Koh Samui Tourist Attractions
Hin Ta and Hin Yai (Lamai Beach)
Meaning “Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks”, these unusual rock formations were named after their similarity to sexual organs, and they are located at the south end of Hat Lamai. The site is one of Koh Samui’s most photographed features.
Strangely shaped rocks south of Lamai Beach are locally dubbed Hin Ta – Hin Yai.
According to legend, an old couple were shipwrecked in the bay and died and their bodies washed ashore creating the rocks.
Namtok Na Mueang Waterfall
There are two levels to this attractive waterfall, which tumbles down out of the highlands. The nearest one to the road has about a 20-metre drop and a refreshing pool for relaxing. A steep side road leads to the higher level, which is even more impressive. Here, elephant treks are also possible.
For anyone fascinated by snakes, a visit to one of the island’s snake shows is a must. The fearless handlers play with deadly species, and offer visitors the chance to get up close and touch their slithery skin.
The monkeys’ famed ability as coconut collectors once formed the basis of Samui’s economy. During the performance, all their skills are shown to ludicrous effect.
This is the island’s main town and port, situated on the west coast, and is constantly bustling with visitors arriving and departing. This is the place to go shopping for beach gear, extending visas or just watch the goings-on at the port from a street cafe.
Big Buddha Temple
Established in 1972, the temple houses a 12-meter high Golden Buddha, which has recently become a spectacular landmark of Ko Samui. The monastery has become a meditation center for both local residents and foreigners.
Wat Pradoem Temple
Located approximately 12 kilometers on Route 4169 or 1 kilometer from Na Mueang Waterfall is a monastery built at the end of Ayutthaya Era. The temple is believed to be the first temple on Ko Samui. At present, it is where an ancient wooden scripture hall used in storing Buddhist scriptures is located.
Wat Samret Temple
This relatively old temple houses a marble Buddha image brought from Burma and many other old Buddha images.
Ban Lamai Cultural Hall
Serving as a folk museum, the Hall houses many local ancient objects. Interesting objects on display include earthenware, household utensils, hunting weapons and equipment used in coconut planting.
Located at Laem Set Bay, the Aquarium features a wide variety of tropical fish and marine fauna.
The Statue Garden
The Garden features a number of Buddhist and Hindu statues recently made by Khun Nim, a local sculptor. Located near the highest point of Samui Island, the place can be reached by taking the track opposite Wat Khunaram.
Samui Butterfly Garden (Na Tian Butterfly Garden)
Located at the bottom of the hill to the south of the island, the Garden offers a unique opportunity to observe numerous species of butterflies on the island. Other interesting features are the beautifully decorated garden, the bee house, a Thai style house which allows visitors to observe the activities of bees. The insect museum, in which rare insects from Thailand and other countries are displayed, is also worth visiting.
The Eight-Headed Coconut Tree
This is a rare and exotic coconut species. To see it for yourself, follow the sign posts on the No. 4169 southbound ring road to Na Thon Bay.
Koh Samui Tourist Attraction Information by Tourism Authority of Thailand