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10 Reasons To Visit Koh Samui
By:Orson Johnson

Your destination for water sports, adventure activities, shopping and fine foods – Koh Samui or Samui is one of the top travel destinations of Thailand. It’s an island in the Gulf of Thailand, about 80km from the eastern coastline of southern Thailand.

The Thailand's second largest island has numerous lures, such as thick green forests, incredible coconut fringed white sand beaches, coral reefs, temples, gardens fantastic waterfalls, and remarkable rock formations, but the top 10 reasons to visit koh Samui are as follows:

The Big Buddha Beach is one of the major attractions of the Koh Samui. Sited 15 minutes from Chaweng, the stunning beach is the place full of entertainment and pleasure. The exotic beach offers perfect setting for partying long during nights and relaxing during the day times.

Wat Phra Yai temple attracts you with its sheer size and beauty. The temple is a great marvel famous for its 12 meter tall Buddha sculpture. It is Samui’s major tourist attraction, which is on Route 4171 near the airport.

The Ancient House is an amazing and the oldest house at Ban Thale on the island. The house built around 150 years ago, has all the parts fitted together without any nail. It is made of teak planks and shows off several beauteous woodcarvings.

The Hin Lat Waterfalls are probably one of the finest expressions of the scenic beauty. Located 2 kms south of Na Thon, these waterfalls are astounding to observe and you can even take a dip in a big rock pond made at the underside of the falls. The Hin Lad cloister is also close at hand that is worth visiting too.

Undoubtedly, Snake Farm is one of the top lures on the island. It is sited in the region of ‘Taling Ngam’ in the south of the island and of Nathon. There are 2 daily shows at 11 am and 2 pm showing snakes living on Samui, and some of Asia's most vicious species plus centipedes and scorpions.

Aquarium & Tiger Zoo attracts you to watch its lot of fish and coral species, among others sharks, catfishes, turtles and various others that lived in the local underwater ocean deeps. It also offers you opportunity to see tigers in their cages, and watch birds, such as parrots, falcons, sea eagles and others.

Situated at the south of the beach of Lamai, Hin-Ta and Hin-Yai is surely one of the most desired tourist attractions as they bear close resemblance to the male and female genital organs. These two rock formations are also called Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks.

Two Crocodile Farms on the Koh Samui Island are also great tourist traps. Located behind the airport and on a 7000 square meters area, one of the farms has over 100 animal species including Siam and sea water crocodiles, caymans, snakes, lizards, apes and many more. The other one is in the south of the island, at Namuang Waterfall II.

You can really have some nice time at Tamarind Spa, which offers excellent massages in a calm and green setting. The prices here are affordable and well worth it. You can also have all type of massage therapies, and other natural treatments at the best possible prices.

Accessed via a 30-minute boat ride from Ban Thong Krut, the Naga Pearl Farm is also a great tourist attraction. Here you are shown how pearls are cultivated. There is also a big shop on the premises where different kinds of pearls and pearl products are sold that include pearl shells and unique handicrafts.

Author writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing listings for Koh Samui villa rentals, Koh Samui hotels, bed and breakfasts, and Koh Samui vacation.

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