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30 Best Places to Visit in Ko Samui
If you want to travel to exotic places in Thailand, you can go to Ko Samui. This area has many natural attractions, such as beautiful beaches and waterfalls. You can enjoy the view and atmosphere in the middle of a refreshing sunny day. However, apart from that, there are also many cultural, historical, and religious tourism spots here, especially Buddhist temples.
1. Na Muang Waterfall
Na Muang Waterfall is one of the best natural tourist spots in Ko Samui. Besides the waterfall itself, which is beautiful and refreshing, you can also enjoy the scenery when hiking to reach this waterfall. No wonder the calm and peaceful atmosphere is one of its main attractions.
2. Chaweng Beach
This tourist spot in Ko Samui is most suitable for those of you who want to relax while enjoying a sunny day on the beach. The vast stretch of sand and clear seawater are the main attraction. Besides relaxing on the beach, you can also swim or enjoy the fun nightlife on the beach.
3. Wat Khunaram
In this temple, you will find the mummified body of Luong Pordaeng, a Buddhist monk who died in a meditation position in 1973. Now, his body is stored in a glass box inside this temple.
4. Lamai Sunday Night Market
As the name implies, this market is only open on Sunday evenings. You can come here to shop for various local products and culinary delights at affordable prices. One of the advantages is that this place is not too crowded with tourists to shop more peacefully.
5. Khun Si Waterfall
Enjoy the view and the freshness of a clear waterfall among the fallen rocks and flow into the pool below. To reach this place, you also have to climb, but of course, accompanied by a no less beautiful view.
6. Lipa Noi Beach
Even though you have to drive a few hours from the city center to reach this beach, the scenery and atmosphere are well worth the trip! White sand and beautiful sea views before sunset are the factors that make this place a favorite among tourists. This place is also suitable for swimming because the waves are not too high. Whether you are with children or a partner, this place can be a significant tourist destination.
7. Silver Beach
This 250-meter long beach is located close to the more famous Chaweng Beach and Lamai Beach. Because of that, this place was still one that was rarely known and quieter. Both have clean and beautiful seawater and beach sand, you can go to this beach to enjoy its beauty without tourists' crowds.
8. Ang Thong Marine Park
Ang Thong is one of the best marine parks in Thailand. There are lots of fun activities that you can try here, from kayaking, hiking, snorkeling, having lunch on a boat while enjoying the view of the island, to playing beach volleyball. Due to its vastness, you can spend days here, and there may still be areas that you haven't explored.
9. Bang Kao Beach
Surrounded by palm trees and clear blue seawater, it's no wonder this place is well known among domestic and foreign tourists. You and your kids can swim by the beach or have a picnic here while enjoying the fresh air on a sunny day.
10. Pink Elephant, Samui Water Park
Pink Elephant is a waterpark in the Maenam Beach area that is suitable for family travelers and children. There are lots of fun and challenging slides here. With palm trees all around, you will refresh yourself by playing in the water and with the view and the shady atmosphere.
11. Wat Plai Laem
Wat Plai Laem, like many Buddhist temples in Ko Samui and Thailand, is a temple with a Buddha statue. However, the difference with the others is that there is Guanyin's statue with 18 hands here. Guanyin himself is the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion in Thai culture.
12. Wat Samret
Compared to other historical temples in Thailand, Wat Samret is quite new, only about 100 years old. Inside there are about 80 Buddha statues, with the largest one placed in the front center. Apart from these statues, the exterior architecture also attracts attention because of its beauty.
13. Lat Wanorn Waterfall
Lat Wanorn Waterfall is not like other high or large waterfalls. However, because of that, many tourists like to visit here. The atmosphere is calm, the air is fresh, and the waterfall trip is also with beautiful natural scenery.
14. Maenam Beach
Maenam Beach is known as one of the cheaper beaches than many other famous beaches. Even so, this 7 km long beach offers both beautiful sea views and fresh air. Compared to other beaches that are usually more commercial, Maenam Beach is calmer and simpler. You won't find too many shops or other facilities around the coast.
