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Things to Do in Koh Samui

Big Buddha Temple

Wat Phra Yai, or the Big Buddha Temple, as it is called in English, is one of the most famous places to visit in Koh Samui. The temple houses Witness various statues of Buddha in different forms and sizes. The largest attraction is the Mara posture that depicts tranquility and serenity.

Big Buddha temple is a hotspot for tourists because of the architecture and the gorgeously crafted idols. Do check it out if you are in Koh Samui, it will be one of the most unforgettable parts of your trip.

Highlights - Buddha statues, Buddhist architecture with animalism injected in the design

Location - Bo Put, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand

Timings - 8 am to 5 pm

Price - Free

Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park

Mu Ko Ang thong is an archipelago consisting of over 42 islands and is a must visit for those planning to be amidst nature and indulge in outdoor activities. The islands are known for stunning rock formations and secluded lagoons that you can visit for the stunning views of the Gulf of Thailand.

Fisherman’S Village

Locals and tourists flock alike to this famous market of Koh Samui where you can buy everything at a nominal price. The quiet town of Bohut becomes a vibrant and colourful place to visit on weekends, as the Walking Street gets lined with stalls and shops that sell everything from T-shirts to fake jewelry.

If you want to get some souvenirs for your loved ones back home, this is the place to be at. You can get sunglasses, handbags, electrical gadgets, fake branded clothes here. Just remember to check the items before making a purchase as they may be of suspicious origins.

Highlights - Souvenir shops, cheap clothes, fake handbags

Location - Borphud Sub-district Koh Samui District Amphoe Ko Samui, Chang Wat Surat Thani, Thailand

Timings - 5 pm to 11.30 pm

Price - Free

Hin Ta & Hin Yai Rocks

The south coast of this intriguing island offers some of the most interesting views. The names mean Grandpa and Grandma in Thai, and the rock formations inspire chuckles from visitors because of their striking similarities with human genitalia.

Tourists flock to the site to witness the unusual sight with their own eyes. And when you have finished giggling at the rocks, the views will keep you enthralled.

Highlights - Clear blue sea stretches out as far as the eye can see, and it is the perfect place to enjoy some much-needed respite from everyday routine.

Location - 126/92 Moo 3 Ko Samui District, Surat Thani

Timings - 6 am to 7 pm

Wat Plai Laem

Koh Samui, along with other Thai provinces, is a hub for Buddhist devotees because of its large collection of temples dedicated to the religion. Wat Plai Laem is another Buddhist temple in the city, and it features something unique – an 18-armed statue of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion in Thai culture.

The sight is breathtaking and enough to make anyone stop in their tracks to admire its beauty. There are also several statues and murals of Buddha that are worth checking out.

Highlights - a statue of Guanyin that has 18 arms, serene surroundings, murals of Buddha, laughing Buddha statue

Location - Wat Plai Laem, Road Thailand, Thailand

Timings - 8 am to 5 pm

Price - Free

Na Muang Waterfall

Embark on a journey of beautiful views of breathtaking natural beauty as you take a hike to this waterfall. As you walk along the trail, you will experience serenity and tranquility hitherto unfound in city life. The 2 cascading waterfalls themselves are awe-inspiring.

The first waterfall empties into a calm pool that you can take a relaxing swim in, and the second fall offers gorgeous views of the island from its vantage point. Do check out the place if you love nature in its naked glory.

Highlights - Hiking, swimming, natural beauty

Location - Na Mueang, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand

Timings - Open 24 hours

Price - Free


Secret Buddha Garden

Nestled on top of the Pom Mountain hill, the Secret Buddha Garden is a place that offers a unique combination. Majestic statues that leave the viewer awestruck and lush green woods that infuse a sense of serenity make this place sought after both by architecture enthusiasts and nature lovers.

The garden offers a collection of statues that depict deities in various poses, humans and magnificent animals. Do take a camera when you go here, so you can take some Instagram worthy shots of the statues and jungles.

Highlights - Lush green jungles, statues of deities and animals

Location - Na Mueang, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand

Timings - 9 am to 5 pm, every day

Price - INR 175/THB 80

Wat Khunaram

Wat Khunaram offers a view of the mummified body of Luong Pordaeng who died in 1973 in a seated meditative position. Ever since then, his dead body has been preserved in the glass enclosure and has become one of the most famous Koh Samui attractions.

You can also check out the Buddhist statues around the temple, buy some trinkets and souvenirs for family and friends, and enjoy the overall serene environs of the place. You can also have fun participating in the daily rituals of the temple. Visit the Wat for a truly unique experience.

Highlights - Mummified Monk, souvenir shops, Buddhist statues

Location - Na Mueang, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84140

Timings - 7 am to 5 pm

Price - Free

Chaweng Beach

Whether you love swimming in the virgin waters or hanging out by the beach – Chaweng beach is one of the best places to visit in Koh Samui. The beach is slowly emerging as a tourist hotspot in Thailand because of its spectacular views and happening nightlife.

