Koh Samui, also known as Samui, is Thailand’s one of the most idyllic islands, located in the Gulf of Thailand. Situated about 85 km east of Surat Thani and about 700 km south of Bangkok, Koh Samui is the largest island on the Gulf of Siam and third largest island in Thailand, other two being Phuket and Ko Chang. Sometimes Koh Samui is also referred to as Coconut Island because of its countless number of coconut palms, harvesting more than two million coconuts per month.
Koh Samui’s prime attraction is undoubtedly its serene environment blessed with mountainous jungle terrains, luxuriant tropical ferns, swaying coconut palms, long stretch of pristine white sandy beaches, granite boulders, clear blue water, superb waterfalls, and sparkling ponds. Hence, it is no wonder why foreigners, particularly from Europe, flock here year-round.
One of the most popular among the Koh Samui’s attractions is Wua Ta Lap, which has to its credit a stunning cave. Perhaps the most prominent attraction of Koh Samui is Pra Yai or the Big Buddha – a 12 mt high golden statue which is proudly placed at the northern point of the island. This astounding image is visible even from several kilometers away. Located at the southern part of the island, Na Thian Butterfly Garden is another popular attraction, providing opportunities to observe numerous species of butterflies. A well-maintained garden, bee house, and a Thai style house are also attached to the garden.
There are also some interesting destinations in the area, such as, Hin Ta Hin Yai, which are two renowned granite stones that stand out among numerous other rock formations along the coastline. These two rocks, literally meaning Grandfather and Grandmother are believed to be the origin of the Mui people. Landmarks also include the Samui Aquarium with a variety of tropical fish and marine fauna. Other worth visiting destinations in the area are Thale Nai, encircled by mountains; the statue Garden featuring an array of Buddhist and Hindu Statues; and Tham Bua Bok.
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