The best things to do in Koh Samui include varied and interesting highlights that range from splendid natural features to manmade attractions. Beyond the gorgeous beaches where you can spend a day out under the tropical sun, there are attractive waterfalls and more to explore. There's nothing to stop you from having a blast on Samui.

    You can discover anything from mummified monks to the famous "Grandma and Grandpa" rocks, known locally as Hin Ta and Hin Yai. For those interested in religious imagery and architecture, the Big Buddha will impress – especially at sunset. Nature lovers can visit Ang Thong National Marine Park on a day trip. It's a great place to get away from it all in the splendid tropical islands it hosts. Check out all the must-see and must-do attractions in Koh Samui below.

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    Ang Thong National Marine Park is a pristine archipelago of 42 islands in the Gulf of Thailand. The islands feature towering limestone mountains, thick jungle, white-sand beaches, fertile mangroves, waterfalls, and hidden coves and lakes to explore.

    Within sight of Koh Samui, Ang Thong National Marine Park is a protected area covering more than 100 sq km of land and sea. It's home to a rich variety of exotic wildlife and sea creatures. Snorkeling, hiking, sea kayaking, diving, and simply relaxing are the main activities to enjoy at Ang Thong.

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    Location: Ang Thong, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

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    The Big Buddha on the northern coast of Koh Samui is one of Thailand's famous shrines and probably Samui's most well-known landmark. The 12-metre-tall golden Buddha statue can be seen from several kilometers away. The Buddha figure sits in the Mara posture, depicting a time during Buddha’s journey to enlightenment where he successfully subdued temptations and dangers thrust at him. The pose is a symbol of steadfastness, purity and enlightenment.

    Inside the surrounding temple are many different shrines and other smaller Buddhas. There's also a small market selling a wide range of lucky charms and other souvenirs, alongside numerous food stalls.

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    Location: Route 4171, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 6 pm

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    Fisherman’s Village in Samui is a historical part of Bophut, with rustic-style buildings housing boutique stores, trendy restaurants and a small selection of hotels lining the narrow Beach Road. Every Friday, the whole area becomes the site of the Fisherman’s Village Walking Street market, attracting huge numbers of shoppers from across the island for the impressive variety of wares and the lively atmosphere.

    This old part of Bophut Beach takes its name from the fact that it was once home to a thriving fishing community. The fishermen have moved on and the main pier has collapsed, but the old wooden shophouses remain, with a warren of narrow alleys running between many of them, giving the village a charming old look and feel.

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    Location: Bophut Beach Road, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

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    The Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks are some fascinating rock formations at the southern end of Lamai Beach on Koh Samui. They've been a source of giggles and wonder on the island since they were discovered by the locals many years ago. Known as Grandpa (Ta) and Grandma (Yai), the rocks look, respectively, like male and female genitalia.

    A signboard near the rocks tells of the legend of an old couple by the name of Ta Kreng (Grandpa Kreng) and Yai Riem (Grandma Riem) who lived with their son in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat. The views from the rocks and the area around them are spectacular, stretching across the sea to nearby islands.

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    Location: 126/92 Moo 3, Lamai, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

    Open: Sunday–Friday from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm, Saturday from 8 am to 7 pm

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    Koh Tao

    Koh Tao – meaning ‘Turtle Island’ – lives up to its name, being the scuba diving destination of choice in Thailand. The stunning white-sand beaches that ring the hilly, 21-sq-km island are surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The vibrant coral reefs there are home to a wide range of exciting and colorful sea creatures – including turtles, naturally.

    The compact island is 55 km to the north of Koh Samui and supports a varied selection of hotels, from budget guesthouses and beach bungalows all the way up to 5-star luxury resorts. The choice of restaurants and nightlife establishments has also been constantly growing.

    Open: Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84360, Thailand

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    Wat Plai Laem is a colorful and interesting Buddhist temple near the Big Buddha in the north of Koh Samui. The temple features very ornate decor and art, an 18-armed image of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, and a large, white, Chinese Buddha set on a lake.

