Koh Samui Attractions A to Z

List of All Attractions in Koh Samui by Alphabetical Order

The list of Koh Samui's attractions is surprisingly long as the island and its surroundings are full of places to go and things to see. If you're interested in the intricate and symbolic Buddhist temple decor then you'll be hard pressed to take in all of Samui's 'wats' as there are many of them. Surrounding islands promise sun-filled days of exploration bliss while monkey shows, butterfly gardens and Samui Zoo cater to animal lovers' tastes.

The neighbouring Grandmother and Grandfather rocks near Lamai Beach are ribald reminders that Nature has a sense of humour while Samui's waterfalls are the best way to get cooled off in the heat of the day. Out and out shows such as Christies transvestite cabaret are memorable and you can even indulge in a 'normal' activity such as going to the cinema. Enjoy your stay on Samui Island!

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Ang Thong Marine National Park

Ang Thong Marine Park

The setting for the eponymous 'perfect' beach in Alex Garland's book, Ang Thong really was once home to a group of Read More...

Big Buddha Temple

Big Buddha Temple

Big Buddha temple sits majestically on a small rocky island off Koh Samui’s north-eastern corner. Known locally as Wat Read More...

Fisherman’s Village Samui

Fisherman’s Village Samui

Although the seafaring community has moved on, Fisherman’s Village still has a charming rustic look and atmosphere. Read More...

Buddha footprints

Samui's Buddha footprints may be a bit hard to find, but it's well worth putting in the extra effort to get to the site. Located on a hilltop shrine near the Butterfly Garden, they are in fact 4 footprints engraved, one on top of each other. The engraved footprints are an important religious symbol, said to reflect Buddha's mortal presence among the living.

The journey to find the site may be hard due to the overgrowth. And after you negotiate the 163 steps to the top you are rewarded with one of the most spectacular views on the island.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8 am to 6 pm
  • Location: Route 4170, Na Mueang, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
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Cinemas in Samui

On Koh Samui, you'll various cinemas, with the major ones being the triple-screen cinema at the Tesco lotus complex and the Major Cineplex Central Samui. Showing both Western and Thai movies, the cinemas are a big hit with the locals. Reasonably priced and with comfortable and spacious seating, the cinema is the same as any in the west.

The only notable difference is that everyone stands up during the Thai national anthem which plays before each feature. As with most Asian cinemas, the air conditioning is set at freezing – remember to bring a jumper! 

  • Location: Tesco Lotus Samui, 1/7 Moo 6, Tawirat Phakdi Road, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
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Nathon Hainan Shrine

The Nathon Hainan Shrine or Chinese temple is a brightly coloured gem of a site built in 1862 in the centre of Nathon. You can easily find it as you walk down Thaweerat Phakdee Street (Route 4169). Look for Soi Angthong 4 and you'll find the majestic gate of the temple that encloses its compound.

You can actually see the temple compound from the road. But take a closer look, and you'll also see the 2 fierce looking golden lions guarding the main gate. The main building is surrounded by a walled garden and the traffic noise is virtually non-existent inside.

  • Opening Hours: 24/7
  • Location: Soi Ang Thong 4, Nathon, Ang Thong, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
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Hin Lad Waterfall Temple

The Hin Lad Waterfall Temple is a wonderfully small and peaceful temple to the left of the Hin Lad Waterfall trail. Cross over the bridge and stop for a moment of reflection while you feed the fish. Fish food is available for purchase at the small restaurant near the bridge. The Buddha statue sits far back Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from sunrise to sunset
  • Location: Moo 2, Ang Thong, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)89 972 8131
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Hua Thanon

Hua Thanon is a fishing village just south of the Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks. It is home to a large proportion of Samui's Muslim population. It still retains a quaint, old-Samui feel, with rickety teakwood houses lining the road, as well as some decent seafood restaurants and ethnic clothing and jewellery boutiques.

While you may

  • Location: Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

Koh Mudsum

Koh Mudsum, also referred to as Koh Matsum, is a small island on the south side of Koh Samui. This is a favourite place for day-trippers to enjoy a picnic on the white sandy beach, and it also has good opportunities for snorkelling, kayaking, and just relaxing.

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  • Location: Taling Ngam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
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Koh Phangan

Ko Phangan may justly be more famous for its full-moon parties, but it has a lot more to offer visitors than all-night dancing. There are few day-trip options from Koh Samui, apart from sailing cruises, so at least an overnight stay is recommended.

Ko Phangan is some decades behind Samui in terms of development, which lends the island a lot of charm, and some would say it's more picturesque than Samui itself. The main tourist beach Haad Rin is busiest on full moon nights but is well worth a visit the rest of the month too for its chaotic jumble of bars, clubs, restaurants and handicraft shops. Read More...

