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7 Free sightseeing tips for Koh Samui – Experience treasures of nature and unique sites of history at no extra cost

The second largest island in Thailand, Koh Samui is famous for its picturesque beaches which draw visitors throughout the year, yet there are many other attractions to be savoured without denting your purse as they are free. So be astute and plan well not to miss some of these great sights.


Visit the Big Buddha Statue at Wat Phra Yai

The majestic 12-metre golden statue of Lord Buddha in a seated Mara posture commands attention from afar making this serene temple a popular and free attraction. It is situated on a tiny rocky island in the northeast of Koh Samui and can be easily reached from your resort Koh Samui using the causeway from the main island. The notable positions of each palm, the right palm facing down and the left palm facing upwards are supposed to depict the purity, steadfastness and enlightenment of the Buddha.


Explore the Fisherman's Village

Plan a visit to this delightfully secluded village in the area of Bophut. Get directions before you arrive in order not to miss this quaint beach which you get to enjoy at no cost. Have a drink, relax at the beach and even stay for dinner, if you are more adventurous plan, it for a Friday so that you also get to experience the vibes of the night market at Fisherman's Village.


Enchanting Na Muang Waterfall

The scenic waterfall is worth exploring and is free. Put on shoes good to do a bit of climbing and you are set to witness the two beauties as one part of the waterfall gracefully flows into a natural pool whilst getting to the other is a 30-minute walk. Many visitors from Avani+ Samui Resort enjoy this trail, even have a swim in the pool and enjoy a picnic.


Get a view of Hin Ta & Hin Yai

Meaning Grandfather and Grandmother these unusual rock formations are found on the southern shore between Hua Thanon fishing village and Lamai. As they resemble male and female genitalia the shoreline has become a famous free attraction drawing visitors to capture images of this unusual feature.


Koh Som the tiny paradise

Translated as Orange Island, this is a one-kilometre stretch of paradise just a short boat ride away from the Plai Laem pier and it is free. The shallow waters make it a safe and inviting beach for swimming and snorkelling. This is not an inhabited island however a few locals serve food for incoming tour groups.


Enjoy the vistas from Lat Ko viewpoint

Situated between Lamai and Chaweng this excellent viewpoint with no cost to you can be sighted on a hill. Once you get there witness the breathtaking panoramic view over Chaweng Beach and the environs. You can also take the path leading down to the rocks along the sea and witness the glory of the sunrise.


Beautiful Khao Hua Jook Chedi

Being in proximity to Chaweng Lake, this Chedi is free of charge for visitors and devotees and provides a picturesque view of the coast and the countryside. It is not only the view that they come to admire, the chedi also has many gold statues of Buddha, Buddhist murals and notable architectural features.