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Top 6 picturesque places to visit during your Koh Samui Vacation - Look out for these places!

The island is truly spectacular, and the photographer in you will find the perfect canvas for your art at Koh Samui!


Visit the temples

Any trip to Thailand or its islands won't be complete without visiting the beautiful temples. Thailand is a spiritual place, and the islands are no different. The Big Buddha and Wat Phra Yai are among the most well-known in Koh Samui. Both temples are located in Bophut and are a perfect place to capture some unique pictures.
There are quite a few Koh Samui Hotels, so don't worry about finding accommodation, and this area is generally a great place to stay. You can find many nice resorts, such as Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort, around this region of Bophut and its surroundings.


Hin Ta and Hin Yai

Hin Ta and Hin Yai is a site famous for some unique rock formations. It is also known as grandpa and grandma rocks by the locals. The geological formations are fascinating, to say the least! Go and gasp at Mother Nature's handiwork.


Wat Plai Laem

This colourful and ornate temple is located towards the north of the Big Buddha temple. The temple centrepiece is an impressive statue of an 18-armed Guanyin- the Goddess of Mercy. Another statue of the Buddha can be found near the lake to capture some amazing shots. However, as per Thai tradition, it is disrespectful to take pics facing your back to the Buddha. So be mindful and respectful to local religious norms.


Discover the Na Mung Waterfalls

These waterfalls are approximately an hour away from the Big Buddha temple. You won't find any public transport to visit the waterfalls, so you may have to arrange a taxi or hire a scooter for the journey. The ideal time to visit is between September to November, which is during the rainy season. Na Mung 1 has a gorgeous natural pool that you can swim, however, it can get crowded as it is the most popular of the two waterfalls. Walk uphill for another 30 minutes to encounter Na Mung 2. These waterfalls are an excellent place to relax away in the afternoon.


Ang Thong National Marine Park

Experience the Ang Thong National Marine Park. It is a group of 42 islands that showcases spectacular limestone mountains and rock monoliths. The spotless beaches will seem like they are from a postcard! These islands are home to a wide variety of endangered animals. You can opt for a guided tour to discover the park at length. Water sports are also popular here. Spend the afternoon diving, snorkelling, kayaking, or just hiking across the amazing trails. A full-day tour will usually include elements of all these things.


Head to Lipa Noi Beach

Visit the lovely Lipa Noi Beach, or Nikki Beach Samui or even both. Both locations are popular among travellers and very beautiful. The beaches have a very active social scene as well. A great place for beachside dinner and drinks, overlooking the beautiful ocean.