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Places to visit in Koh Samui

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What to see in Koh Samui

We usually do not go to Koh Samui for its monuments but there are still some interesting places to see like Wat Khunaram and its mummified monk.

Must-visits in Koh Samui

Big Buddha (Wat Phra Yai) Koh Samui

Big Buddha (Wat Phra Yai)

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My opinion :
in the North of the island, close to the airport. It is quite impressive.
Wat Plai Laem Koh Samui

Wat Plai Laem

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My opinion :
This Buddhist and Chinese temple is especially remarkable for its large statue of the goddess Guanyin and its 18 arms. Located near the Big Buddha, it may be interesting to add to the big Buddha visit.
Koh Taen island Koh Samui

Koh Taen island

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My opinion :
This small island and its neighbor Koh Matsum are located in the south of Koh Samui, about twenty minutes by boat. Still wild, there is a reef where you can snorkel among multicolored fishes. It is a half day or full day trip tour still preserved from mass tourism.
Hin Ta Hin Yai Koh Samui

Hin Ta Hin Yai

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My opinion :
Located on the seafront between Lamai and Hua Thanon, these rocks have the shape of a penis and a vagina and attract many tourists who want to photograph them.
Koh Samui Summit Koh Samui

Koh Samui Summit

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My opinion :
On the highest point of Koh Samui when the weather is good you have a magnificent view over the island. At the top, there is a temple, Wat Theepangkorn with a large standing Buddha image on a large esplanade that gives access to the view. Few people know it but the best view is not there...
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Other visits suggestions in Koh Samui

  • The coast
    is still a beautiful place with little parts preserved for tourism development.
  • Ang Thong National Marine Park
    The Ang Thong National Marine Park is an archipelago of about 42 islands offering breathtaking sceneries. All the islands are uninhabited and undeveloped except two: Koh Paluay, inhabited by gypsies of the sea and Koh Wua Talap where the park office and the bungalows for those who would like to spend the night there are located. There are also two lovely beaches, the Buaboke Cave and the most famous viewpoint of Ang Thong. The other must-see of any excursion in the park is Thale Nai, a beautiful emerald saltwater lake. Admission to the park costs 300 baht per person. All Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao agencies offer boat trips to the Ang Thong Marine Park with snorkeling and diving but it is Koh Samui which is the nearest island.

Places to see elsewhere in Thailand

Wat Chai Wattanaram

Wat Chai Wattanaram

Khmer-style temple outside the city. It can be accessed by longtail (boat) from the Chankasem Palace Pier.


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Chicken coop spa

Chicken coop spa

If you are looking for something surprising and relaxing near Nan, this place is for you ! Located in a small local community 15 kilometers from the city, this spa has strange little saunas, the...


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Khao Takiap

Khao Takiap

green hill at the edge of a long beach with a temple at the top and a large standing Buddha. There is also a small fishing harbor.


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Similan Isands

Similan Isands

Comprising 11 islands, the Mu Ko Similan National Park offers seascapes and beaches as well as some of the most beautiful snorkeling and diving spots in Thailand. Many local agencies in Phuket...


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