Early vacationers here were attracted to the island as much by the jungle as by the beach. Where else can you get both
tropical forests and warm seas for swimming? Leave the beach and explore Samui’s unique rock formations, strange
botanical specimens and exhilarating waterfalls. Here are some of Samui’s natural wonders:
Angthong National Marine Park
This fascinating group of islands, within sight of Samui to the north and west, is geographically different from the other islands
in the region. The Ang Thong islands rise from the other islands in the region. The Ang Thong islands rise from the seas as
dramatic walls of rock soaring hundreds of metres high. Besides the many small coves and beautiful little beaches, erosion
has shaped some strange formations. One island has a mysterious sink hole, completely enclosed by walls of sheer rock,
in its center. Definitely worth a daytrip, and instead of the standard cruise, put together a group of friends to charter a boat
and explore the islands and beaches in your own time.
|Ang Thong Marine Nationalpark
The Big Buddha
Samui's most popular attraction, The Big Buddha sitting 15 metres tall was built in 1972 by the local society to give visitors a
place to pay respect to The Lord Buddha. This monumental landmark is placed on the island's Northern shore.
Na Muang Waterfall I+II
Na Muang Waterfall is located 10km south from Nathon at Ban Thurian. There are 2 waterfalls. Na Muang one is 18 metres
high and can be reached by vehicle. Na Muang two is about 80 metres high and can only be reached by a 30 minute walk.
The waterfalls are the most scenic on the island. Between Hua Thanon and Nathon in the Southwest sector of the island,
this waterfall is just off
A concrete road, making it easily accessible to visitors. Rocks and tree roots form a natural staircase leading directly to a large pool
at the base of the waterfall. Be careful when diving or swimming in the pool, however, as shallow, sharp rocks are hidden by
the frothing of the fall.
|Na Muang I
||Na Muang II
Climbing up 150 metres along a 1.3 km road you can find argvably the best view on Koh Samui- Overlooking the
tranquil muslim Fishing village 'Hua Thanon' you can view traditional Thai fishing boats navigating small islands and sandbanks.
While in the foreground you can see palmtrees accompanied by the sweet songs tropical birds and wildlife.
How do you get there? Easy! Drive towards Wat "Sila Ngu" (just outside Lamai) on the opposite side you can see signposts.
The first 500 metres is pretty flat this is followed by a steeper section (experienced motorcyclist or 4-wheel-jeeps should
have no problem) also reachable on foot, a short walk of 10 - 15 minutes.On arrival you can rest at 'Paradise view point' restaurant.
You will be greeted by the friendly staff who offer very reasonable price ice cool drinks. Stay longer and sample the the excellent
Thai or European food. If the trip has wet your appetite there is a chance to go on guided tours leading up to 500 m high peaks.
Hin Ta - Hin Yai
Strangely shaped rocks at south Lamai. A local story tells of an old couple whose ship was wrecked in the bay. Their body's were
washed ashore to create the rocks.
Hin Lad Waterfall
Cool down after an enjoyable 2km walk along a jungle path by taking a dip in a beautiful swimming pool under this waterfall.
In evergreen, rain forest setting with palms and creepers, the waterfall have several levels with a cool pool for a fresh water swim.
Tough shoes are recommended for the walk, but the swim makes it well worth it. Check the water before diving, as there are many
rocks just below the surface. Packing a picnic will allow you to spend a couple of hours here and really enjoy the solitude.
At the foot of the falls is Hin Lad monastery, which is worth seeing as well. The tranquil feel of the grounds and the Buddhist sayings
that line the path are especially worth noting if you have just arrived on Samui from a hectic job. The falls are on the eastern end
of route 4172, 2km south of Nathon.
Secret Buddha Garden
The secret Buddha garden is hidden in the hills of Samui. You can see several statues, temples and waterfalls which are
build by one man in the last 20 years.
A house made of teakwood without any nails at Ban Thale is the oldest house on the island. It was built approximately
150 years ago, is constructed of teak planks
and shows off many beautiful woodcarvings.
Na Tian Butterfly Garden is situated at the bottom of the hill south of the island. Apart from the numerous species of
butterflies on display, there are also other
interesting features in the garden: The bee house, a Thai style house which allows the visitor to observe the activities of bees.
The insect museum, rare insects from
Thailand and other countries are displayed here.
A definite must see for all those visiting the island. Shows featuring snakes indigenous to Samui as well as Centipede, Scorpion and
Cock Fighting shows. Informative and entertaining. Great for the entire family and worth looking for. Follow the signs seen throughout
the island. Show times are 11.00 and 14.00 everyday.
Naga Pearl Farm
Visit the Naga Pearl Farm and discover how pearls are cultured. A 30 minute boat ride from Ban Thong Krut landing will bring
you to Koh Matsum and the Naga Pearl Farm. After you learn about pearl culture, you will enjoy eating Thai food and spend the
afternoon on the white sandy beach. Don't miss the Naga Pearl Shop, located at 81/1 Ban Thong Krut, where all varieties of pearl
and pearl products are offered. Pearl shells and special handicrafts are very nice souvenirs to bring back home.