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What to see

Apart from beautiful beaches and breathtaking views there is more to see on Koh Samui, Several colorful temples invite for an inside view of Buddhism, waterfalls cascading down the hills provide a refreshment after some trekking and stunning sunsets can be viewed from one of the view points around Samui. And a visit to Khun Nims garden in the hills of Samui should not be missed.

Religious Sites

The first landmark you will see when arriving at Koh Samui by plane is the 12m tall Big Buddha Statue at Wat Phra Yai and the golden chedi of Wat Khao Hua Juk. But apart from the typical Thai temples one can find Chinese temples, shrines, mosques and churches dotted around the island. The temples are open for everyone to visit but remember to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts and to remove your shoes when entering.


Koh Samui has many viewpoints from where you can see the beaches and surrounding islands. The sunrise can be watched from the Lat Ko viewpoint between Chaweng and Lamai while the sunset is best viewed from the west coast and Nathon.


In the interior of Koh Samui are a number of waterfalls that can make an interesting change of pace when you are tired of the beach scene. Waterfalls have always been one of the favorite natural attractions for locals and travelers. The most popular of these are the Na Muang waterfall. The place is an ideal spot for trekking and elephant back riding, as it is surrounded by dense forest.


Besides temples and natural beauty there are other interesting things to see on Samui. There is a hundred year old house built without nails for example and a magical Buddha garden built by one man in the hills of Samui  as well as some strangely shaped rock formations called Hin Ta Hin Yai.

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Popular Attractions

Big Buddha
Location : Big Buddha Beach

Grandfather rock (Hinta Hinya)
Location : Lamai Beach

Muang waterfall
Location : Na Muang - West Coast

Lat Ko Viewpoint
Location : Chaweng Noi

The Mummified Monk
Location : Wat Rao Khunaram

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