What To Do
Koh Samui is not all about sunbathing on the beach (well, it can be, and that’s not a bad thing at all), but the island has plenty of other attractions to offer visitors to make their holiday a fun and activity-filled one.
Lined with a number of Chinese style old wooden shop houses, the village itself has almost a Mediterranean feel to it. There is also a relatively large French expat community that live in the area and this is probably somewhat reflected in the architecture and feel of the surrounding area.
Once you get up close to the statue you can see some magnificent views of the sea and nearby beaches. During the day, locals and Buddhist devotees come to the site to offer fruit, flowers and incense to the statue, which when witnessed can give you a real insight into Thai and Buddhist culture.
As this is a sacred and religious site and a place of worship for many people, please make sure that you dress appropriately and respectfully at all times.