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What To Do On Koh Samui
Wondering what to do on Koh Samui? Then we have put together some suggestions for you.
Koh Samui’s list of things to do and see is diversified and interesting.
Whether or not you go on an organised tour or experience around the island on a motor bike, you can be fascinated by what Koh Samui has to offer.
From the well-known grandma and grandpa rocks to the mummified monks to the enticing waterfalls around the island.
There’s nothing to stop you having an important holiday on the island.
Listed below we have 11 ideas of what to do on Koh Samui.
Big Buddha – Wat Phra Yai
Location – Big Buddha Beach
Located on the North East part of the Island is Koh Samui’s most well recognised and well known tourist attraction.
Big Buddhas are popular around Thailand and this 12 metre high golden Buddha is no different.
Koh Samui’s Big Buddha is on top of a stair case and is situated among a small market that sells souvenirs, small trinkets, clothing and food stalls.
Na Muang Waterfall
Location – Nathon
Koh Samui has several waterfalls but the two best and most visited waterfalls are the Na Muang waterfalls.
Na Muang which means purple in Thai, gives this waterfall its name because of the large purple rocks that create the waterfalls.
To get to the first Na Muang you are surrounded by a natural formation of trees and rocks that leads you up to the waterfall.
Here you will find a nice natural swimming pool that you can sit in and have the water from the waterfall cascade over you.
Then just a small 10 minute walk up the hill, will take you to the second Na Muang waterfall.
Mummified Monk at Wat Khunaram
Location – Lamai
A short trip south of Chewang will bring you to Lamai.
Apart from stunning beaches and shopping, Lamai also houses a strange but interesting sight.
A mummified monk named Loung Pordaeng who died over twenty years ago.
It is displayed here in a glass case for people to view.
Hin Ta and Hin Yai
Location – Lamai Beach
While you are around Lamai you might as well fit in some more sightseeing.
The Hin Ta and Hin Ya, which translates to Grandfather and Grandmother rocks, looks rather like male and female genitalia.
The large rocks are a funny sightseeing place to visit if you are passing by.
They also make good photos for when you return home.
Angthong National Marine Park
Location – 28 kilometres from Samui
If you came to Koh Samui by ferry then you would have noticed the Ang Thong National Marine Park.
It is situated North West of Koh Samui in the the Gulf of Thailand.
This picturesque part of Thailand is made up of caves, limestone mountains, tropical jungles, beaches and islands.
The 100 sq. kilometres of land and the sea holds 42 Islands.
There is always some type of adventure that fits everyone’s energy level.
Koh Samui Aquarium with Tiger Zoo
Location – Hua Tanon
Located on the south east part of Koh Samui the Hua Tanon.
The aquarium and zoo is a great place to visit to see some of Thailand’s native sea creatures.
The adjoining zoo is where you can see some of the Asian tigers that are fast becoming extinct in the wild.
We suggest that you do not attend the Tiger Zoo, as they drug the animals so people can have photos with them.
This is pure animal cruelty
Wat Plai Laem
Location – Big Buddha Beach
A short trip from the Big Buddha is the 18-arm statue of Guanyin.
It is amongst the temple named Wat Plai Laem.
Also known as the Goddess of Mercy, this huge statue is situated amongst other temples and statues, surrounded by water.
There a re other temples and statues of Buddha to see here as well.
This is fast becoming Koh Samui’s second favourite attraction, alongside the Big Buddha.
Koh Samui Snake Farm
Location – Baan Taling Ngam
Watch as the snake handlers risk their lives to handle some of Asia’s most venomous snakes, centipedes and scorpions.
The snake farm is a tourist attraction that will have your talking for years to come.
The snake shows and programs are entertaining and are also informative but in that Thai style of way.
Secret Buddha Garden
Location – Hills of Samui
Situated amongst the hills to the north west of Lamai.
The Secret Buddha Garden is a place where statues and temples are surrounded by lush tropical forests.
It is a serene place where you can appreciate the cool surroundings of the forest and the hidden secrets of the waterfalls.
The gardens were created in 1976 by a fruit farmer and with over 35 years of growth.
This place is a cool change to other popular tourists places around Koh Samui.
Ladyboy Cabaret Shows
Location – Chaweng Beach Road
Ladyboys or Katoeys are famous around Thailand for their Cabaret shows.
Even though you may not think that you will enjoy the show, you will be surprised with the non sexual display of costumes, feathers, lighting and dances.
It is a great show to see at night after you have had a relaxing day on the beach and need something other than bars to visit at night.
There are a few different show companies along Chaweng Beach Road.
Starz Cabaret and Paris Follies are the main popular ones.
High Park Samui
Location – Chaweng
Located up on the hill just out of Chaweng is the High Park Samui Water Slide and Bar
The turn off is on Chaweng Lake Road and is only a short drive from Chaweng Beach.
They have two huge water slides (15 m and 31m), where people get “Airborn” and land in a large swimming pool.
You can also relax in their bar pool and watch people try and do somersaults off the slides
The Infinity pool and bar area is also a good place to look out over Chaweng Lake and the Chaweng scenery.
They also have a DJ playing music throughout the day and night.
It is free to enter, but you have to pay to use the slides.
It is open to the public Daily from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Later for Party Nights.
EasyKart Samui is located on Soi Reggai in Chaweng.; which is on the opposite side of the lake to Chaweng Beach.
If you like Go Karts then this place is for you.
Challenge your family and friends to a race around their circuit or try to get the fastest lap time.
They have a beginners track for practice and then you can tackle the bigger track.
EasyKart Samui also has:
- EastFly: Indoor Sky diving without the risk. Float in an air chamber that floats you up into the air.
- EasySurf:(coming soon): Practice or learn surfing in a wave pool.
There is also a games and drinks area where you can relax before or after your epic adventure.
All up, it is a great day or night time activity to do with your family and friends.
Open from 10.am to 1.00am (morning)
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