If you’re tired of the beaches and can’t decide which Koh Samui temples to visit then we’ll be giving you our favourite temples in Koh Samui that you shouldn’t miss! Temple hopping is a great way to see the cultural side of Thailand as well as incredible architecture.
How to get to Koh Samui
To get to Koh Samui, we used 12Go to book an overnight train and ferry from Bangkok. 12Go is a super cheap and reliable way get around Thailand and other popular Southeast Asian countries.
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Where to stay in Koh Samui
The most popular area to stay in Koh Samui is on the east side of the island, close to Chaweng beach. We stayed close to the Samui Poshtel and found it to be the perfect spot. If you’re not on a budget then you can check out the resorts in the area such as The Samui Beach Resort as well as Baan Talay Resort.
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Best Temples in Koh Samui
Located to the northeast of the island, you’ll find one of the most well-known temples in Koh Samui. The Big Buddha temple is incredible, featuring a giant 12 metre golden Buddha. The Buddha sits at the top of a picturesque staircase with detailed dragon hand railings. As you reach the top of the stairs, there is a courtyard that offers some nice views of the surrounding beaches and coastline.
For more details on the Big Buddha Temple, check out our full blog post here.
The 18 Armed Buddha is located within the grounds of Wat Plai Laem. It features a statue of the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion which has 18 giant arms. To access the statue you’ll walk along a bridge that leads out onto a small lake. You can also purchase fish food to throw into the lake to feed the giant fish. The statues white and gold colour shines in the sunlight while its incredible size will leave you mesmerized.
For more information on the 18 Armed Buddha, check out our full blog post here.
Another one of our favourite temples in Koh Samui was the Chinese Giant Laughing Buddha. This Buddha is also located within the Wat Plai Laem complex. What makes this statue so unique is its fat white body and huge laughing grin. The walkway leading to the Buddha is also incredibly detailed which looks great in photos. The floor tiles are bright and colourful while the path has many tall red and gold pillars.
For more information on the Giant Laughing Buddha, check out our full blog post here.