Koh Samui, Tourist Attractions, Surat Thani Province, Thailand
Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo Koh Samui The undersea world of the aquarium has an
amazing collection of tropical fish and other vibrant aquatic animals such as turtles
and colourful coral. The tiger zoo is home to Bengal tigers and leopards. Those who
are daring enough can have their photograph taken with the animals.
Laem Sor Pagoda Koh Samui This Chedi (pagoda) situated at Laem Sor temple is one
of the most important shrines on Koh Samui. The structure with its yellow tiles which
give off a golden aura is impressive.
Big Buddha statue Big Buddha is a twelve-metre high statue of the Buddha, which lies
at the top of ceremonial dragon-steps at the Wat Phra Yai. Samui also has several
other impressive temples, including Wat Khunaram, where the mummified body of Loung
Pordaeng, a monk who died in a meditating position is on display.
Grandfather and Grandmother stone The Grandmother and Grandfather rocks on the south
end of Lamai beach are an occasional source of amusement for tourists due to their
striking similarity to a vagina and penis. For those who would like to hear a legend
or two surrounding the rocks, they need only ask a local.
The mountain jungle in the interior of the island is an excellent day out, and is
home to several impressive gardens built by legendary Samuia farmer Nim Thongsuk,
the impressive waterfalls at Na Muang, real working rubber plantations and the most
amazing views over the Ang Thong archipelago. The roads in the jungle are an adventure
in themselves, and tourists normally take a tour with an experienced local Samui
Muay Thai boxing takes place regularly at the island's stadiums in Chaweng and Lamai.
Numerous animal attractions are dotted around the island, including a crocodile farm,
monkey theatre, elephant trekking, a snake farm, an aquarium and a butterfly garden.
Most visitors to the island take a day trip out to the beautiful Ang Thong National
Marine Park at least once on their stay in Samui. Boats leave Na Thon several times
Nearby Koh Pha Ngan has a full-moon party at the appropriate time each lunar month,
and tourists in Samui often hop a slow ferry or speedboat to the nearby island to
join in the dusk to dawn high energy dancing and drinking marathon.