Koh Samui is a natural unspoiled island in the Gulf of Siam. The main reason why so many tourists visit this secluded place is because of its natural beauty and environment. Dense lush forests, fantastic coconut fringed white sand beaches, hidden waterfalls and amazing rock formations are just some of the many attractions that draw people here.
Luxury Villas Koh Samui – recommends these must see places
There are plenty of places to visit and see while in Koh Samui. And though the beaches on this island are amazing enough, there are also fantastic waterfalls, coral reefs, temples and gardens to visit as well. Explore to your heart’s content, but please respect the island environment. Don’t spoil the experience for others by picking wild plants or leaving rubbish behind.
Na Muang Falls
10 kms south of Na Thon is Na Muang Falls. This area is easily accessible from Ban Thurian via an unpaved road.
There are actually two waterfalls here, Na Muang 1, which is 18 meters high and Na Muang 2, which is about 80 meters high, and requires a 30 minute walk to get to the top. These waterfalls are beautiful with rocks and tree roots forming a natural staircase leading to a large pool at the base of the waterfall, which people can swim in. Elephant trekking is also available here.
Wang Saotong Waterfall
This waterfall can be found on the right off 4169 ring road at Wat Kunaram near Ban Tha Po, which is between Hua Thanon and Nathon. You then drive right into the hills past Baan Chang Elephant Trekking, and after a one kilometer walk you will come across this beautiful high altitude waterfall. Accessible to the public for only over a year only, this water falls has an amazing view.
Hin-Ta And Hin-Yai
Follow the 4169 ring-road south west of Lamai to find Hin Ta and Hin Yai. These two rock formations are also known as Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks. They are a popular tourist attraction as they bear close resemblance to the male and female genitalia. The road leading to the sight is lined with nice gift shops, which are great places to buy the bowls and vases made from Samui’s coconut palm wood. Garamear is also sold here, which is a candy made from coconut, palm sugar and sticky rice.
Overlap stone is on the north side of 4169 ring-road. This rock is precariously perched on a cliff top high above Lamai. Walking all the way to the top can be pretty tiring, but the view is fantastic from here, and there are also refreshments on hand. Overlap stone is one kilometer west of Hin-Ta and Hin-Yai.
Hin Lat Waterfall
Hin Lat waterfalls are located 2 kms south of Na Thon on route 4172. It is a 3 kms walk down a jungle path to the falls, so it is recommended that you wear tough walking shoes. These waterfalls are amazing to see and you can even take a dip in a large rock pool formed at the bottom of the falls. The Hin Lad monastery is also nearby, which is worth visiting as well.
Heaven’s Garden/Secret Buddha Garden
High in the hills of Samui lies a garden known as, Heaven’s Garden. It is the inspiration and creativity of one man named Nim Thongsuk. A fourth generation Samui, he decided at the age of 77 to create a small piece of heaven on earth, in the hope that many tourists would appreciate the extraordinary beauty of Samui’s forests. In this garden, he sculpted dozens of figures from Buddhist scriptures, in a mountaintop river bed.
Samui Aquarium And Tiger Zoo
Located in Hua Thanon, this aquarium houses many local species of fish, crabs, several sharks and various other marine life. The Tiger zoo is a great place to take the family to see these big graceful cats that are now an endangered species. Also at this zoo are birds, monkeys and other small animals. Open from 9am-6pm, the aquarium and zoo is located at Samui Orchid Resort.
Located on a hillside in the southeast of the island is Na Tian Butterfly Garden. Here you can see the most spectacular butterfly species and insects native to the island.
For those who are more adventurous the Snake Farm is a sight to see. Located in Taling Ngam, south of Na Thon, this snake farm features snakes indigenous to Samui, as well as some of the most poisonous and scary snakes found throughout Asia. Also on display are centipedes and scorpions, as well as an exhibition of Thai Cock Fighting.
Naga Pearl Farm
A 30-minute boat ride from Ban Thong Krut will take you to Koh Matsum and Naga Pearl Farm. Here you are shown how pearls are cultured. There is also a shop on the premises where many varieties of pearls and pearl products are sold including pearl shells and special handicrafts.
This ancient house made of teakwood can be seen at Ban Thale. This house has been constructed without any nails in it, and is the oldest house on the island, built approximately 150 years ago.
Best Mountain View Point
South of Na Thon on the west coast is “Best Mountain View Point”, which offers a great view of Samui at 467 meters high. It is a bit difficult to find this place on your own, so try and go with a tour guide. It is a long way up, but it is well worth it.
Temples To Visit
WAT PHRA YAI – This temple is home to a 12 meter tall Buddha statue and is Samui’s most famous landmark. It is on Route 4171 near the airport.
WAT KIRI WONGKARAM – This temple has on display a mummified body of a Buddhist monk which has not decayed for over 25 years. Take Route 4170 south from Ban Saket, then turn right next to the two giant elephant statues to find this temple.
THE CORAL BUDDHA – Another one of Samui’s main attractions is this small statue of the Lord Buddha. Mostly visited by Buddhist devotees, it can be found on Route 4169 800m west of Hua Thanon on the right.
THE LORD BUDDHA’S FOOTPRINT – On a concrete slope on the left, 2km west of the turnoff for the Butterfly Garden on route 4170 is a temple in which Buddha’s foot print can be found. This is in reality is four artistically engraved footprints inside one another.
WAT SUMRET– This old temple houses an ancient White Marble Buddha, believed by many to be many hundreds of years old. Also within the temple grounds is the Secret Hall of Buddha, which will only be opened on request.
WAT SILA NGU – Many believe that this temple contains an important relic of the Lord Buddha. It is a popular place of worship and is very beautiful.
Attractions On Islands Within Samui
Koh Taen off the southern Samui coast has an excellent hiking trail and is ideal for nature buffs. The island is largely uninhabited and is maintained by the Koh Taen Conservation Club.
Ang Thong National Marine Park is an archipelago of mostly uninhabited islands west of Samui. Here the movie “the Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed. These islands are great for snorkeling, diving, hiking and even camping. Sea kayaking or a speed boat ride is a great way to roam these islands.
Koh Nangyuan is three small islets connected by an incredible beach. There are no roads on this island, but there are bungalows here to stay in overnight. Dive tours can be arranged here to explore the beautiful world under the sea.
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