Koh Samui Attractions
Koh Samuis most famous landmark is the Big Buddha. Vvisitors come to marvel at the sheer size and beauty of this remarkable statue at some point during their holiday. Big Buddha is visible from several kilometers away and even from the air when arriving on or leaving on the island Koh Samui, the 12 meter tall golden image stands proud.
Several shops and restaurants at the base of the structure, cater to the needs of devotees and tourists. Wat Phra Yai is in the Northeast of Samui near the airport.
In the grounds of Wat Laem Sor, this ornately designed Chedi sits at the rocky water edge. It is covered in countless small yellow tiles, thats why it appears golden when viewed from a short distance. It’s at the far South of the island between Ban Tale and Ban Pang Ka.
In a special constructed shrine in Wat Khum Aram, you can see the mumified Monk Loung Pordaeng who died more than 20 years ago. When he died, he was sitting in a meditating position which he kept till today. His body shows only few signs of any decay.
You can find Wat Khunaram on the road between Na Muang waterfalls and Hua Thanon.
Actually there are four foot prints here. Each one is very artistically engraved. They are housed in a small shrine few steps up a steep hill, which also offers a great view across the plains to the mountains, and to the sea over the tree tops. Buddha’s Footprint is not signposted but can be found by going up a concrete slope on the left, two kilometers West of the turnoff for the Butterfly Garde.
In Samui, the monkey undoubtedly qualifies as man’s best friend. This isn’t surprising, since for centuries the people here have used monkeys to do the hardest part of the work climbing to the trees to “pick ripe nuts” on their coconut plantations. Until the advent of tourism, coconuts represented the main industry here, so these industrious little animals were greatly prized.
To see the monkeys at work just watch out for signs at the roadside which say “Monkey work coconut” or go to the monkey theatre which offers shows in which the monkeys display their dexterity, and not just at picking coconuts.