    A living and active temple, it's where devotees come daily to pay homage to Guanyin and the Buddha, who is also depicted in a number of statues and murals around the temple. If you donate money for the upkeep of the temple, you'll be given a bag of food to throw to the teeming fish in the lake.

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    Location: Road 4171, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Open: Daily from sunrise to sunset

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    The Na Muang Waterfalls are among Samui's most picturesque waterfalls, though it's technically 2 consecutive falls. Its name refers to the massive purple rocks at the waterfalls. Rocks and tree roots form a natural staircase that leads to the base of Na Muang 1. A large natural pool sits under the waterfall. A 10-minute walk further up the mountain leads to Samui's most beautiful waterfall, Na Muang 2.

    The best time to visit is in the wetter months of September through November, when the waterfalls are in their full-flowing glory. Na Muang is a popular place for families to relax and swim. Many Samui tours include a refreshing stop at the Na Muang Waterfalls on their itinerary.

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    Location: 37/1 Thawi Rat Phakdi Rd, Na Mueang, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 5.30 pm

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    Secret Buddha Garden is a tranquil, sculpture-filled garden hidden high up in the hills in Koh Samui's interior. Thanks to its altitude, the unique site offers majestic views and an unusual collection of statues amid lush jungle surrounds. The gardens are a creation of an old Samui fruit farmer, Nim Thongsuk, who began erecting several statues and temples around his family's verdant land in 1976.

    The statues depict several animals, deities and humans in various poses, including one of Khun Nim himself, sitting on a rock in a relaxed position. The garden has a waterfall and stream flowing through, all shaded by thick foliage. With the steep and bumpy road, getting up here is a challenge best undertaken in a 4WD vehicle.

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    Location: Na Mueang, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

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    Wat Khunaram is a temple in Samui that's best known as the home to the island's most famous mummified monk. The monk is Luang Pordaeng, who died decades ago. As per his instructions, his body was placed in a specially designed glass case for posterity. It has remained there ever since and has shown few signs of decay.

    Aside from the so-called 'Mommy Monk', Wat Khunaram is a fairly typical Buddhist temple, where local people come daily to make merit and pray. Amulets and other Buddhist artifacts can be bought here, and visitors are welcome to join or observe the daily rituals and have a look around.

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    Location: Route 4169, Na Mueang, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

    Open: Daily from sunrise to sunset

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    Cabarets in Samui might not be everyone's cup of tea, but for fans, Chaweng Beach has plenty to choose from. Samui cabarets are typically live dance shows performed by elegant transgender artists. Thai society is generally more open to gender identity than many other cultures, and its katoey – the "3rd sex" – have played a prominent role in the nation's entertainment industry for generations.

    In Chaweng and Lamai, you can enjoy a sparkling evening out with this fun form of entertainment. Most of the cabarets in Chaweng are located next to each other, which makes for interesting competition before the show.

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    Buddha footprints

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    Samui's Buddha footprints may be a bit hard to find, but it's well worth putting in the extra effort to get to the site. Located on a hilltop shrine near the Butterfly Garden, they are in fact 4 footprints, engraved one on top of each other. The engraved footprints are an important religious symbol, said to reflect Buddha's mortal presence among the living.

    The journey to find the site may be hard due to the overgrowth. And after you negotiate the 163 steps to the top, you are rewarded with one of the most spectacular views on the island.

    Location: Route 4170, Na Mueang, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 6 pm

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    Nathon Hainan Shrine

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    The Nathon Hainan Shrine or Chinese temple is a brightly colored gem of a site built in 1862 in the center of Nathon. You can easily find it as you walk down Thaweerat Phakdee Street (Route 4169). Look for Soi Angthong 4 and you'll find the majestic gate of the temple that encloses its compound.

    You can actually see the temple compound from the road. But take a closer look, and you'll also see the 2 fierce-looking golden lions guarding the main gate. The main building is surrounded by a walled garden and the traffic noise is virtually non-existent inside.

