Wat Plai Laem is one of Koh Samui's most attractive temples. This fairly new sight was completed in 2004 and is a colourful complex with a traditional Thai-Chinese style. The temple holds two giant, colourful statues (Happy Buddha and the eighteen armed Kuan Yin) that will catch your eye. Do not miss the large Golden Buddha inside Wat Plai Laem.
Koh Tao means "Turtle Island" in Thai and was once an important breeding ground for sea turtles. Since 2004 hundreds of juvenile turtles have been reintroduced to the island's ecosystem thanks to a co-operation between the Royal Navy and local Dive Operators. The island is worldwide famous for its beautiful coral reef and marine life which makes it a perfect place for snorkelling.
If you would like to experience paradise, you should take a day trip to Koh Nangyuan which is located only a few hundred meters from Ko Tao. This amazing island is linked to two other islands by an incredible limb of white sand. This is claimed to be one of the best places for snorkelling in the archipelago of Samui. Koh Nangyuan is truly a spectacular place where you can unwind without disturbing cars and hustle.
This waterpark is a great place for a full day of exciting, family fun entertainment. Coco Splash Waterpark is based on Lamai Beach and is designed for all ages. The park features everything from thrilling high speed slides to a Jacuzzi and "Mini-Splash" area (a safe area designed for the smaller kids).
The Secret Buddha Garden was built in 1976 by a fruit farmer called Nim Thongsuk and it took around fifteen years to finish the garden. This peaceful place can be found in the hills of Samui Island in the verdant jungle. The garden is decorated with sculptures portraying both humans and deities in various poses. Getting to the garden is quite difficult so booking a tour in advance is highly recommended.
Koh Samui’s mummified monk at Wat Khunaram is an unusual sight, but still offers a unique insight into Buddhist and Thai culture. The mummified monk Luong Pordaeng died in 1973 and ever since his body has been on display in a glass case at the temple. Remarkably, the monk’s body shows little sign of decay.
This beautiful landscaped garden features many colourful tropical flowers and hundreds of spectacular butterflies. The place looks like a big open-air garden but it is actually covered with a net, allowing the butterflies to fly freely. For those who like bugs, there is also an insect museum as well as a bee house onsite.
Big Buddha Temple, locally known as Wat Phra Yai, is majestically located on a small rocky island off Koh Samui’s north-eastern corner (Koh Faan). This golden, twelve-meter seated Buddha statue was built in 1972 and is one of the island's most popular tourist attractions. Since this is a sacred place, one should dress appropriately (cover the shoulders and wear trousers or long shorts).
If you are seeking an adrenaline-filled ride that you will never forget, then you should try zip-lining! This experience will not only give you a thrilling moment, but also offers you astonishing views over the treetops in the beautiful rainforest. Before you start there is a thorough training and you can be certain that the highly trained staff will take care of you from the very first minute.
If you would like to pamper yourself with a spa treatment there are many spa resorts to choose from. One spa resort is called Tamarind Springs Forest Spa that offers you a unique experience with its superb location in an amazing natural setting. Here you can have a peaceful time among waterfalls, rock pools and enjoy a massage treatment in an open-air pavilion.
If you would like to learn how to make Thai food, then there is no better way to do it than in Thailand. There are many cooking classes you can take in Koh Samui where you get the chance to learn the traditional methods of preparation of Thai food. When you are arriving back home why not impress your friends and family with your new culinary skills? Pai Cookery Class South Chaweng Beach 149/1. Moo 3 Soi Thong Kaew, near Bangkok Samui hospital +66 86 952 3672 [email protected] www.paicookerysamui.com Samui Institute Of Thai Culinary Arts:
At Paradise Park Farm you can watch a small collection of native and non-native creatures that live up in the beautiful mountains. Here you can find various types of birds, miniature rabbits, guinea pigs and a little hedgehog. As the name suggests, this is a farm and not a zoo, where the animals seems to be happy and healthy. This is a great place for children and adults alike.
When travelling to Koh Samui there are many beautiful places where you can scuba dive and snorkel. There are also many tour operators to choose from, one of them is called 100 Degrees East who offers boat excursions with snorkelling and diving opportunities. This is a great way to spend some time on the sea and get the chance to see beautiful fishes and coral reefs.
Na Muang Waterfalls, also called "Purple Waterfalls", are located in a lush jungle environment. They can easily be reached going off the main Ring Road Route 4169 about halfway between Nathon and Lamai Beach. These waterfalls are considered to be among the most scenic ones, hence popular places for families to relax and swim. There is also an elephant safari camp nearby if you would like to ride through the jungle on these big animals.
