Koh Samui is no longer a sleepy backwater! Unlike any other island in Thailand, it has its unique island chic cocooning everything idyllic about an amazing vacation in Thailand.

Wat Plai Laem

Thailand is home to a fair share of jaw-dropping temples. Amongst them, the Wat Plai Laem in Koh Samui boasts several eye-grabbing features compelling you to visit this serene religious complex. The striking white 18-arm statue of Guanyin built in the centre of the temple ground is the cynosure of all eyes. The two long halls on either side of the statue feature colourful murals and frescoes depicting Buddhist mythological stories.

File:Wat Plai Laem, Koh Samui, Thailand.jpg
OzkartmanWat Plai Laem, Koh Samui, ThailandCC BY-SA 4.0

Na Muang Waterfalls

Spilling down from the highest points of the island, the Na Muang Waterfalls feature an awe-inspiring sight to behold. It’s incredibly spectacular with water plummeting down into a large pool at the foot of the waterfall. What makes this waterfall more picturesque is undoubtedly its lush jungle surroundings. In between the two waterfalls lies the Na Muang Safari Park which features monkey shows and elephant rides!

File:Namuang Waterfall.jpg
Maksim SundukovNamuang WaterfallCC BY-SA 3.0

Chaweng Beach

Being the largest of Koh Samui’s beaches, the Chaweng Beach is a gorgeous strip of beach to spend your vacation. The central part of the beach attracts “up for party” young travellers which features pumping music, scrumptious food and a range of cocktails. If you’re staying at a Samui resort the likes of Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort, the beach is 15 minutes away.

File:Chaweng-beach koh Samui.jpg
Jacques Herremans, Chaweng-beach koh SamuiCC BY-SA 4.0

Secret Buddha Garden

Also known as ‘magic garden’ this enchanting attraction is located in the hills of Samui’s jungles. For all curious holidaymakers who wish to uncover Thailand’s culture on an off beaten track may opt to this place.

Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world. Google+