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6 Wonderful reasons to visit Koh Samui – more reasons to visit this famous Thai island

With sandy beaches, endless options for shopping and even its own airport, it's easy to forget that Koh Samui is an island off the coast of Thailand. Here are 6 more wonderful reasons to visit!

1

The big Buddha

Located on the northern side of the island, the big Buddha is a prominent tourist attraction on the island. Rising majestically above the surrounding area, the 12-meter high golden statue can even be seen clearly from the air as you land at the airport. Built-in 1972, it is one of the most heavily visited attractions on the island, however, the statue is situated on the grounds of a working temple so expect to see many pilgrims as well offering flowers and incense. Because the site is a place of worship visitors are advised to dress appropriately when visiting; that means no beachwear or shorts.

2

Angthong National Marine Park

A day trip to explore the Angthong National Marine Park should definitely be on everyone's list. Consisting of 42 limestone islands, coral reefs and clear blue waters, the marine park is a great place to admire the natural beauty and colourful underwater life. Some tour groups provide equipment for kayaking, snorkelling and even rock climbing. A must-see is the emerald lake on Koh Mae. If you're staying at a resort on Koh Samui, do check if they can put you in touch with a reliable tour operator. Some hotels like Avani+ Samui Resort can organise a day trip for you.

3

Night Market

Thailand is famous for its deliciously fresh street food and Ko Samui is no different. The various night markets are the best place to try street food, in particular, Chaweng market. Visitors can find their favourite Thai dishes from noodles to soups and grilled meats here for a fraction of what you would pay in a restaurant. You can also find several vendors selling trinkets, clothing and souvenirs along the way.

4

The beaches

It wouldn't be a paradise island without white sandy beaches at every turn and Koh Samui has plenty of them. Powder soft sands, swaying palm trees and crystal clear blue seas feature heavily here, but some beaches are generally more populated than others. Chaweng has a beautiful beach that offers tons of outdoor activities to keep you busy. For something a little quieter – bang por, lipa noi and silver beach are more laid-back and ideal for relaxation.

5

Namuang Waterfalls

Should you ever tire of the beautiful beaches, Koh Samui has a gorgeous waterfall that could rival the natural beauty of the coastline. Located in the island's interior, the waterfall is easily reached and features several cascades that flow into a dazzling pool that is great or swimming. This spot is ideal for relaxing picnics and jungle walks.

6

Bophut Village

Located on the northern tip of Koh Samui, Boput Village is a small village that's home to a fishing community. While it may come across as just another sleepy village, on Friday's it comes alive as the weekly night market springs into action. Feast on the fresh seafood, buy some souvenirs and explore the historic parts of the village.

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