Commonly known as Ko Samui (or Koh Samui) and often called as Samui (by locals) is a stunning off the East Coast Island of the Kra Isthmus in Thailand. This island is located near the mainland town of Surat Thani in Surat Thani Province. With an area of 228.7 square kilometers, Koh Samui is the second largest island in Thailand (after Phuket). Being an island, Ko Samui is very rich in natural resources, like white sandy beaches, coconut trees and especially the natural coral reefs. Koh Samui is also a part of Mu Ko Samui (a group of islands in the Gulf of Thailand). If you are planning a trip to Thailand, then visiting Koh Samui Island is a must. However, if it is your first trip, then read on to this write-up to know more about famous tourist attractions which you shouldn’t miss.

Wat Phra Yai & Big Buddha

House of Koh Samui’s most popular landmark the Big Buddha, this temple is amongst the most visited tourist attractions on the island. As the name suggests, this temple is home for a huge 12 meter high golden statue of Buddha, which was established in 1972. Many travelers or visitors come here to praise this remarkable architecture while Buddhist devotees come here to pay their regards. You can find many shops and restaurants which cater to the needs of devotees as well as tourists. Wat Phra Yai is situated in the Northeast of Samui on-route 4171 close to the airport.

Na Muang Waterfalls

Na Muang Waterfalls, is a magnificent set of two cascades on Koh Samui Island which signifies that this island’s beauty doesn’t lie in its beaches but also found in its waterfalls. Situated around 12 kilometers southeast of Nathon Bay, the Na Muang falls can only be reached by taking the walking path from the entrance to the park. From the two parks, the first one, Na Muang 1, flows down into a pretty natural pool that offers a refreshing escape from the heat, while around 30 minutes by foot further uphill is the smallest yet which is as beautiful is Na Muang 2, which is known as Namtok Na Muang, or ‘Purple Waterfalls’, are called so because of the charming purple shade of their rock faces. There are plenty of waterfalls in Koh Samui but these, two are known to be the most spectacular ones.

Hin Ta – Hin Yai

A unique natural wonder, Hin Ta and Hin Yai are some interesting rock formation on the south coast of Koh Samui, which has been a major source of amusement to the visitors on this charming island. It is often said that art imitates the beauty of nature, but with this attraction it is a vice a versa, especially the art of the ribald. Well, as they say when you are in Thailand, anything is possible and with this attraction (including specific rocks known as Grandpa (Ta) and Grandma (Yai), appear, respectively, like male and female genitalia). Apart from these, sparkling white sandy beaches (Lamai Beach, Chaweng Beach, Bophut and Maenam), Na Thian Butterfly Garden, Hin Lad Waterfall, Samui Aquarium, Lat Ko Viewpoint, and Tiger Zoo are some of the popular tourist attractions of Koh Samui. Planning a tour to Thailand? Visit for best holiday package deals.

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