Koh Samui is one of those exotic and culturally enticing destinations filled with countless attractions. It can be a bit difficult to prioritize what to see in a relatively short amount of time, so here is a list of the top 5 places you must visit:
1. BIG BUDDHA
Anyone that admires impressive architecture will be enlightened by the beauty and detail of the Big Buddha. This is probably one of Samui’s most well know landmarks, located in close proximity to the airport making it impossible to miss if you are lucky to have a window seat on the plane.
12 meters high, the golden Buddha was built in 1972 and is located inside the temple grounds of Wat Phra Yai, meaning “Big Buddha Temple”.
Inside the surrounding temple are many different shrines and other smaller ornate Buddhas. There is also a small market selling a wide range of souvenirs alongside numerous food stalls.
2. Namuang Safari Park
Namuang Safari Park is a very well maintained animal adventure park with elephants, jeep rides to mountain vistas and waterfall hikes.
A great place to visit with children and adults will most definitely enjoy a hike to the beautiful namuang waterfall. It was a bit difficult to go all the way to the top with a toddler but a 10 minute steep hike without children should not be too strenuous otherwise.
3. Lamai Beach
Lamai beach is a must for all relaxation seekers. It is very laid back and offers many excellent restaurants that include beach chairs, amazing food, and some even a massage area.
The Black Pearl was one of our favorite restaurants and we found ourselves visiting multiple times during our stay. We recommend the thai style lobster, chicken stir fry, and of course the 300 BHT (9 USD) massages right next door on the beach.
3. Samui Rock Bar by Hin Ta & Hin Yai Rocks
The Samui Rock Bar is located right next to Hin Ta & Hin Yai Rocks (another popular destination also named “Grandma and Grandpa Rocks”) and offers an extremely relaxing atmosphere with its reggae vibe.
It is built on a few connecting rocks, hence the name “The Rock Bar”.
Enjoy some good food, stare at the endless ocean, and enjoy a nice cold Chang beer.
4. Goddess Guanyin at Wat Plai Laem
“Goddess Guanyin is believed to be a source of unconditional love and a protector of all beings. Her multitude of arms is seen as an illustration of her ability to reach out and provide help across the world.”
Goddess Gunyin is located in the Wat Plai Laem Buddhist temple compound and is a serene and remarkable white structure. Her influence has spread thoughtout East and Southeast Asia and dates back to ancient China.
5. Chawang Market
The Chawang Market is a must for souvenirs. You will find a enormous abundance of goods as well as music and great food surrounding the countless merchants.
From various t-shirts to jewelry and designer replicas, you will find it all here at a bargain.