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Top 10 Things to Do in Koh Samui – Captivating Excursions

As one of Thailand's most popular tourist destinations Koh Samui is an activity hub like no other. From water sports to engaging tours here are the area's must-experience activities.

1

Explore the Angthong National Marine Park

Revered as one of the most pristine natural attributes in Thailand, the Angthong National Marine Park is the pride and joy of Koh Samui by no mere coincidence and no visit to the holiday hub would be complete without a stopover at this archipelago of 42 islands. Littered with breathtaking beaches, stunning waterfalls and tropical jungles the area's verdant mangroves and coves are other highlights that should not be missed on a tour of this protected natural landscape. Visitors based in a Koh Samui resort such as the InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort can book a tour of the marine park and set off on their excursions from here.

2

Discover Wat Khunaram's Mummy Monk

Located in Lamai the Wat Kunaram temple is home to one of Koh Samui's most intriguing attractions. Popularly known as the Mummy Monk the venue features the mummified body of a former priest by the name of Luang Pordaeng. Having died nearly two decades ago the monk's remains are now preserved in a glass box and show virtually no signs of deterioration.

3

Swim beneath the Namuang Waterfall

Occupying pride of place in the lush environs of Nathon the Namuang Waterfall is another must-experience highlight for first time visitors. With a massive naturally formed pool at the foot of the fall the venue is the preferred bathing spot of locals and tourists alike while the waterfall is one of the most awe-inspiring cascades in all of Koh Samui.

4

Pay Homage to the Big Buddha

Located on the northern coastline of Koh Samui the Big Buddha Shrine is another iconic cultural landmark visitors must explore on a visit to the beach Mecca. Housing the island's most recognized landmark the massive Big Buddha statue is visible for miles around thanks to its impressive height of 12 metres. The temple also features countless elaborate Buddha sculptures while visitors can buy quirky souvenirs and local snacks from the tiny market adjacent to the temple.

5

Uncover the Secret Buddha Garden

Tucked away in the lush hills of Koh Samui the Secret Buddha Garden just may be the island's favourite lookout point and its most picturesque observation deck. The brainchild of Nim Thongsuk who began erecting sculptures and shrines in his land in 1976, the garden has grown to be one of the island's favourite tourist hotspots with panoramic views all around.

6

Hin Ta and Hin Yai

Also known as the Grandma and Grandpa rocks of Lamai Beach Hin Ta and Hin Yai are a geological anomaly that must be seen to be believed. With the rocks taking on fascinating shapes, the attractions have become a unique tourist hub for the masses.

7

Tour Wat Plai Laem

Tipped to be one of Koh Samui's most attractive temples, Wat Plai Laem is a sacred space located in Big Buddha Beach. Built recently the temple's ornate and elaborate appearance makes it a hit with visitors and pilgrims alike while the venue also features sculptures of the Goddess of Mercy and a Chinese Buddha.

8

Sign Up for a Muay Thai Boxing Class

With countless classes and instructors occupying its confines Koh Samui is also the best place to pick up Thai boxing skills and learn the basics of Muay Thai. Many gymnasiums in the area also offer training sessions to fit travellers hoping to learn this ancient form of martial arts.

9

Hit the Water

As a water sports Mecca for the masses, Koh Samui offers active visitors a plethora of water based activities through its resorts and tour operators. From kayaking across the ocean to scuba diving and snorkelling beneath its azure waters the choices are endless. A premier sailing and angling hub visitors can also windsurf and jet ski across the waves while on holiday.

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Explore Bophut's Fisherman's Village

As one of the last remaining traditional fishing villages in Koh Samui a tour of Bophut's Fishing Village is another must-do activity for first time visitors. Offering tourists a glimpse of Koh Samui's past before the island became a resort heartland the architecture, colonial influences and traditional dwellings of its seafaring communities are just some of the aspects visible on an excursion to the Fisherman's Village.