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Big Buddha, Koh Samui, Thailand

Baan Plai Laem Temple, Koh Samui, Thailand

Mummified Monk, Koh Samui, Thailand

Hin Ta Hin Ya, Koh Samui, Thailand

Namuang Waterfall, Koh Samui, Thailand

Samui Tiger Zoo and Aquarium, Koh Samui, Thailand

Paradise Park Farm, Koh Samui, Thailand

Angthong National Marine Park, Koh Samui, Thailand

Butterfly Garden, Koh Samui, Thailand

Monkey Theatre, Koh Samui, Thailand

Snake Show, Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui Tourist Attractions

Things to Do and Tourist Attractions Guide to Koh Samui



Koh Samui offers a plentiful supply of tourist attractions to visit including the Big Buddha statue, several waterfalls, beautiful Buddhist temples and several animal attractions such as elephant trekking and tiger, snake, monkey and crocodile shows to name but a few. Regardless of your interests, Koh Samui has enough attractions and things to do to keep the most seasoned traveller busy.




The Big Buddha is one of Koh Samui's most visited attractions. The Buddha, which sits 15 metres tall, was build by locals in 1972 as a place for visitors to pay respect to the Buddha. This impressive landmark is located in Bangrak, near the fish market and has beautiful views of the coastline.

Next to Big Buddha, Plai Laem Temple is known for it's large pond with hundreds of fish. Plai Laem has a huge 18-armed Buddha statue and is the most colourful temple on the island.

The mummified monk resides in a temple, Wat Khunaram, on the south coast of the island. The legend says that a wealthy resident of Koh Samui, Loung Pordaeng, who gave up all his earthly possessions when he became a Buddhist, died in 1973. As his followers noticed that he was not decaying, they displayed him in a glass coffin, believing this to be a Buddhist miracle.

Known locally as 'Grandfather and Grandmother rocks', the "Hin Ta Hin Yai" rocks are entirely formed by the elements. Two amazingly accurate female and male genitalia shaped rock formations overlook the sea on the south west coast of the island.

The Namuang waterfalls are located south of the island's mountainous central peaks. A 30 metre tall waterfall cascades over a rock face into a deep pool that is nice for a cooling dip if it's not too busy. Near the car parking area are a number of souvenir stalls and some 'real' Thai food stalls which serve delicious barbequed chicken and papaya salad. If you're feeling adventurous try the elephant trek in the jungle near the falls.
Further down the road is the Namuang Safari Park which offers elephant rides, monkey shows, snakes and crocodile shows to name but a few.

Located at the Samui Orchid Resort at Ban Harn beach on the South of Samui, the Samui Tiger Zoo and Aquarium has a great collection of tropical fish and aquatic creatures. You can hand feed the turtles and then watch the amazing tiger and bird shows. Really great fun for kids.

Spend a day in Paradise Park Farm, on Koh Samuiís highest peak, surrounded by tropical rainforest with awe-inspiring views. Play with the monkeys, visit the avaries, feed the emus and pat the ponies. Relax at the infinity edge swimming pool, relax in the restaurant and enjoy a drink at the bar. A stunning day out for all the family.

Ang Thong National Marine Park consists of over 40 islands featuring lime stone massifs, deserted beaches and tropical rainforests. Within sight of Koh Samui, the Ang Thong islands rise from the sea, climbing hundreds of metres high. There are the many small bays and beautiful beaches and erosion has shaped some interesting formations. The most polpular features are Mae Ko (beautiful beach) and Thale Nai (emerald saltwater lake) both of which are found on Koh Mae Ko. Koh Sam Sao has a huge rock arch, coral reef and a hill providing amazing views of the surrounding islands. Wildlife inhabiting the islands includes the long tailed monkey (langur), hair nosed otters, lizards, ashy drongos, pacific reef egrets, white bellied sea eagles, tortoises, sea turtles and pythons. You can also try kayaking, snorkeling and swimming.

The Samui Butterfly Garden is at Laem Natien and is an enclosed tropical area with hundreds of butterflies, an insect display and some bee-hives. Also visit the hillside observatory and observation platforms which offer breathtaking views of the coast.

Located in Bophut, the performing Monkey Theatre has monkey shows several times a day. Small monkeys are trained to perform different tricks on stage and then they climb the trees to give a coconut harvesting demonstration, a unique skill which the area's monkeys are still used for today.


The Samui Snake Farm in the south-west corner of Koh Samui is a very popular and entertaining family attraction. Twice daily, visitors can watch and enjoy the only Snake Show on Koh Samui.



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