4 Temples Worth Visiting on Koh Samui, Thailand

If you’re looking for than the splendid beaches and fun bars oh Koh Samui, why not check out the beautiful religious architecture?

As Buddhism is Thailand dominant religion, you’ll find temples all over the country. From the island’s most iconic landmark to a mystic garden in the forest, experience Thai-ness with these four must-visit temples on Koh Samui.

1. Big Buddha Temple

The Big Buddha temple is located on a small rocky island called Koh Faan, north of Bophut. Also known as Wat Phra Yai, the golden, 12-metre-tall, seated Buddha statue was built in 1972 and remains one of Koh Samui’s most popular attractions.

Getting there: 15-minute car ride by taxi or Songthaew from Amari Koh Samui

2. Plai Leam Temple

Wat Plai Laem is a Buddhist temple compound on Samui’s northeast coast. Surrounded by a lake, this tranquil spot allows visitors to purchase a bag of food to feed the many fish that live there.

One striking feature is the white, 18-arm statue of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion in Chinese Buddhism. You would also find a less common giant Budai statue within the compound. Close by the Big Buddha temple, Plai Laem temple offers visitors a view into Chinese-Thai beliefs, as well as some of the most elaborate Buddhist-themed art and architecture.

Getting there: 15-minute car ride by taxi or Songthaew from Amari Koh Samui

3. Hin Lad Temple

Known in Thai as Wat Namtok Hin Lad, you’ll find this temple surrounded by lush, tropical jungle. It’s located before the trail to the famous Hin Lad Waterfall, south of Nathon Town, Samui. It features a lovely garden, various religious sculptures and a meditation area. Strolling can be very enjoyable and it’s a great place for practising your photography skills.

Getting there: 40-minute car ride by taxi or Songthaew from Amari Koh Samui

4. Laem Sor Pagoda

Found on the southern tip of Koh Samui at the end of Bang Kao Beach, this golden pagoda beautifully contrasts the clear blue skies and turquoise seas behind it.

Its entrance is guarded by two demon-giant warriors (or yak) with immense swords, colourful attire and mean faces. This is another great photo opportunity, as there is absolutely nothing obstructing the breathtaking view.

Getting there: 20-minute car ride by taxi or Songthaew from Amari Koh Samui

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