a good rental of water equipment, lots of hotels, night clubs, bars.
The central part is the abode of small taverns on the shore, serving delicious Thai cuisine. A good place for swimming: a gentle entrance to the sea, without sharp cliffs. In free access are sunbeds, umbrellas.
9. Rum Factory Magic Alambic Rum Distillery
The place is popular with gourmets and lovers of tasting spirits. Look for a romovar in southern Samui, not far from Bang Kao Beach. Here, educational excursions are offered, during which they tell the process of making the drink, show the production. For a fee, you can taste dozens of types of rum, as well as purchase a couple of bottles as a souvenir.
Working hours : Monday-Saturday from 9.00 to 20.00, Sunday to 18.00.
Cost : excursion to a group of 2-8 people - 65 euros, tasting is paid separately for each type of rum at 1.28 euros (50 baht).
7. Wat Sila Ngu Temple
You will find it near Lamai Beach. The place is relatively quiet, well suited for a relaxing holiday. A staircase leads to the temple, the railing of which is made in the form of two snakes. The temple itself is a beautiful terracotta color, inside are illustrations with Buddhist motifs and miniature sculptures of the saint.
Visit : free and in the daytime, duration - 15-30 minutes.
4. Paradise Park
Located on Mount Khao Pom, in the center of the island. The park is a relatively flat equipped area of tropical vegetation. People come here to meet beautiful birds - parrots, peacocks, wild pigeons. Children will like this place, you can feed the birds, play with monkeys, squirrels.
Working hours : daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost : adults - 10 euros, children - 7.65 euros.
2. Khao Hua Jook Pagoda Buddha Temple Palace
An important cultural landmark for the inhabitants of the island is located on the mountain, in the Chaweng area, near the international airport. It offers amazing views of the beach, lake and the airport itself.
Tourists are attracted by huge hanging bowls and an apparatus that predicts the future. It is necessary to make a donation and receive a piece of paper with a prediction. A creative way to shell out tourists for money, right?
This is an active temple where the Buddha imprint brought from India is kept.
1. Angthong National Marine Park
The name translated from Thai means "a bowl of gold." The park, consisting of 42 islands, is located 35 km west of the center of Koh Samui, in the South China Sea. It is best to get to it by water. You can rent a boat or go with a group: excursion tours often go from Samui.
Most of the islands are high limestone cliffs, uninhabited. Tourists usually visit two places - the Mother Island or Koh Mae Koh and Koh Wu Talab. Free access to the cave, an observation deck with stunning views, Emerald Lake. You can rent a bungalow or tent, dine in the restaurant.
Park fee : adults - 7.65 euros, children - 3.83 euros.
Canoeing : adults - 56 euros, children - 43 euros, up to 4 years old - free of charge.