Fisherman's Village is a beachside area, located on the northern coast of Koh Samui, and has a French twist. The area comes alive every Friday night when the main street is blocked off to vehicle traffic to make space for stalls that sell everything from coconut carved monkeys to clothes and other souvenirs.
Thong Takian, also called Silver Beach, is a small white sandy bay located only 2 kilometres north of Lamai along the main road. This small beach is surrounded by palm trees and has a quiet and laid back atmosphere. It offers eateries where you can have cheap drinks or a nice meal.
Choeng Mon is a beautiful, calm bay situated only a few kilometres north of Chaweng. On this white sandy beach you can relax and swim in the crystal clear water. When it comes to accommodation, there is a mix of traditional Thai bungalows and some new exclusive hotels and resorts found here.
When visiting Nuch’s Green Ta’lay Restaurant, one will be able to enjoy Thai food in a nicely decorated venue. The chefs Nuch and Nin offer a genuine taste of Thailand by only using fresh ingredients from the local markets. The signature dish is green curry which is claimed to be the best one on the island.
If you are craving Italian food, restaurant La Lanterna might be the perfect place for you! This restaurant serves generous portions with lots of toppings on the pizza, so make sure you come here on an empty stomach. La Lanterna also provides high standard customer service and affordable food.
At The Boudoir you can relish French food in an unusual ambiance with low lights and a colourful interior design that will remind you of the Middle East. The owners of this restaurant are a couple from Montpelier. They have created a friendly and welcoming ambiance and a restaurant with a menu offering dishes like foie gras and escargots.
If you are in the neighbourhood of Fishermans Village you can find Emerald Bar and Restaurant. This place serves great British food and a wide variety of local and imported beers. The staff serves large portions, so chances are you will leave the restaurant fully satisfied.
Zazen Restaurant has a good reputation and is praised as one of the best restaurants on Koh Samui for its superior menu, amazing beachfront location, and dreamily romantic ambiance. At night, this trendy restaurant glows due to the over one hundred candles which create a very cosy setting. The menu offers both European and Thai food.
Dining On The Rocks is an award-winning restaurant located at the tip of the headland and offers amazing views. When dining at this restaurant you will be served innovative food created with top quality ingredients, sourced locally and abroad. To accompany you food you can choose a great wine from the extensive wine list that offers a large selection of wines from some of the world´s most respected regions.
If you feel like mouth-watering Tex-Mex food in large portions, you should head over to this Mexican restaurant. Gringos has built up a reputation for its excellent array of traditional Mexican food at affordable prices. Here you can enjoy your food while listening to Latin music.
Ideally located on Lamai Beach Road, Island Café is claimed to be the leading café on Koh Samui. At this coffee shop and cocktail bar you can choose from a wide selection of juices made from fresh fruits, alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails. If you are craving something sweet, why not have an ice cream or a cake?
Samui Rock Cafe is situated in Chaweng just off the beach road. This is a great all night hangout for rock'n'roll fans and other cool people. Beside playing music from all genres, the place features live music on regular basis. The enormous cocktail list offers some highly original cocktails, many which are named after rock bands and songs.
The Green Mango Club is described as a legendary Koh Samui super-club and is ideally located in the centre of Chaweng. This is an all-night entertainment complex which offers cool tunes and a mega-party atmosphere. The club is also famous for its iconic tree house design, a huge open air space including multiple bars and spacious dance floors, reached via wooden bridges passing over the Mango River.
This is probably the bar with the best view in Koh Samui. On their spacious terrace you can relax under a starlit sky and watch the waves as you sip on a fruity cocktail. While the Q Bar is popular with the locals for their great food offer, you can enjoy a full party programme as the evening progresses. Don't miss this chance to dance the night away!
Samui Airport is considered to be one of the most beautiful airports in the world after its thorough makeover. Between Departures and Arrivals you can find a large shopping centre. Leaving or arriving Koh Samui, you can choose between private and shared airport transfer. In the arrivals hall you will find a transportation counter where you can book both transfer and private taxi. A trip with a private taxi to Chaweng will cost you about 500Bath and a private minivan about 800Bath. A shared minivan with a minimum of 5 passengers will cost about 130Bath per person. The prices vary depending on your final destination. There are several car rental companies located in the arrivals hall.
On Koh Samui you will get by easily with "Songthaews", motor bike taxis and taxis. The Songthaews are the main means of transportation on the island and you should expect to pay approximately 30-50Bath. They operate from early morning regularly during the day. The motor bike taxis are about the same price. A flexible way to discover the island is to rent a motorbike or Jeep. But be careful on the roads, Samui has the highest road accident statistics in Thailand.