Koh Samui's repertoire of things to do and see is varied and interesting: the island hosts a great deal of splendid natural and man-made attractions from mummified monks to the famous grandma and grandpa rocks (Hin Ta & Hin Yai) to attractive waterfalls and more, there's nothing to stop you having a blast on Samui Island.
For those interested in religious imagery and architecture the Big Buddha will impress - especially at sunset. Nature lovers can visit Ang Thong Marine National Park on a day trip to enjoy a genuine 'get away from it all' feel in the splendid tropical islands it hosts. Check out the top 10 things to do in Koh Samui listed below, they are the island's must-see attractions...
- 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
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Angthong National Marine Park28 kilometres from Samui
Ang Thong National Marine Park is a pristine archipelago of 42 islands in the Gulf of Thailand with towering limestone mountains, thick jungle, white-sand beaches, fertile mangroves, waterfalls and hidden coves and lakes to explore. Within sight of Koh Samui, Ang Thong park is a protected area of more than 100sqkm of land and sea, and home to a rich variety of exotic wildlife and sea creatures. Read More...
- Location: Ang Thong, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
Big BuddhaBig Buddha Beach
On the northern coast of Koh Samui is the famous Big Buddha shrine. Probably Samui's most well known landmark, the 12-metre high golden Buddha can be seen from several kilometres away. Inside the surrounding temple are many different shrines and other smaller ornate Buddhas. There is also a small market selling a wide range of lucky charms and other souvenirs, alongside numerous food stalls. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 6pm
- Location: Route 4171, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
Bophut's Fisherman’s VillageBophut
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. Read More...
- Location: Bophut Beach Road, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
Hin Ta and Hin YaiLamai Beach
Art often imitates Nature, but less common is Nature imitating Art, especially the art of the ribald. But in Thailand anything is possible including, on Koh Samui, the natural geological formations known as Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks (the Grandpa and Grandma rocks), which look, respectively, like male and female genitalia. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Sunday–Friday from 8.30am to 6.30pm, Saturday from 8am to 7pm
- Location: 126/92 Moo 3, Lamai, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
Koh Tao – meaning ‘Turtle Island’ – lives up to its name, being the scuba diving destination of choice in Thailand. The perfect white-sand beaches which ring the hilly 21 km² island are surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The vibrant coral reefs there are home to a wide range of exciting and colourful sea creatures, including turtles, naturally. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84360, Thailand
Wat Plai LaemBig Buddha Beach
Located near the Big Buddha in the north of the island, Wat Plai Laem is a colourful and interesting Buddhist Temple. The temple features very ornate decor and art, an 18-arm image of Guanyin - the Goddess of Mercy - and a large white Chinese Buddha set on the lake. If you donate money for the upkeep of the temple you'll be given a bag of food to throw to the teeming fish in the lake. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from sunrise to sunset
- Location: Road 4171, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
Although Samui has several waterfalls, the two Na Muang waterfalls are probably the most picturesque. The name Na Muang refers to the massive purple rocks at the waterfalls. Rocks and tree roots form a natural staircase that leads to the base of Na Muang 1. A large natural pool sits under the waterfall. A 10-minute walk further up the mountain leads to Samui's most beautiful waterfall, Na Muang 2. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 5.30pm
- Location: 37/1 Thawi Rat Phakdi Rd, Na Mueang, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
Secret Buddha GardenHills of 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. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 6pm
- Location: Na Mueang, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
The body of Samui's most famous mummified monk - there really are several - Luang Pordaeng is on display here. Luang Pordaeng died over 20 years ago and as per his instructions, his body was placed in a specially designed glass case for posterity. It has remained there ever since and has showed few signs of decay. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from sunrise to sunset
- Location: Route 4169, Na Mueang, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
Ladyboy Cabaret ShowsChaweng Beach
Ladyboy Cabarets might not be everyone's cup of tea but for fans, Chaweng Beach has plenty to choose from! Thailand's katoeys or the 'third sex' are world famous, partly because there are so many of them and also because they are so feminine. In fact it can be difficult to tell if the beautiful young lady paying you attention was a lady at birth... as many a surprised tourist has discovered. Read More...