Exploring the island to find the best viewpoints in Samui can really be an exhilarating activity during your holiday. It’s very affordable, costing only 200-300 baht to rent a motorbike for the day. You can also do it in a more luxurious way by hiring a taxi to take you to each of these fabulous viewpoints.
Most of the panoramic vistas in Koh Samui are located on the northeastern coast of the island, roughly between Lamai and Chaweng. Many are pretty easy to reach, with only a few of them requiring much physical effort to be seen. The reward is even more appreciable after an effort, isn’t it?
- Ang Thong Adventure Tour
- Ko Tao & Ko Nang Yuan Snorkeling Tour
- Jungle Adventure
- Sea Kayaking at Ang Thong Marine Park
- Around the Island Tour
- Temples & City Tour
- Big Game Fishing Full-Day Tour
- 4-Wheel ATV Adventure
- Red Baron Junk Sailing Tour with Transfers
- Guided Photography Tour with Golden Pagoda & Big Buddha
The drive up to this hillside resort restaurant may be hair-raising, but it’s really worth it for some of the best views on the island. Jungle Club has bungalows, as well as a restaurant with several dining spaces. You can choose from a wooden deck with Thai cushions to individual thatch-and-bamboo ‘salas’ (pavilions) or the actual restaurant area itself. The northerly views from Jungle Club are of Lamai, Chaweng, Bangrak and the airport and, at noon on a clear day, are quite simply unbeatable. Read More...
Lamai Viewpoint is a selection of three natural attractions and an exciting ride, all in one well-developed location opened daily from 08:30 to 18:30. It offers impressive views and great photo opportunities within easy reach of Lamai Beach. For 100 baht, you can see the Valentine Stone, Siva Tara Waterfall and Lamai Viewpoint itself. For 800 baht, you get all that plus a zip line ride across the nearby valley, giving you an exciting and unique view across Lamai. The park also has a restaurant by the entrance and a bar at the viewpoint. Read More...
Lat Ko Viewpoint
Lat Ko Viewpoint is one of the best and most straightforward places in Samui to catch sight of a great panoramic view on the sea and on the beautiful east coast of the island. Located right by the side of the Ring Road between Lamai and Chaweng, you can park your bike and walk along the paved path overlooking the coastline, going down to the sea. The greyish beige of the boulders, the turquoise water, and the clear blue skies above Chaweng offer a really pleasant sight. The location of Lat Ko Viewpoint also allows you to catch the stunning sunrise here.
A visit to Wat Phra Yai – Big Buddha Temple – allows you to kill two birds with one stone: discover the most notable religious landmark in Samui and enjoy a beautiful panorama from the terrace on which the statue stands. The view to the north is splendid and features the northern coast line of Samui, with Koh Phangan in the background. To the south, you can see planes taking off and landing at Koh Samui International Airport, which is situated right in the alignment of Wat Phra Yai. Read More...
Khao Hua Jook Pagoda Temple Viewpoint
Open daily from 08:00 to 18:30, this temple is located on a 90m-tall hill to the north of Chaweng, and offers an incredible view from the peak. The entire strip from Samui Airport is virtually at your feet. If you like watching take-offs and landings, this is the place to sit for a while. The islands of Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Koh Sum, Koh Lum Noi, Koh Tao Poon and Koh Fan (where Big Buddha sits) plus Big Buddha, Wat Bangrak, gorgeous sunsets and much more from Koh Samui are also all visible from this remarkable spot.
Koh Mae Koh is one of the few islands at which you stop by during a speedboat day trip to Angthong Marine National Park. It takes about an hour to get there from Samui. This beautifully preserved island features two viewpoints. The first one can easily be visited during most day trips as a large and relatively easy to climb staircase takes you to its peak in a matter of minutes. The second viewpoint is far more impressive, but you need almost 45 minutes to get there. You need to ask first if the tour you want to book stays long enough at Koh Mae Koh to reach this outstanding viewpoint. Note that the path to reach it is quite demanding and somewhat perilous. Read More...