Ko Samui Tourist Spots

Situated at the gulf of Thailand, home to about 40,000 inhabitants 90% of whom are Buddhist, Koh Samui is often described as a Thai paradise. This 247 km² island surrounded by azure waters, beaches stretching on beyond the horizon, featuring designer hotels, parties under the soft light of the full moon will indeed assure you that it’s worthy of such name.

Famous beaches here include the Chaweng Beach, Lamai, Choeng Mon Beach, Maenam Beach, Bophut Beach, Big Buddha Beach, Bang Rak Beach etc. Other attractions at the island that includes plenty of exciting water and land sports places, many famous temples, and other parks and gardens.

As a Thai tourism hotspots food here are slitly more expensive. But if you eat like a local here, you can still eat delisous food three times a day for 150B (about 4.25$) or less. Try eating at the beachside kitchens available on all the most popular beaches, the local walking street markets or head to one of the food courts at Tesco or Big C.
Koh Samui offers you over 700 hotels and resorts, and hundreds more private villas and beach bungalows. The price rang starts from around $29 and could go well over $1000 per night.

Koh Samui’s seasons are broken down into three main categories: the dry season (December until February), the hot season (March until August) and the rainy season (September until November).Whilst the ‘best’ time to visit Samui is generally known to be during the dry season (from mid-December through till April) it’s actually an all-year-round holiday spot.

The most convenient way to get to Koh Samui is flying with Bangkok Airways either from Bangkok itself, or from Singapore, Phuket or Pattaya. Alternatively, a variety of fast and slow ferries connects mainland Surat Thani with Koh Samui, arriving and departing from piers at Nathon, Lipa Noi, Bang Rak and Mae Nam.
For more information visit: http://www.kohsamui-tourism.com/

Tourist spots of Ko Samui

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Ang Thong National Marine Park

Ang Thong National Marine Park is an archipelago of 42 islands in the Gulf of Thailand with picture perfect view of Limestone Mountains, thick jungle, white-sand beaches, fertile mangroves, waterfalls and hidden coves and lakes to explore. Opening hours: Always open, except for 1 November - 23 December every year when the park is closed for the rehabilitation of nature resources. Entrance fee: 300 B (about 8.49$) adult, 150 B (about 4.25$) children To get here: There are several tour operators on Koh Samui where you can book day trip by tour boat or speed boat as well as kayak and sailing tours. These day tours can cost from 1700 B (about 48$) to 2600 B (about 74$) or more. For more information visit: http://www.angthongmarinepark.com/
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Big Buddha Temple

Big Buddha Temple or locally known as Wat Phra Yai is a Buddhist temple a small island called Ko Phan, offshore from the northeastern area of Koh Samui, Thailand. The temple is home to a giant, 12 metre high gold-painted Buddha statue, built in 1972, which isone of Koh Samui's main tourist attractions till date. Opening hours: open daily, including evenings. Entrance fee: None. To get here: Take the main route no. 4169 up to the northeast region of Koh Samui, then turn off on route no. 4171. The temple is about 3 kilometres directly north of Koh Samui International Airport, 7.5 km northwest from Chaweng and 3 km east from Bophut.
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Na Muang Waterfalls

At the center of the island about 12km from Na Thon lies two beautiful waterfalls called Na Muang one and Na Muang two. Na Muang one is 18 meter high and can be reached by vehicle while Na Muang two is about 80 meters high and can only be reached by a 30 minute walk. Opening hours: Always open. Entrance fee: None To get here: From Nathon, drive along the main road for about 11 kilometres until reaching the signed entrance road to Na Muang falls. The park entrance is about one kilometre up this road. Na Muang 1 is reached by a 100-metre walk from the parking lot, while Na Muang 2 is a further 100 metres away along a more challenging path.
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Samui Aquarium & Tiger Show

This is a great place for family-oriented entertainment. The aquarium features mostly marine life native to the Gulf of Thailand. At the zoo, the main attraction is the Bengal tigers and leopards, which provide various thrilling displays in the daily live shows. There are also Bird Shows, Sea Lion Shows and others. Opening hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm daily Entrance fee: Change according to package, can range from 1400B(about 40$) to 3000B¬(about 85$) for adults To get here: This place is at Samui Orchid Resort on Ban Harn Beach, Laem-set Road (Route 4170), Hua Thanon For more information visit: http://www.samuiaquariumandtigerzoo.com/
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Mummy Monk At Wat Khunaram

The Mummified Monk at Wat Khunaram Temple is a very unusual sight. Koh Samui’s most famous monk, Loung Pordaeng, who passed away in 1973 is on display here in an upright glass casket and surrounded by flowers, candles, incense sticks and fruit offerings is the body of. It offers a unique insight into Buddhist and Thai culture. To get here: The temple is located West of Hua Thanon and South West of Lamai beach on Route 4169. You can get there either by hiring tuk tuk, Taxi, motor bike or a song thaew (bhat bus).
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