Thailand is known for its beautiful beaches, and Koh Samui is one of the reasons this is so. An Amphoe in Surat Thani Province, it’s located in the northeast of the city, 35 kilometers away from Don Sak Pier and 84 kilometers away from Surat Thani City, & the third largest island in Thailand having a population of about 47,874 people making it very under populated.
Koh Samui attractions extend beyond the beautiful beaches, Whether you're a sun-seeking, dozing in a hammock, feasting on world-class cuisine, beach partying or discovering wellness in an exclusive spa kind of person, Koh Samui has it all. From the hustle and bustle of Chaweng Beach to the lively yet relaxed atmosphere of Lamai Beach to the timeless feel of Bophut's Fisherman's Village to the tropical beach paradise of Maenam, Koh Samui is unique among Thailand's islands in maintaining a broad appeal for everyone. Samui is one of the most popular places to visit in Thailand because it has wonderful nature, white beaches, clear seas, waterfalls, spectacular viewpoints, beautiful temples, and many activities for tourists to enjoy. The island has an airport and a vast array of accommodation options, which makes it a great place for travelling.
Sightseeing of Koh Samui :-
is the biggest & busiest beach on the northeast coast. It is the most crowded and tourist friendly beach on the island. Along the beach there is lodging ranging from budget bungalows to luxury villas. 100 metres from the beach there is a bustling town with all kinds of western and asian food options, including a Starbucks. Chaweng is also nightlife central with bars and restaurants catering to every taste. From beachside institutions to sophisticated cocktail bars, Chaweng's nightlife is streets ahead of anywhere else on Samui in terms of choice.
Lamai Beach is Samui's second-largest resort area after Chaweng. It is quieter and less bustling than its big sister, but still with plenty of accommodation, dining and shopping options, and some great spas and tourist sites to explore.
Bophut is really two places: Bophut beach, which sweeps down several kilometres between Big Buddha and Maenam beaches and perhaps one of the oldest places on the island, the charming Fisherman's Village, which takes up the middle section of the beach. Mixed in among the shops are several boutiques, selling high quality clothing and jewellery. There are also some dive shops in the area, offering scuba lessons or day dives to sites in the famous Ang Thong Marine Park, Sail Rock or Koh Tao Island.
it’s on the north coast of the island giving this beach amazing views! Its golden sand beach is stunning and is usually less crowded then the east coast beaches. The area is still heavily Thai making food and housing more reasonably priced.
Aquapark Samui offers children and their parents an exhilarating activity on Chaweng Beach. Situated approximately 40 metres off the sand in front of Monkey Bay Bar between OZO Chaweng and The Library, Aquapark Samui is made of large inflatable devices that permit a wide range of fun and challenging water activities for the whole family in a safe environment under the supervision of the staff.
Fisherman’s Village Samui is a historical part of Bophut, with rustic-style buildings housing boutique stores, trendy restaurants and a small selection of hotels lining the narrow Beach Road. Every Friday, the whole area becomes the site of the Fisherman’s Village Walking Street market, attracting huge numbers of shoppers from across the island for the amazing variety of wares and the lively atmosphere.
Samui Crocodile Farm
Samui Crocodile Farm in Bophut is a fascinating place to find out more about Thailand's jaws and claws! They're all here: Siamese crocodiles, caimans, saltwater crocodiles, snakes, lizards, monkeys and more. The farm covers an area of 8,000sqm and is located near Samui International Airport, about six kilometres East of Bophut Fisherman’s Village.
Muay Thai – Boxing
Petchbuncha Boxing Stadium is the centre of Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) in Koh Samui. Thai Boxing or Muay Thai is Thailand's National Sport and is one of the world's most demanding contact sports. It takes long and hard training to excel in this discipline and more and more people worldwide are becoming interested and are taking this sport up. Located at the entrance of Soi Reggae in the central area of Chaweng, Petchbuncha Stadium is a large building that can accommodate up to 1,500 punters.
Paris Follies Cabaret
This popular cabaret show and bar - formerly Moulin Rouge Cabaret before changing ownership - features three shows nightly at 20:00, 21:30 and 23:00. Some 20 performers bring out their inner Lady Marmalade with song, dance and fabulous costumes. The earlier show is a more 'soft and sweet' performance suitable for families, while things heat up for the later shows.
Starz Cabaret Samui
Starz Cabaret features a mix of Western pop divas and Thai cultural dance, all performed with good humour and zest. The drinks menu is fairly standard and reasonably priced. Starz Cabaret has free entry and show times 20:30, 21:30 and 22:30.
The Cabaret Lamai Beach
The Cabaret Lamai Beach is the most chic and modern of the ladyboy shows in Samui, with a luxurious VIP area and talented transgender dancers in 12-act, one-hour performances featuring great family-friendly comedy and song and dance routines. Located close to the Lamai Variety Centre on the main road through the relatively quiet town, the well-decorated theatre does not get as busy as those in Chaweng, but the dancers still giving it their all, no matter the size of the audience.
Big Buddha Temple
Big Buddha temple sits majestically on a small rocky island off Koh Samui’s north-eastern corner. Known locally as Wat Phra Yai, its golden, 12-metre seated Buddha statue was built in 1972 and remains one of the island’s most popular attractions. Set on Koh Faan, Big Buddha temple is reached by a causeway that connects it to the main island.
