Koh Samui is the third largest island of Thailand and one of the favorite tourist destinations of the country, merely due to its picturesque beauty. It is beautified by waterfalls and temples. The island was earlier an area of coconut plantations until 20 years ago, when backpacked travelers found it to be a wonderful tourist destination of Thailand. Since then, it has been serving as a traveler's delight. One can spend memorable vacation in this small island. Go through the following lines to learn all about the most-visited tourist attractions of Koh Samui.
Tourist Attractions in Koh Samui
The Secret Buddha Garden
Although the Secret Buddha Garden is not a temple, it gives you the feeling of a religious place. It is situated high in the hills, to the southwest of Koh Samui. In fact, the Secret Buddha Garden is one of the most attractive tourist destinations of the island.
Hin Ta and Hin Yai
IHin Ta and Hin Yai are two ancient stones popularly known as 'Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks'. They are extraordinarily accurate male and female genital-shaped rocks, formed by natural elements such as wind and rain.
There are three waterfalls in Kau Samui - Na Muang Waterfall, Na Muang Waterfall -2 and Hin Lad Waterfall. Out of the three, Na Muang Waterfall is easily accessible. It is located at southwest point of the island. After ascending a rocky path south of Na Muang 1, you would reach Na Muang 2.
Chaweng Beach holds the distinction of being the most developed area of the island. Over the years, it has become the most popular beach in Southeast Thailand.
Paradise Park Farm
Paradise Park Farm is an amazing tourist spot for those, visiting Thailand along with their family. There, you can even feed birds and get to see a wide variety of wildlife.
Wat Phra Yai
Wat Phra Yai is a famous temple of Koh Samui, dedicated to Lord Buddha. The temple ground is graced by the 12-meter high smiling deity of Buddha, which is the reason why the name 'Big Buddha' is given to the beautiful beach in its vicinity. The only fully automated donation machine of Koh Samui is installed at the entrance of the temple.
Wat Ban Plai Leam
Wat Ban Plai Leam is a modern temple of Koh Samui, situated in the vicinity of the Big Buddha statue of the Wat Phra Yai temple. Wat Ban Plai Leam is a good example of the magnificent Thai architecture. It is beautified by a huge multi-limbed statue of Lord Shiva, while the walls in its interiors are adorned with beautiful pictorial representations of Lord Buddha's life history.
Located on the southern side of Koh Samui, Wat Khunaram is a shrine dedicated to monk - Lung Padaeng. The mummy of the monk sits in a glass case, in a meditating position. He died around 20 years ago. Ancient numerology sticks are placed adjacent to the bandaged mummy.