What to see in Samui - list of attractions

Samui Island is primarily interesting beach holiday, and this have all of his three dozen beaches. If you objectively look at the nature of the island, thenThe first thing that catches your eye is simplicity. There is nothing here that could be called "stunning", "breathtaking" or "I have never seen anything like it in my life." The center of Koh Samui is high hills and mountains overgrown with jungle. All this is surrounded by endless beaches, and in the mountains there are beautiful places where streams fall from stones and they are called waterfalls. So Samui residents had to attend to the construction of artificial sights, and here there is already something to see on Samui, even for the sophisticated tourist. Below, I tried to compose a top of the most-most, or as our colleagues in England say - “must see” places and sights of Samui.

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Excursions on Samui

Knowing the skepticism of our man topaid services abroad, I assume that a lot of people in pursuit of a penny spoils their miserable two weeks of vacation in an effort to save. Well, if you have everything in order with driving skills and you can rent a cheap scooter for two people - I myself am like that. But if you do not know how to drive, if you want to catch more in the time allotted by the vacation schedule, then take excursions, it simplifies everything. You are transported to the most popular places, help in the event of incomprehensible situations, and all the connections and key points for visiting are verified by the time and experience of the office. That is, you will not climb into the grotto before the tide, for example.

Excursions for sale on every corner, includingat the reception of the hotel. The only caveat - you need to find out whether the Russian-speaking guide. This is relevant in cases where the tour involves some kind of story, otherwise the tour will be essentially a transfer and in what language the guide will not speak, since his task then will only include to bring you on the spot and take back .

What to see on Samui

Namuang Waterfalls and Safari Park

Two waterfalls, Namuang-1 and Namuang-2 belong toone river, but is fundamentally different in appearance. The lower waterfall, Namuang-1 is an almost sheer cliff with a height of about 20 meters, from which water falls into a beautiful font, like in a movie (you can swim). And the upper waterfall, Namuang-2, is a sloping wall, along which water flows down to dozens of streams smoothly down to Namuanga, the first. You can swim here too, although all decent places are located above the tourist trail, but it won’t stop you? Just keep in mind that the most spectacular period for waterfalls on Samui is September-October and the end of January-February. In all other months, you are either waiting for the masses of yellow rainwater, or vice versa - waterfalls will dry out from the heat. More about waterfalls I wrote in the post "Namuang 2 waterfall and Namuang 1 and how to get".

Namuang Waterfall 2

Namuang Waterfall 2

Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks (Hin Ta & Hin Yai)

One of the most famous landmarksSamui, although it is slightly scabrous in nature. On the outskirts of Lamai there is a stretch of coast where a group of boulders of different sizes washed out with waves, one of which looks like a phallus, and the second one - well, in general, it has a paired set. Tourists like these things a lot, just remember at least the Tower of Pisa and pictures of visitors. Hin Ta Hin Yai means Grandmother and Grandfather in Thai, now you know for what reason. The place is very beautiful, authentic, but extremely crowded and the best time to visit is the morning hours. Why I think so - see the article "Rocks Grandma and Grandpa on Samui - an observation deck and a stone member".

Rocks Grandma and Grandpa - Stone Grandpa

Rocks Grandma and Grandpa - stone Grandpa

Hin Lad Waterfall

Hin Lad is a waterfall that is located in twokilometers from the main road, and to him there is no convenient path with railings. You will have a full trekking for an hour and a half, so do not come here in slippers and summer dresses. Only sandals, and better in jeans and in closed clothes - whatever one may say, but these are wild jungles. But at the end you will find a rare bonus on Samui - a corner forgotten by people with a small waterfall and a font. For two kilometers around - not a soul, only birds and cicadas. The water is clean, there are no farms or dirty farms on top of the river, like on Namuanga-1, where an elephant's poop can always sail from an Namuanga-2 elephant farm. Read more about Hin Lade here - Hin Lad Waterfall on Samui: the path through the jungle + secret place

