Ko Samui attractions things to do & see on holiday
Chaweng is the largest and most popular of Samui's beaches, approximately 7 km long with powdery white sand bordered by emerald-blue waters.
Renowned as the centre of the islands diving industry, there's plenty of diving shops located here offering PADI dive courses suitable for beginners to professional level.
The beach is also the the hub of the islands nightlife, a vibrant party atmosphere abounds in the many restaurants, pubs, bars and clubs that are clustered around Chaweng's famous 'Green Mango' strip.
Lamai Beach is Samui's second-largest resort area after Chaweng, quieter and less crowded than its bigger neighbour it's a crescent shaped paradise of palm-fringed powder-soft white sand.
The calm, shallow tranquil inviting waters of its northern end make it the ideal place for a spot of swimming or snorkeling. For the more adventurous the more central location offers many watersport activities ranging from jet-skiing to windsurfing.
A beach village located on the northern coast of Ko Samui, Bophut is the perfect place to experience the island's original Thai-Chinese ambience, many old wooden Chinese shop-houses still remain although now mostly converted into shops or restaurants.
Other options: Maenam Beach ( ideal location for families due to its shallow waters ), Choeng Mon beach, Big Buddha Beach ( great swimming, beautiful views ).Diving: Thailand is considered one of the safest destinations for diving and snorkelling in the world. The stunning crystal-clear waters and amazing coral reefs teeming with marine life are the reason ever-increasing numbers of divers are coming to the region.
Ang Thong National Marine Park: An amazing and beautiful archipelago of islands in the Gulf of Thailand with huge towering limestone mountains, verdant tropical jungle, mangroves and stunning waterfalls.
Big Buddha Temple: Set on Koh Faan, this sacred majestic 12-metre golden seated Buddha statue is one of the island's most popular tourist attractions.
Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks ( Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks ) : known as Grandpa (Ta) and Grandma (Yai), this unusual rock formation bears a striking resemblance to male and female genitalia, much to the amusement of both locals and tourists alike.
Wat Khunaram Ko Samui: This temple is the island's most famous temple due to the mummified monk it has on display. The mummy sits upright in a glass casket and worshippers make offerings of flowers and incense.
Other options include: Samui Butterful Garden/Insect Museum ( houses a huge and impressive butterfly collection ), Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo Ko Samui ( the aquarium has a wonderful collection of tropical fish and other aquatic animals, the tiger zoo is home to Bengal tigers and leopards ), Samui Snake Farm.
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