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Wat Plai Laem

Nr Ban Plai Laem School, Road 4171, Ko Samui, Thailand
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Ranked #8 of 63 attractions in Ko Samui
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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Bangkok, Thailand
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91 reviews 91 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is certainly worth a visit, maybe more than the big Buddha, though the latter is less touristic. The Wat is divided in two buildings, both worth visiting inside. In particular the smaller one has very nice murals (same style as the Royal Palace in Bangkok) that are worth looking at. Do not forget to spend some time on the... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Not far from Big Buddha is Wat Plai Laem, a collection of Buddhist Temples and great colourful statues. a lovely place to visit, there you can buy a bucket full of fish feed and feed the thousands of fish that are in the lake there, also a few small souvenir shops all to do with Buddha

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tehran
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

if you go to samuii i think you should see this place there are very beautiful and amazing buildings. you can go inside the temple take off your shoes sit on the floor and relax for one hour

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

If you are in koh samui and intrested in cultural thing, you must visit Wat Plai Laem, lot of nice buildings, awesome big fishes(1meter long :O ), amazing decorated doors and handpainted big walls. Really nice for 1-2 hours, sit in the temple and relax :)

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

The sunlight shining on the colourful mirror tiles made this place shine even more!! It is tranquil, peaceful, so very colourful and gave me goosebumps, I felt so at peace there! The statues are just out of this world! The temple's backdrop of beautiful blue skies made you feel you were in heaven! It was early when we went, which... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

A very interesting Wat but go early if possible as it can get very hot later on in the day. Well worth a visit though.

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Ølstykke
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Good experience, saw munk teaching kids - good insight, and less turistic compared with the Big Buddha. Said to be one of the better temples on Koh Samui. Miss some english translations on site, so recommend some homework before visiting unless guided tour.

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Trondheim, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Wat Plai Laem was stunning group of temples and religious buildings with free entrance to the area. We found it's much better than the more hyped Big Buddha, so one could even say Wat Plai Laem is an underestimated sight at Samui (although there still are many tourists). We visited a bit before sunset, and the buildings looked magnificient in... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We couldn't get in at 5am (well, we wouldn't... we were on honeymoon, waking at 3-4am was not an option!) so we couldn't experience the real beautiful moments that people sometimes mention, but it was just amazing all the same. We donated food and medicine to the monks, we bought some chicken/fish food and let the birds eat from our... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Worth a visit! Many buildings to see, all beautifully maintained. Took great photos here, better than the Big Buddha Temple

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