Samui Attractions

What to See in Samui Island

No one can deny that the biggest draw to Koh Samui is its beaches and each offers its own different   characteristics and charms. Still, even the best beaches can sometimes grow a bit tedious and that’swhen it’s time to go looking for a change. There are plenty of places to visit and see while in Koh Samui, from the natural splendor mountain vistas to the enigmatic fossilized monk wearing sunglasses. There are also fantastic waterfalls, coral reefs, temples and gardensto visit as well. Explore to your heart’s content. What to see in Samui Island. It’s easy to let the sun and sea lull you into the feeling that you never want to budge from the beach. But Samui is an island of great natural beauty and variety. Even those who don’t get excited about sightSseeingwill find that the journeys to these popular attractions will provide their own delights.

Like everywhere in Thailand Samui has its fair share of temples, which visitors are welcome to visit and temple enthusiasts may find of interest. Please remember to dress politely (no beachwear or revealing clothing)and to behave with respect in temple grounds. Entrance is free but it is customary to make a small donation.


Big Buddha Temple is more formally known as Wat Phra Yai. The temple is located in Bophut borders. This temple is home to a 12 meter tall Buddha statue, sitting magnificently upon the small island, Koh Fan, the huge statue is and is Samui’s most famous landmark.

Temple has long stairs to go up to see Big Buddha.Once you climb the many steps up the Serpent style staircase you get a great view, and if you are lucky can catch a pleasant sea breeze. There are large bells that line the alcoves in the square courtyard in which the fat and happy looking Buddha sits.


The Taling Ngam Temple was built around 1900. It was named Wat Kiri Wongkaram meaning “mountainous temple”  and as one sets sight upon the temple they will soon realize that the name is very fitting indeed as this temple is located amongst a gorgeous backdrop of mountains and valleys. Wat Kiri Wongkaram is also home to a mummified monk who remains resting in the temple and can be viewed by visitors. The mummified monk passed away at the age of 87 and his body was put to rest in the temple where it naturally assumed a mummified state. Even to this day, the mummified monks nails and hair continue to grow and clippings are used by many devoted followers as a form of protective charm.

Mummified Monk at Wat Khunaram Monks are held in great reverence in Thailand. The ghostly mummified monk is situated at Wat Khunaram complex, south of Route 4169 between Ban Hua Thanon and Ban Thurian. The monk, Luang Phaw Daeng, has been dead over two decades but his corpse is preserved sitting in a meditative pose. The Samui’s most famous mummified monk is a popular touristAttraction. Admission to the temple with the monk is free, but monk is displayed in a specially constructed building. You can visit it alone or with the organized tour. There are two temples. The monk is in a smaller one. The bigger temple is very impressive and beautiful. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha and the ball made from stone with a name Nimid.


Wat Sila Ngu on Koh Samui Island is an example of a piece of stunning architecture created in unbeatable surroundings. When one enters Wat Sila Ngu they will immediately feel the sea breeze blowing against their hair as the temple itself is placed and situated directly next to the beachfront and is graced by a backdrop of a beautiful ocean view. Wat Sila Ngu is home to an actual relic of Buddha and is therefore frequented by local Buddhist worshipers and tourists alike.

Wat Sila Ngu is also the location for many Buddhist holiday celebrations and festivities and if you are lucky you might find your Koh Samui holiday overlaps with an event at Wat Sila Ngu where you can experience real Thai worship and culture and join in many of the fun activities taking place at Wat Sila Ngu. Wat Sila Ngu is located between Hua Thanon And Lamai, just ask any local and they can point you in the right direction. It is located on the 4169ring-road. One kilometer south of Hin-Ta Hin-Yai on the beach side of the road.


Wat Plai Laem is located in the north of Samui on road 4171 from Big Buddha to Choeng Mon Beach. The temple is famous for the hundreds of big fish enjoying their live in the lake of the temple and waiting to be fed (Food for the fish is available at the temple for a small donation of 10 Baht per pack). Wat Plai Laem is one of the most colorful temple on Samui and features an 18 arms strong Buddha statue set in the middle of the lake.

