Wat Plai Laem

Ko Samui's most colourful temple

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Wat Plai Laem, a few hundred metres past Big Buddha, is probably Samui's most colourful temple.

Repainted and repaired after the March 2011 floods, the wat houses two impressive statues vying for attention – the laughing Buddha, and the 18-arm strong Buddha.

Each statue is approached by way of a tiled bridge over a large lake that is teeming with super-sized fish waiting to be fed. For 10 baht, buy a bucket of food to throw to the fish, and see the water bubble up as they fight their way to the surface to gorge themselves.

Locals release turtles into the water as a deed of goodwill, and couples rent swan-shaped paddle boats to paddle around the pond. Wat Plai Laem is a rather cheery temple to visit, and its bright colours, turtles, fish, paddle boats and friendly temple dogs and cats, make it a good option for children to visit.

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Near Big Buddha
Last updated: 12th May, 2012

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