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Wat Plai Laem, Ko Samui

4.6
#2 of 12 in Historic Sites in Surat Thani Province
Religious Site Tourist Spot
At Wat Plai Laem, a modern Buddhist temple, admire the statues--one an 18-armed image of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion, the other of Budai, the laughing Buddha. Though the temple was constructed recently, it incorporates traditional Chinese and Thai elements into its design. Enjoy a tranquil stroll among the colorful idols, ornate architecture, and riverside scenery. To visit Wat Plai Laem and get the most from your holiday in Bophut, create itinerary details personal to you using our Bophut vacation route planner.
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  • The place is truly unique and crazy nice. It is free to enter but you have to respect the rules for attire. (shoulders, knees and swimwear)
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  • We combined this stop with the Big Buddha. They are quite close and this one was very quiet. Definitely worth a stop.  more »
  • Short drive from Bophut or Chaweng. Beautiful temple with great scene and interesting statues. There are toilets and several shops on-sites.  more »
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  • Worth a visit! Less commercial than the big Buddha... nice location too!
  • A great journey into a new level. The Buddhist mantras that come from the temple speakers combined with colorful and beautiful statues and temple buildings really are something unique. Skip the Big Buddha and visit this one (or check out this first).
  • A short walk of no more than 10 minutes from Big Buddha are another group of stunning temples. The detail and intricacy of the buildings and statues is amazing. Well worth the extra steps to see these temples and you could see it all in about 30 minutes maximum.
  • Wat Plai Laem, located in the north-east corner of Samui only 600 metres from Wat Phra Yai / Big Buddha Temple, is one of the more recently built Buddhist temple's in Samui. The main statue is an 18 armed Chinese style statue of Guan Yin, the "Goddess of compassion and mercy". This is an extremely large complex with many other buildings and spectacular statues to see. All of which are either built on or around a large man-made lake filled with fish and surrounded by ducks, chickens and birds. Wat Plai Laem is considered the most popular temple with the locals and well worth a visit.
  • A very well built and a well maintained temple complex that is a wonderful tourist attraction for those who are roaming around the island on the small scooters.

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