Koh Samui Attractions

Phang Ka Snake Farm
Some of the most famous scary and poisonous snakes in Asia are goaded into action by experienced snake wranglers, who dodge and weave, duck and dive, as the snakes try to grab their attention.

koh samui snakes

A must-see for almost anyone visiting the island. A ringside view! Also includes displays of centipedes and scorpions, as well as demonstrations of Thai Cock Fighting. The programs are both informative and entertaining in typical Thai style. Great fun for the entire family. Just make sure your child doesn't bring home any live souvenirs.

At Tambon Taling Ngam, has daily shows at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., 250 baht per person, Tel: 0-7742-3247.

Samui Buffalo Village
At Tambon Na Mueang, has daily shows at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., 350 baht per person, Tel: 0-7741-8680.

Butterfly Garden and Honey Farm
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.

koh samui butterfly garden

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. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 120 baht per person, Tel: 0-7742-4020-21.

Monkey Training Center
At Tambon Bo Phut, has daily shows at 10.30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., 150 baht per person, Tel: 0-7724 -5140.

Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo
Both the aquarium and the zoo have many of Thailand's tropical favourites above and below the water. Lots of coral fish, huge catfish and several sharks including Leopard and Black Tips Samui's local zoo adjacent to the aquarium, house some south-eastern Asian tigers, parrots, hornbills, sea hawks, eagles or even otters who will perform for you .... if they are in the mood.

koh samui aquarium

You can have your photo taken with the tiger (Mainly to impress your friends) for 100 Baht per person with your camera, or 200 Baht if you borrow the zoo's Polaroid camera. Money goes to the Tiger's Foundation, just to make you feel better. On the way out, don't forget to say "hi" to the birds and monkeys in smaller cages across the parking lot , some of the parrots are quite friendly and their language, as well as their feathers, can be quite colourful.
Located in Hua Thanon

At Ao Laem Set, opens daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 250 baht per person, Tel: 0-7742-4017-8.

Crocodile Farm
Siam crocodiles, Caimans, Saltwater crocodiles, snakes, lizards, monkeys and many others are gathered here for entertainment. Near Na Mueang Waterfall, daily shows at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., 250 baht per person.

Buffalo fighting
If spectator sports are more to your liking how about a bit of buffalo fighting?

buffalo fighting

This local sport was traditionally held as entertainment after the rice harvest but now is a regular gig with sometimes millions of baht changing hands over the winner - and that's no bull!

A good opportunity to see a snapshot of southern Thai life. Lots of excitement.attracting a neighbourhood crowd who delight in a good old dust up.  The more aggressive the buffalo the greater the appreciation from the audience. There are several "stadiums" around the island, most being a basic cleared area under the palms with a wall of bamboo matting or coconut leaves to hinder the view of those who haven't paid for a seat. Men pay about 100 Baht, women enter free. The fight ends when one animal runs away, usually well before either animal gets hurt.

Monkey & Elephant Shows
At the show, it is actually possible to see how monkeys collect coconuts and present their other exceptional abilities.

monkey show koh samui

In addition, visitors will be impressed by the intelligence and loveliness of elephants that can perform many lovely tricks, or even play football.

On Ko Samui, the coconut island, the monkey is considered man's best friend. Local people have used monkeys to climb up and pick the ripe coconuts for centuries. At present, monkeys are not just good at picking coconuts, they are also good at entertaining.

Samui Go Kart
Located close to Chaweng this simple Go Kart track has two types of karts available, a slow kart and a fast kart. The slow kart will cost you a staggering 300 Baht for 10 minutes and the fast kart 400 Baht for 10 Minutes. If you want additional time then discounts are not given but extra time is offered as an incentive. For example pay for 20 minutes at full rate and get 24 minutes in return.

Samui Paintball
A non-water based activity worth trying, Samui paintball offers a unique opportunity to take a shot at families and friends without having to go to jail.

Bungy Jumping
For adrenaline lovers who seek the thrill of facing their own fears, this is definitely a challenge.

The site is located behind the Reggae Pub and the operation is under professional control of British Jumpmasters. This activity is guaranteed as safe.

Samui Golf & Country Club
Ko Samui offers an absolutely overwhelming experience for golfers. This par 72 course was jointly designed by Edward Theile and Pirapon Namartra. The challenge is its relentless, tumbling diversity and its degree of difficulty. The par-3s range from 155 to 214 yards, highlighted by the shortest (the audacious 6th, with a vertical drop and waterfall). The 10 par-4s are whimsical and attenuated and querulous and lengthy. The par-5s start at 458 and end at the signature 17th with 622 yards of downhill travel. The fairways are tilted and the greens are uniformly gyroscopic. For more details, contact Santiburi Dusit Resort at tel. 077 425031-38 or visit www.dusit.com .

Jungle tours
are ideal for adventure lovers. Participants can feast their eyes on pure nature on a mountain on the island. But they are recommended to explore the charms of nature with a guide who knows routes well.

Wat Pradoem
(about 12 km. on Route 4169 or 1 km. from Na Muang Falls)
Built in the end of Ayutthaya era or about 250 years ago, Wat Pradoem is believed to be the first temple on Ko Samui. The temple boasts an ancient wooden hall for keeping Buddhist scriptures which is beautifully decorated.

Wat Samret
(about 14 km. on Route 4169)
This old temple features a marble Buddha image brought from Burma and many other old Buddha images.

Wat Phra Yai or Temple of the Big Buddha
(Route 4171 on the northern tip of the island)

Erected in 1972, the temple boasts a 12-metre high golden Buddha, which has become a spectacular landmark of Ko Samui. The temple is also a meditation centre.

Ban Lamai Cultural Hall
(in Wat Lamai, on Route 4169)
Serving as a folk museum, it houses many objects used by local people in the past. They are earthenwares, household utensils, hunting weapons and equipment used in coconut planting.

The un-decomposed corpse of Luang Pho Daeng , a Buddhist monk in Khunaram Temple, is worth watching. After his death 20 years ago, his body has miraculously remained in a perfect condition. He is still found sitting in a meditation posture at the temple situated between Na Muang waterfall and Hua Thanon Village.

The Statue Garden features a number of Buddhist and Hindu statues newly created a few years ago by a local sculptor named Khun Nim. Located near the highest point of Samui Island, the place can be reached by the track opposite Wat Khunaram.

The Eight-Headed Coconut Tree is a rare and exotic coconut species. To witness this tree, you can follow the sign posts on No. 4169 southbound ringroad to Na Thon.

Hin Lat Falls
This falls is located at the end of Route 4172, 3 km. south of Na Thon. Surrounded with palms, ferns and creeping plants, Hin Lat provides a few natural pools for bathing. To enjoy a more peaceful ambience, visitors need to walk for 2 km. to reach the top level.

Na Muang 1 Falls
This large scenic falls, about 11 km. to the south of Na Thon, flows from a steep cliff about 40 metres high and 20 metres wide. Its large pool below is inviting but visitors should be careful about the numerous boulders underwater.
Elephant back riding is provided by nearby tour agents.

Na Muang 2 Falls
Just 100 metres from Na Muang 1, this falls is comparable with its sister in beauty and size but less frequented. As it is surrounded with forest, the area is also ideal for trekking and elephant back riding.

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