Attractions in Koh Samui
Able to be seen upon arrival at Samui airport, the statue took two years to build and is certainly an impressive sight. The upper section is decorated with huge prayer bells, and from here the views out to sea are stunning. On important festivals, this is one of the liveliest spots on the island, with big celebrations taking place. The statue is especially popular to visit as the sun is setting, allowing for some great photo opportunities.
Ang Thong National Marine Park
No trip is complete to Koh Samui without a visit to the 42 small islands nearby, featuring limestone cliffs, white-sand beaches, hidden lagoons and vegetation. Activities offered include: snorkeling and diving, beach lunches, and hiking tours to lagoons and caves.
Petchbuncha Boxing Stadium
Check out the center of Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) in Koh Samui. Muay Thai is Thailand's National Sport and is one of the world's most demanding contact sports. Located at the entrance of Soi Reggae in the central area of Chaweng, Petchbuncha Stadium is a large building that can accommodate up to 1,500 supporters. Fights are held every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday starting at 21:00.
Thai Cooking Classes
With Thai Cooking Classes, the experience is just as good as the food. A popular choice amongst visitors is to partake in Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts (SITCA) planned sessions. These three hour lessons, offered in English, are located in southern Chaweng, twice daily.
Wat Khao Hua Jook
Take a trip to Samui’s popular temple and take in incredible views, including plane takeoffs and landings. Additionally, the temple includes a beautiful collection of statues and is a popular location for meditation.
A popular destination for those with kids, this nine-hole mini-golf course includes two popular restaurants, full bar with pool table, football table, television and garden, making it fun for all ages. Crazy Golf operates daily from 11:00-00:00 and is located at the end of Islander Soi off Chaweng Main Street.
Hin Ta & Hin Yai
These rock formations on Koh Samui’s coast, known as Grandpa (Ta) and Grandma (Yai), are said to resemble male and female genitalia, making them two of Thailand’s most often photographed and commented on attractions. Entry to the rocks is free and located off highway 4169 at the southern end of Lamai Beach.
Lamai Night Plaza
Lamai Night Plaza is a mini-version of Bangkok's Patpong night market located in the center of Lamai town. Purchase anything you might need from local goods to knockoffs of expensive brands. Always remember to negotiate the original asking price. The market also features food center, café and pub to relax after a long day of shopping. The plaza is located at Lamai center and is open every day at 17:00.
Coco Splash Adventure & Water Park
Coco Splash Adventure & Water Park offers fun and entertainment for the whole family. In addition to the water park, others may seek adventure through a number of activities including: Air Bag Jump and Bungee Trampoline, ropes courses, zip-lines, tree top obstacles, go-karting, and inflatable castle. For more information visit: http://www.samuiwaterpark.com
Samui Aquarium & Tiger Zoo
Another family-friendly option, this stunning aquarium and tiger zoo has plenty to offer including sea-lion shows, exotic bird shows, eagles and hawks, turtles, otters and more. Services open daily at 11:00 and are located at Ban Harn beach on the south east side of Koh Samui island, approximately 30 minutes from the airport. For more information visit: http://www.samuiaquariumandtigerzoo.com
Wat Khunaram provides a unique insight into Buddhist and Thai culture, and is the last residence of Koh Samui’s Mummified Monk. Wat Khunaram is located on Route 4169 (the Ring Road) between Na Muang waterfalls and Hua Thanon.
Lamai Overlap Stone
Those visitors looking for a challenge may consider Lamai Overlap Stone. The difficulty of climbing these unbalanced boulders is made worthwhile by the impressive views on arrival. The journey takes approximately 20 minutes by foot.
Located five kilometers south of Lamai, this Muslim community is one of Samui’s few remaining traditional fleets; visitors can view the fishermen's elegantly painted long-tail boats and experience the atmosphere this village provides. Enjoy one of the local, inexpensive seafood restaurant options.
Samui Crocodile Farm
If you’re into reptiles check out this farm featuring crocodiles, snakes, lizards, monkeys and more. Shows occur from 12:00 until 17:00 daily. For more information visit their website at http://www.samuicrocodilefarm.com
Santiburi Samui Country Club
For more information on booking a tee-time at one of the most beautiful golf courses in Thailand, call +66 77 425 031.
Samui Canopy Adventures
Located in Maenam hinterland, Samui Canopy Adventures offers adrenaline junkies plenty of options including zip-lining courses measuring 500m. After a long day, cool off under the beautiful waterfall.