What to see & do at Koh Samui.
One’s of Koh Samui’s most famous landmark the Big Buddha. 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 stands proud. Depending on the weather conditions, it can be even seen from Idyllic Samui too.
At the base of the structure, several shops and restaurants cater to the needs of devotees and tourists alike.
The waterfalls on Koh Samui may not be the tallest you’ll find in Thailand, but they are all certainly blessed with a personal and distinctive charm. Each is worth a visit during your stay, providing an instantly refreshing break from the lively and built up areas of the island.
Na Muang 1 Waterfall is one of the more popular waterfalls on the island for its ease of access and picturesque swimming area. You’ll find the well signed turning off the 4169 Ring Road between Nathon and Hua Thanon in the southwest of the island. Natural rock formations form a steep and scenic stairway down to the base of the fall. Elephant trails run nearby, and seeing the elephants amble over waters downstream with trekkers on their backs ads to the other-worldly feel. The heavily populated pool at the base of the fall must be approached with caution as the waterfall’s foam hides sharp edged rocks underneath.
Hin Lad Waterfall is Koh Samui’s least populated waterfall (Na Muang 1 and 2 are on most island tour packages and are crowded in the afternoons) owing to a 2km walk to get there. The walk is along a stunning jungle path, and can be completed with a refreshing dip in the waterfall pool, so we think it’s worth the trip. Bring food and drink and plan plenty of time to take in the sights; you won’t want to leave. Strong walking shoes and leg protection is recommended for the walk. Follow Route 4172 to the eastern end, 2km south of Nathon.
Elephant trekking is a popular activity on Koh Samui as thousands of visitors head to the mountain each year on the back of an elephant. Choose between a 30 minute or a 1 hour ride and follow your guide to a local waterfall for swim and rest and then head right back to the resort when you’re ready to go. You’ll also have a photograph with an elephant to commemorate the occasion.
Elephant treks are recommended for the children of 8 years and up and can be booked by asking at Idyllic Samui’s reception. Elephants are herbivores and will consume about 2-300kg of food per day, and 150 liters of water. Elephants may be heavy animals, but they can run up to 15 miles per hour. If your elephant does begin to run towards a tourist area, say “Stop” loudly, but don’t shout, or the beast will become nervous. Use a commanding tone, and repeat, “Stop.”
There are a number of other attractions such as the snake farm, the cocodrile farm or the tiger zoo, please ask for more information about possible excursions at our reception.