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05 Unique Things that Make Koh Samui Special - The reasons that make Koh Samui different from the rest

Koh Samui is an island in Thailand that is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in South East Asia and here is a list of reasons why Koh Samui is unique.

1

Big Buddha

The Big Buddha statue is the most iconic symbol of Koh Samui and it is the first thing you will see as you fly into Thailand. The structure of the Buddha Statue is painted in gold which makes it stand out from the rest of the items on the island. With more than 12 metres in height, the statue is known to be visible from all corners of the island. The temple is visited not only by Thai Buddhists and other Buddhist devotees but my many tourists as well. The stunning details, the massive size and the simplicity of the statue are what have made the big Buddha statue a prominent tourist attraction in Koh Samui.

2

Namuang Waterfalls

The island is home to some of the most stunning and picturesque beaches in the world and yet was further blessed with natural beauty inland of the island. The Namuang Waterfalls is a nature lover's paradise as you can hike to the top of the waterfall or take a dip in the pool that is at the edge of the waterfall. Whichever you decide it is a delightful treat to be one with nature while getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city life.

3

The mummy

The mummy which is located in Wat Khunaram is located not too far from Koh Samui hotels the likes of Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort. A visit to this temple is a great way to expose yourself to religion and culture on the island. The mummified body belongs to Luong Pordaend who was a monk born in the year 1894 and had undergone a peaceful death while meditating. Despite the fact the body is rather old there are very few signs of decay that can be seen on the body. Apart from the mummified exhibit of the body of the late monk, the Wat Khunaram itself deserved a visit as it is a beautiful little temple atop a small mountain.

4

Bophut Village

Bophut Village is a unique experience in itself as you get to witness the fishing village and the life they used to live back in the day. Located on the northern edge of the island Bophut Village is the perfect location to go to in order to learn about the history and culture of Koh Samui. On Fridays, the village comes alive with an open-air street market which has numerous items that are great for gifts or souvenirs and several food stalls that you can indulge in while shopping. There are several restaurants located in the village if you wish to have a meal instead of snacking.

5

Hin Ta and Hin Tai Rocks

These rocks are also known as grandfather and grandmother rocks and legend has it that this was two people who lost a battle at love that was transformed into these rock formations. These penis and vagina-shapes rocks are a common visiting sight for locals and foreigners alike.