It is a well-known fact that the island of Koh Samui is mostly famous for its crystal blue waters and white sandy beaches. Nowadays many tourists are unfamiliar with the islands’ many other natural and cultural treasures, which are still remaining hidden for the majority of visitors. Waterfalls, breathtaking viewpoints, and secret cultural heritage spots are just a couple of hours by boat or hike on picturesque trails. Why not escape from the usual beach holiday and discover the unexplored areas of this paradise island?
Explore some of Koh Samui’s hidden gems:
Ang Thong National Marine Park
Ang Thong National Marine Park is a pristine archipelago of 42 islands in the Gulf of Thailand. It features towering limestone mountains, thick jungle, white-sand beaches, waterfalls and hidden coves and lakes to explore. The protected area of more than 100 sq km of land and sea has a rich biodiversity. Snorkeling, hiking, sea kayaking, diving, and simply relaxing are the main activities to enjoy at Ang Thong. The view point high up on the main island is a definite highlight.
Nestled among Koh Samui’s central mountains, the Namuang Waterfall has two tiers: a lower stretch known as Namuang 1 is easily reachable and flows down into a pretty natural pool that provides a cool escape from the heat. A 30 minute walk further uphill is the smaller yet equally inviting Namuang 2. Set among lush jungle surroundings access to the site is free. The best time to visit is in the wetter months of September through November, when the waterfalls are in their full flowing glory.
Secret Buddha Garden
The Secret Buddha Garden is an ornamental garden tucked away in the verdant hills of central Koh Samui. The garden was the dream of a local fruit farmer named Nim Thongsuk who began construction in 1976. The site features many statues of Buddha and other aspects of Thai Buddhism, and also of birds and snakes and other animals. A small waterfall adds to the peaceful ambiance. The garden is a popular tourist attraction despite its remoteness and difficult final climb.
Probably one of the best viewpoints in Koh Samui, the Overlap Stone is still an underrated tourist attraction. The truth is that not many people get here. It might be because it’s hard to find or just because it’s not on the usual touristy route but one thing is certain: it’s definitely worth visiting. A huge 8 meter tall, round stone sits in a perfect balance on another bigger stone overlooking the Lamai Beach and the Koh Samui jungle. A peaceful and quiet place where you can still enjoy the untouched nature.