HIN TA & HIN YAI ( Grandfather & Grandmother Rocks)

Viewing these astonishing creations, even scientific purists would be tempted to believe that nature too, can be as whimsical as the most eccentric artist. Also known as “Grandfather and Grandmother rocks” entirely formed by the elements, two extraordinarily accurate male and female genitalia-shaped rock formations share a perch overlooking the sea.

The legend goes that these rocks were created when a couple were traveling by boat with their son to his forthcoming wedding. The unfortunate family were caught in a violent storm of the coast of Samui and their vessel capsized. Unable to swim, they drowned and magically became the rocks as a sign of their good intentions towards his proposed bride and her family.


The Buddha’s footprint consists of four footprints that have been engraved together and are resting in a shrine set at the peak of a hilltop. The trek up is comprised of no less than 163 steps but is well worth the climb. The Buddha’s footprint is definitely something to be seen and the view from the top of the hill-top is excellent and completely worth the effort.

As there is no sign posted, finding this attraction will be part adventure.Take Rt. 4170 and 2 km west of the turnoff for the Butterfly Garden, go up the concrete slope on the left.


In the grounds of Wat Laem Sor, this ornately designed Chedi (Pagoda) sits at the rocky water’s edge. Covered in countless small yellow tiles, it appears golden when viewed from a short distance. It’s at the far South of the island off the 4170 road between Ban Tale and Ban Pang Ka. Follow the track with a sign that reads “Waikiki Bungalows”, and It’s at the end of that.


Wat Sumret is very old temple housing an ancient white marble Buddha believed to be hundreds of years old. Also inside is a valuable collection of Buddha images. A monk will unlock the door for you on request. Located west of Hua Thanon off the #4169 ring road, Wat Samret is 200 meters down the second concrete road on the left. It’s easy to let the sun and sea lull you into the feeling that you never want to budge from the beach. But Samui is an island of great natural beauty and variety. Even those who don’t get excited about sightseeing will find that the journeys to these popular attractions will provide their own delights.


Formerly one of Samui’s main attractions, this small, dilapidated statue is now only visited by Buddhist devotees. Although it is in a state of disrepair, the Coral Buddha is till revered and is a place of worship for the monks from nearby Wat Sumret. The only direction sign is a small tatty board parallel to the road which is easy to miss when driving past. It is on the 4169 ring-road approximately 800 meters west of Hua Thanon.


Snake Farm

Southern Thailand is home to a great many species of snakes, many of them venomous. The mountains of Samui have their share. The bite of a full grown king cobra for example can bring death within one half hour. But don’t worry! They are extremely reclusive, and chances are tiny that you will come in contact with one anyplace but at this attractions’ two shows a day, where they are handled by capable and “death defying” trainers. Located in the southwest on the 4170 ring road.

Monkey Theater

Located in Bophut, this crude zoo with a performing animal arena features shows several times a day. Small monkeys are trained to perform various tricks on stage, and then they climb the trees to demonstrate how they harvest coconuts; a feat for which the area’s monkeys are uniquely skilled.

Butterfly Garden

Built into a hillside covered with netting, vividly colored tropical butterflies can be seen along the serpentine footpath. In the southeast corner opposite the Central Samui Village resort.

Buffalo Fighting

A pair of male water buffaloes are pitted against one another in what amounts to a fairly harmless head wrestling contest. This widely loved spectacle still takes place at selected venues around the island, where banners are displayed days in advance. Like sumo, the elaborate and theatrical preparations are an important part of the show, after which the animals are set loose to glower and paw the ground. Finally they lock horns and the crowd goes wild. The show at the edge of the ring is just as entertaining as the one within. The first beast to turn and run away is the loser, and so are some punters in the crowd.

Samui Aquarium & Tiger Zoo

An awesome aquarium with a marvelous collection of tropical marine life, such as sharks, turtles, tropical fish etc. and all other undersea creatures that you ever think of, for all your family to enjoy a wonderful moment. It is just around the corner from the Butterfly Garden at Laem Set beach.

Naga Pearl Farm – Koh Matsum

A 20 minute boat trip from Ban Thong Krut will ferry you to a sea farm where you can see how cultured pearls are created. The full day trip includes lunch, your choice of afternoon activities, and a stop at the Naga Pearl Shop on the way back. Tours can be booked with most local agents.

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