Attractions

Top Choice Waterfall in Hat Lamai & the Southeast

Na Muang Waterfalls

Spilling down from the island's highest points, these two waterfalls – close to each other – are lovely when in full spate, pouring frigid water into rock pools and gushing down towards the blue sea. The larger of t…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Mae Nam & the North Coast

View Top

For the best views over the island, take your scooter up to the View Top past the Mae Nam Viewpoint. There are some pretty steep switchbacks on the way up near the top, but you'll be rewarded with some stunning view…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Bo Phut & the Northeast

Wat Plai Laem

The most arresting statue on the island is the thousand-arm Kwan Im (the Buddhist bodhisattva of compassion), displayed with 18 arms, in a fan arrangement at this recently built, stunning temple. Perched on an islan…
Top Choice Village in Bo Phut & the Northeast

Fisherman's Village

This concentration of narrow Chinese shophouses in Bo Phut has been transformed into some trendy (and often midrange) boutique hotels, eateries, cafes and bars. The accompanying beach, particularly the eastern part,…
Top Choice Area in Hat Lamai & the Southeast

Ban Hua Thanon

Just south of Hat Lamai, Hua Thanon is full of photo ops and home to a vibrant Muslim community; its anchorage of high-bowed fishing vessels by the almost deserted beach through the palm trees at the end of the comm…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Hat Lamai & the Southeast

Wat Racha Thammaram

This temple (the name means Snake Stone Temple) on the south side of Rte 4169 has a recently built red-clay temple hall, decorated with a fascinating display of bas-relief designs and statues. It's an astonishing si…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Hat Chaweng

Lad Koh Viewpoint

This superb viewpoint a short distance south from Dr Frogs at the top of the hill on the way to Lamai looks out onto supreme views of the Gulf of Thailand, with a horizon so long you can just about detect the curvat…
Top Choice Waterfall in Mae Nam & the North Coast

Tan Rua Waterfall

A short walk up the dilapidated wooden steps and along the path through the trees from the Mae Nam Viewpoint brings you to this lovely waterfall, which spills down through tendrils of green foliage high up in the hi…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Hat Lamai & the Southeast

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. There is also a long reclining …
Top Choice Beach in Mae Nam & the North Coast

Mae Nam Beach

This 5km stretch of sand sees relatively low visitor numbers, making it easy to find somewhere to sunbathe or go swimming. It's not a standout beach, but it's an attractive and sleepy length of coast and there's a g…