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Koh Samui – Things to do

Koh Samui Attractions

You’re going to love Koh Samui. It’s the second largest island in Thailand, which offers glorious temples, cosmopolitan towns and fantastic hotels. You will not be able to get enough of it’s gorgeous beaches and you will be within reach of the stunning Ang Thong National Park, which can promise incredible island hopping adventures. Do not miss the 12 metre-tall big Buddha statue that hosts many key cultural events including the energetic water festival known as Songkran, or Thai New Year.

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Island tour on land

Koh Samui certainly has impressive seascapes, but there’s much to see by road too. The curious formations of grandmother’s and grandfather’s rocks are sights of wonder – it won’t be difficult to see why they’re so named once you spot them. At Wat Kunaram, meet Luang Por Daeng, the mummified meditator, then admire the sparkling waters of the Na Muang Waterfall. Finish off your day with some shopping in Nathon, Koh Samui’s capital.

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Wildlife

Thailand’s diverse geography of dense rainforest, tropical seas and vast mountains makes for a rich fauna and flora. Koh Samui’s underwater world is home to an impressive array of colourful tropical fish, turtles and sharks, and in the trees dwell more than 900 bird species. Thailand has over 100 national parks, where you can get up close with majestic Thai elephants, cheeky primates and – if you’re lucky – big cats like clouded leopards or the extremely rare tiger.

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Wat Phra Yai Koh Samui

Big Buddha

This huge golden temple is located on a tiny island off the north eastern coast of Koh Samui, and it’s unmissable – in fact, you may even spot it from the plane as you arrive. At 12 metres high, it’s a glowing symbol of Thailand’s main religion, Buddhism, and a homage to purity and enlightenment. At the nearby Wat Plai Laem, see a different kind of Buddhist temple, this time featuring an 18-armed statue of the goddess Guanyin.