  • Location: Ko Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand

Laem Sor Pagoda

Laem Sor Pagoda at the southernmost tip of Koh Samui or the end of Bang Kao Beach is a beautiful sight at sunset. Its golden hue, glowing in the sunlight, makes for an astonishingly beautiful contrast to the blue sky and the turquoise sea behind it.

The entrance is guarded by 2 Yak (giant) warrior statues with immense swords, colourful clothing and scary faces. Buddha stands in the doorway to the rear of the statues. This one is always a great photo opportunity as there is absolutely nothing obstructing your view and it all fits on one photograph. It's located eleven kilometres south of Lamai.

  • Location: 99/9 Laem Set Rd, Na Mueang, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
  • Tour Available: Half Day Samui Adventure
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Lamai Overlap Stone

The Lamai overlap stone is a set of impressively balanced boulders that are a challenge to get up to but offer spectacular views. The sights alone are worthwhile for the adventurous traveller. The steep, rough, dirt-track road leading to the viewpoint should only be attempted on a dirt bike or with a 4x4, and the last stretch may have to be walked, depending on conditions.

Alternatively, getting to the unique site is a hard 20-minute climb on foot, but there is a refreshment stall at the top and it is an exhilarating experience. Look for the signs on the right-hand side of the ring road, a kilometre south of Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks in Lamai Beach.

  • Location: 438/35 Moo 1, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

Muay Thai (Thai Boxing)

Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) is Thailand's beloved national sport, and which is taken very seriously throughout the country. Koh Samui is no exception. Although Thai boxing is regarded as the worlds most dangerous martial art, it is surprisingly graceful to watch.

Chaweng has 2 Thai boxing stadiums, which hold regular Muay Thai bouts, some of which feature foreign as well as Thai fighters. Chaweng stadium is the biggest on Samui and hosts all the major fights on the island. Fights are usually held twice a week on Monday and Friday nights but during peak season an additional Sunday night fight is often held. Fights start at 9 pm and the evening normally lasts around 3 hours, with as many as 10 smaller bouts before the main fight. If you only want to catch the main event, then drop in for an hour around 10 pm or 10.30 pm. 

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Wat Khao Chedi

Wat Khao Chedi (khao meaning 'white') is a Srivijaya-style chedi situated on a hill above the area Laem Sor. It also goes by the name Laem Sor Pagoda, which can be a bit confusing for newcomers to the island seeing as there is another Laem Sor Pagoda below it on Bang Kao Beach. Anyhow, this one's golden.

You get spectacular views to all sides from this vantage point encompassing mainland Suratthani, Bang Kao Bay all the way to Laem Set Point and the islands Koh Taen (Turtle island) and Koh Mudsum in addition to Wat Laem Sor. It is, without a doubt, one of the best places on Koh Samui to watch the sun go down.

  • Opening Hours: 24/7
  • Location: Khao Chedi, Taling Ngam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
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Pink Elephant Samui Water Park

Pink Elephant Samui Water Park is a spacious and modern waterpark near Maenam. The attraction features a range of high-quality rides and facilities, promising a fun and safe day for the whole family. The waterpark has an isolated feel, being set 1,500 metres from the Samui ring road in a palm grove in the already relatively Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm
  • Location: 28/41 Moo 1, Maenam Soi 1, Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)77 423 548
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Thong Takhian Bay (Silver Beach)

Silver Beach in the beautiful little Thong Takhian Bay is located just off the main road as you come down the hill into north Lamai from Chaweng. There are 3 resorts on the beach, so it can get crowded in the high season but is well worth a visit for the stunning scenery. It offers crystal-blue waters and white sand, bordered by craggy limestone rock formations and verdant hills: the archetypal Thai beach.

The water is shallow at low tide and there is only one area good for bathing, (to the left of the bay). But once you have waded out, the water is wonderful and there are some fish around the rocks and reef for snorkellers to follow. You can get a reasonable meal and cold drinks from any of the 3 resorts' beachfront restaurants, and one has a pool for diners and guests.

  • Location: Silver Beach, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

Wat Chaeng

Wat Chaeng is a superbly designed temple in Nathon on the western coast of Koh Samui. The temple has an adjoining school which seems to serve as its main purpose now. 

The temple building is fronted by a large, seated Buddha in the 'Pang Prathanporn' pose. The Buddha has one hand raised with the index finger and thumb touching and the other hand is resting in his lap with the palm facing up. The Wat and Buddha are guarded by 2 huge green and gold statues. To get to Wat Chaeng, turn left into the temple grounds at the southern end of Thaweerat Phakdee Road (4169 through Nathon).

  • Opening Hours: Daily from sunrise to sunset
  • Location: Nathon, Ang Thong, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

Wat Pradoem

Wat Pradoem is a Buddhist temple on Koh Samui that was built around 250 years ago. The temple is believed to be the oldest on the island. As well as the temple itself, Wat Pradoem also has a wooden hall full of ancient scriptures and ornate carvings. 

