Wat Plai Laem
Wat Plai Laem
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  • froggytracee@gmail.com
    Walla Walla, Washington99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Always beautiful
    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.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Michelle W
    208 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit.
    An amazing site to see, friendly people. Please ensure you dress appropriately and respect where you are. We say some people not taking notice of this dress code and I found it uncomfortable as you are in someone else's country the least you can do is respect their traditions
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 February 2024
  • BalkrishnaShroff
    Mumbai, India20,937 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Temple !!
    This beautiful Buddhist Temple complex is located next to another famoue attraction Big Buddha Temple. This comples is a mix of Chinese and Thai culture n architecture. There is one big 18 arms statue of Goddess Guanyin which is worshipped by Chinese. She is also popular as Fertility Goddess. The women pray to her for bearing health children. A little away from here is 20 meter tall statue of Buddha. Beside there are also statues of Hindu Gods like Vishnu, Shiva and Ganesh One can donate 10 Baht and buy the fish food to feed fishes in a beautiful pond surrounding the complex. There are also monks praying in the temple. The entire complex is very well maintained and the vibe all aroud is very calm and serene. A proper dress attire is expected here. Worth visiting...
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 March 2024
  • Steve R
    Bolton, United Kingdom521 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Serene relaxing and thought provoking temple
    Another beautiful Thai temple in Koh Samui. Very peaceful and inspiring place to visit and contemplate the world. Koi ponds and gardens are overlooked by giant buddha statues and pagodas.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 March 2024
  • Nick H
    St Leonards-on-Sea, United Kingdom466 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must when in Koh Samuu
    Spectacular! Very colourful! A must when you're in Koh Samui. Beautiful, big Buddhist statues abound, along with colourful temples. Huge fish in the lake just waiting to go into a feeding frenzy when the tourists feed them! My friends and I knelt in front of Monk and received blessing and string-bracelets for which we gave a donation. All in all a very interesting place to visit with much of the Buddha's life depicted on the walls in beautiful colours. Thoroughly recommended.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 March 2024
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Nick H
St Leonards-on-Sea, UK466 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Spectacular! Very colourful! A must when you're in Koh Samui. Beautiful, big Buddhist statues abound, along with colourful temples. Huge fish in the lake just waiting to go into a feeding frenzy when the tourists feed them! My friends and I knelt in front of Monk and received blessing and string-bracelets for which we gave a donation. All in all a very interesting place to visit with much of the Buddha's life depicted on the walls in beautiful colours. Thoroughly recommended.
Written 24 March 2024
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Steve R
Bolton, UK521 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Another beautiful Thai temple in Koh Samui. Very peaceful and inspiring place to visit and contemplate the world. Koi ponds and gardens are overlooked by giant buddha statues and pagodas.
Written 5 March 2024
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BalkrishnaShroff
Mumbai, India20,937 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This beautiful Buddhist Temple complex is located next to another famoue attraction Big Buddha Temple. This comples is a mix of Chinese and Thai culture n architecture. There is one big 18 arms statue of Goddess Guanyin which is worshipped by Chinese. She is also popular as Fertility Goddess. The women pray to her for bearing health children. A little away from here is 20 meter tall statue of Buddha. Beside there are also statues of Hindu Gods like Vishnu, Shiva and Ganesh
One can donate 10 Baht and buy the fish food to feed fishes in a beautiful pond surrounding the complex. There are also monks praying in the temple. The entire complex is very well maintained and the vibe all aroud is very calm and serene. A proper dress attire is expected here.
Worth visiting...
Written 2 March 2024
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Michelle W
UK208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
An amazing site to see, friendly people.
Please ensure you dress appropriately and respect where you are.
We say some people not taking notice of this dress code and I found it uncomfortable as you are in someone else's country the least you can do is respect their traditions
Written 16 February 2024
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katsinee
Don Sak, Thailand4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Temple at noon, hot sun, but sheltered from the sun. Suitable for people with kind hearts. There are many monks to worship.
Written 13 February 2024
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Emma D
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Amazing 🤩 have to visit. Beautiful and very welcoming temple. So much to see and being there over Chinese new year there was more to see
Written 10 February 2024
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carlos d
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Amazing fabulous so peaceful
Heaven as the best energy felt
I would recommend and we certainly we will be back …forever .
Written 23 January 2024
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Juliette T
Dublin, Ireland2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
A breathtaking location that is truly worth visiting during your stay, and it will leave you utterly amazed
Written 27 December 2023
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Victoria
New York City, NY2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Very beautiful temple and pond with many fishes, turtles and birds. There are 2 big statues. 1 is just behind the temple .
Written 24 October 2023
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froggytracee@gmail.com
Walla Walla, WA99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
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 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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