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Address: Near Ban Plai Laem School, Road 4171, Ko Samui, Thailand
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Most people go to Big Buddha Temple,but this temple is never busy,as it is not on the tour route of groups,if you want to see a large temple and also relaxing this is the one to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Most people go to Big Buddha Temple,but this temple is never busy,as it is not on the tour route of groups,if you want to see a large temple and also relaxing this is the one to visit,you can walk by the lake and feed the fish or just relax in the groups,one of the better temples on the island

Thank jonfeaver
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

After visiting the grand palace in Bangkok this was how you should feel when visiting a wat. Very peaceful if you get there before the tours start showing up. Not very to leisurely stroll around at your own pace taking it all in

Thank Bobby V
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here accidentally after we finished Big Buddha nearby. Great for kids to wonder around and take photos. You can just spend some quiet time here if you have some spare time. Please especially for ladies do not wear too sexy or expose too much of your flash as it is a holy place for locals. You can borrow... More 

Thank Yew Choe L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice place to visit. Best part is that many temples are located within the vicinity so you can make a quick stop anytime. Free of cost. There are many trees so inspite of the high temperature it was comfortable. Kids enjoyed feeding the catfish. The pigeons however had made a bit of a mess on the benches. We were... More 

Thank Saima A
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a very colourful place with big Buddha statues, great to see and experience. Very colourful and tidy, but not the place around, it's rather dirty and a big construction side next to it, so it's not that easy to find the way out if you're with a car. Otherwise a nice place and definetely worth a visit.

Thank Lukas S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Close to this temple there are many other temples, thus you can kinda see all of them at once. They all are free of charge. Remember to dress respectively, no tank tops.

Thank Jaakko N
Phuket, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really nice place to visit for the afternoon, feed the fish, feed the birds, great place to get some photos. not too busy which is a plus

Thank Ashley P
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was not sure what to expect but this place of worship is hardly humble and - in fact - feels very "Made In China". The gold paint and almost anime character designs left me entirely wondering if I had come to the right place. The sheer size of the structures is impressive nonetheless and it is worth going into... More 

Thank lcollens
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

If you're looking for cultural sites then you should see this one. There are several temples and statues to view including one very impressive temple which you can enter to view the wall and ceiling paintings. Kids enjoyed it. We spent about 20 mins wondering around the site.

Thank Woerns73
Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

So much better than big Buddha! This temple is beautiful and there's much more to see. It's very peaceful. Ladies (in particular) make sure you dress appropriately - no short shorts, vests, bikinis/swimwear. From the sign outside, a mid/knee length dress/shorts are fine and you should cover the tops of your arms (I think!). Flips flops are fine.

Thank RSJ87

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