The Big Buddha Temple – Koh Samui’s Star Attraction!

The Big Buddha Temple or the Wat Phra Yai as its known locally is considered to be an iconic attraction in Koh Samui. Read on to find out more details about this must visit place!

How to Get There

The Big Buddha Temple is situated on a small outlying island named Koh Fan off the northeast coastline. It can be easily accessed from many Koh Samui resorts including the likes of Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort.

Things to See

Upon reaching the temple, visitors can take in the majestic 12 m high golden Buddha flanked by Naga statues. The views of the neighbouring islands and Bang Rack Beach too are fantastic so remember to snap away. The surrounding grounds are packed with souvenir shops and restaurants and are worth a closer look as well.

The Best Time to Visit

The best time to pay a visit is considered to be during early mornings or evenings. If you do happen to visit during an afternoon do wear a pair of sunnies, sun block and a pair of socks to protect your feet from the scorching tiled floors.

Tips to Remember

While the temple is a popular tourist attraction, keep in mind that it’s also a working temple which attracts many worshippers seeking blessings. So, make sure to behave in a decorous manner.

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Tropical Attractions in Koh Samui – The Angthong National Marine Park, Hin Ta and Hin Yai, Turtle Island and More!

An island located on the eastern coast of Thailand, Koh Samui is a prominent tourist destination. The second largest island of Thailand after the tourist hotspot known as Phuket, Koh Samui is home to a tropical jungle that covers a vast area, beautiful beaches and other stunning attractions. These attractions include the Angthong National Marine Park, Hin Ta and Hin Yai on Lamai Beach and Turtle Island.

The most obvious and prominent tropical attraction on this island is the Angthong National Marine Park. While it is not directly on the island, this National Marine Park is well located within the line of sight from Koh Samui. Comprising of over forty islands, the Angthong National Marine Park is an archipelago that is exquisitely preserved and which is home to a wide variety of marine species and other wildlife. The Angthong National Marine Park also hosts a number of towering limestone mountains which add some diversity to the scenery. Another tropical attraction is found on Lamai Beach and is known as Hin Ta and Hin Yai, which are also known as the Grandpa and Grandma rocks. They are named in this manner because they look like male and female genitalia. The Lamai Beach itself is also quite beautiful and well worth the visit. Another beautiful beach is the Chaweng Beach located in front of the Anantara Lawana Resort. Tourists can stay at a Chaweng resort, engage in shopping or swimming and dine in style along the beach.

Turtle Island is another tropical attraction that is well worth one’s time. Known as Koh Tao, this island is considered to be one of the best scuba diving destinations in the country. This reputation has been bestowed on Turtle Island because its coral reefs are home to a myriad of marine species that make for wonderful underwater views.

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Marvellous Ma Nuang Waterfall – Best Koh Samui Attraction

Getting away from the alluring beaches of Koh Samui you can delight in splendours of the islands interiors. Taking Precedence is Ma Nuang Waterfall. Consisting of 2 cascades, this is a must visit.

Easy to Reach Waterfall

Ma Nuang falls are just 12kms from the south eastern edge of Nathon Bay and easily accessed from any luxury resort Koh Samui is home to; you can join a group tour or hire a guide and enjoy the trek through the verdant interiors of the island. The falls are accessed by following a beautiful walking path from the entrance of the park. Mind you the trails to the falls are quite slippery and care should be taken when trekking these.

Explore the Two Cascades

The first waterfall called Ma Nuang 1, gushes down the rock face to form a lovely pool at its base. Take along swimwear for, a dip there will be quite a refreshing experience. You can trek a further distance uphill for about 30 minutes and stumble upon Ma Nuang 2 which too, is quite an impressive fall.

Most Scenic Falls in Koh Samui

Although there are other waterfalls on the island Ma Nuang is considered to be the most beautiful, not just for the 2 striking cascades but for the scenic surroundings. Known locally as Namtok Ma Huang which translates to ‘Purple Falls’; is a name that denotes the purplish colour of the rock face. The place is a popular sanctuary for families to enjoy a day out. It is easily reached from Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort and other hotels while offering easy access to the nearby elephant park where safaris on elephant back are quite popular. The place is top for planning a day out amidst nature’s splendour with loads of swimming in between.

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