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Enjoy verious activities at Koh Samui
Samui's most popular attraction, the Big Buddha was built in 1972 by the local society to give visitors a place to worship. This monumental landmark is placed on the island's Northern shore.
Most Visitors come to marvel at the sheer size and beauty of this remarkable statue at some point during their holiday. Visible from several kilometers away and even from the air when arriving on or leaving the island, the 12 meter tall golden image sits proudly at water's edge.
Elements of Buddhism, Brahmanism and animism are apparent in the design, ornamentation and ritual connected with this popular shrine and meditation center. The gaudy bazaar within the temple grounds offers souvenirs both secular and religious - everything from T-shirts and hats to protective amulets. Spiritual concerns and everyday life tend to overlap in Buddhist centers. Big Buddha Temple, or Wat Phra Yai, is in the Northeast of Samui on route 4171 near the airport.
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Hin Ta and Hin Yai
Hin Ta and Hin Yai (Grandfather and Grandmother Stone) are strangely shaped granite boulders at the south of Lamai Beach, crafted by the elements to resemble male and female genitals.
A local story tells of an old couple whose ship was wrecked in the bay. Their body were washed ashore to create the rocks.
The large underwater sand area between the rock formations provides dive students or snorkelers with a perfect place to practice amid lush underwater life.
Na Muang Waterfall
Na Muang Waterfall is located between Hua Thanon and Nathon in the Southwest sector of the island just off a concrete road at Ban Thurian, making it easily accessible to visitors. Rocks and tree roots form a natural staircase leading directly to a large pool at the base of the waterfall. Be careful when diving or swimming in the pool, however, as shallow, sharp rocks are obscured by the frothing falls.
Na Muang Waterfall actually consists of two waterfalls: while the one accessible by road is 18 meters high, Na Muang 2 is about 80 meters high and can only be reached by a 30 minute walk. The waterfalls are the most scenic on the island and well worth a visit to Samui's "interior".
Na Tian Butterfly Garden is situated on a hillside overlooking the ocean on the southeast corner of the island. Visiting the Butterfly Garden is a great way of getting close to some beautiful creatures that one would otherwise only ever see as a flash of vivid color against green forest. The butterflies on the Samui farm flit about naturally amid tropical foliage, but they can't completely escape from view.
Apart from the numerous species of butterflies on display, there are also other interesting features in the garden: a bee house, a Thai style house which allows the visitor to observe the activities of bees; and in the insect museum, rare insects from Thailand and other countries are displayed
Hin Lad Waterfall
Hin Lad Waterfall Temple is a small, peaceful temple lie on the left of the Hin Lad Waterfall trail. Cross over the bridge and stop for a moment of reflection while you feed the fish (fish food costs very little at the restaurant near the bridge). An interesting Buddha image stands back to the right in a small natural, niche formed in the side of a large boulder and has lush vegetation surrounding it.
The combination between the wonders of the underwater world surrounding Koh Samui and the aquatic freedom that snorkeling can grant is a powerful one. Simply gliding through the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand, taking in the exotic marine life is intoxicating and many full-day and half-day tours offer the best of this magical world. Surrounding islands offer the chance of a lifetime to spot the wildlife below the waves - and in gin-clear water, too.
Located in the north of Samui has good swimming preferences. This area is more quiet than the big tourist centers Chaweng and Lamai. Maenam Beach is some two kilometers to the west of Bophut on the north coast of Koh Samui. Maenam Village is largely untouched with some of the shop houses along the beach being 75 years or older.
A small Chinese temple is located along the jetty. Maenam has a smooth white beach running for four kilometers along a calm, scenic bay. It is a pleasant, secluded spot for swimming and sunbathing. Sunsets at Maenam Beach are spectacular and there is always a view of the neighboring islands.
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