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Koh Samui Must-Sees

Popular Thailand attractions in Koh Samui

When people think about traveling and sightseeing, they usually talk European city breaks and island paradise classics. There are, in fact, other places in this world worth seeing, routes less traveled. Combining a tropical vacation with a visit to someplace new and exciting is a healthy alternative to the average tourist’s holiday plans. All you need to do is to start your search engine, and look for the term “off-beat travel”, or even better, look at some popular posts on your favorite travel blog.

Sunset in Koh Samui
Art painting-like sunset in Koh Samui is just one nature-given attractions of this
tropical Thailand destination. (photo by Johannes Jander)

Koh Samui, Thailand

Here’s a tropical destination to begin with – you’ve probably heard of it, but have you considered it? Koh Samui, Thailand. This is one of those tropical paradise-heaven on earth kind of islands that you can only find in the South Pacific. Though it is small, it has plenty to offer, and it is also right off the coast of Thailand. Come to think of it, it would take you years to go through all of Koh Samui’s charms. This is not an impossible feat for most young people, since most young people actually have online-based jobs nowadays.

The city wears us down, and we will never have back the years we have now. It is somewhat of a trend for 20something year olds to move into expat mode for a year or two, try their luck in another culture. It is quite easy to move to Koh Samui, far enough from mainland Thailand to maintain the image of remoteness and mysticism, and close enough to always stay in contact with your national embassy. Language barriers are not a problem in the region, most people speak at least English. All it takes is a plan and some gut. Here are some things to see and do in Koh Samui.

A waterfall in Koh Samui, Thailand
Two accessible and beautiful waterfalls are popular with Thailand visitors,
Hin Lad and Namuang.  (photo by Paul Stocker)


There are no world-wide chart toppers in Koh Samui, but there are enough waterfalls for that not to matter. A waterfall is beautiful, whatever its height. However, only two are easily accessible - Hin Lad and Namuang. They are known to be the most beautiful somewhere around December and January, just after the rainy season. That is the best part about the tropical region – it is always summer there. When it comes to Hin Lad, some parts of the path that leads to it are challenging, and you will need comfortable shoes, but once you are finally there, all the effort is nothing compared to the wonderful view. Namuang waterfall has a swimming hole at its base, but do not think about jumping of the rocks as they are extremely slippery.

Mummified Monk

Placed as an attraction about 25 years ago, in Koh Samui you can see the mummified body of a monk, well preserved to this day. For those who have already visited Egypt and pyramids, and seen the mummies firsthand, but would like to see something similar, but not quite the same thing, this should be an interesting venture.

The temple of Big Buddha in Koh Samui
One of the most recognizable and often visited Thailand attractions is the Big Buddha temple
(photo by Hajime Nakano)

Thai Temples

Thailand is well-known for its temples and the Thai carefully nurture that tradition. The most famous temple is The Big Buddha Temple. This golden statue dominates the skyline at an impressive 12 meters in height. The area is as quiet and peaceful as any other temple, a wonderful place to sit and meditate, and ponder some deep questions in life. There are a lot of cafes and restaurants nearby, so your return to hustle of civilization can be much more instantaneous than you thought.

Hin Ta Hin Yai

There is a world famous legend of Koh Samui that says that two lovers were shipwrecked on an island and their bodies are today represented with these interestingly shaped rocks that can be seen on the shore. Of course, because these rocks look like male and female private parts, the area is a photo opportunity waiting to happen.

What are you waiting for? Take the plunge, whether you wish for a week-long vacation, or a season away from the worries of modern life. Discover yourself as you discover Koh Samui.

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