15. The Wharf Samui
With approximately 5,000 hectares, this place is one of the must-visit shopping paradises on Ko Samui. You can really shop 'til you drop here. Even though it is a complete and large shopping mall, this place still presents a peaceful and casual atmosphere so you can shop without any crowds or noise.
16. Big Buddha Temple / Wat Phra Yai
This one temple is a large complex containing many Buddha statues. The statues vary in size and position. The largest here is a Buddha statue with the Mara posture, representing serenity.
17. Samui Elephant Sanctuary
As the name suggests, this place is a wildlife sanctuary for elephants. Here, you can see and interact directly with these fantastic creatures. There is also a pool where the elephants here refresh themselves.
18. Fisherman's Village
This place is the main destination for tourists who want to shop for cheap local products until they are satisfied. There are many shops selling fashion items and other souvenirs. You can also bargain with the sellers here. So, practice basic Thai first if you want to come here!
19. Lamai Beach
Even though it is close to Chaweng Beach, this one beach is arguably calmer and less crowded. The seawater around the beach is deeper, so it is suitable for swimming. Although including quieter, the facilities around the coast are still complete and adequate. You don't need to go far from the beach to eat local culinary delights or refresh yourself with selected drinks.
20. Dusit Dheva Cultural Center
Even though it is a cultural center, it is actually quite far from the city center. But because of that, this place is a must-visit. The atmosphere is peaceful so that you can explore and admire the collection of statues, sculptures, and other cultural items more calmly. The design of this place resembles an old Thai house so that it adds to its uniqueness.
21. Secret Buddha Garden
Located on Pom Mountain Hill, it contains a wide variety of sculptures with a grand feel in a leafy location. Once here, you will be amazed by the collection of sculptures and the beautiful natural scenery around it.
22. Lad Koh Viewpoint
If you're looking for an open location that's instagramable, you can head straight to Lad Koh Viewpoint! This place has become one of the favorite spots for tourists who like photography in recent years. From here, you can see first-hand views of the beach and sea that are second to none. The bridge at this location is indeed made as the best spot to enjoy the view.
23. Paradise Park Farm
Paradise Park Farm is a recreational place that is suitable for family tourism and children's tourism destinations. This open garden provides many facilities for fun activities, from swimming pools to interactions with tame animals.
24. Samui Crocodile Farm
As the name implies, this place is home to various species of well-known crocodiles and alligators, such as the saltwater crocodile and the Siamese crocodile. Apart from that, there are also various snakes, lizards, and monkeys here. However, the main attraction is a live show involving crocodiles and professional staff who are both cool and thrilling.
25. Wat Jee Kong
In the past, when Chinese immigrants first came here, they chose the location of Chaweng Beach. And in this area, they also built a temple, which is now called Wat Jee Kong. This temple has magnificent and beautiful carvings and architecture, making it a must-visit attraction.
26. Wat Sila Ngu Temple
Wat Sila Ngu Temple is one of the most famous temples in Ko Samui. The building has a characteristic that can be different from other temples, which is red. Apart from its color, this shrine has the same function as other temples as a place of worship, which is also attractive for tourists.
27. Laem Sor Pagoda
Located on the rocky coast of Bang Kao, this pagoda presents a different and unique view. Its large size and height and bright yellow color stand out against the clear blue ocean's backdrop. It is no wonder that many are interested in visiting this tourist attraction in Ko Samui.
28. Choeng Mon Beach
Suppose you want to travel to a beautiful beach but also luxurious with complete facilities. In that case, you can go to Choeng Mon Beach. Here, there is a luxury resort that gives access to Choeng Mon beach. You can also try various kinds of fun watersports here or just sunbathe while enjoying the beautiful sea views.
29. Hin Lad Waterfall
Hin Lad Waterfall is still classified as hidden with dense trees around it. Apart from providing freshness and beautiful views, there is also a pool area under the waterfall where you can swim.
30. Sky Fox Cable Ride
This zip line for the flying fox is one of the most enjoyable ways to take in the view of Ko Samui. Here, you will cross from a height using a zip line for a flying fox in the middle of the forest. You can enjoy the natural beauty below while also enjoying the fresh air and gentle breeze during the slide.