There is plenty to see in Koh Samui. Hop on-board a songthaew (a modified truck with benches) and go to the northernmost tip of the island to visit Wat Phra Yai or the Big Buddha Temple. The gold-plated imposing statue of the Buddha is a sight to behold. On Sunday evenings the nearby beach is buzzing with activity for the Secret Garden Festival, which has a delicious barbecue served to the tune of charming local musicians. The most popular beaches on the island are Chaweng and Lamai – while Chaweng is quite the party beach, Lamai is more laid back, so choose what suits you best. You can also head to the Ladd Koh viewpoint, which gives sweeping views of the Chaweng beach.
If you want to get away from the crowds, hire a car and visit the village of Choeng Mon, which has deserted beaches, a magnificent bay and an island nearby that you can paddle out to. On the south coast of Koh Samui are the fascinating rock formations of Hin Ta and Hin Yai also known as Grandpa and Grandma rocks. Another site worth visiting is that of the twin Na Muang Waterfalls, especially because the walking trail leading to it passes through the verdant surroundings of Na Muang Safari Park. The falls form a natural pool which is perfect for a romantic swim with your partner.
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