Here are the top 39 tourist attractions to see in Koh Samui:

1. Wat Phra Yai

4.3 /5

8 kms
from city center
1 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

The Wat Phra Yai or the Big Buddha Temple as it is knows has a 39 ft golden Buddha statue which was erected in 1792. The temple is flocked by meditation practioners and people looking to offer religious offerings.

2. Ang Thong National Marine Park

2 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

A short boat ride away from Ko Samui, the Ang Thong National Marine Park is a group of islands home to some exotic and varied species of wildlife and marine life. It has a number of watersports available for the adventure enthusiast, with the most popular sport being diving. Always check your instructor for proper licenses and certification before going underwater. A visit to the Ko Mae Ko or the Mother Island is another must-do activity when at the Ang Thong National Marine Park.

3. Wat Khunaram

4.0 /5

7 kms
from city center
3 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

Wat Khunaram, located on the west of Hua Thanon on route 4169, is very well known for the famous 'Mummy Monk'. While it can be slightly disturbing or unpleasant to those seeing this for the first time, it provides great insight into the Buddhist and Thai culture. An active temple, Wat Khunaram conducts daily rituals, and is definitely a sight to behold in Koh Samui!

4. Na Muang Waterfall

3.8 /5

6 kms
from city center
4 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

Waterfall

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5. Hin-Ta & Hin-Ya Rocks

3.8 /5

7 kms
from city center
5 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

A fine example of Thai beliefs, the Hin-Ta and Hin-Ya rocks are fascinating rock formations found on Hat Lamai, on the south coast of Koh Samui. Popularly known as the Grandfather and Grandmother rocks, these formations have gained popularity worldwide for resembling male and female genitalia.

6. Wat Plai Laem

4.2 /5

9 kms
from city center
6 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

Modern construction, ancient religion

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7. Hat Lamai Beach

3.3 /5

7 kms
from city center
7 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

One of the more famous attractions, Hat Lamai is home to unusual, yet amazing natural rock formations. Situated in a perfect location, it presents you with the best of the nature's beauty! With lovely turquoise beaches, buzzling downtown atmosphere, growing Thai-style nightlife, and a dose of delicious food - Hat Lamai is designed for one and all!

8. Chaweng Beach

4.2 /5

6 kms
from city center
8 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

Chewang Beach offers you the best of both worlds - white sands, soft waves and palm trees that sway gently in alluring winds that blow here, inviting you to just relax on one side or engage in varied beach activities, defining the word fun to the very end! Over all, it? a place where people of all ages can enjoy the vibes of the place!

9. Fisherman's Village

4.5 /5

6 kms
from city center
9 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

The Fisherman's village in Bophut is beside Lamai but has a totally different feel from it. Get all your food, entertainment and shopping needs met in one place. Great friday night market for all your souvenir needs and ambience change of the week.

10. Lad Koh Viewpoint

3.8 /5

5 kms
from city center
10 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

Lad Ko Viewpoint is considered one of the best and most amazing view points in Koh Samui. With a beautiful panoramic view of the sea and the east coast of the island, Lad Koh can never disappoint! Inviting many tourists to take a stroll down the charming pavement overlooking the coastline, Lad Koh is best known for its sunrise and sunsets.

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11. Laem Sor Pagoda

3.7 /5

12 kms
from city center
11 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

Ever seen a beautiful, mesemerising temple along the shore? Well, Laem Sor Pagoda, located at the southern end of Samui is the epitome of beauty. Embodying the old-school Srivijaya-style architecture, the Great Pagoda is looked upon as the hidden gem of Samui. One of the famous tourist spots of Koh Samui, the slightly challenging journey to the temple will give you a whole new island experience!

12. Mae Nam Beach

4.1 /5

7 kms
from city center
12 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

Known as one of the quieter and more peaceful beaches, Mae Nam is a perfect escape from all the mayhem. Even though it is said to be rather slow and nascent, it has an amazing scenery and a handful of local activities to engage in. With tall, swaying palm trees, and soft, subtle waves - Mae Nam is a slice of heaven!

13. Bo Phut Beach

3.5 /5

6 kms
from city center
13 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

One of the oldest places on the Island, Bo Phut beach is a beautiful long stretch that runs in between the Big Buddha and the Mae Nam Beach. Offering an entire package to its tourists, the Bo Phut beach is easily amongst the favorites for many visitors. Three kilometers down from the beach, lies an attractions centre filled with fun activities and even an aqua park for water lovers!

14. Wat Khao Hua Jook

3.4 /5

6 kms
from city center
14 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

Resting on the northern part of the island, Wat Khao Hua Jook is a cosy temple that is very famous in Koh Samui, seeing footfalls throughout the year. This golden pagoda, beautifully illuminated at night, is famous for a replica of Buddha? footprint. Home to scenic views and a relaxing atmosphere, it is one of the more serene areas of the island.

