Koh Samui, Thailand



The island's major seafront settlement where shops, restaurants and tour agencies are concentrated. Ferries from Surat Thani (on the mainland) and the island of Ko Tao arrive at the pier in Nathon. From the pier, you can catch local taxis known as 
songthaews to Bophut and Chaweng. Most tourists come to Nathon to enjoy the beautiful view of the sunset and fast becoming a shopping and dining destination. 

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At Nathon Pier by eliduke

Namtok Na Mueang
A local road leads to a car park and then an easy walk to the Na Mueang 1 Waterfall. A walk of about 30 minutes  further ends up at the more scenic Na Mueang 2 Waterfall. The walk to the second waterfall is rather pleasant, passing through a small river and jungle. Once you arrived, purple rocks surround the stream of water, which gushes in from an impressive height of around 79 metres. the highest waterfall on Koh Samui.

Secret Buddha Garden
This beautiful garden was made by a 76 year-old Ko Samui fruit farmer in 1976. It is surrounded by lush jungle, rocky hills and is adorned with sculptures depicting both humans, in various poses, as well as various deities. Since the garden is the highest point on the island there are also some awesome views from here. Organised tours to the garden last about 2 hours.

Wat Khunaram Ko Samui
This is the island’s most famous temple, known for its mummified monk on display. The mummy sits upright in a glass casket and devotees offer it flowers and incense. The mummy is in fact the body of a revered abbot of the temple named 
Loung Pordang. He was also a meditation master and able to predict his death. He died in 1973 in a seated meditative position.

Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai)
This Buddhist temple can be seen from the air when arriving or leaving Koh Samui Airport. B
uilt in 1972 and located north of the island (near the airport and 10 minutes from Chaweng), the highlight of the temple visit is the 15 m tall statue of the Buddha. From here, you can catch a fantastic view of the Bo Phut Bay area and nearby island of Koh Phangan.

Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks
These odd-looking rocks are situated on Lamai Beach. The two rocks bear a striking resemblance of a male and female sexual organs, especially since the rocks are so close to each other. The rocks 
have turned into one of the island’s biggest and definitely most amusing attractions! For those who would like to hear a legend or two about the rocks, they need only ask a local.

Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo Koh Samui
The aquarium and zoo is located at Ban Harn Beach. The Samui Aquarium has an amazing collection of tropical fish and other aquatic animals such as turtles and colourful coral. The Tiger Zoo is home to Bengal tigers and leopards. The Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Samui Butterful Garden and Insect Museum
This butterfly garden and insect museum can be found on the southeast of the island. There is a huge collection of different butterflies, some with wingspans up to 25 cm. Visitors can also enter the insect museum nearby to see a variety of rare bugs and a bee house.

Guide to
Koh Samui
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