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What 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-visit places in Koh Samui


Big Buddha (Wat Phra Yai)

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

Wat Plai Laem

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

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.

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.

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...

Ang Thong National Marine Park

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

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.
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 nice places to visit in Koh Samui

Samui Elephant Sanctuary

Samui Elephant Sanctuary

This respectful elephant sanctuary opened in early 2018. It is the first elephant sanctuary on an island that had until then only elephants trekking camps. By going there, you will live a beautiful encounter with elephants while being sure to not involuntarily participate in their abuse.
Khao Hua Jook Pagoda

Khao Hua Jook Pagoda

and its golden chedi temple close to Chaweng Beach. Perched on a hill, Kho Hua Jook pagoda offers a beautiful view on the airport runway and the lake
Khao Chedi

Khao Chedi

This small temple not far from the Laem Sor Pagoda is perched on a little hill in the South of Koh Samui and doesn't lack of charm with its refined white Buddhas. It also offers beautiful views on Koh Taen and Koh Matsum islands and the Bang Kao bay.
Lamai Viewpoint

Lamai Viewpoint

This small viewpoint offers stunning views over Lamai Beach. Located just above the Grandpa and Grandma rocks, many tourists miss it because its access is a bit hidden.
Koh Phangan island

Koh Phangan island

Opposite Koh Samui, Koh Phangan island deserves you to stay there for several days and nights to really discover and enjoy it but it is possible to just go there fore the day and visit the main places and beaches, snorkel ect... either by tours via travel agencies or by yourself but you have to calculate it good with the ferry between Samui and Ko Phangan timetables.
Wat Khunaram

Wat Khunaram

and its mummified monk with sunglasses. The building is modest but seing this well-preserved mummified monk in meditation position with his sunglasses is pretty funny.
Wat Sila Ngu

Wat Sila Ngu

This small temple still little known to tourists has a red hall with magnificent relief sculptures. Located on Hua Thanon beach in the south of Koh Samui, it can be accessed from the main road or from the beach via a staircase.
Secret Buddha Garden (Tarnim Magic Garden)

Secret Buddha Garden (Tarnim Magic Garden)

This small private garden has earned a reputation in Koh Samui. In a beautiful setting with rocks, trees and waterfalls, there are statues of Buddhas and figures of Buddhism. This garden is a charming place but tis not secret anymore as every day many people visit it. But it is interesting to go there especially if you have the chance to visit it when there is nobody else.
Laem Sor Pagoda

Laem Sor Pagoda

located at the southern tip of the island, on the rocky coast, it has a golden chedi and was built from thousands of golden tiles.

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.

traditional thai cooking class
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.

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Rice fields and countryside

rice fields and countryside

It is the true peculiarity and richness of the island: its local agricultural life which reminds me of Isan, the most rural region in Thailand. Cycling around by bike when the rice plants are...

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Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world

rafflesia, the largest flower in the world

It is the largest flower in the world. It is very rare and endangered. It can be seen in Thailand, in Khao Sok National Park, over a period from December to the end of March. There aren't any open...

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Wat Tham Sua

wat tham sua

temple on a small hill located about twenty kilometers from Kanchanaburi, it has a gigantic Buddha and offers a 360 degrees view over the countryside

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Wat Khao Phra Yod

wat khao phra yod

This temple perched on a small hill about thirty kilometers north fromTrang city of is really worth a visit! For the temple itself but also and especially for the view it offers at the top. At the...

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