The third largest island of Thailand, Koh Samui attracts a number of travelers with its unusual appeal. The picturesque beauty of the place is really pleasing that makes travelers staying here for longer than their usual plan. With panoramic views of lush green dense forests and mesmerizing waterfalls, the place offers great tourism opportunities to the visitors. The city offers something for everyone as it is full of crowded beaches where you can visit most gorgeous tourists in enjoying sunbathe on clear seas. Koh Samui also features diverse isolated spots where serenity and privacy can be enjoyed together. If you are not interested in lounging on the beaches or spending private moments, the city has lots of tourist attractions that enhance the charm of the island. Explore some of the attractions to visit in Koh Samui.
Situated on the northern coast of Koh Samui, Big Buddha is one of the most prominent landmarks of the city. This is a 12-meter high golden Buddha, which is visible from the several kilometers far. The Big Buddha sits in the Mara posture. Its left palm is on the lap and the right one is facing down with the fingers hanging over the knee. The temple in which this shrine is located, you can see many other shrines and small symbolic Buddha.
Hin Ta and Hin Yai is an unusual naturally beautiful sight that features some charming rock formations on Koh Samui’s south coast. These stone formations have been discovered by the locals several years ago. This is a perfect example of how nature imitates art. In Thailand, these rocks are known as Grandpa (Ta) and Grandma (Yai).
Ang Thong National Marine Park is is a home to variety of exotic wildlife and sea creatures. This marine park is a protected area that features more than 100 square kilometers of land and sea. It is situated in the Gulf of Thailand amidst huge sandstone mountains, dense forests, white sandy beaches, lush mangroves, cascading waterfalls and unseen bays and lakes. You can enjoy here various activities like snorkeling, hiking, sea kayaking, sea-diving and sailing. You can also relax on one of its calm beaches.
Situated high in the hills of Koh Samui’s interior, Secret Buddha Garden offers the tourists mesmerizing views and rare collection of statues in a dense green forest. The statues portray various animals, deities and humans in different poses. It has a calm and relaxing atmosphere that is enhanced with waterfalls.
Wat Plai Laem is a living and active Buddhist temple that is situated on the North-East coast of the city. It features an attractive white 18-arm statue of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion. Here devotees come every day to worship to Guanyin and the Buddha. It is comparatively a new temple that uses several art techniques in its creation. To enhance the tranquility of this temple, a lake is built that is heaving with several fishes.
Na Muang Waterfalls is a splendid collection of two cascades on Koh Samui Island. The waterfall demonstrates that the real beauty of island not just lies in its beaches but can be also witnessed in its waterfalls. Situated about 12 km south-east of Nathon Bay, Na Muang Waterfalls can be reached through walking from the entrance to the park. There are several waterfalls in Koh Samui but these two are recognized to be the most amazing ones.
Koh Lanta is the biggest island of the Krabi Province, which is reasonably calm and can be travelled easily on a motorbike. Come across its breathtaking inland where one can explore dense tropical forests and beautiful culture and also come across friendly people and implausible eating zones. The beaches of this island are far more beautiful than anywhere else in Thailand. Provide solace to you with long stretches of sun-kissed beaches and their warm moving waves. The destination is also famous for enjoying a number of adventurous sports and beautiful coral reefs.