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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...
Ang Thong National Marine Park Koh Samui

Ang Thong National Marine Park

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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.
Koh Matsum Koh Samui

Koh Matsum

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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.
Overlap Stone Koh Samui
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.

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the most visited temple in Ayuthaya, three chedis perfectly preserved make this wat very unique.


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Ban Thale Noi village

Ban Thale Noi village

This small village of artisan working with wickected in the vicinity of Thale Noi lake does not lack of charm with its small cemented roads on piles. You can see the villagers at work in their homes.


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Raksa Warin Hot Springs

Raksa Warin Hot Springs

The water is naturally at 65°C. There are basins forming a spa open for free to visitors while on the other side of the street Siam Spa offers a full-service spa.


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