Koh Samui AttractionsBig Buddha Temple
Established in 1972, the temple houses a 12-meter high Golden Buddha, which has recently become a spectacular landmark of Ko Samui. The monastery has become a meditation center for both local residents and foreigners.
Located approximately 12 kilometers on Route 4169 or 1 kilometer from Na Mueang Waterfall is a monastery built at the end of Ayutthaya Era. The temple is believed to be the first temple on Ko Samui. At present, it is where an ancient wooden scripture hall used in storing Buddhist scriptures is located.
This relatively old temple houses a marble Buddha image brought from Burma and many other old Buddha images.
Ban Lamai Cultural Hall
Serving as a folk museum, the Hall houses many local ancient objects. Interesting objects on display include earthenware, household utensils, hunting weapons and equipment used in coconut planting.
Located at Laem Set Bay, the Aquarium features a wide variety of tropical fish and marine fauna.
Hin Ta Hin Yai (Lamai Beach)
Strangely shaped rocks south of Lamai Beach are locally dubbed Hin Ta – Hin Yai.
According to legend, an old couple were shipwrecked in the bay and died and their bodies washed ashore creating the rocks.
The Statue Garden
The Garden features a number of Buddhist and Hindu statues recently made by Khun Nim, a local sculptor. Located near the highest point of Samui Island, the place can be reached by taking the track opposite Wat Khunaram.
Na Tian Butterfly Garden
Located at the bottom of the hill to the south of the island, the Garden offers a unique opportunity to observe numerous species of butterflies on the island. Other interesting features are the beautifully decorated garden, the bee house, a Thai style house which allows visitors to observe the activities of bees. The insect museum, in which rare insects from Thailand and other countries are displayed, is also worth visiting.
The Eight-Headed Coconut Tree
This is a rare and exotic coconut species. To see it for yourself, follow the sign posts on the No. 4169 southbound ring road to Na Thon Bay.
Source: Information by Tourism Authority of Thailand