Hin Lad Waterfall

Hin Lad Waterfall

Guan Yu Chinese Sanctuary

Construction with a scale and with the prospect, builtits several years, and the residents of Samui themselves gave money. At the moment, the sanctuary itself was built with a huge statue of the red-faced god Guan Yu. The plans of the organizers to build a large shopping center on a wasteland behind the sanctuary, and in general, the attraction is very spectacular, photogenic and free. For inspection, you can safely lay about an hour, and if you come here yourself, then podgadvayte for lunchtime, at the same time and have a bite. I would like to immediately dump you the secret mission of this sanctuary, but it is better to follow the link and read my post on Guan Yu and the Hainan Samui community - “The Guan Yu Sanctuary on Samui is a place where generations communicate”.

Guan Yu on Samui

Guan Yu on Samui

Angthong Marine Park

Angthong Marina Park consists of placer islandsdifferent sizes, which lie in the sea to the west of Samui. This is one of the few places where you can get only as part of the tour (although if you have a lot of money, you can hire a private boat). Now I will not tell you about the volcanic origin and historical facts - who cares what the rocks are made of and who found them? Guides will tell you about it. Far more important is the other one - Marina Park, this is the tropical “Lost World”, with islands full of birds, secret lakes, many caves and grottoes, wild beaches and stunning panoramas. Remember, at the beginning of the post I wrote about the simplicity of the nature of Samui? So in Marina Park everything is strictly the opposite: bright, beautiful, sunny, breathtaking, you have never seen anything like that! Do not refuse to travel in any case.

Angtong Marina Park, Samui

Angtong Marina Park, Samui

Magic Garden - Magic Garden

This is a small, strange, but photogenicSight. In the picturesque mountain hollow, along the bottom of which a river runs, one aging planter decided to take up sculpture. He was not a professional, so it took a lot of time to create the Magic Garden, and some of the figures look awkward or disproportionate. Due to the humid climate and the jungle, the cement quickly darkened, sometimes even turned green, and the whole composition began to look like quite an ancient creation. After the author's death, his ashes were buried in one of the houses of Magic Garden, and the heirs decided that the place could bring money. So there was one of the iconic sights of Samui, where the entrance costs 80 baht. Read more about how to get to the garden here. "The magic garden on Samui - the Buddha and the bungalow in the mysterious forest".

Magic Garden Magic Garden

Magic Garden Magic Garden

Mummified monks

There are two mummies in total on Koh Samuimonk One turned out to be a very popular attraction due to the location of the Khunaram temple. He stands on the main road near the turns to the Namuang waterfalls, so the temple is not deprived of the attention of tourists and travel agencies. And the second temple, Kirivongkaram, is very old and really authentic, stands on the other side of the island, on the seashore. Both temples are very similar in size and architecture, mummies do not differ much either, except there are no sunglasses for the second mummy. Therefore, you have the opportunity to look into the eyes of the dead person, if you do not feel disgusted. Personally, my opinion is that Kirivongkara was unjustly avoided, if only because it is in a picturesque place, and there are several small grottoes on the bank of Taling Ngam near it. Read more about all the mummies I wrote here - "The mummified monk on Samui - how many of them actually".

Paradise park

Contact Zoo. I do not know how you personally feel about this kind of entertainment, but the place is childish, and children have much less problems, and they like it. And against the background of a general lack of children's entertainment, Paradise Park is becoming a must-see place at least once. Painted pigeons, unpainted deer, parrots, turtles, other safe and mimic animals are available to “touch” and “cuddle”, although the pleasure is not free. The park is located high in the mountains, the road leads there with good coverage, it is not dangerous, so it’s not necessary to take a tour there, it’s easier to get by on an independent trip in a rented car. Learn more about how much a ticket costs, how to get there, etc. read in my review -
Paradise Park on Samui (Paradise Park) - a mini zoo on the island.

