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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.
I also listed at the end of the page some good tours, excursions and activities that you can do in Koh Samui or from Koh Samui. Click here to see them.

Must-visits in Koh Samui

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Big Buddha (Wat Phra Yai)

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

วัดปลายแหลม
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.
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Koh Taen island

เกาะ แตน
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.
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Hin Ta Hin Yai

หินตา หินยาย
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.
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Koh Samui Summit

พระพุทธ ทีปังกร
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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Ang Thong National Marine Park

อุทยานแห่งชาติหมู่เกาะอ่างทอง
My opinion :
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.
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Koh Matsum

เกาะมัดสุม
My opinion :
Known now as the pig island since a small family of wild pigs has been introduced on the island to make it more popular with tourists, Ko Madsum is almost always associated with visiting or at least snorkeling off Koh Taen, the neighbor island.
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My opinion :
This large rock which seems to be threatening to fall into the void at any time offers a very nice viewpoint on Lamai Beach and has become one of the best known viewpoints in Ko Samui. Only problem, it is not so easy to get 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.

Tours in Koh Samui and around

This selection includes tours, excursions and activities that I have personally tested or were tested by people I fully trust but also offers by recognized agencies or websites known for their seriousness and quality.

angthong marine park by speed ​​boat
Samui Insolite

Angthong Marine Park by Speed ​​Boat

Offered in Englishenglish guide
The Ang Thong Marine Park near Koh Samui island is one of the most beautiful of its kind in Thailand. It is definitely a must visit if you are in Samui or Koh Phangan.

koh samui out f the beaten tracks in 4×4
Samui Insolite

Koh Samui out f the beaten tracks in 4×4

Offered in Englishenglish guide
Explore the inner beauty of Koh Samui island far from the regular tourist sites in a small group with a English guide. Discover Samui local life and the hidden places that most tourists never see.

koh tan & koh matsum by long tail boat
Samui Insolite

Koh Tan & Koh Matsum by Long Tail Boat

Offered in Englishenglish guide
The small Koh Tan island is half an hour by longtail boat from Koh Samui. Prestine sand beach, seabed with multicolored fish, mangroves, temple..., with its neighbor Koh Matsum and its wild pigs, it offers a nice setting for a day trip from Samui.

koh samui: mix land and sea
Samui Insolite

Koh Samui: Mix Land and Sea

Offered in Englishenglish guide
This offer invites you to discover the interior of Koh Samui island, its fruits plantations, a secret waterfall, the local life, amazing viewpoints and will finish the afternoon by taking you to a small neighboring island for snorkeling, an barbecue, local rhum drinking, relaxation and swimming.

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Samui Insolite

Traditional Thai Cooking Class

Offered in Englishenglish guide
Thai cuisine is reputed to be one of the best in the world, particularly due to the variety of its flavors, ingredients and spices. A Thai Chef in Koh Samui will welcome you to her home to teach you how to choose ingredients and cook 5 traditional Thai dishes.

Tours from Koh Samui

discover koh phangan on a 4x4
Samui Insolite

Discover Koh Phangan on a 4x4


Discover the natural beauty of Koh Phangan island differently on a day that will focus on local life and atmosphere. Departure from Koh Samui possible.

Places to see elsewhere in Thailand

Wat Sri Panton

wat sri panton

This fully golden temple is the second monochrome temple in Nan. It is located just a few minutes walk from Nan white temple.


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Phimai temple

phimai temple

which houses Prasat Phimai, one of the finest examples of Khmer temple in Thailand. Its architecture reminds of Angkor Wat in many ways.


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Khao Sok National Park

khao sok national park

It is certainly one of the most beautiful national parks in Thailand ! The highlight of Khao Sok is Chiew Lan Lake that many compare to Halong Bay. Some even dare to say that it is more beautiful....


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Bo Sang Umbrella making village

bo sang umbrella making village

This village a few kilometers from Chiang Mai is famous for its traditional umbrella making. Throughout the year, you can go there and visit the workshops to see all the stages of the confection...


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