Part of the Chumphon Archipelago, Koh Samui is an idyllic island in Thailand. Home to alluring white-sand beaches, charming fishing villages and acres of verdant coconut groves in all directions. Make this paradise your own with our top 4 things to do in Koh Samui.
Immerse in spirituality
Wat Phra Yai is the most renowned of Buddhist shrines in Koh Samui. Aptly known as the Big Buddha, the imposing gold-plated statue of Lord Buddha looks radiating against the vast turquoise sea behind it. The sight of devout locals offering prayers, rhythmic ringing of bells, and whiff of scented incense in the air will surely leave you enchanted.
Just a walkable distance away from the Big Buddha is the Wat Plai Laem. Visit this shrine to behold the imposing statue of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion. Known for exuding charm with 18 extending arms and glows milky-white against the azure sky. Be mesmerized by the vibrant colors of the central temple complex with brick red slanting roofs having golden edges and intricate Buddhist motifs.
Contemplate nature at Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park
A slice of paradise protected as a National Park is an archipelago of 42 islands in Koh Samui. Spend a day in the company of limestone karsts, caves, verdant jungle, sugar white beaches, and lakes. Even more, indulge in activities like kayaking, canoeing, diving, hiking. Or even better, in contrast, contemplate this spectacular landscape by sitting under the cool shade of coconut trees with gentle waves of the sea lapping the beach.
Visit the picture-perfect Secret Buddha Garden
A sea of stone statues depicting humans, deities, animals, and mythical creatures in the center of Koh Samui. Hidden in the mountains in the midst of thick jungle foliage, spend a pleasant time in the cool air away from sunny beaches to witness this man-made garden. Furthermore, you can hear the gentle burble of a stream nearby as you explore this garden. It is the perfect location to brag your photography skills as this unique place is highly Instagrammable.
Swim with the sharks at Koh Tao
Get your snorkeling gear out as the crystal-clear water off Koh Tao will reward you with plentiful marine life. The island gifts you with sightings of reef sharks, sea turtles, sting rays. Also a kaleidoscopic mix of fish species like needlefish, parrotfish, butterfish, bannerfish, eels, and a lot more. Shark Bay, Tanote Bay Mango Bay or Lighthouse Bay are popular spots on Koh Tao.
Finally, feel the sand between your toes, take a deep breath, and make the most of what Koh Samui has to offer.