Koh Samui is the second most popular island in Thailand’s list of islands. The island is famous due to its spectacular and tourist-friendly beaches. But besides beaches, there are many other natural, historical and cultural attractions that can keep you busy for several weeks.
From picturesque natural beauty, snake farm, to places of religious and cultural importance, the island truly offers something for all the tourists.
There are hundreds of attractions on this island, but most of the tourists love to visit the Big Buddha Temple, Hin Ta & Hin Yai (Rocks site), the Ang Thong Marine Park, the Na Muang Waterfall area, and Wat Khunaram Mummified Monk site.
Koh Samui also has its own international airport. You can reach this island by air, boat, or even by land. If you wish to enjoy cruise or boat ride, you can simply opt to travel by boat. Once on the island, you can rent a cab, motorcycle or even a bicycle to reach various tourist destinations. Koh Samui has quickly managed to enter the list of Asia’s premier holiday destinations. Let’s take a look at the island’s most important attraction.
Samui’s Big Buddha Temple
No doubt, this is the island’s best tourist destination. The Temple is located in the North Eastern side of the island. Temple’s main attraction is its golden statue that was constructed in 1972. The statue can be seen from several kilometers away. The twelve meter seated statue greets visitors who enter Koh Samui Island by plane or by helicopter. Big Buddha Temple is not just an important monument for people in Thailand, but it also attracts followers of Buddhism from around the world. It is just around three kilometers away from the island’s international airport.
Experts suggest that the statue’s pose symbolizes enlightenment, purity, and steadfastness. It represents the time-frame from Buddha’s journey when he was facing the danger and temptations forced at him by the evil Mara. Buddha faced everything by simply remaining calm, and by meditating.
This wonderful monument is surrounded by two more images of Buddha. You can also buy religious clothing, artifacts and other items sold at the Temple as souvenirs. There is no need to worry about food while visiting the Temple, as there are many small food stalls inside the premises.
The Temple is always full of devotees and visitors. Several followers of Buddhism visit the premises and perform rituals on a daily basis. Tourists are always welcomed by the management to watch rituals. Temple premises also offer a wonderful view of the sea and nearby beach. This beach was earlier known as Bang Rak beach, but was renamed as Big Buddha beach as it is right next to the Temple. The sandy shoreline is home to several shops, restaurants and food courts.
During festivals like Songkran and Loy Kratong, the Temple’s premises are full of devotees. Special food market is set-up during these festivals and special guests are called-in to entertain people.
Tour experts urge people to visit the Temple during early morning, when the place is full of monks and devotees who are busy chanting.
To be on the safer side, it is advisable to wear clothes that cover all parts of the body while inside the Temple. People wearing beachwear are not allowed to enter the Temple.
World class accommodation options
As mentioned earlier, travelling in Koh Samui Island is very convenient. Plus, the island is home to several restaurants, bars, nightclubs, family friendly hotels and world class villas as well. If you are willing to stay in luxury villas Samui, Samui Villa Retreat can be one of the best options.
They charge somewhere around $300 for one night at some of their sea-view villas. This charge includes all the taxes, private concierge service, complimentary airport pick-up or drop service, continental breakfast, and daily housekeeping service.
Samui Villa Retreat is home to some of the best villas in the entire kingdom of Thailand. Plus, villas are just few minutes away from bars and night clubs that offer exciting and thrilling night life.
Local experts at Samui Villa Retreat can also guide you to travel on the island, and help you choose the best locations according to your interest. They can also help you with your transportation needs.