15. Hin Lad Waterfall

4.0 /5

5 kms
from city center
15 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

A few kilometres south of Nathon Town, Samui, lies the Hin Lad waterfall, a gorgeous sight of natural beauty in the midst of streams and mountains. With beauty oozing out of every corner - Hin Lad waterfall promises an afternoon of happiness. After hiking up the demanding trail leading to the waterfall, don? forget to reward yourself with a peaceful dip in the pool at the bottom.

16. Bang Po Beach

4.0 /5

10 kms
from city center
16 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

One of the quieter and less-developed stretches, Bang Po beach is the place to run off to when you want to escape from the crazy, chaotic atmosphere of civilization. With gorgeous views at every turn, the Baan Tai side of the beach is a treat to the eyes! A heaven for all the seafood lovers, it's hard not to fall in love with this beautiful coastal delight.

17. Wat Racha Thammaram

3.6 /5

7 kms
from city center
17 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

Looking over the Chao Phraya river, Wat Racha Thammaram contains a lovely replica of Phra Buddha Chinarat of Phitsanulok. Locally known as the Snake Stone Temple, it is also home to a sacred bodhi tree. With a beautiful clear blue sky as a backdrop, this beautiful temple gives you a perfect dose of Buddhism culture.

18. Wang Sai Thong Waterfall

3.1 /5

6 kms
from city center
18 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

Just north of the ring road close to the Ban Hua Thanon lies Wang Saotong waterfall. This serene waterfall is quieter and smaller compared to the others, making it the perfect spot for a relaxed afternoon drive and swim away from the buzz of the tourists.

19. Wat Samret

4.0 /5

8 kms
from city center
19 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

Wat Samret is a temple not known to too many visitors, making it the perfect place for someone looking for an offbeat and tranquil tourist destiantion in Koh Samui. With it magnificent facade adorned with intricate detailed work and a stunning blend of colors, the main highlight of this temple is the beautiful marble Buddha statue, carved from a single piece.

20. Statue of Guanyu

3.5 /5

7 kms
from city center
20 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

A beautiful, detailed shrine is built for the statue of Guan Yu, a Chinese general during the Three Kingdom era who is worshipped and looked up to with great amounts of respect. The entrance to this shrine is marked by large, ornate solid timber doors that give you a sneak peak to what? waiting inside. The interiors have been decorated with golden murals, large Chinese embellishments and other decorative objects.

21. Mae Nam Viewpoint

3.5 /5

9 kms
from city center
21 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

Mae Nam Viewpoint is quite a hike on foot, however there is also an option of renting a scooter to shoot you up the mountain. With a stunning view overlooking Nathon, the west side of Samui on one side and the gorgeous range of the Samui mountains on the other - this view is worth every drop of sweat! What else could one really ask for?

22. Ban Hua Thanon

3.4 /5

8 kms
from city center
22 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

Ban Hua Thanon, down south of Hat Lamai, is a beautiful beach which is known for its photogenic scenery. Situated within the Muslim town, it also is home to a green, gold and white mosque. Even though the sand might be not as clean as the other beaches, over all it is definitely a pretty sight!

23. Coconut Museum

3.4 /5

8 kms
from city center
23 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

At the Spaco Coconut Museum, visitors are introduced to coconut farms where unadulterated virgin coconut oil is produced. About 900 coconuts are used on a daily basis to make oils which are then utilised for manufacturing cosmetics and edible ingredients with a natural goodness. The museum tour showcases local coconut varieties and their uses, and has a shop where visitors can purchase products made from these oils.

24. Mae Nam Chinese Temple

3.4 /5

7 kms
from city center
24 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

The Mae Nam Chinese Temple boasts of the finest work of architectural detail, gorgeously painted with traditional Chinese temple colors. Close to the Mae Nam beach, this temple exhibits gorgeous ancient Chinese relics and colourful interiors. There are some old black and white picture you can view here that will give you a glimpse into old Samui.

25. Tan Rua Waterfall

3.2 /5

4 kms
from city center
25 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

Located in one of the most picturesque points in Samui, a short walk through uneven stone steps past the Mae Nam Viewpoint brings you to the gorgeous Tan Rua Waterfall. Nestled amongst hills, tall trees and vines, it will strike you with its awe-inspiring view, filled with surprises through the journey to this serene spot.

26. Baobab

3.1 /5

7 kms
from city center
26 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

When in Baobab, happiness and smiles are sure to accompany you! Known for its friendly culture, Baobab is home to amazing seafood, drinks on ice, and the perfect dosage of chilling, all at once. With its warm, welcoming staff, it's impossible for one to leave Baobab unhappy. Situated in the Lamai Beach, it is an incredible experience which you cannot miss when in Koh Samui!

27. St Anna Catholic Church

3.1 /5

9 kms
from city center
27 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

One of the few Catholic churches on the island, St Anna Catholic Church in Nathon Bay is the most popular church for expats as it holds regular English mass services. It is also frequented by Catholic couples who want to hold their wedding ceremony in Koh Samui.

