Temple in Ko Samui

Wat Hin Lat

On the western part of Samui and near the waterfalls of the same name, this temple teaches daily vipassana meditation courses.
Buddhist Temple in Ko Samui

Wat Laem Saw

For temple enthusiasts, Wat Laem Saw, at the southern end of Samui near Ban Phang Ka, is home to an interesting, highly venerated old Srivijaya-style stupa.
Buddhist Temple in Ko Samui

Wat Samret

At Wat Samret, near Th Ban Hua, you can see a typical Mandalay sitting Buddha carved from solid marble – a common sight in India and northern Thailand, but not so common in the south.
Buddhist Temple in Ko Samui

Wat Phra Yai

At Samui’s northern end, on a small rocky island linked by a causeway, is Wat Phra Yai. Erected in 1972, the modern Buddha (sitting in the Mara posture) stands 15m high and makes an alluring silhouette against the t…
Buddhist Temple in Ko Samui

Wat Khunaram

Several temples have the mummified remains of pious monks, including Wak Khunaram, which is south of Rte 4169 between Th Ban Thurian and Th Ban Hua. Its monk, Luang Phaw Daeng, has been dead for over two decades but…
Beach in Ko Samui

Ang Thong National Marine Park

Popularised by its role as home to a utopian beach society in the movie version of Alex Garland's novel The Beach, Ang Thong National Marine Park is made up of an archipelago of about 40 small islands combining shee…
in Ko Samui

Chaweng Lake

By the light of the harsh daytime sun, Chaweng Lake is an example of everything that is wrong with Samui. The public park is poorly maintained, half constructed and devoid of shade. But come sunset, it springs to li…
in Ko Samui

Chedi Khao Hua Jook

Atop Khao Hua Jook (Top-Knot Mountain), this stupa commands powerful views of Chaweng Lake, the beach and beyond. You’ll need private transport to reach this area. Take the road that leads to Q Bar and follow the ro…
Beach in Ko Samui


This is Ko Samui’s most popular spot – it’s the longest and most beautiful beach on the island. The sand is powder soft, and the water is surprisingly clear, considering the number of boats and bathers. Picture ops …
Landmark in Ko Samui

Hin-Ta & Hin-Yai

At the south end of Hat Lamai, the island's second-largest beach, you’ll find these infamous genitalia-shaped stone formations (also known as Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks) that provide endless mirth for gigglin…