Koh Samui is a fairly big island located in the Gulf of Thailand, around 80 km from the eastern coastline of Southern Thailand, and about 700 Km south of Bangkok. It is a incense waterfall cosmopolitan melting point attracting travelers from around the world. The island has a number of things to see and do. From the famous mummified monks to attractive waterfalls to the grandma and grandpa rocks and more, there is nothing to stop you having fun there.
Top attractions in Koh Samui:
1. Big Buddha temple, big Buddha beach: Big Buddha temple is located in the north coast of the island. The Big Buddha beach gets its name from the 12 meter golden Buddha statues which can be seen from far distance too. The Big Buddha sits in the Mara posture, with its right hand facing down with its fingers hanging down the knee and grazing the ground, and the left hand’s palm up resting on its lap. The surrounding temples are a home to various other shrines with small and ornate images of Lord Buddha. Devotees of Buddha come here daily to make offerings of flowers and fruits, and light incense while tourists observe these graceful rituals happening here every day.
2. Angthong Marine National Park (Blue star kayaking): Blue stars in Samui are the leader in operating kayaking tours to the Angthong Marine national park. The full day trip will offer a unique opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the park by kayak and takes you to hidden lagoons, spectacular rock formations, amazing beaches, and secret caves.
3. Hin Ta and Hin Yai, Lamai beach: Hin Ta and Hin Yai has some famous rock formations which are situated on the south coast of Koh Samui. It is also known as Grandma and grandpa rocks, which respectively resembles the female and male genitalia. There is a folklore associated with the formation of these rocks. The view from the rocks and nearby places is spectacular and amazing, stretching across the sea to the nearby islands. The pristine beaches near Hin Ta and Hin Li are so clear and have a colorful marine life that is even visible from the coast.
4. Na Muang waterfalls: The Na Muang waterfalls in Koh Samui are the most spectacular ones and are located between Nathon and Lamai beach. It refers to the very big purple rocks over which the water falls. The path leading to the falls are steep and slippery, so visitors with a reasonable level of fitness can reach the place pretty easily after wearing some sturdy shoes. Between the two waterfalls, lies the Na Muang Safari park which features monkey shows and elephant rides that kids will enjoy the most.
5. Mummy Monk at Wat Kunaram: The Mummy Monk at Koh Samui is an unusual sight but offers unique insights into Thai and Buddhist culture. The temple displays a mummified monk, Pordaeng in a glass case who died in 1973 in a seated meditative position. Over the years, the monk’s body did not show any signs of decay and remains as it is. The Wat Kunaram is typically a Buddhist temple where local people come every day for the payer and perform daily rituals.