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Koh Phangan Koh Samui

Although it is very famous for its beaches, Koh Samui has much more to offer than merely sand and sea. The interior of the island is dominated by rainforest and beautiful mountains with spectacular views, and there are many temples and natural landmarks to visit as well as heaps of attractions and tours...

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Temples Attractions Tours
Wat Phra Yai (Big Buddha)
Wat Bophut
Wat Kiri Wongkaram
Wat Khun Aram
Wat Silangu
Wat Laem Sor
Wat Samui
Na Muang Waterfalls 1&2
Hin Ta & Hin Yai
Secret Buddha Garden
Elephant Gate
Butterfly Garden
Snake Farm
Crocodiles Farm & Reptile Zoo
Aquarium and Tiger Zoo
Monkey Theater
Cinema Major Cineplex
Eco Safari Jungle Tour
Sea Safari Tour
Junk Boat Tour Around Samui
Kayaking in the Marine Park

Wat Phra Yai, This temple is the home of the Big Buddha, Samui’s most famous landmark. Visible from several kilometres away, even from the plane when approaching or leaving the island, the 12-meter tall image stands proudly. It is just magnificent, especially when lit up at night. At the base of the structure, shops and restaurants cater for the needs of devotees and tourists alike.

Wat Bophut is located in the North of Koh Samui, at the intersection between the Chaweng road and the coastal road of Bophut. Once you pass the red and golden gate, you'll find a large park bordered by many shade-providing trees, several wooden houses and the main two temples whose red colour contrasts beautifully with the tropical blue sky and the many palm trees surrounding the area.

Big Buddha at Wat Phra Yai.  Big Buddha at Wat Phra Yai.  Wat Bophut

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Wat Kiri Wongkaram is renowned partly for the mummified body of the Buddhist monk Loung Por Ruam, which rests there in a glass case. This venerated monk was prepared as an exhibit for public viewing upon his death 25 years ago, and his body still remains in remarkably good condition. To get there, drive down the 4170 road South from Ban Saket, then turn right between the two giant elephant statues and look for the temple another kilometre away on the right hand side.

Wat Khun Aram is on a road between the Na Muang waterfalls and Hua Thanon. The body of Samui’s most famous petrified monk, Loung Pordaeng, is on display here in a building that was built to commemorate him. After his death more than 20 years ago, he was placed in a meditation position. To this day, he still holds that posture and his body shows only few signs of decay.

Petrified Monk at Wat Khun Aram.  Wat Silangu

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It is said that Wat Silangu might contain a guenine relic of the Lord Buddha himself. The golden Chedi (pagoda fully covered with gold leaves) facing the temple entrance is then a popular place of worship among local people. You can find Wat Silangu 1 Km South of Hin Ta and Hin Yai.
It's easy to go there just by the beach, making it a very pleasant walk.
Wat Samui  Buddha in a Wat, Samui  Buddha in a Wat, Samui

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On the grounds of Wat Laem Sor, a beautifully crafted and sumptuously ornated chedi sits on the rocks at the water’s edge. Covered in countless small yellow tiles, its golden shades shine in the distance and make it visible from very far away. You'll find this temple in the far South of the island, between the villages of Ban Tale and Ban Pang Ka.

Wat Samui is a very quiet temple on the central road of Samui. Even though many temples look alike, each of them has its own character and history. The monks’ houses near the temples can be quite interesting, some of them for their antique style. The place is usually very peaceful, unless there is a ceremony or a festival and you will always appreciate the shade provided by the enormous and ancient trees.

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Na Muang Waterfalls.
Na Muang No. 1 is an easily accessible waterfall between Hua Thanon and Nathon, right at the end of a concrete road. Rocks and tree roots form a natural staircase leading to a large pool at the base of the waterfall.
Na Muang No. 2: it will take you 10 minutes to climb up a rocky path leading up to the base of the most beautiful waterfall on Samui. If you fancy some more sport, another 20-minutes walk will take you to the top of the mountain. It may be hard work for some, but the vista surpasses everything. It is well worth the effort. And don't forget to bring along your bathing costume as you can have a refreshing soak in a lovely lagoon overlooking the entire island.

If you have an interest in visiting waterfalls, you should not miss Na Muang 1 & 2.

Hin-Ta & Hin-Yai, also called Grandfather and Grandmother’s rocks. Located at the very end of Lamai beach, they are one of Samui's natural wonders. This is also the best place to buy some beautiful bowls and vases sold in the shops, which are amongst the best handicrafts Samui has to offer. Made out of local coconut palm wood they are the perfect souvenirs to remind you of your trip to paradise for years to come.