Contact Zoo Paradise Park

Contact Zoo Paradise Park

Fisherman’s Village - Bophut Fishing Village

The fishing village on Samui is one of the mostfirst settlements on the island, which has long ceased to be a fishing village, despite the presence of two piers. Now it is a kilometer long street, completely occupied by cafes, restaurants, shops and other tourist attractions. The street runs along the coast, so the side facing the sea is mostly restaurants. In 2016, the beautiful shopping complex The Warf was built, where in a small area there are one or two floors, stylized as a fishing village. Very cozy place with cool restaurants and a cool bar on the beach - I highly recommend visiting in the evening at sunset. They embarked the embankment too, covered it with a lawn, set tables and hammocks. On Fridays on Fishermans there is a weekly night fair, when an already tight street is filled with collapsible trays of street vendors.

Piers Fisherman Village

Piers Fisherman Village

Big Buddha - Big Buddha

Big Buddha statue located in the northeastSamui, on a small island, which is connected with a large island in bulk with the road. The height of the statue is about 12 meters, not very big of what I saw, but the biggest on the island of Koh Samui. 60 steps lead to it, and the staircase is divided by a handrail into three rows and the central row, as they explained to me, is intended only for monks. Around the territory you can find other statues of Buddha, smaller, various figures from Thai mythology, Chinese and Indian deities - Thais are very tolerant in matters of religion. Next to the statue is the Buddhist temple Wat Phra Yai, and on the street leading to the Buddha clothes and souvenirs are sold. At the end of the street, opposite the Big Buddha in the water stands a sculpture composition from Thai fairy tales. If the details are interesting, then read my post - "Big Buddha on Samui is not very big, but under the protection of transformers".

Buddha Statue - Big Buddha

Buddha Statue - Big Buddha

Play Lam Temple Complex - Wat Plai Laem

Not far from the main attractionSamui, the statues of the Big Buddha, is the Play Lam temple complex undeservedly deprived of the attention of travel agencies. The complex is an artificial reservoir on which three concrete platforms are built. The Play Lamb temple was erected in the center, the multi-handed Chinese goddess Kuan Yin was on his right, and the Hindu Hottei, surrounded by smaller deities, to the left. Play Lam is a clear example of how the three main Asian religions easily coexist in Thai culture. Next to the pond there is another temple and elementary school. The entrance to the complex is free, there are many tourists, but you can’t compare it with the amount that hustles around the Big Buddha, although in my opinion Play Lam is much prettier and more comfortable. All the details and many pictures of this attraction - The temple complex of Play Laem is a tourist, but very beautiful place.

View of the complex from the school

View of the complex from the school

Red Temple and Serpent Stone Pagoda

Hin Ta Hin Yai is built not far from the rocksthe original temple of Wat Ratchathammaram, painted in red. Rachatammaram is a remake that is in the stage of long-term construction, but there is a much older Buddhist shrine on its territory. The Strength Ngu Pagoda, or the Serpent Stone Pagoda, which for more than 250 years has attracted pilgrims, both mere mortals and members of the royal family. The place is not to say that something is awful, but it is very conveniently located near the road, it looks extremely photogenic in the pictures, and the first farang-tourist on Koh Samui was buried in the temple cemetery, which made a lot of efforts to make the island known to the world. More details and photos can be found in the article. "The Red Temple on Samui and the First Tourist - a time of amazing stories".

Red Temple on Samui

Red Temple on Samui

Khao Hua Chook Chedi Pagoda

Second largest (after the Lam So Pagoda)buddhist stupa on samui. Located on top of a low hill in the area of ​​the settlement of Chaweng, which, however, offers stunning panoramic views. From the Khao Hua Chok pagoda, you can see the airport runway, Chaweng Lake, Chaweng itself with its beaches, and also Play Lam, Big Buddha, Bo Phut and Maenam beaches. If it were not for the shrine, this place could be called the main viewpoint of Samui. The entrance to the territory is free, there is parking for vehicles, to come here on your own is not a problem at all. After reconstruction, in 2016, the bells on the top platform were removed, which rang from the wind, which made the place a little lost in charm, but still for me it remains in the top of the most interesting sights of the island. I have a post with details about the pagoda - "Chaweng Pagoda - a lookout with a 360 degree view".