Every weekend, people flock to the place to go bar hopping and groove in the nightclub till the morning. There is something for everyone here – do pay a visit and enjoy the wide contrast in day and nightlife at the beach.

Highlights - Nightclubs, bars, swimming

Location - Chaweng, Ko Samui, Thailand

Timings -
Open 24 hours

Price -
 Free

Paradise Park Farm

The incredible park lives up to its name – it is indeed a heaven for those of you who are traveling with your family. Paradise is spread over 20 acres and offers a bunch of interesting activities that will keep your little ones occupied while you enjoy a cocktail.

The Thai restaurant serves some delicious local delicacies, as well as European dishes that will make your mouth water. Enjoy the interactive animal experiences, walk up close to majestic beasts, and make your holiday memorable.

Highlights - Interactive wildlife experience, serene surroundings, restaurant

Location - Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand

Timings - 9 am to 5 pm

Price - INR 870/THB 400 per person

Laem Sor Pagoda

Nestled against the rocky beaches of Bang Kao, the yellow temple of Laem Sor Pagoda makes for an interesting sight. The bright color offers an interesting contrast against the clear turquoise waters of the sea and tourists flock here to take some stunning shots of the same.

The beach is one of the calmest places in Koh Samui and an ideal spot to spend an afternoon far away from the hustle and bustle of city life. You can also enjoy boating here, along with relaxing in the visitor center to restore a sense of peace.

Highlights - Bright gold colored Pagoda, boating, swimming, picnic

Location - Taling Ngam, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand

Timings - Open 24 hours

Price - Free

Lad Koh View Point

Lad Koh is slowly emerging as a tourist hotspot and over the last few years, it has become one of the most famous places to visit in Koh Samui. The vantage point offers the most spectacular views of the east coast of the island and turquoise waters of the sea. Photography enthusiasts and nature lovers will find an idyllic destination at Lad Koh.

Take stunning shots of the natural beauty, enjoy a luxurious stroll along the place, and soak in the natural splendor of Thailand. Make memories you will cherish for a lifetime at Lad Koh.

Highlights - Stunning natural beauty, photography

Location - Bo Put, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand

Timings - Open 24 hours

Price - Free

Lamai Sunday Night Market

So it is Sunday night and you want to hang out at a place where you can enjoy some local delicacies without being hassled by throngs of tourists. Lamai Sunday market is the perfect place for you. Enjoy a quiet and tranquil evening eating some delicious food without any flashy flights or thumping music.

Everything from prawns and curries, to delicious noodles and fruit, is available here. You can also shop for off-brand clothes and souvenirs here – just remember to bargain a little.

Highlights - Delicious local food, souvenir shops, clothes shops

Location -
Had Lamai Rd, Tambon Maret, Amphoe Ko Samui, Chang Wat Surat Thani, Thailand

Timings - 5 pm to 10 pm, only open on Sundays

Price - Free

Samui Aquarium And Tiger Zoo

Wildlife lovers rejoice – the Samui Aquarium offers up-close and intimate views of majestic beasts and exotic birds. If you are traveling with kids, a visit to the place will offer them a chance to get close to and learn about some otherwise elusive animals like tigers and cheetahs.

Be a spectator to the scheduled live shows in the zoo which are quite entertaining to watch. The aquarium part of the zoo features marine wildlife including manta rays, catfish, and whirlpools of vibrant exotic fish if you are enthusiastic about that.

Highlights -
Daily tiger shows, photography with animals, marine wildlife

Location - 
Ban Harn Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand

Timings -
11 am to 4 pm

Price -
Free

Wat Sila Ngu Temple

Wat Sila Ngu is one of the most popular places to visit in Koh Samui. The temple attracts devotees of the Buddhist religion from all over the country, along with tourists. The complex is red in color and it has a seating area where you can enjoy the scenic, picturesque views of the island.

It is close to the beach, so visitors can enjoy the cool breeze while enjoying a walk around the complex. Enjoy the 100-year old architecture and take some beautiful pictures of the natural beauty around.

Highlights - Red colored temple complex, beach views, Buddhist architecture, tranquil settings

Location - Bo Put, Amphoe Ko Samui, Chang Wat Surat Thani, Thailand

Timings - 9 am to 5 pm

Price - Free

Pink Elephant, Samui Water Park

Surrounded by tall groves of palm trees, and clear turquoise waters of the sea, Pink Elephant is a calm hideout nestled away at the beautiful Maenam Beach. If you are traveling with kids, the rides and slides here will keep them busy while you get some much-needed relaxing time at the bar.