28. Coco Tam's

3.0 /5

6 kms
from city center
28 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

Located just outside The Wharf Samui, Coco Tams is an incredibly hippie and popular bar. With a very relaxed vibe attached to the bar, Coco Tams is where you can find people aged from 20 to even 80! With beanbags on the beach, swing bar seats, hammocks, cabanas, shisha and much more, Coco Tams invites you to a night of relaxation and a lot of fun!

29. Hainan Temple

2.9 /5

9 kms
from city center
29 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

Hainan Temple is not only famous for its Chinese traditions and rituals, but also for the enormous and mighty warrior, Guan Yu who served under the warlord Liu Bei in the late Eastern Han dynasty. Portraying majestic qualities, the statue is a major tourist attraction. The entrance to this majestic temple is marked by two regal and grand looking, gold-plated lions on either side. This shrine is sure to leave you with vivid images of the place, making it a must visit of Koh Samui!

30. Ao Phang Ka

2.8 /5

12 kms
from city center
30 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

Phang Ka is the best way to find tranquility. Remotely located on the south-west part of Koh Samui, one can truly enjoy the gorgeous summer sunsets in peace. With fisherman fishing peacefully in the southern part of the beach, the northern part is home to private villas and a few comfortable hotels, making for a serene beach vacation.

31. Ko Samui Central Mosque

2.7 /5

8 kms
from city center
31 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

Built in 1984, the Ko Samui Central Mosque is a beauty that cannot be missed at the heart of Bua Thanon. Painted in lovely authentic colors such as green, white and gold - the Central Mosque sings loudly as you walk around the area. With culture engraved within its walls, it? the perfect combination of history and beauty.

32. Chaweng Noi Beach

5 kms
from city center
32 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

Chaweng Noi is one of the longest beaches in Koh Samui boasting of a great nightlife within walking distance, but still far enough to enjoy the tranquillity of nature. It is the southernmost portion of Chaweng Beach that attracts thousands of visitors each year. Chaweng Beach is made up of four beaches: North Chaweng, South Chaweng, Central Chaweng, and Chaweng Noi (also called “Little Chaweng”).

33. Secret Buddha Garden

4 kms
from city center
33 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

Located in Surat Thani province in Koh Samui, the Secret Buddha Garden is a private sculpture park set atop one of the highest peaks on the island. Also called the ‘Heaven's Garden’ or the ‘Magic Garden’, it was created by Nim Thongsuk, an old fruit farmer, who began building the garden in 1976 at his family's land and continued building it up until his death. Set amidst lush jungle foliage, there are waterfalls and streams along with statues of Buddha hidden in plain site.

34. Coral Cove Beach

6 kms
from city center
34 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

Coral Cove Beach is a beautiful beach in southern Koh Samui with reddish sand and clear, deep waters for the ideal day of swimming and relaxation. Approximately 200 metres (650 feet) in length unlike its larger neighbours, the beach lives up to its name which means ‘bay with corals’. On either end of Coral Cove Beach are rock formations that cordon it off from other beaches.

35. Choeng Mon Beach

10 kms
from city center
35 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

Blessed with coconut trees that line its soft, white sand shores, Choeng Mon Beach is a lesser known beach getaway in Koh Samui. Essentially a series of bays on the northeast tip of Koh Samui, it has a charming, quiet ambience that’s ideal for families and couples. Additionally, it is well-known for its expat population.

36. Taling Ngam Beach

10 kms
from city center
36 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

Taling Ngam Beach is situated in the Taling Ngam district on the west coast of Koh Samui, Thailand. Usually, it is referred to as a strip of sandy shore from Laem Yai Krai cape to the Phang Ka Bay. It is renowned as a beautiful and quiet beach with fewer tourist activities as compared to other beaches. This is also one primary reason why it is known as the ‘Paradise Corner.’

37. Koh Tan

836 kms
from city center
37 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

Koh Tan Island is located approximately five kilometres south of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. Also referred to as the Coral Island, the island of Koh Tan has a wide variety of colourful, hard and soft corals and is a popular destination for snorkelling, kayaking and scuba diving.

38. Samui Elephant Sanctuary

9 kms
from city center
38 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

Located on the tropical island of Koh Samui in southern Thailand, the Samui Elephant Sanctuary is indeed a paradise on Earth for the elephants, since it provides a haven to the rescued animals and gives them a second chance to live their life in dignity and peace in harmony with nature. The sanctuary aims to provide a home to formerly exploited elephants by providing them with beautiful natural habitats.

39. Lipa Noi Beach

10 kms
from city center
39 out of 39
places to visit in Koh Samui

Located on the west coast of Koh Samui Island in Thailand, Lipa Noi Beach is a tropical paradise featuring white sand and calm water. This hub of serenity is perfect for beach lovers who want to relax in a peaceful environment away from the noise of the bustling streets of Koh Samui Island. It is an unspoiled beach that is one of the least crowded beaches in Thailand. With coconut palms surrounding the area and shorelines covered with seashells, Lipa Noi Beach offers a rejuvenating beach experience.

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