View of the pagoda from the side of Chaweng Lake

View of the pagoda from the side of Chaweng Lake

Viewpoint Samui

Due to the relief of the island, there are plenty on Samuiviewpoints, popularly referred to as "viewpoints" from the English view point. As you understand, there can be only four types of viewpoints on the island - in accordance with the cardinal points, so there is no need to visit them all (you will find them on the map at the end of this post), it is better to go to the most famous and easily accessible ones. The main places that you definitely need to get with a camera: Gecko bar - in the north, in the east, dawnpoint viewpoint - Samui Camp Bar, on South - Rattanakosin Pagodaand in the west it is good to watch the sunset on the Chair-stone. And, as a panoramic viewpoint, I would recommend a viewing platform around pagodas of khao hua chok on chaweng. All five viewpoints are located in beautiful places that can be easily reached on their own.

One of the Samui Viewpoints

One of the Samui Viewpoints

Samui Aquarium And Tiger Zoo - Zoo and Aquarium

Despite the presence of tigers in the titleattractions, it is rather an aquarium than a zoo. The place is well-known, popular, but sad from the point of view of animal lovers. The landmark is located ten minutes south of Lamai Beach and has its own territory with a large parking lot. Admission is not quite adequate money, but as I wrote above, amid the lack of children's entertainment, even at such prices, tourists agree. Inside you can see a variety of marine inhabitants and a couple of tigers tormented by the heat. Adults usually leave AquaZoo with mixed feelings, but children like entertainment. A show with tigers, birds and seals is held daily. Many photos and my detailed impressions of this place - “The aquarium and the tiger zoo on Samui are sad and expensive”.

Aquarium and Tiger Zoo

Aquarium and Tiger Zoo

Standing Buddha in the mountains of Lamai

Buddha Teepangkorn or Pra Putta Teepangkorn -attraction, available or bought a tour by jeep, or desperate brave men, who independently conquer not the best road to Samui. The statue is located on the second highest point of the island, along with a historical museum and a building for Buddhist events. The views here are simply fantastic, as long as the weather is lucky. The area around the standing Buddha is constantly updated, new statues appear, improve the pavement around the top. But the rest of the road, several kilometers of mountain serpentine, constantly suffer from rains, making the trip to Tepangkorn Buddha a real adventure even for experienced motorcyclists. There is no need to rent something super-powerful, even a Honda Click will be tightened here, the main thing on the descent is to stop and cool the brakes more often. Cars cars here ordered the road - only four-wheel drive.

Phra Buddha Tepangkorn in the mountains of Lamai

Phra Buddha Tepangkorn in the mountains of Lamai

Lam So Pagoda and Rattanakosin Pagoda

The place is remote from the main touristroutes, and therefore unloved travel agencies and deprived of the attention of the masses. And in vain, because the Lam Soo Pagoda is the stupa number one on Samui in its size, it has an interesting history and beautiful location - right on the shore of the sea. Next to Lam So there are three interesting Buddhist sights that few people know about at all: the temple-boat, the statue of a monk on the ship and the Rattanakosin pagoda. This pagoda is also called the Buddha Chedi or the Little Buddha, because of the statue of the little Buddha, who first meets you at the very top of the neighboring Lam So Hill Pagoda. In addition to the small Buddha, there are quite large statues of sitting and reclining Buddhas, as well as a place for meditation and a magnificent view of the south and east. I will say more - this is a great viewing platform for those who want to watch the sunset without leaving the west coast of Koh Samui. Look at the details here in this post - "Laem Sor Pagoda and Little Buddha is a very atmospheric place".

Lam So Pagoda

Lam So Pagoda

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