As you enter the temple grounds, you'll instantly sense a very peaceful atmosphere, often with hardly any other visitors around. There are cool and shady areas where you can escape the heat of the day and enjoy the view of the temple and its quiet grounds.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from sunrise to sunset
  • Location: Moo 1, Na Mueang, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, 84140, Thailand

Wat Khiri Mat

Wat Khiri Mat is a temple that sits atop a small hill in Taling Ngam, at the southern tip of Koh Samui. Directly in front of the temple is a large pagoda with a glass-enclosed Buddha statue inside. An ornately designed blue-and-yellow arch shows you the way to this temple, which is at the end of Keeree-Mas Road. 

As with most Buddhist temples in Thailand, it is peaceful inside the temple grounds and the calm and quiet settings often offer great photo opportunities. You'll come across monks and the occasional village chickens and buffaloes roaming freely.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from sunrise to sunset
  • Location: Moo 4, Taling Ngam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, 84140, Thailand
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Wat Khao Hua Juk

Wat Khao Hua Juk is a temple 'mountain' in Samui that's only 90 metres tall but offers an incredible view from the peak. The entire strip from the Samui airport is virtually at your feet. If you like take-offs and landings, this is the place to sit for a while. The islands Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Koh Sum, Koh Lum Noi, Koh Tao Poon and Koh Fan (where the Big Buddha sits) plus Big Buddha, Wat Bang Rak, gorgeous sunsets and much more from Koh Samui are all visible from this spot. 

This temple contains, according to the sign, a replica of Buddha's footprint, but it's not on any island tour so you'll have to rough it and drive yourself there. To get there, take the 4169 to Chaweng and turn off the main road towards the beach. After 5 km, opposite Chaweng Lake you'll find the arch marking Kao Hua Juk Road and directing you up to the Wat. Drive about 150 metres until you see the stairs on your right, which lead to a gently curving walkway that takes you to the summit.

  • Opening Hours: 24/7
  • Location: Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
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Wat Kiri Wongkaram

Wat Kiri Wongkaram is a beautiful white temple with a contrasting roof made of red, green and yellow tiles. There is a small Buddha statue sitting before the entrance and the temple is 'guarded' by 2 statues of white elephants. There's not much else to see in this compound other than that it houses the mummified body of Buddhist monk Loung Por Ruam which you can view in a glass enclosure.

The temple is free to enter. You can learn more about the life of Loung Por Ruam and also witness temple and village activities. Various events are often held at the temple. To get there, from the ring road (4169) take the turn onto route 4170 in Ban Saket near the buffalo fighting stadium turnoff. Follow it down and go through the Elephant Gate in Ban Taling Ngam. You'll reach the temple after about 500 metres.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from sunrise to sunset
  • Location: Taling Ngam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
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Wat Laem Sor

Wat Laem Sor is a very large boat with the temple sitting astern and surrounded by a pool of water. This setting makes it appear as if it's in the ocean, which is actually about 200 metres away. The view of this temple is especially impressive when seen from the Pagoda Khao Chedi on the hill above Bang Kao Beach. What you'll see is a large, beautiful, bright blue boat sailing among the coconut trees.

When seen together with the beach and Bang Kao Bay, it makes a wonderful sight indeed. As you enter the temple complex, look to your left and you'll see, growing along the ground like a snake, a large palm tree. When you combine your visit to this temple and the 2 Laem Sor Pagodas with the beach and nearby ATV Adventure Park, it will make for an exciting day of sightseeing and adventure as well as fun and relaxation.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from sunrise to sunset
  • Location: Moo 4, Na Mueang, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
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Wat Lamai and Cultural Hall

The Lamai temple is the social epicentre for the local Thai community. Alongside weddings, funerals and religious festivals, it plays host to some lively temple fairs throughout the year with concerts, fairground games, food and even an outdoor cinema. The temple fairs last for over a week and if you're in Lamai when one is being held, it's certainly worth checking out.

The musty, dusty Cultural Hall inside the temple complex houses a quaint and unique collection of artefacts from Samui's past, ranging from brass and earthenware vessels and cooking implements to wooden agricultural tools, Armadillo skins; dried pufferfish, swords, muskets, ancient bicycles, and an amazing 2,000-year-old metal ceremonial drum unearthed in Lamai village. The fact that there are no explanatory notes in English means that you have to use your imagination to compose mental images of Samui's bygone days.

  • Location: 64/12-15, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
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Wat Nara Charoen Suk

Wat Nara Charoen Suk is a temple building that's unique in that it has a very long, thin tower built into its facade. This authentic temple features a very old building and is interesting to explore.

To find it, go from Ban Lipa Noi, on route 4169, take the 4174 and follow it as if you were going to the Navy Base. After passing Big John Resort and seafood Restaurant (about 3 km) the road turns sharply to the left and from there it's just another kilometre on your left to the entrance road.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from sunrise to sunset
  • Location: Moo 2, Lipa Noi, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, 84140, Thailand
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