The high-quality rides are completely safe for kids and adults, so you can stay worry-free. If you have an adrenaline addiction yourself, there are some adventurous rides for adults too.

Highlights -
 Jacuzzi, water rides and slides, adventurous rides

Location -
 Amphoe Ko Samui, Chang Wat Surat Thani, Thailand

Timings -
10 am to 6 pm

Price -
INR 2600/THB 1200

Khun Si Waterfall

The exciting adventurous trek to this waterfall is completely paid off by the breathtaking views of pristine waters falling from a height and striking the rocks underneath in a goosebump-inducing experience. The falls here are a beauty no doubt, but there is more.

Enjoy a relaxing stroll around the naturally blessed area, explore the durian plantations, and plan a picnic near the falls with your family. The place is magical to be at, so plan a vacation here today to get away from the humdrum of city life and experience a holiday you will remember for the rest of your life.

Highlights - Beautiful waterfalls, nature walks, picnic area

Location - Wat Thale, Thailand

Timings - 6 am to 6 pm

Price - Free

Samui Crocodile Farm

If you are a wildlife enthusiast or you have a kid who loves the dangerous world of reptiles, check out the Samui Crocodile Farm, one of the most intriguing places to visit in Koh Samui. The farm has all the famous species of crocodiles and alligators – from saltwater crocodiles to Siamese ones, along with a wide array of snakes, lizards, monkeys, and even caimans.

The shows are held three times a day and are a tourist hotspot. Get up close to these dangerous beasts and enjoy the riveting show that is full of danger and excitement.

Highlights - Various species of reptiles, daily crocodile shows

Location - Amphoe Ko Samui, Chang Wat Surat Thani, Thailand

Timings - 8.30 am to 5 pm

Price - Starts from INR 1300/THB 600

Phetch Buncha Samui Boxing Stadium

Explore the enticing world of Muay Thai boxing at the Phetch Buncha Samui Boxing Stadium. The stadium is beautifully crafted and the architecture itself is breathtaking. Live shows are held during weekdays and weekends where tourists and locals flock to the stadium to witness the glamorous world of Muay Thai Boxing.

The shows lend unique insight into Thai history and culture and offer an exciting and adventurous experience. If you love live boxing, do check out the stadium.

Highlights - Beautiful stadium with live shows of Muay Thai Boxing.

Location - Bo Put, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand

Timings - 9 am to 5 pm

Price - INR 2175/THB 1000

Wat Kiri Wong Karam

Wat Kiri Wongkaram is famous for housing the mummified body of Luang Por Ruam, a monk who was placed at the temple 25 years ago. The body is in very good condition and is preserved in glass casings. Visit the temple complex which also has various statues and murals of elephants, deities, and humans in different positions.

Discover yourself as the offers a place for quiet introspection and solitude for weary souls looking for a salve for their tired minds and bodies. Enjoy a visit here to reconnect with your soul and your body.

Highlights - Mummified preserved body of Luang Por Ruam, relaxing environs

Location - Koh Samui, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand

Timings - 8 am to 5 pm, every day

Price - Free

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Vamshi N
Reviewed: 19 Feb 2019
5.0/5
We booked two tickets for the ferry while traveling from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui while in Thailand. The ride was very scenic, and the seats were comfortable as well. It’s a great way to hop islands as it’s quick as well as pretty. We got our tickets to the ferry at the very last minute, and got a g... Read More
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Ekalavya Abbott
Reviewed: 13 Feb 2019
5.0/5
We were traveling from Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, and we decided to make the journey worth it with this Catamaran ride across the islands. The passenger ferry holds about 250 people but less now due to the pandemic. It also takes a rather scenic route, so keep your cameras handy. We booked two ticke... Read More
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Aryan Menon
Reviewed: 17 Feb 2019
5.0/5
We all had a great ferry ride experience from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui. The package was designed nicely by Thrillophilia, and their team remained in touch with us throughout. I loved standing at the outdoor deck and gazing at the views around us.
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Malati Varman
Reviewed: 14 Feb 2019
5.0/5
I had booked a ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan for me and my friends. Not only did Thrillophilia provide us with great price and discount, but their team here also took care of everything really well. We visited the famous Ban Had Rin beach, and other nearby islands. The high-speed ferry was wel... Read More
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Kalpana Talwar
Reviewed: 21 Feb 2019
4.0/5
Thankful to thrillophilia for making ferry koh phangan to koh samui a part of our expedition. Great ambiance, amazing views and panoramic surroundings till eternity. We are looking forward to more such gratifying experiences in the near future
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Guru Shukla
Reviewed: 11 Feb 2019
4.0/5
The koh samui to koh phangan ferry is the best way to admire the turquoise water, panoramic and verdant surroundings and enjoy a fun island experience with your family. My partner absolutely loved the ferry ride and we are grateful to thrillophilia for planning such a hassle free journey.

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