    Location: Soi Ang Thong 4, Nathon, Ang Thong, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

    Open: 24/7

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    The Hin Lad Waterfall Temple is a wonderfully small and peaceful temple to the left of the Hin Lad Waterfall trail. Cross over the bridge and stop for a moment of reflection while you feed the fish. Fish food is available for purchase at the small restaurant near the bridge. The Buddha statue sits far back to the right, in a small natural niche formed from the side of a huge boulder, and has lush vegetation surrounding it.

    This place is well shaded and calm, making it perfect for a stop after the hike to the waterfall. Signs, posted at intervals along the temple pathways, contain sayings of wisdom both in Thai and English.

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    Location: Moo 2, Ang Thong, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

    Open: Daily from sunrise to sunset

    Phone: +66 (0)89 972 8131

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    Hua Thanon

    Hua Thanon is a fishing village just south of the Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks. It is home to a large proportion of Samui's Muslim population. It still retains a quaint, old-Samui feel, with rickety teakwood houses lining the road, as well as some decent seafood restaurants and ethnic clothing and jewelry boutiques.

    While you may not see too many long-tail boats setting off to cast nets these days, it's worth checking out the teak houses put to modern usage, with automobiles often parked in the front rooms.

    Location: Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

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    Koh Mudsum – also referred to as Koh Matsum – is a small island on the south side of Koh Samui. This is a favorite place for day-trippers to enjoy a picnic on the white-sand beach, and it also has good opportunities for snorkeling, kayaking, and just relaxing.

    There are many tour operators offering day trips to Koh Mudsum. These trips usually start around 8 am or 8.30 am at Thong Krut Pier, which is located at the most southern tip of Koh Samui. A long-tail boat will then take you to the island in around 30 minutes and bring you back around 3 pm or 4.30 pm.

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    Location: Taling Ngam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

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    Koh Phangan may be most famous for its full-moon parties, but it has a lot more to offer visitors than all-night dancing. There are few day-trip options from Koh Samui, apart from sailing cruises, so at least an overnight stay is recommended.

    Koh Phangan is some decades behind Samui in terms of development, which lends the island a lot of charm, and some would say it's more picturesque than Samui itself. The main tourist beach, Haad Rin, is busiest on full moon nights but is well worth a visit the rest of the month for its chaotic jumble of bars, clubs, restaurants and handicraft shops.

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    Location: Ko Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand

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    Laem Sor Pagoda

    Laem Sor Pagoda, at the southernmost tip of Koh Samui, is a beautiful sight at sunset. Its golden hue, glowing in the sunlight, makes for an astonishingly beautiful contrast to the blue sky and the turquoise sea behind it.

    The entrance is guarded by 2 Yak (giant) warrior statues with immense swords, colorful clothing and scary faces. Buddha stands in the doorway to the rear of the statues. This one is always a great photo opportunity as there is absolutely nothing obstructing your view and it all fits on one photograph. It's located 11 km south of Lamai, at the end of Bang Kao Beach.

    Location: 99/9 Laem Set Rd, Na Mueang, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

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    Lamai Overlap Stone

    The Lamai overlap stone is a set of impressively balanced boulders that are a challenge to get up to but offer spectacular views. The sights alone are worthwhile for the adventurous traveler. The steep, rough, dirt-track road leading to the viewpoint should only be attempted on a dirt bike or with a 4WD, and the last stretch may have to be walked, depending on conditions.

    Alternately, getting to the unique site is a hard 20-minute climb on foot, but there is a refreshment stall at the top and it's an exhilarating experience. Look for the signs on the right-hand side of the beltway 1 km south of Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks in Lamai Beach.

    Location: 438/35 Moo 1, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

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    Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) is Thailand's beloved national sport, and is taken very seriously throughout the country. Koh Samui is no exception. Although Thai boxing is regarded as the world's most dangerous martial art, it's surprisingly graceful to watch.

