Wat Plai Laem
Wat Plai Laem is a Buddhist temple in Samui that features the striking 18-arm statue of Guayin, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion. It’s a fairly new temple - built in 2004 - but its elaborate architecture and design make it look like it was built centuries ago.
The first must-see in Wat Plai Laem is the Guayin – it is believed that her arms are an illustration of how she can reach out and help those in need. At the same time, she is seen as the goddess of fertility for those who want to conceive or have healthy children. Some also believe that she is a protector of the sailors. Other attractions include the laughing Buddha, which represents prosperity and wealth together with the magnificent ceremonial hall set at the centre of a man-made lake. Buddha images and murals depicting scenes in the life of the holy man can be seen all over the place.
Aside from all these amazing features, you can also pray and meditate or feed the fish in the lake.
Wat Plai Laem is located in Road 4171, Koh Samui, Thailand.
Opening Days and Hours
The place is open daily, 24 hours a day. However, visitors are only entertained until the early evening.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance to this attraction is completely free.
How to Get There
- Fly from Bangkok to Surat Thani via AirAsia.
- Board a ferry to Koh Samui.
- Rent a car, or charter a taxi to Wat Plai Laem.
- Solo travelers/backpackers
Time to Spend
Suggested duration in this attraction is one hour only.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit this attraction is during Chinese festivals.
Shambala Restaurant, Khao Hom, The Shakespeare Pub, Supattra Thai Dining, Spaghetti Cove, and Casa Luna are just some of the options to try while in Wat Plai Laem.
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- Wat Phra Yai
- Chaweng Beach
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