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- Huge Buddha on site and was visible as we were driving towards it. Ample parking outside the temple and there were lots of souvenir shops and stalls serving food around the temple.
The Big Buddha is located up a hill so you would need to climb a flight of stairs (probably a quarter of the steps compared to the Big Buddha at Lanma Island in Hong Kong) .
The temple compound around the Big Buddha provided excellent views around the bay.Written 29 April 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I spend about 6 weeks in Koh Samui every year and stay in an area that is fairly close to the beautiful Wat Plai Laem, so I visit the temple almost every day. This Wat area has three large temples, all situated on three different walkways over the water. There are no entrance fees. There are also other temple buildings on the land surrounding the entire complex. Sometimes a monk is sitting in an area close to the Laughing Buddha and he will give you a blessing in return for a small donation. Often, the Monk will wrap a woven bracelet around your left wrist at the end of the blessing. There are two areas where you can buy a small bucket of fish food for 10 Baht. There are a LOT of HUGE catfish and turtles swimming in the waters around the temples and it is fascinating to feed them. There are some tables and chairs situated in some shade under some trees that can be a nice place to get out of the sun. You must be sure that your shoulders are covered while visiting the temples (and the Monk). There is an area near the laughing Buddha where you can borrow a cover up in case you don't have one with you. There is usually someone selling some fruit and some basic food on a small cart near the area where the seating is. Well worth the visit.
It is also very close to the Big Buddha Temple so be sure to visit both temples! Wat Plai Laem in not commercialized so there are no shops to buy souvenirs where as at the Big Buddha Temple, there are many shops and a few food places. Wat Plai Laem is not as crowded as the Big Buddha Temple.Written 20 September 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Up in the quiet rainforest hills, the secret garden is a must visit. Stunning traditional Thai statues, little grottos. Lots if stairs and wonky steps to clamber over.Written 26 August 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Well, outside of the Egyptian museums, I have never seen a mummified body before, and certainly not one that is only 49 years old! 2023 will be the 50th anniversary of the death of this monk, and it's certainly a unique experience!
I wouldn't say that it's an attraction you'd take your children to, but as an adult, I certainly had a morbid curiosity to see what all the fuss was about...the sunglasses are apparently there not to make the monk cool, but rather to cover up the fact that his eyes have obviously disintegrated!
There were some interesting "games" you could play while there, and some words of wisdom to discover as well as other artefacts.
It won't be a long stop here, but it's certainly something you should see while you're on Koh Samui.Written 10 June 2022
- Laem Sor Pagoda : A religious place , beautiful sea , good weather ,calm shady. Have a chance to come again.Written 23 June 2022
- A small but interesting (very different from the Thai ones) temple. When visited during dusk, the service man there lights dragon statue eyes. Very atmospheric.Written 18 January 2020
- Here you can have some local food and coffee with nice views. There is a nice coffee shop opposite The templeWritten 11 February 2020
- Off-beaten track pagoda on the beach.
Very popular with local people. Not a touristic place. GenuineWritten 13 April 2019
- Some beaches were exceptional .. others not so much.. the problem with most Thai beaches .. you need to find the beach that sings your kind of magic. Koh Samui is no different.
Also sites are a but further apart which requires bike or car rental.. but still equally impressive.
Do your homework on hotels and resorts.. as they might be needing a soft /hard refurb at this stage of the pandemic.
Overall a great experience for families.Written 23 April 2022
- This was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, true it is austere and not for those who want an easy way out or an easy in to meditation.
Up at 4.30am bed time at 9pm, 6.5 hours meditation, Dharma talks, simple but delicious vegetarian food amazing teachers and a serious air of people looking for a new path forward or a deeper understanding of Buddhism or meditation. The teachers Rinehart and Pierre lead the group in daily activities in a beautiful setting high up in the mountains of koh samui, candle light starts and finishes the day in a simple spiritual manner. Excellent for the soul regardless of your beliefs.
The course i did is course 1 and it comes highly recommended if you wish to step onto this path. All sympathy is shown and teachers lead the way showing how it is done.Written 18 August 2022
- A lovely place - take a bike and ride up there for sunrise or sunset - the highest easily accesable point on Samui. I went there weekly over a year in 2022 when there were no tourists, breathtaking views...Written 29 July 2023
- The Koh Samui Meditation Center is a must visit place. Their evening guided meditation sessions are absolutely amazing. There is enough information to understand and be comfortable for a beginner and for someone who has been actively practicing mediation for a while.
Before visiting the center, I meditated only for 10 - 15 minutes a day and always felt an urge to finish my practice. However, after my 50 minute meditation @Koh Samui Center, I could not believe that the time flew by so quickly. I feel that the techniques that I have learned there will help me to improve my ability to focus and extend the practice time even more.Written 25 February 2020
- I found this temple on the way cruising around the island and I must say that I haven't found a temple so pristine and away from tourism as much as this one.. Pretty coolWritten 3 August 2018
- It is a temple that retains Thainess. We like to come to places like this. Our family likes it very much. My wife likes Thai temples.Written 23 July 2022
- I went here during covid and had the place to myself all day. The hike is pretty good. Takes around 30 minutes of you have a decent pace but like all hikes in Thailand it gets hot so bring plenty water and your swimming gear!
The waterfalls were pretty good and the pools nice and cool for swimming. Explore the whole area and enjoy some climbing!Written 2 July 2020
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