    Chaweng has 2 Thai boxing stadiums, which hold regular Muay Thai bouts, some of which feature foreign as well as Thai fighters. Chaweng stadium is the biggest on Samui and hosts all the major fights on the island. Fights are usually held twice a week on Monday and Friday nights but, during peak season, an additional Sunday night fight is often held. Fights start at 9 pm and the evening normally lasts around 3 hours, with as many as 10 smaller bouts before the main fight. If you only want to catch the main event, then drop in for an hour around 10 pm or 10.30 pm.

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    Wat Khao Chedi

    Wat Khao Chedi (khao meaning 'white') is a Srivijaya-style chedi situated on a hill above the Laem Sor area. It also goes by the name Laem Sor Pagoda, which can be a bit confusing for newcomers to the island seeing as there is another Laem Sor Pagoda below it on Bang Kao Beach. The lower one is golden, though.

    You get spectacular views to all sides from this vantage point, encompassing mainland Suratthani, Bang Kao Bay all the way to Laem Set Point, and the islands of Koh Tao and Koh Mudsum, in addition to Wat Laem Sor. It is, without a doubt, one of the best places on Koh Samui to watch the sun go down.

    Location: Khao Chedi, Taling Ngam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

    Open: 24/7

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    Pink Elephant Samui Water Park

    Pink Elephant Samui Water Park is a spacious and modern waterpark near Maenam. The attraction features a range of high-quality rides and facilities, promising a fun and safe day for the whole family. The waterpark has an isolated feel, being set 1,500 meters from the Samui beltway, in a palm grove in the already relatively quiet Maenam area of Koh Samui.

    Geared mostly toward young children and their parents, there are a few high-speed slides for the adventurous ones and a Jacuzzi area for those who want to chill out and relax.

    Location: 28/41 Moo 1, Maenam Soi 1, Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)77 423 548

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    Silver Beach in the beautiful little Thong Takhian Bay is located just off the main road as you come down the hill into north Lamai from Chaweng. There are 3 resorts on the beach, so it can get crowded in the high season but is well worth a visit for the stunning scenery. It boasts crystal-blue waters and white sand, bordered by craggy limestone rock formations and verdant hills: the archetypal Thai beach.

    The water is shallow at low tide and there is only one area good for bathing, to the left of the bay. But once you have waded out, the water is wonderful and there are some fish around the rocks and reef for snorkelers to follow. You can get a reasonable meal and cold beverages from any of the 3 resorts' beachfront restaurants, and one has a pool for diners and guests.

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    Location: Silver Beach, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

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    Wat Chaeng

    Wat Chaeng is a superbly designed temple in Nathon, on the western coast of Koh Samui. The temple has an adjoining school that seems to serve as the complex's main purpose now.

    The temple building is fronted by a large seated Buddha in the Pang Prathanporn pose. The Buddha has one hand raised with the index finger and thumb touching and the other hand is resting in his lap with the palm facing up. The Wat and Buddha are guarded by 2 huge green and gold statues. To get to Wat Chaeng, turn left into the temple grounds at the southern end of Thaweerat Phakdee Road (4169 through Nathon).

    Location: Nathon, Ang Thong, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

    Open: Daily from sunrise to sunset

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    Wat Pradoem

    Wat Pradoem is a Buddhist temple on Koh Samui that was built around 250 years ago. The temple is believed to be the oldest on the island. As well as the temple itself, Wat Pradoem also has a wooden hall full of ancient scriptures and ornate carvings. 

    As you enter the temple grounds, you'll instantly sense a very peaceful atmosphere, often with hardly any other visitors around. There are cool and shady neighborhoods where you can escape the heat of the day and enjoy the view of the temple and its quiet grounds.

    Location: Moo 1, Na Mueang, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, 84140, Thailand

    Open: Daily from sunrise to sunset

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    Wat Khiri Mat

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    Wat Khiri Mat is a temple that sits atop a small hill in Taling Ngam, at the southern tip of Koh Samui. Directly in front of the temple is a large pagoda with a glass-enclosed Buddha statue inside. An ornately designed blue-and-yellow arch shows you the way to this temple, which is at the end of Keeree-Mas Road.

