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Top 5 Must-Visit Attractions in Koh Samui, Thailand - Delightful Sightseeing for a Memorable Tropical Island Experience

With the endless stretches of white sand, pretty palm trees, and sparkling blue waters, travellers to Koh Samui can never get enough of its picture-postcard beaches. Once you make up your mind to leave behind the shore, you will be mesmerized by the incredible attractions and landmarks the island has on offer.

1

Big Buddha Temple - Buddhist culture, ancient architecture, and scenic views

Sitting on an offshore island just off the northeast coast, this 12-metre tall, shimmering golden Buddha statue is probably the first thing you'll spot right before you land in Koh Samui. With a fascinating mix of red and gold colours, the entire temple creates a picturesque sight that's worthy of grabbing the attention of your camera. Aside from admiring the mesmerizing beauty of the Big Buddha statue, you can feast your eyes on the scenic panoramic view of the island surrounding the temple.

2

Na Mueang Waterfalls - trek, swim, and soak up the natural scenery

Nestled in a jungle paradise, boasting breathtaking scenery with water cascading down the purple-hued rocks, Na Mueang waterfalls is not one but two beautiful waterfalls set in central Koh Samui. If you like to enjoy a splash in water but hate the large crowds on beaches, a swim in Na Mueang falls might be the ideal way to treat yourself to some exciting time in the cool waters. Aside from the magnificent waterfalls, what makes things even more interesting is the adventurous trek that leads up to the falls.

3

Chaweng Beach - greenish-blue waters, swanky resorts, and fantastic nightlife

While it's true that there's more to Koh Samui than its more than famous beaches, this list wouldn't be complete without mentioning Chaweng Beach. It is the most popular and possibly the beautiful of all beaches on the island. Chaweng Beach is equally lively during the day and night, where the sun loungers and umbrellas make way for dance floors and beach bars once the sunsets. Chaweng Beach has some of the best luxury villas in Koh Samui, including the likes of Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort, which also makes it an ideal spot for your stay on the island.

4

Ang Thong National Park - a day trip packed with kayaking, swimming, and hiking

Taking a day trip to Ang Thong National Marine Park will not be a mere sightseeing tour but a grand day out that enables you to indulge in a plethora of exhilarating activities such as swimming in scenic lakes, hiking to mountain tops, and kayaking in hidden coves. This group of 42 pristine islands is a true pinnacle of beauty that's definitely worth a visit.

5

Wat Plai Laem - a place of tranquillity surrounded by calm blue waters

What makes Wat Plai Laem one of the must-visit attractions in Koh Samui is its eye-catching 18-arm statue of Guanyin. Aside from that, the colourful sculptures and the scenic lake surrounding the temple make for a relaxing place to take in some fresh air on a good Koh Samui evening.