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Best Places to Visit in Koh Samui - Iconic Attractions in a Mesmerizing Island

A holiday spent in the magnificent island of Koh Samui will never be dull as there is a myriad of attractions that can be explored here. The article below gives details about a few of its most popular landmarks.


Angthong National Marine Park

The world-renowned Angthong National Marine Park should definitely be included in your travel itinerary in Koh Samui. The park consists of 42 lavishly green islands that are scattered amidst brilliant blue waters. It truly possesses astounding beauty and is well worth a visit. You can brave the heights of the stairway that leads you to the Emerald Lake Viewpoint which is located in Koh Mae to take in the surreal splendour of this destination. Kayaking is also a blissful possibility here. The delight of witnessing up close, the picturesque charm of the limestone cliffs in the park will be surreal indeed!


Big Buddha Temple

The golden glory of the iconic Big Buddha statue will bewitch you even before you land in the little island it is located in. You will be able to easily catch a glimpse of this wonderful temple as you fly towards the island's airport. It is regarded as one of the most popular Koh Samui attractions. Big Buddha Temple, which is locally known as Wat Phra Yai houses a giant statue of Buddha which has a height of 12 metres. The temple's charm reaches its pinnacle during the golden hours of sunrise and sunset. Keep in mind though, that this is a site of religious prominence so wearing appropriate clothing is a must.


Na Muang Waterfalls

There are two Na Muang Waterfalls in Koh Samui. The first waterfall which has a height of 18 metres is quite easy to reach. The daring adventurers can opt to travel further and have their hard work paid off at the mesmerizing presence of the second Na Muang Fall which boasts of a height of 80 metres.

These waterfalls can be reached in less than 20 minutes by car from hotels like Sunset Coast Samui Resort & Villas. You will have to wear comfortable shoes with a good grip as the pathway can be quite slippery in certain areas. Swimming in the refreshing pools that the waterfalls create is surely the perfect way to end your strenuous journey!


Chaweng Walking Street

The sensational Chaweng Walking Street which you can easily access from the Chaweng town is the go-to place for shopping thrills! You will find clothes, shoes, sunglasses, watches as well as unique handcrafted items in the stalls here. The tempting aromas that emanate from the many food stalls in the market will effortlessly make your mouth water so do grab a bite! There are delicious traditional Thai delicacies as well as juicy chicken grills for your indulgence here.


Fisherman's Village

The quaint Fisherman's Village is a place where time itself seems to stand still. It is charmingly alienated from the razzle and dazzle of the rest of the island so you will be able to enjoy a different kind of experience here. Quite a number of old Chinese shophouses line the streets of Fisherman's Village reminding all of the glory of the long forgotten days. But the beautiful village awakes from its slumber on Fridays when the walking street market lights up the region with good cheer. Herbs, spices, handcrafted souvenirs, clothes and jewellery are sold in the stalls of the market. Locals and tourists alike can be seen gleefully bustling in the streets, hunting for charming wares. Once your feet start to ache and your body yearns for rest, you can visit one of the massage parlours along the shores and indulge in a relaxing session of divine pampering!