    As with most Buddhist temples in Thailand, it is peaceful inside the temple grounds and the calm and quiet settings often offer great photo opportunities. You'll come across monks and the occasional village chickens and buffaloes roaming freely.

    Location: Moo 4, Taling Ngam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, 84140, Thailand

    Open: Daily from sunrise to sunset

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    Wat Khao Hua Juk

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    Wat Khao Hua Juk is a temple 'mountain' in Samui that's only 90 meters tall but offers an incredible view from the peak. The entire runway of Samui Airport is virtually at your feet. If you like watching take-offs and landings, this is the place to sit for a while. The islands Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Koh Sum, Koh Lum Noi, Koh Tao Poon and Koh Fan (where the Big Buddha sits) plus Big Buddha, Wat Bang Rak, gorgeous sunsets and much more from Koh Samui are all visible from this spot.

    This temple contains, according to the sign, a replica of Buddha's footprint, but it's not on any island tour so you'll have to rough it and drive yourself there. To get there, take the 4169 to Chaweng and turn off the main road toward the beach. After 5 km, opposite Chaweng Lake you'll find the arch marking Kao Hua Juk Road and directing you up to the Wat. Drive about 150 meters until you see the stairs on your right, which lead to a gently curving walkway that takes you to the summit.

    Location: Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Open: 24/7

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    Wat Kiri Wongkaram

    Wat Kiri Wongkaram is a beautiful white temple with a contrasting roof made of red, green and yellow tiles. There is a small Buddha statue sitting before the entrance and the temple is guarded by 2 statues of white elephants. There's not much else to see in this compound other than that it houses the mummified body of Buddhist monk Loung Por Ruam, which you can view in a glass enclosure.

    The temple is free to enter. You can learn more about the life of Loung Por Ruam and also witness temple and village activities. Various events are often held at the temple. To get there, take route 4170 in Ban Saket. Follow it down and go through the Elephant Gate in Ban Taling Ngam. You'll reach the temple after about 500 meters.

    Location: Taling Ngam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

    Open: Daily from sunrise to sunset

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    Wat Laem Sor

    Wat Laem Sor is a very large boat with the temple sitting astern and surrounded by a pool of water. This setting makes it appear as if it's in the ocean, which is actually about 200 meters away. The view of this temple is especially impressive when seen from the Pagoda Khao Chedi on the hill above Bang Kao Beach. What you'll see is a large, beautiful, bright blue boat sailing among the coconut trees. When seen together with the beach and Bang Kao Bay, it makes a wonderful sight indeed.

    As you enter the temple complex, look to your left and you'll see, growing along the ground like a snake, a large palm tree. When you combine your visit to this temple and the 2 Laem Sor Pagodas with the beach and nearby ATV Adventure Park, it will make for an exciting day of sightseeing and adventure as well as fun and relaxation.

    Location: Moo 4, Na Mueang, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

    Open: Daily from sunrise to sunset

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    Wat Lamai and Cultural Hall

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    The Lamai temple is the social epicenter for the local Thai community. Alongside weddings, funerals and religious festivals, it plays host to some lively temple fairs throughout the year with concerts, fairground games, food and even an outdoor movie theater. The temple fairs last for over a week and, if you're in Lamai when one is being held, it's certainly worth checking out.

    The musty, dusty Cultural Hall inside the temple complex houses a quaint and unique collection of artifacts from Samui's past, ranging from brass and earthenware vessels and cooking implements to wooden agricultural tools, armadillo skins, dried pufferfish, swords, muskets, ancient bicycles, and a 2,000-year-old metal ceremonial drum unearthed in Lamai village. The fact that there are no explanatory notes in English means that you have to use your imagination to compose mental images of Samui's bygone days.

    Location: 64/12-15, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

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    Wat Nara Charoen Suk

    Wat Nara Charoen Suk is a temple building that's unique in that it has a very long, thin tower built into its facade. This authentic temple features a very old building and is interesting to explore.

    To find it, go from Ban Lipa Noi on route 4169, take the 4174 and follow it as if you were going to the Navy Base. After passing Big John Resort and Seafood Restaurant the road turns sharply to the left and from there it's just another kilometer on your left to the entrance road.

