Located in the Gulf of Thailand, in the South, Koh Samui is the second largest island of Thailand. Usually, people travel to the island to relax on the beach and having a sun bath. You will be able to find many beaches to feel the heat of Thailand but I also wanted to present you typical and touristic activities that you can do before going back. So, here are the best places to visit in Koh Samui in 2020 not to miss while staying there few days.
1. Wat Plai Laem
Visiting Thailand without visiting local temples would not be a complete trip to discover this country. Wat Plai Laem is one of the most two famous temples on Koh Samui island. This temple, surrounded by water, is a very colorful Buddhist temple and distinguished by the presence of its 18-meter, the goddess Guanyin, goddess of mercy and compassion. Her 18 arms symbolize her ability to help people.
Price : Free of charge.
Thing to do ? You can buy fish food at the vending machine for 10 baht and feed the fish. You will soon realize that there are thousands of catfish in the water, but be careful, those catfish in temples are considered as a figure for the Buddhists.
2. Big Buddha
Wat Phra Yai is probably the most famous temple on the island located nearby Chaweng, in the North-East, because of the Big Buddha. You can access to this separated tiny island by a bridge with a car, motorbike or taxi. Usually, if you book a one-day tour of the island, you will stop 20 to 30 min there.
As it is a 12m-tall Big Buddha golden statue, you can easily spot it from Bophut beach or even from the plane.
Price : Free of charge.
Be careful ! In Thailand, you have to remove your shoes before entering a temple. In this place, you will have to remove your shoes before climbing the stairs. Also, you will have to cover your shoulders, and for women, shorts are prohibited.
3. Na Muang Waterfall
If you want to discover part of the nature, you can visit the two famous waterfalls of Na Muang. Most of the one-day tour experience will bring you visit those waterfalls during the day.
What to do ? You can swim or take a dip in the water, just next to the waterfall and enjoy the view.
Be careful ! Make sure to bring appropriate shoes to avoid any accident.
4. Fisherman’s Village
Fisherman’s Village is located in Bophut, in the North of the island. This street is famous for the different international and local restaurant and bars.
You will appreciate staying there at night, drinking some cocktails in one of those bars and enjoy the Fire Show at 10.00 pm (approximately) on the beach, in front of the Hansar hotel and Coco Tam’s bar.
What to do ? Every Friday, there is a big night market, from 5.00 pm to 10.00 pm, where you can bargain a lot of different things from clothes, souvenirs to local food. I would highly recommend you to try the fried insects that you can buy for 10 baht on the market.
What you should know : Fisherman’s Village is a very touristic place and restaurants will be more expensive than local ones, situated around the island nearby the street. You can still enjoy the view as most of the restaurants offer their tables on the beach or with a sea view.
5. Central Festival
In terms of shopping, Koh Samui will be very different compared to the capital city, Bangkok, where you can find hundreds of stores and commercial centers. If you want to go shopping on the island, you could go to independent local shops or the different stores you could find in shopping mall such as Tesco Lotus or Big C.
But as a tourist, it may not be the style you are looking for. Therefore, I will highly recommend you to visit the Central Festival, the biggest shopping center of the island, located in Chaweng, which offer several international brand such as Uniqlo, Guess, etc.
Moreover, I found this shopping center very charming as it is an “open-space” with a big garden in the middle of it. If you have kids, they will love it as well, as there is a playground in the middle of it and a kids train in which you can ride for free when you spend more than 300 baht in the center.
What you should know : Prices are based on Western countries standards. It may seem expensive compared to the average price expected in this country, but you can find a range of international brand with high quality.
6. Muay Thai Chaweng
If you like watching sport, I recommend you to go to a Muay Thai championship, the most famous sport of Thailand. You can watch those live fights in the boxing stadium of Chaweng twice a week. You will be able to get the information of the next event in the street via display ads. Also, on the day of the event, trucks will drive all day long announcing with a microphone the details of the event.
Price : From 1,500 to 2,500 baht per seat (depends on category).
Show time ? From 9.00 pm to midnight
7. Hin Ta Hin Yai
Probably one of the most famous and craziest shaped rock in Thailand. Situated nearby Lamai, in the East of the island, Hin Ta, which means grand father and Hin Yai, which means grand mother, are two rocks created by the nature. Obviously, the rocks are the representation of a penis for Hin Ta and a vagina for Hin Yai.
Most of the people in the world would consider this place as an interesting place to see but for Thai people, it means more than that. In Thai culture, it is a spiritual place as locals think that this place is inhabited by the spirits of Hin Ta and Hin Yai.
It is very surprising to see those two rocks that seems to be built by humans, but actually shaped by the nature. You can easily recognize Hin Ta (on the picture) from far away and Hin Yai will be located between two rocks.
Price ? Free of charge.
If you go there on your own with a car or a motorbike, you might have to pay a fee for the parking (approximately 20 baht).
What to do ? One of the local “kanom” (it’s a Thai dessert) is the Kalamae. I would not categorize it in “our definition of dessert” as it is a mix between candy and dessert, very sweet, with a sticky rice base. In front of Hin Ta and Hin Yai, you can buy those homemade Kalamae for a very good price. You can even taste it before buying it.
If you have ever been on Koh Samui island, do you have any specific experience related to those places to share with us ? Tell us everything in comments.