Wat Plai Laem
Wat Plai Laem
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  • Dick Rogaar
    Nootdorp, The Netherlands191 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see for anyone who loves culture.
    This temple complex is a lust for the eye. The different, giant, buddha's ae really amazing. The middle temple has a golden statue of buddha and on the walls are painting, telling the story of buddha.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 12 March 2023
  • 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
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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
13 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
3 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
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Sy C
Lafayette, CA39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Really nice complex with three large temple statues surrounded by a moat/lake. Super impressive to see, and doesn't really take that much time to view the structures, walk around the grounds, etc.

Highly recommend you go around sunset. There were so few people at this time. Also, as all the structures face to the west, the lighting is just perfect for a nice picture.
Written 10 July 2023
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186605Angel137
Dublin, Ireland17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Another great day touring the Temples and Buddas the sizeof them is unreal we hired a taxi for four hours to take us around the temples which was great ask for price that suits your budget,
Written 5 June 2023
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belgianguy1
Bruges, Belgium11,318 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Nice and colorful temple (actually, it's a complex of several temples), it's very touristy but definitely worth stopping by...no entrance fee
Written 11 April 2023
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