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Near Ban Plai Laem School, Road 4171, Plai Laem, Thailand
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 5 October 2011

A fairly recent addition to Samui's temples, Wat Plai Laem was completed in only 2004, I think. It is very much in the Thai-Chinese style of Buddhism and includes two massive statues. The most famous is the white 18 arm Guanyin statue, the Chinese Goddess...More

6  Thank Arthurrvr
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 31 December 2017

Wat Plai Laem is located a few hundred metres inland from Bang Rak Beach, just northwest of the Big Buddha Temple off Route 4171 – look for a temple gate marking a lane that shoots north off the main road. Open 08:00-17:00. Admission is free....More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

This precinct has multiple temples and statues situated on a lake. Temples were beautifully and colourfully decorated and easily accessible. The lake had enormous fish and it was fun to watch them being fed.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dropped in for a short visit to see the modern temples and feed the cat fish! Today is not crowded as it’s off season. Cute cats around.

Thank Meredith W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are in Ko Samui is a place you must visit, only 10 min walking from Big Budha. Impressive temples , beautiful architecture. Words cant describe the experience. Make sure you get some change to add in donation boxes and to put in Budha...More

Thank Catalina N
Reviewed 1 week ago

Less well know but far more beautiful than the Big Buddha, this complex was 10 minutes up the road, free to enter and we were able to walk around at our leisure. Only one souvenir shop here, so we ended up going back to the...More

Thank Clarpo
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are many Buddhist Temples in Samui--- but this is the most popular. It is a statue influenced by both Thai and Chinese Buddhist traditions-- and has 18 arms. It is located within a surrounding lake-- and also is quite close to the "BIG BUDDHA"--...More

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The temple is surrounded by a lake where devotees can feed fish. Make sure you dress appropriately while visiting the temple. Cover your head and shoulders and preferably wear white while visiting the temple. There are many statues and murals of Goddess Guanyin and the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What’s not to like about looking at these beautiful objects? Try to get there early before the hoardes arrive. Very hot open space so make sure you are covered.

Thank Ninochka1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A nice temple complex at on Koh Samui. BUT WATCH OUT WHEN YOU TRAVEL WITH KIDS. Next to the parking there is a Monk sitting on small open offering altar. He offered some bracelets to our 2 boys. Both of the boys were complaining that...More

Thank Objective5
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Me and a friend had rented bikes to see a bit more of the island. Very peaceful and beautiful temples, the highlight however was feeding the fish in the lake. For only 10 baht you get fish food and can feed the fish.

Thank U179OKjamesw
Reviewed 22 September 2018

Visited the temple, and if we compare with Big Buddha, this will be more than worth the visit, Statues & Temples are amazing & so big. Wat Plai Leam is part of most Island tours on Koh Samui. is very easy to locate Wat Plai...More

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Response from lesbaird | Reviewed this property |
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Response from Lukáš T | Reviewed this property |
At this atraction you will spend around 30-60 minutes,it depends how much would you be into it.
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Response from Alicia W | Reviewed this property |
It's always best to dress modestly according to Thai expectations when visiting a temple. Females can pack a sarong to put over shorts. Some temples have items available to purchase or borrow. It's considered rude in... More