Wat Plai Laem

Attraction Wat Plai Laem Ko Samui Bo Put Surat Thani Thái Lan Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:30 AM
First-time visit
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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Wat Plai Laem is one of the most interactive and colourful temples on Koh Samui. The highlight is the beautiful eighteen-armed statue, sitting in the middle of a lake.

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Why Wat Plai Laem is special ?

Wat Plai Laem is a Buddhist temple compound on Samui's north-east coast of Samui, featuring a striking white 18-arm image of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion. Close to the Big Buddha temple, Wat Plai Laem offers visitors a view into Chinese-Thai beliefs as well as some elaborate Buddhist-themed art and architecture.

Wat Plai Laem is a living and active temple, where devotees come daily to pay homage to Guanyin and the Buddha, who is also depicted in a number of statues and murals around the temple. This is a relatively new temple but the art techniques used in its creation are centuries-old and based on ancient beliefs. Adding to its feel of tranquillity, the temple is surrounded by a lake, which is teeming with fish. Visitors who make a donation to the temple are given a bag of food to feed the fish.


What to explore at Wat Plai Laem?

The giant Guanyin statue, a towering white structure set in the centre of the temple grounds, forms an imposing and serene presence.  Other standout features at Wat Plai Laem include a large white laughing Buddha statue, beautifully carved teak entry doors, and an elaborate ubosot (ceremonial hall) set on an island in the lake.

Wat Plai Laem is a popular religious spot for the residents of Koh Samui. Many devotees come to this temple daily and pay homage to Guanyin and to Buddha. In addition, the wat features a number of other statues and murals that are quite different from the architecture and art found in other temples.

The temple’s tranquil setting, with the pristine lake, is a welcoming atmosphere and whether you are here to worship, pray, or just for a tour, visitors will enjoy the religious culture of this amazing wat.




How to get to Wat Plai Laem?

Wat Plai Laem is located on the North Eastern tip of Koh Samui on road 4171 between Big Buddha beach and Choeng Mon beach. It is very close to Samui’s airport and the Big Buddha of Wat Phra Yai. Easiest way to get there from Chaweng, Lamai, Bo Phuket or Big Buddha beach is by songthaew, a converted pick up truck with seats in the back that is used as a bus. You can flag one down at any point.

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Tips for you

  • Entry is free, but donations are welcome.
    Things to do
  • Make sure to take off your shoes even before you cross the bridge to the statues
    Things to do
  • Food for the fish is available at the temple for a small donation of 10 Baht per pack
  • Wat Plai Laem is open to visitors all day during daylight hours, and is particularly lively during Chinese festival events such as Chinese New Year.
  • Since this is a sacred place, polite dress and conduct is a must.
    What to wear
  • Be sure to wear shirts or scarves that cover the shoulders, trousers or long shorts, and avoid wearing beachwear.
    What to wear
  • Worshippers often don white clothing when visiting the temple
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  • It is very close to the Big Buddha temple, about 3 kilometres directly north of Samui International Airport, 3km east of Bophut Beach and 7.5km away from Chaweng Beach.
  • Set right next to Koh Samui's Big Buddha temple is Wat Plai Laem
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After seeing several temples during our trip already, you can be forgiven for apathy... The site is small & features many of the same architecture & statues as you'd find elsewhere. We visited this as part of an Around The Island Tour, so we only had 15min to look about. This is just possible albeit slightly rushed. There are several different styles of Buddha on show, most prominently the large Happy Buddha, & the many armed Buddha. These are surrounded by water (which adds to the scenery) & accessed via walkways. It's worth paying for some fish food & sprinkling some in the water here. You won't believe how many large catfish appear out of nowhere. There also apart to be a lot of cats about. My girlfriend was very taken with three playful young kittens. As everywhere, you are expected to remove footwear to enter the temple. I have to concur with other reviews... There's quite a bit of bird poop to avoid when barefoot. The toilets are also rather basic here. We were glad to have had some antibac hand gel.

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