There are many attractions in Koh Samui and it can become a little overwhelming when deciding how to spend your time. We have put together a list of our top ten things to do whilst visiting the island and we hope that it makes your planning a little easier.
1. Beach Hopping
Koh Samui is home to a number of impressive beaches that are dotted all around the island. Whether you are here to relax, snorkel or try water sports, there is always a stretch of white sand and clear blue sea for you. Read our full blog here to see which is our favourite beach!
2. Wat Phra Yai (Big Buddha Temple)
Take a trip up towards the north to visit the spectacular 12-meter high golden Buddha. The statue towers above its own small island and is one of the most popular attractions in Koh Samui.
3. Wat Plai Laem
A short ride from Wat Phra Yai, this stunning set of temples is home to the striking statue of the 18-armed Guanyin, the goddess of compassion and mercy. A must-see when visiting the island, especially when paired with a trip to the Big Buddha.
4. Na Muang Waterfalls
Have a break from beach hopping and experience a place of natural beauty in Koh Samui’s magnificent jungle. There are two waterfalls to see at Na Muang, so make sure you’re well fuelled and prepared for the hike! Number two requires a higher climb, but the views and natural surroundings are breathtaking!
5. Grandma and Grandpa Rocks
Certainly one of the strangest attractions around, but make sure you have a giggle at these fascinating rock structures which remarkably resemble the shape of male and female genitalia! Read our full blog post here.
6. Fisherman’s Village Walking Street
Every Friday from 5pm-11pm, the quiet town of Bophut is brought to life as hundreds of people flock to the vibrant walking street market. Sample authentic Thai street food and shop at the many market stalls as you are dazzled by the bright lights and live music!
7. Overlap Stone
A perfectly balanced giant stone with incredible views over Lamai Beach! We hired a motorbike to reach this hidden viewpoint and were amazed by it’s beautiful surroundings. Just be sure to tread carefully and don’t look down!
8. Lamai Viewpoint
After seeking out the Overlap Stone, why not take a ride in a traditional cable car up to Lamai Viewpoint. Situated high amongst the jungle, take in the breathtaking views of Lamai Beach and beyond as you sip a cold drink from the bar. There is also a zip-line experience for the thrill seekers!
9. Shop till you drop in Chaweng
Known as the tourist hub of the island, Chaweng is a great location for a few hours of retail therapy. Have a stroll around one of the many market stalls to grab yourself a bargain, or find your favourite brands in Central Festival shopping mall.
10. Party all night!
At night, Chaweng Beach road is buzzing with enough bars and clubs to keep you partying until the early hours. Head to one of the many cabaret shows or experience some live Muay Thai Boxing before joining the pub crawl.