Also known as Wat Phra Yai, this impressive temple features a 12-meter tall Buddha statue. The Big Buddha can be found on a small islet close to the Bo Phut Fishing Village, and also serves as a meditation center. Visitors can reach the Temple of the Big Buddha by crossing over a connecting bridge, and it is important to cover knees and shoulders before entering.
In addition to admiring the temple itself, visitors will want to allow plenty of time to soak up the stunning scenery during their visit to the Temple of the Big Buddha. Visitors can also give a small donation and make merit at the temple by bowing before the statue or one of the other Buddha images that can be found here while holding lighted incense sticks between their palms.
Wat Kunaram is one of Samui’s most interesting and unusual attractions, if a little macabre, as it contains the mummified remains of the revered monk Loung Pordaeng. The mummy of the monk, who died more than 25 years ago, has been set in a meditative position and preserved in a specially created glass case.
Popularly known as the Grandmother and Grandfather rocks, these unusual formations can be found on South Lamai Beach and often find their way onto postcards and t-shirts as they bear a close resemblance to male and female genitalia.
This attraction is particularly popular with families and can be found on a hillside overlooking the ocean in the southeastern corner of Samui. Visitors will be able to view butterflies and a large number of other insects such as moths and bees in a picturesque natural environment. One of the main highlights here is the bee house, which features a cutaway section covered with clear plastic, allowing visitors to observe the habits of the bees that live within.
Situated at Taling Ngam in the south of Samui, the Snake Farm is a must for those who want the chance to get up close and personal with a wide variety of serpents. A large number of native snakes can be found here, including deadly cobras, and exciting snake shows are held throughout the day.
Those who want the chance to view tiger and other animals will be in their element at the Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo. Visitors will want to time their trip so that they catch the tiger and bird shows, which take place at 13:00 and showcase the skills of the animals and their trainers. The aquarium is home to a vast collection of colourful marine creatures, such as tropical fish, sharks and jellyfish, while special tanks display other aspects of the underwater world such as coral, sea forests, fish and turtles.
Boasting more than 100 crocodiles and other animals such as snakes, monkeys and lizards, the Samui Crocodile Farm is also popular with families. The most popular features here are the animal shows, which are held at 14:00 and 16:30 each day and allow visitors the chance to watch in wonder as men risk life and limb by wrestling with enormous killer crocodiles.
There are six buffalo stadiums located around Samui, where visitors can gather to watch fights between two aggressive Thai buffalos. Unlike Spanish buffalo fighting, where matadors take on the buffalos, this type of show features two large buffalos battling it out to prove who is the strongest.
While animal lovers may want to shy away from these buffalo fights, there is another form of buffalo related entertainment available in the form of the Living Thailand Buffalo Show, which can be found on the road to Ban Thale. This large Thai farming museum also features a buffalo theatre, which plays host to traditional buffalo ploughing and rice planting shows, and visitors also have the chance to take a ride in a buffalo cart.
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