    Location: Moo 2, Lipa Noi, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, 84140, Thailand

    Open: Daily from sunrise to sunset

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    Snorkeling in Koh Tao

    Snorkeling in Koh Tao is one to tick off a Samui bucket list. Koh Nang Yuan's sandbar beaches, formed by the ocean's currents interacting with the 3 peaks of the island, are unique to the world. Their beauty will take your breath away. 

    Enjoy snorkeling in clear water and a chance to encounter the most beautiful ocean life. Continue to Koh Tao where you can stop for lunch at one of the great local restaurants that offer wonderful value for money. After your wholesome meal, you can either snorkel, sunbathe or just relax under the coconut trees.

    Location: Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84360, Thailand

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    Scuba diving in Koh Samui

    Diving in Koh Samui is among the top reasons to visit this tropical wonderland, with clear blue and warm waters together with amazing marine life. It's no surprise that the area is an extremely popular destination for both experienced divers and those wanting to take up the sport.

    Short accredited dive courses are readily available and prices are very reasonable compared to most countries. There's a wide range of dive shops offering all levels of instruction and, if you look around, it's not difficult to find courses conducted in the language of your choice.

    Samui Canopy Adventures provide you with exhilarating fun and amazing bird’s-eye views of Samui's lush rainforest and surroundings. The experience is truly memorable. Zipping along from line to line and pretending to be a modern-day Jane or Tarzan is a unique way to complement your Samui stay.

    The great thing about trying out the Canopy Adventures is that no experience is necessary because each rider is trained beforehand by the experienced crew using high-standard equipment and gear.

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    Location: Soi 5, Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)77 300 340

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    Samui cooking classes let you learn how to prepare some of the most popular Thai dishes through cheerful courses. You will learn about the importance of the balance of flavors in Thai cuisine and how to use the most important ingredients.

    From appetiser to main course to dessert, you’ll cook a Thai meal and then enjoy eating it. A fun and insightful cooking class in Samui lets you have a lot of fun and gain valuable skills. Get ready to impress your friends and family once you get back home!

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    Safari Tour by 4WD

    A safari tour in a 4WD lets you discover the lesser-known neighborhoods of Samui Island. Along the journey, you can stop for a traditional Thai lunch at a local restaurant where you can also get a great view across to the island of Koh Phangan. On a clear day, you can even see Koh Tao.

    The adventure tour also takes you on a visit to a local rubber plantation and see how latex rubber is extracted from the tree. You'll also be able to learn about the island's local agriculture and see a pineapple field.

    Soccer Golf is an original and increasingly popular game created in Thailand at Samui Soccer Golf. The idea is simple enough: it's a hybrid of soccer and golf in which players try to steer a soccer into the 18 holes in as few strokes as possible – using their feet of course.

    You and your group can play the game for at least 1 hour. At the same time, you can enjoy a refreshing tropical garden walk around a beautiful coconut plantation that forms the 18-hole course near Choengmon Beach.

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    Location: 63/240, Moo 5, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6.30 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)77 426 600

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    Samui fishing trips

    Samui fishing trips take you on an exhilarating sea adventure by fishing boat around the island's rich waters. You can enjoy an evening out at sea on a traditional Thai fishing trawler. Start by catching your bait squid, and then try your luck in catching some fish.

    The boat captain will decide the evening's fishing neighborhoods, depending on the season as well as weather conditions. Among the top locations are the waters around Koh Som, Koh Kong, Koh Matlang and Koh Phangan.

    TopCats Freshwater Fishing is Koh Samui's only freshwater fishing spot. This eco-friendly project allows fish to grow naturally in a clean environment and offers visitors the challenge of battling against animals that can weigh up to 150 kg. TopCats has more than 4,000 fish from 20 different species in their 2 manmade lakes.

    TopCats management and team are passionate about fishing and committed to providing the best conditions in and around the lake for all those who share their passion for this challenging activity. Don't worry if you've never fished before – expert guidance is on hand! All equipment and bait are provided. TopCats also has a bar and restaurant as well as a large bathing pool.