Although the Buddha footprints can be a bit hard to find, it's well worth putting in the extra effort to get there. Located on a hilltop shrine near the Butterfly Garden, they are in fact four footprints engraved one on top of each other. After you negotiate the 163 steps to the top you are rewarded with one of the most spectacular views on the island.
Guan Im Shrine
A relatively new temple at just over 30 years old, this is a single building, with a small altar and beautifully decorated with colourful paintings that tell stories of Zhao Mei Guan Im. Pay particular attention to the painting on the stone altar just to the right of the temple building as it is extremely well done.
Hainan Temple (Chinese)
It’s a brightly coloured gem of a temple built in 1862 is in the centre of Nathon. As you walk down Thaweerat Phakdee Street (Route 4169) look for Soi Angthong 4. You can actually see the temple compound from there, but take a closer look and you'll also see the two fierce looking golden lions guarding the main gate. The main building is surrounded by a walled garden and the traffic noise is virtually nonexistent inside.
Hin Lad Waterfall Temple
Known in Thai as Wat Namtok Hin Lad, Hin Lad Waterfall Temple (or Saunthamma Pala Nikrotharam Temple in full) is set in evergreen tropical jungle just before the trail up to the famous Hin Lad Waterfall, a few kilometres south of Nathon Town, Samui.
Laem Sor Pagoda
This pagoda is to be found at the southernmost tip of Koh Samui at the end of Bang Kao Beach. Its golden hue makes for an astonishingly beautiful contrast to the blue skies and the turquoise sea behind it. The entrance is guarded by two 'Yak' (meaning giant) warrior statues with immense swords, colourful clothing and scary faces. The Buddha stands in the doorway to the rear of the statues.
Pagoda Khao Chedi
The Pagoda Khao Chedi is a Srivijaya-style chedi situated on a hill above the Laem Sor. It, also, goes by the name Laem Sor Pagoda, which can be a bit confusing seeing as there is another Laem Sor Pagoda below it on Bang Kao Beach, but this one's golden. You get spectacular views from this vantage point including mainland Suratthani, Bang Kao Bay all the way to Laem Set Point and Koh Tao and Koh Mud Sum in addition to Wat Laem Sor.
Secret Buddha Garden in Samui
Secret Buddha Garden is hidden away high in the hills in Koh Samui's interior, offering majestic views and an unusual collection of statues amid lush jungle surrounds. The gardens are a creation of an old Samui fruit farmer, Nim Thongsuk, who in 1976 began erecting several statues and temples around his family's verdant land. The statues depict a number of animals, deities and humans in various poses, including one of Khun Nim himself, in a relaxed position sitting on a rock.
Wat Khao Hua Juk
Although this hill is only 90 metres tall there are great views from the peak. Samui airport is virtually at your feet. If you like watching take offs and landings this is the place to sit for a while. After all, how many other airports can you watch from above without flying? The islands Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Koh Sum, Koh Lum Noi, Koh Tao Poon plus Big Buddha, Wat Bang Rak, gorgeous sunsets and much more are all visible from this spot. This temple contains, according to the sign, a replica of Buddha's footprint. On your way to the top you will also pass Nathalie's Art Palace and the Samui branch of Bangkok's famous Q Bar.
Wat Khiri Mat
There is an ornately designed, highly visible, blue-and-yellow arch showing the way to this temple at the end of Keeree-Mas Road in Ban Pang Ka. The temple building sits atop a small hill. Directly in front of the temple, at the bottom of the hill, is a large pagoda with a glass enclosed Buddha statue inside.
Koh Samui’s Mummified Monk at Wat Khunaram is an unusual sight yet it offers a unique insight into Buddhist and Thai culture. The monk Luong Pordaeng 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.
Wat Plai Laem
Wat Plai Laem is a Buddhist temple compound on Samui's north-east coast of Samui, featuring a striking white 18-arm image of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion. Close to the Big Buddha temple, Wat Plai Laem offers visitors a view into Chinese-Thai beliefs as well as some elaborate Buddhist-themed art and architecture.
Wat Sila Ngu
Wat Sila Ngu (aka Wat Ratcha Thammaram) is a Buddhist temple located along the Ring Road, 200m before Rocky’s Boutique Resort when heading toward Lamai. Sila Ngu translates into ‘stone snake’ in English, and you can see many stone-carved snakes all around the compound. This long-established temple may look standard and slightly run-down at first sight, but it has recently been upgraded with the addition of a magnificent large new building realised in deep red clay. This building adds to the mysterious yet serene atmosphere of the temple as the large room it houses is pretty sombre and its walls are entirely carved with scene of the Buddha’s life. The seaside location of this temple also permit splendid views to Samui east coast.
Central Festival Samui
Central Festival Samui describes itself as 'the most complete and largest lifestyle shopping complex in Samui’; with three storeys and around 90,000sqm of retail space, there couldn't be a better description for this huge shopping and dining mall, which is located between Chaweng's Beach Road and the nearby lake.
Soi Green Mango
Soi Green Mango is to Koh Samui what Soi Cowboy is to Bangkok and Walking Street is to Pattaya, albeit on a smaller scale. It is the beating heart of the island’s nightlife, home to cheap drinks, loud music and good times. The highlight of the street is the namesake establishment at the very end of the road – The Green Mango Club, which has been an institution of Chaweng’s nightlife for decades.