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Explore Koh Samui's amazing attractions


There are several natural attractions located on or near the main road around the island. (Ring Road). These are included in most guided tour itineraries. You are likely to stop at most or all of them if you take one of the island tours offered by several companies. Or you may prefer to map out your own route, and follow it on rented motorbikes or in a jeep.

It's easy to let the sun and sea lull you into the feeling that you never want to budge from the beach. But Samui is an island of great natural beauty and variety. Even those who don't get excited about sightseeing will find that the journeys to these popular attractions will provide their own delights.

Mummified monk

Mummified Monks
Monks are held in great reverence in Thailand, and years ago Samui chose to mummify two of them. Their bodies can be seen in their well preserved forms some 20 years after their deaths at Wat Kiri Wongkaram and Wat Khunaram.

 

secret buddhas

Secret Hall of Buddhas
Wat Sumret is a very old temple housing an ancient white marble Buddha believed to be hundreds of years old. Also inside is a valuable collection of Buddha images. A monk will unlock the door for you on request.
If you visit a temple, please dress appropriately and be sure to remove your shoes before entering. When sitting or kneeling, be careful not to point your foot directly at the Buddha or worshipers, and always take care to keep your feet tucked away when in the presence of monks. Also keep your head at a level below theirs

Buddha footprint

Buddha's footprint
As there is no sign posted, finding this attraction will be part of the adventure. Take Rt. 4170 and 2 km west of the turnoff for the Butterfly Garden, go up the concrete slope on the left. Housed in a hilltop shrine, four footprints have been engraved one atop another. There are 163 steps to climb in all, but the view up there of the surrounding treetops and valleys will be worth it.

Big Buddha on Koh Faan
Big Buddha

Temples
The vast majority of the population consider themselves Buddhists. While the devoutness of their practice varies just as it does with religious people throughout the world, the temple remains a cultural focal point for every village. Many of the more high profile 'Wats' in the country have become tourist attractions, but remarkably the presence of foreign visitors does not seem to distract or disturb those residents who come to pray. The most popular temple attraction is the gold covered Big Buddha statue located on the tiny island of Koh Faan, the island is connected by a short causeway from Big Buddha beach.

heavens garden

Heaven's Garden
High in the hills that rise from the forested interior of the island, lies an art gallery extraordinary in many ways. The inspiration and creation of Nim Thongsuk, this son of 4 generations of Samuian's decided at the age of 77, to create a little piece of heaven on earth in the hope that many of the increasing number of tourists would appreciate not only his vision, but the extraordinary beauty of the island's hilltop forests. Some of the creations are immediately apparent, others are either so small or so immense, you might miss them as you concentrate on keeping your footing. So be prepared to take your time and wear a sturdy old pair of shoes.

waterfall at Ngam Muang

Waterfalls
Delightfully refreshing forest forays, if you plan to do more than admire the view - that is plunge into one of the island's natural waterfalls, then take along a sturdy and non-slip pair of old shoes and tread carefully. Those who have difficulty walking mountain paths are advised to visit Na Muang 1 and content themselves with enjoying the view.
The volume of water at the falls will vary, depending on the time of year and recent rainfall. The last few months of the year are the wettest, while the months of March through September are fairly dry.

Grandfather and Grandmother rocks

Hin Ta Hin Yai
Viewing these astonishing creations, even scientific purists would be tempted to believe that nature too, can be as whimsical as the most eccentric artist. Also known as "Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks"; entirely formed by the elements, two extraordinarily accurate male and female genitalia-shaped rock formations share a perch overlooking the sea.

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