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Visit Wat Plai Laem (Koh Samui)

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Presentation Wat Plai Laem

Thai name : วัดปลายแหลม
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Located not far from Koh Samui Big Buddha in the north-east tip of the island, this Chinese and Buddhist temple is especially recognizable by its huge statue of the goddess Guanyin. With her 18 arms, she is the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion. Its multitude of arms shows her ability to provide assistance to whoever need it anywhere in the world. She is also considered as a goddess of fertility that people pray to have children and she protects sailors. Wat Plai Laem temple consists in several buildings on a pond and others, les interesting on the land. This is a relatively new temple but the art techniques used in its creation are centuries-old. The temple consists mainly in the large white statue of Guanyin, a traditional Buddhist ubosot with colorful murals and sitting Buddha statues and a Fat laughing Chinese Buddha.
Wat Plai Laem is a colorful temple differet from the image of the temples we are used to cross in Thailand.

Practical information about Wat Plai Laem

Free admission
Open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
You can buy food to feed the fish.

How to get to Wat Plai Laem ?

There is no local transport to easily reach Wat Plai Laem. You will either need to have your own means of transport (car or scooter rental) or hire a taxi or VTC. Otherwise, some agencies offer tours visiting several of Samui's main attractions including the Big Buddha and Wat Plai Laem, the two most unmissable temples in Ko Samui (see below).

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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Wat Plai Laem is a temple and when you visit a temple in Thailand there are some rules to know and follow :

  • Dress properly (knees and shoulders should be covered)
  • Take off your shoes when entering the buildings
  • Be quiet
  • Don't hug or kiss
  • Don't point your feet to Buddha's image
  • Don't smoke

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