Sublime waterfalls, with a clear water pool to cool down before going further.  VERY stranged shaped rocks... Made in Thailand.

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The Secret Buddha Garden is hidden in the hills of Koh Samui. This superb garden displays several statues, temples and waterfalls, all of which were built by one man over the last 20 years. The best way to get there is by four-wheel-drive across the jungle, the rivers and the mountains. Starting in Lamai at the back of the main temple, the journey takes around 2 hours.

The Elephant Gate.
This Huge gate is located in the South of Samui, on the road between Ban Saket and Thong Krut. Two giant elephant statues indicate the entrance of the village of Taling Ngam.
If you need peace and quiet and feel like getting away from it all, you won't be disappointed with this beautiful and secluded beach.

Hidden statues in a jungle garden, a whole of an artist life  An enchanting trip in the butterflies world... and a scary one with the other species in the museum...

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For The Butterfly Garden, is 7.250 m2 big and hosts tens and tens of different species of butterflies from all over Thailand, living and flying around you. All of them are so colorful and amazing you'll feel blessed to enjoy the view. There's also a hive where you'll be able to see bees at work, processing honey. You can then finish with their insect museum, showing myriads of different species from Thailand and south east Asia. This garden is located in the south east, near Laem Set beach.

The Snake Farm is a must-see for almost anyone visiting Koh Samui. The show features species of snakes indigenous to the island, as well as some of the more poisonous and scarier species found throughout Asia. Centipedes and scorpions are also on display, and you can attend one of the famous Thai Cock Fighting shows, starting at 11 am and 2 pm everyday.

Crocodiles, snakes, as long as you don't find some in your beach bag...  Highly expert monkey, harvesting the coconuts.

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Crocodile Farm & Reptile Zoo is located in an 8,500 sq m tropical garden, only 5 minutes away from Chaweng. You can discover many of the incredible species of crocodiles and other amphibious animals. The farm breeds 5 different species of crocodiles and houses around 80% of Thailand's different snakes’ species. There's an exciting crocodile show twice a day at 2 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The Aquarium and Tiger Zoo can be found in Hua Thanon. The aquarium hosts many local species of coral fishes, huge cat fishes and several types of sharks, such as the leopard or the black tip sharks. In the zoo, proper tigers and leopards are featured. There's also a bird show with parrots, hornbills, sea hawks and eagles and you’ll even get the chance to see some otters perform some tricks.

The Monkey Theater. The people from Samui have long been using the monkeys to harvest coconuts. One can observe their incredible skills throughout the show during which they are shown catching coconuts, before moving on to the elephant show. The theatre is located between Chaweng and Bophut. You can not miss the coconut sign on the main road.

A complete excursion providing many activities.  Elephant trekking or even in a ox's cart, enjoy jungle safari the environmental way.

Since few years now, a guenine cinema has opened its door on the island, in the huge complex that Tesco-Lotus has become. They play Thai movies with english subtitles and also all the american Blockbusters with thai subtitles. The room itself is big enough as the screen and the sound is digital, they actually are a branch of the Major Cineplex brand of Bangkok.
So, If you fancy a movie in the proper way, to change from the TV of your bungalow place, from now on, you'll be able to satisfy yourself !

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Eco Safari, Jungle Tour & Elephant Trekking. Full days, half-days or just 2 hour tours are available, taking you into the unspoiled jungle, where you can venture trekking at the back of an elephant, riding an ox's cart or simply watch a coconut monkey show... A very exciting trip, with English speaking guides. All you have to do is choose the programme that suits you best...

Sea Safari Tour & Elephant Trekking.
During this full day trip to Angthong National Marine Park, you can partake in activities such as sea kayaking, mountain climbing to catch a spectacular view point on the famous emerald lake and all the archipelago, cruising amid the beautiful landscape swimming in the emerald water with snorkel or not, or even try out the famous elephant trekking.

A very complete trip, with English speaking guides and a full lunch included.

A Cruise on board of a junk, a picturesque and unforgettable way to discover the archipelago.  Sea Kayaking right in the marine park, simply amazing.

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Sea Kayaking in the Marine Park. Samui's shoreline and nearby islands harbour a wealth of marine, animal and plant life. For a close and leisurely look, there is no better option than to spend a few hours or a day in a sea kayak. Half a day, one day and overnight guided trips are available through some agencies in Chaweng. Kayaks can also be rented at the more popular beaches. Two companies can take you to the most scenic locations in Angthong National Marine Park: Blue Star Kayaking and Sea Canoe.

Well, you now know how much you have to do while in Koh Samui...
It is not just about sunbathing, there is so much more here to visit, enjoy and practice !

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