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How to enjoy a best sightseeing trip in Koh Samui

Places To Visit in Koh Samui

Gunther Dihlmann, Zwölfarmigen Statue Koh Samui, CC BY-SA 4.0

Koh Samui, Thailand, is a gorgeous haven of idyllic beaches and utterly blissful surroundings. The island is where one goes to relax, party and explore. The temples, or wats, of Thailand, are an integral part of Thai life and a must-visit to understand the exotic culture and way of life there. Koh Samui in addition to being home to the fascinating shrines is where you discover beautiful waterfalls and chill on some of Asia's best beaches. Read on to plan the best sightseeing trip to Koh Samui.

1. Make A List Of All The Koh Samui Temples You Want To Visit

There are a few iconic shrines in Koh Samui which deserve to be explored and are well worth some time away from the beach. Make note that the best resort Koh Samui has to offer will be one that's sitting on a beautiful beach while offering easy access to the best attractions on the island. Some resorts like Avani+ Samui Resort, while being tucked away on an idyllic corner of the island, are perfect locations from which to plan a day of sightseeing.

You may have heard of the famous Big Buddha statue of Koh Samui, this iconic attraction will be one of the first sights you glimpse as your flight approaches the island. The Big Buddha is a 12-metre tall golden statue of a serenely smiling Buddha hovering above most other landmarks on the island. The statue is located at the Wat Phra Lai; a much-visited temple which draws loads of crowds daily. The temple based atop a hill offers some of the islands best photo opportunities and scenic viewpoints. The beach below, aptly called the Big Buddha Beach, too is quite a lure, as are the lovely handcraft and souvenir kiosks located at the base of the hill, where you can indulge in some holiday shopping. If you happen to visit Koh Samui during April, you will discover the temple is all lit up for the festival of Songkran; which is the Thai New Year festival. And a time of many fun activities and religious rites you will love observing.

Do try and plan a trip to the Wat Ban Plai Leam, a much newer temple but famous for its ornate facades; creation of local artist Jarit Phumdonming. The interior of the temple is adorned with pictures of the Buddhas life, while a life-size statue of Lord Shiva is found within the compound. This temple is located within proximity of the Big Buddha temple.

2. Visit A Temple, Waterfall And Fisher Village

The Wat Khunaram in Koh Samui is famous for the mummified body of Lung Padaeng, a monk who died in the '70s. The undecayed body placed in a sitting position behind a glass case attracts a large number of visitors daily. There look for the numerology sticks which will help you to read your future. The temple is located across the road from the famous Namuang Falls which, especially during the rainy season are quite impressive. You must also pay a visit to the Hua Thanon fisher village which can be found on the southern end of the island.

3. Check Out The Grandfather And Grandmother Rock

The Grandfather and Grandmother rocks on Koh Samui are some of the islands more loved attractions. Locally known as Hin Ta and Hin Yai. The rocks are located in Lamai and are thought to form the shape of male and female genitalia. So, take along the cameras and you will have some very interesting pictures to show your friends back home. In addition to all the sightseeing, look forward to those marvellous snorkelling and diving tours you will be taking part in, as part of your unforgettable Koh Samui experience.

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Aurora Gianna
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