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    Location: 100/1 Moo1, Baan Saket, Taling Ngam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)84 184 1011

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    Samui Frisbee Golf

    Samui Disc Golf (aka Samui Frisbee Golf) is an extremely popular venue for the whole family. The facility is 1.2 km south of the Samui beltway in Maenam. The origins of Disc Golf (aka Frolf or Frisbee Golf) date back to the beginning of the 20th century, but this fun activity only started to be recognized in the ‘60s before becoming hip, leading to the doubling of Disc Golf courses in the world since the turn of the millennium.

    Samui Frisbee Golf’s 9-hole course is set in a fruit orchard, offering an agreeably shaded area to play. This leisure activity offers Samui visitors a half-day of fun at affordable rates. Samui Disc Golf also organizes professional tournaments and private events for groups.

    Location: 62/5 Moo 3, Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)98 670 3315

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    Kiteboarding and kitesurfing in Samui are among the great activities you can have on the waves just off the island's beautiful beaches. There are a few good kiteboarding schools conveniently located on the island. Most schools, such as the Samui Kiteboarding Club, have been on the island for over a decade and have high-standard equipment.

    Kitesurfing is a combination of surfing and paragliding. In Samui, sea temperatures hardly dip below 26°C throughout the year, making it excellent for this kind of activity. The key factor is the wind – the best time to try kitesurfing is from November to February, when the wind ranges from 8 to 20 knots. If you'd like to observe kiteboarding, head to Mae Nam, Nathon or Hua Thanon.

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    Location: 76/1 Moo 1, Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)84 190 6228

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    Santiburi Samui Country Club is the most renowned golf course and the only championship course in Koh Samui. Offering 18 holes through the magnificent lush hills, coconut plantations, rock-filled valleys, streams and waterfalls above Maenam in Samui’s northern area, Santiburi has spectacular views over to the Gulf of Thailand and is indeed a world-class golf course.

    The golf course features sumptuous facilities – a clubhouse with a top-notch restaurant, comfortable changing rooms, and a well-stocked pro-shop. All these top features have made Santiburi a top pick among the best golf courses in Thailand.

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    Location: 12/12 Moo 1, Maenam Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)77 421 700

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    Paradise Park Farm

    Paradise Park Farm is a waterpark on set on Koh Samui’s highest mountain – Khao Pom – in Taling Ngam. Paradise Park Farm originally opened as a bird zoo in 2012 before adding deer, rabbits and other gentle mammals to their menagerie.

    The park covers 8 hectares and, apart from housing over 100 birds and other animals, it features a restaurant, a bathing pool, and offers outstanding panoramic views over Koh Samui.

    Location: 217/3 Moo 1, Taling Ngam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)81 255 1222

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    Thong Krut is a fisherman's village in Koh Samui with a peaceful shallow-water bay where you can charter long-tail boats out to neighboring islands. Prices are usually fixed but it doesn’t hurt to bargain with a smile.

    Thong Krut attracts those looking to escape the crowds of central Samui. You have the choice to eat at several large seafood restaurants, all with excellent sea views and fresh catches. The beach is charming at high tide and a stroll along the sandy expanse offers views of neighboring islands, many of which are accessible by boat.

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    Location: Thong Krut Village, Thong Krut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

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    Movie theaters in Samui

    On Koh Samui, you'll various movie theaters, with the major ones being the triple-screen movie theater at the Tesco Lotus complex and the Major Cineplex Central Samui. Showing both western and Thai movies, the movie theaters are a big hit with locals. Reasonably priced and with comfortable and spacious seating, the movie theater is the same as any in the west.

    The only notable difference is that everyone stands up during the Thai national anthem, which plays before each feature. As with most Asian movie theaters, the air conditioning is set at freezing – remember to bring a sweater!

    Location: Tesco Lotus Samui, 1/7 Moo 6, Tawirat Phakdi Road, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

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    Stephan Audiger | Compulsive Traveler

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