Main Attractions in Samui
Angthong National Marine Park
Set within sight of the main island, this national park is made up of an archipelago of 42 islands. The park and surrounding sea make up a 100 square kilometers of protected pristine beauty. There are of course white sandy beaches, but also towering limestone mountains, mangrove forests, thick jungle and many caves and lakes to discover. Visitors usually come for the day to enjoy sea kayaking, diving, sailing or just to swim and enjoy the secluded beaches. There are even places to stay on the islands including simple bungalows and camping tents to hire. This really is the perfect tropical paradise.
Probably the most visited site on Koh Samui, the Big Buddha stands 12 meters tall and can be seen for miles. Built in 1972 it remains a popular place for visitors to pay their respect to the Lord Buddha. There is also a market with many types of souvenir as well as lots of food stalls.
Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village
The Fisherman’s Village is made up of the narrow streets around the beach road. Formerly a thriving fishing community, now it is a place of trendy bars and restaurants. On Fridays the beach road is closed to traffic and becomes a popular walking street. Many of the beach-side bars and restaurants are open to spectacular view of the ocean out towards Koh Phangan. Visitors come for the shops, the food and the weekly market. There are places to stay from cheaper guest houses to top-range hotels.
Hin Ta Hin Yai
Another popular attraction, rocks known as grandma (Yai) and grandpa (Ta) have been the source of great amusement for generations. In the shape of male and female genitalia the rocks are visited and enjoyed every day!
The name Namuang refers to the purple rocks at the waterfalls. Namuang 1 is around 8 meters tall with a natural staircase of tree roots and rocks to the base. Namuang 2 is a short climb up, around 80 meters where you can enjoy spectacular views and enjoy the most beautiful falls on the island.
Samui Crocodile Farm
Near the airport, this is the home to many Saltwater and Siam Crocodiles. You can also see lizards, snakes and even the odd monkey. The farm is always a popular place for tourists.
Santiburi Championship Golf Course
Many people consider this to be the most beautiful gold course in the world with gorgeous views of the sea, the mountains and over to Koh Phangnan.
Phang Ka Snake Farm
Famous for its intrepid snake wranglers, the snake farm boasts some of the most dangerous snakes in the world. Come and watch the handlers dice with death every day of the week.
Visitors come here to wonder at the beauty of the large number of butterfly species native to the island. The tropical gardens are a great experience in themselves. You can also enjoy the insect museum with fascinating specimens from all over the region.
Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo
Just near the butterfly farm, the aquarium is home to a large number of species of marine life, including sharks! The tiger zoo opposite the aquarium hosts a number of incredible Asian tigers who may even let you take a photo with them. The zoo has a number of different animals for visitors to meet.
The island has many diving schools available for anyone who wants to learn how to dive. The skill opens up a whole universe of diving possibilities, with reef dives available across the island. Samui is famous for diving for every level of diver.