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Useful information for excursions Koh Samui
We have compiled some interesting facts about the cruise port, the most beautiful sights and a lot of useful information for shore excursions in and around Koh Samui for you.
The most beautiful sights in and around Koh Samui
Koh Samui is Thailand’s second-largest island and lies in the Gulf of Thailand. The popular island is known for its breathtaking white sandy beaches, coconut palm groves and mountain rainforest. The “Coconut Island” is part of the Samui Archipelago, to which belong 60 other islands like Ko Pha-ngan or Ko Tao. The growth of tourists on Koh Samui is constantly increasing, which means that more and more hotels are being built and activities offered.
One of the most popular sights and landmarks of Koh Samui is the Big Buddha in Wat Phra Yai Temple, built-in 1972. The golden Buddha statue is twelve metres high and is located on the small island of Ko Fan, which is connected to Koh Samui by a narrow dam. The statue was erected on a raised platform that can be reached by stairs. From the platform, you have a great view of the sea and Bophut beach. If you want to use the stairs, it is mandatory to wear appropriate clothing (shoulders and legs must be covered). On the grounds of the temple locals sell souvenirs, jewellery, handicrafts, shoes, clothing and paintings.
Wat Plai Laem
The Buddhist temple Wat Plai Laem is located on the northeastern coast of Koh Samui. The main attraction of the temple is the white 18-armed statue of Guanyin – a goddess who stands for mercy and compassion. The Bot (prayer hall) of the temple is surrounded by a lake and radiates a feeling of tranquillity through the statue. Every day, numerous followers’ pilgrimage to the temple to pay homage to Guanyin. In this temple, visitors get an insight into the Chinese-Thai faith as well as into the art and architecture of Buddhism.
Samui Butterfly Garden
Do you want to observe free-flying butterflies within close range? Then visit the Samui Butterfly Garden. The small park resembles a botanical garden with many tropical plants. Besides butterflies, you can also observe insects and bees, which are prevented from flying away by a large net. Attached to the butterfly garden is a museum in which different species of butterflies from all over the world are exhibited. In the so-called bee house, you can watch the bees at work.
Hin Ta and Hin Yai
Hin Ta and Hin Yai are the so-called grandmother and grandfather rocks located on a rocky plateau at the southern end of Lamai Beach. The shape of the rocks resembles female and male genitals – ancestors say that a couple once stranded here turned to stone. The locals worship the rocks because they believe that they increase fertility.
The town of Chaweng is one of the largest towns on the island – a paradise during the day and a party stronghold by night. The city has a lot to offer like the Chaweng Beach or the Chaweng Viewpoint, which offers a breath-taking view over the bay.
The temple Kao Hua Jook overlooks Chaweng Lake and offers a fantastic view of Chaweng, the lake and Ko Samui airport. In the evening the temple is illuminated so that it can be seen from all over Chaweng and creates a great atmosphere.
The highest mountain of the island is the Khao Pam or Khao Thai Kwai. A road leads the 600 m high mountain to the other side of the coast. During the drive you will pass some viewpoints. Especially the Khao Pom Viewpoint is worthwhile because from here you have a breath-taking view of the green landscape down to the sea. There is also the golden Buddha statue Pra Buddha Teepangkorn, which also has a viewing platform.
Also, on the mountain is the Tarnim Magic Garden, located in the middle of the jungle. This is a sculpture garden of the fruit grower, monk and sculptor Nim Thongsuk, who laid out the garden in 1976. On the several hundred square meters large plant, there are stone Buddha sculptures, angels, dancers, musicians as well as animals. In the centre of the garden, there is a small house which houses a sculpture of the monk himself.
Na Muang Waterfall
The naturally formed Na Muang waterfalls consist of two waterfalls that are among the most beautiful on the island. The waterfalls got their name because of the purple shades of the rock walls. Surrounded by a jungle, the waterfall is an ideal cooling on hot days. Rocks and tree roots form a natural staircase.
The temple Wat Khunaram houses the mummified monk Loung Pordaeng. Wat Khunaram offers its visitors a unique view of Buddhist and Thai culture. Loung Pordaeng died in 1973 in a seated meditative position and has since been displayed in a glass case. During his lifetime, the monk prophesied his exact date of death and that his body would never rot. It is remarkable that even after 30 years the body of the monk shows hardly any signs of decay. For the locals, it is therefore considered a Buddhist miracle.
Thong Marine Nationalpark
Ang Thong Marine Park is also referred to as the Pearl of the Gulf of Thailand. The National Park comprises a total of 42 islands, spread over approximately 100 km². The islands consist of limestone cliffs, rocks, forests and secluded beaches. With a speedboat, you can best drive through the island world and admire the natural beauty. Guided shore excursions offer the opportunity kayak to sail or snorkel. You can expect many colourful corals and fish. Originally, the archipelago was a forbidden zone because a military base was to be built to oversee the Gulf of Thailand.
One of the most famous places on Ko Samui is the Fisherman’s Village in Bophut – a shopping street parallel to the sea. If you want to experience the right village character, this is the place for you. Sweet restaurants, cafés and inns as well as small shops await you. Once a week, the Fisherman’s Village transforms itself: live music and market stalls enchant both tourists and locals. Every evening, the little village street comes to life, the bars open and the streets fill with people. In addition, many stalls open where you can purchase food, clothing or souvenirs.
Map of the cruise port in Koh Samui
In Koh Samui, cruise ships can not dock directly but lie in the roadstead. The passengers are then brought by tender boats to the tender port in the island’s capital Nathon. The journey takes about 20 minutes.
If you book a shore excursion about us, you will, of course, be picked up near the Tender Pier in Nathon.
Worth knowing about shore excursions in Koh Samui
Shipping companies and routes
Koh Samui is regularly approached by the German shipping companies TUI and AIDA Cruises. The Mein Schiff 3 also rides in ports in Vietnam ( Da Nang , Cai Lan , Chan May , Nha Trang ) and Malaysia during an Asian cruise. Many other shipping companies such as Norwegian Cruise Line, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises or Costa drive to the stunning island.
Entry and visa
U.S and U.K. citizen tourists entering Thailand for fewer than 30 days do not require a visa. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your entry into Thailand.
Thailand’s official currency is the Baht (THB). 1 Pound corresponds to approximately 37.70 THB. In Thailand, you can pay by credit card and withdraw money at many ATMs with credit or debit cards.
Taxi and public transport
For cruise passengers on their own, there are numerous taxis available at the pier in Nathon that offer island tours or trips to the most beautiful sights. We recommend walking a short distance from the tender pier of Nathon, as they’re usually much cheaper and prices can be negotiated with the taxi driver.
Alternatively, you can take the so-called Songtaew – a pickup that has been converted into a shared taxi. The popular Songtaews always drive certain routes, with a hand signal they stop and take with you. The fare depends on the route and is between 20 and 70 baht.
Koh Samui is located in the tropical climate zone, so it is changeable and humid all year round. The best travel time is the months January to March. During this time there are the fewest rainy days and the temperatures are between 25 and 30 degrees. If you do not mind a bit of rain and very hot temperatures, you can also travel to Koh Samui from April to August.
Website Tourism Organization
- Online Travel Guide: Wikitravel Ko Samui
Video: Impressions of Koh Samui
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