Ao Phang Ka

Ko Samui

This lovely beach at the southwest corner of the island is even lovelier at low tide, when the water recedes to reveal a huge plateau of sand stretching to the horizon. Sunsets in summer are truly glorious (and snorkelling is good too, when the water's in), and the lack of tourist infrastructure means there's something of a castaway feel.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Ko Samui attractions

1. Laem Sor Pagoda

2.46 MILES

Framed against the sea, Laem Sor Pagoda, at the southern end of Samui, is home to an intriguing, highly venerated old Srivijaya-style stupa with scenic…

2. Magic Alambic Rum Distillery

3.58 MILES

The only rum distillery in Thailand produces Caribbean agricole-style spirits (distilled from fresh, fermented sugarcane juice) in a variety of all…

3. Na Muang Waterfall 1

4.17 MILES

Spilling down from the island's highest points, this is the first of two waterfalls – close to each other – that are lovely in full spate, pouring frigid…

4. Wat Khunaram


The mummified remains of the temple's former abbot who foresaw his own death in 1973, Luang Phaw Daeng, is the key reason worshippers visit this small…

5. Na Muang Waterfall 2

4.78 MILES

The smaller of the two Na Muang waterfalls is a challenge to access for the young and elderly, but those that make it are rewarded with stunning views and…

6. Wat Samret

5.17 MILES

Wat Samret, west of Ban Hua Thanon has several standout features, a Mandalay sitting Buddha carved from solid marble, common across India and northern…

7. Nam Tok Wang Saotong

5.36 MILES

This high-drop waterfall is just north of the ring road near Ban Hua Thanon and visitors love exploring the trail leading up to it. There are signs…

8. Ko Samui Central Mosque

5.89 MILES

This photogenic green and gold, domed mosque, built in the Mughal style, sits in the heart of Ko Samui's historic Muslim village. Arrive outside of prayer…