What to see
Apart from beautiful beaches and breathtaking views there is
more to see on Koh Samui, Several colorful temples invite for an inside
view of Buddhism, waterfalls cascading down the hills provide a
refreshment after some trekking and stunning sunsets can be viewed from
one of the view points around Samui. And a visit to Khun Nims garden in
the hills of Samui should not be missed.
The first landmark you will see when arriving at Koh
Samui by plane is the 12m tall Big Buddha Statue at Wat Phra
Yai and the golden chedi of Wat Khao Hua Juk. But apart from
the typical Thai temples one can find Chinese temples,
shrines, mosques and churches dotted around the island. The
temples are open for everyone to visit but remember to wear
long pants and long-sleeved shirts and to remove your shoes
Koh Samui has many viewpoints from where you can see the
beaches and surrounding islands. The sunrise can be watched
from the Lat Ko viewpoint between Chaweng and Lamai while
the sunset is best viewed from the west coast and Nathon.
In the interior of Koh Samui are a number of waterfalls
that can make an interesting change of pace when you are
tired of the beach scene. Waterfalls have always been one of
the favorite natural attractions for locals and travelers.
The most popular of these are the Na Muang waterfall. The
place is an ideal spot for trekking and elephant back
riding, as it is surrounded by dense forest.
Besides temples and natural beauty there are other
interesting things to see on Samui. There is a hundred year
old house built without nails for example and a magical
Buddha garden built by one man in the hills of Samui as
well as some strangely shaped rock formations called Hin Ta