Wat Plai Laem

Wat Plai Laem: Our most recommended tours and activities

Koh Samui: Private Tour with Jet Skiing and Sunset Dinner

1. Koh Samui: Private Tour with Jet Skiing and Sunset Dinner

Start your tour around mid-afternoon with pickup from your accommodation and quick stops at two of Koh Samui’s famous temples. The first stop is the Big Buddha temple, aptly named for a 12-meter tall golden statue of a serene-looking Buddha. Climb to the top of the staircase and see the imposing statue up close in all its grandeur. Known for its colorful designs and mix of Chinese and Thai architecture, Wat Plai Laem’s most eye-catching feature is the huge statue of the 18-arm Guanyin, believed to be the goddess of mercy and compassion. Explore the colorful grounds and spot another large statue of a laughing monk before starting your jet ski adventure. Following a briefing from your instructor, board your jet ski and ride the waves, making the rounds of some of the island’s best beaches. Take in the long stretch of coastline at Bophut Beach, gaze at the turquoise waters of Maenam Beach, and admire the beautiful shores of Koh Som Beach. After a thrilling ride, make your way to the popular Fisherman’s Village for a spot of shopping. Walk by the numerous stalls and kiosks as you take in the products on display. Wrap up the day with a delicious local dinner at the beach as you watch the sun go down at the end of an amazing day.

Koh Samui: Customized Private Island Excursion by Car

2. Koh Samui: Customized Private Island Excursion by Car

Get your tour tailor made to your wishes and needs. On a private tour, almost anything is possible! Recommend itinerary: • Your first destination is the famous rock formation of Hin Ta & Hin Yai, meaning grandfather and grandmother, located at the idyllic emerald Sea. Ask your guide about the Thai legend of this extraordinary rock formation • Visit Lamai View Point and see the Valentine Stone, shaped like a heart set in beautiful garden, where you will also have the chance to enjoy fish spa. Take a 10 minute walk through the beautiful garden to enjoy the views of the eastern coast of Koh Samui. You even don't have to climb to the top! Sit back and let the only “cable car” on Koh Samui bring you up to the viewpoint! • Visit Guan Yu shrine featuring a massive copy of Guan Yu’s head, an important landmark. Guan Yu played a significant role during the civil war, which lead to the demise of the Han Dynasty • After a short drive you will arrive to the mummified monk temple, another amazing and unique attraction of the Koh Samui. This place, too, has an original story to tell • Go for a jungle walk along a dense jungle path, which leads to the Namuang Waterfall. Here you can enjoy the beautiful cascade and surroundings, or swim in the natural pools • Stop for lunch in a nice Thai restaurant to enjoy a traditional Thai lunch • Visit Samui’s One Tambon One Product coconut carved furniture factory, where you you’ll see workers using simple traditional tools to make wonderful coconut dishes • Before heading back to your hotel you may visit Big Buddha, or Wat Phra Yai, located on a small rocky islet connected to Ko Samui by a long, dirt causeway • The final destination is a remarkable temple, Wat Plai Laem, with a main statue of Guanyin, the goddess of compassion and mercy. Designed in the Chinese style, the striking figure sits on a platform surrounded by the temple lake and features 18 arms that fan out from the seated statue’s lap to above her elegant head

Koh Samui: Beach Yoga Class & Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

3. Koh Samui: Beach Yoga Class & Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

The day will start bright and early with a yoga and meditation class at the beach. Whether you’re a beginner or intermediate, the instructor will make sure to accommodate your skill level as you go through the class. After your morning session, you’ll have free time to make use of the resort’s facilities. Feeling refreshed and revitalized, head to your first destination of the day: Hin Ta Hin Yai. Listen to the local folklore of how the rocks came to be and snap photos of the strange formations before going to a local restaurant for lunch. After filling yourself with delicious Thai food, you’ll make your way to Namuang 1 Waterfall. This serene cascade, hidden in the middle of a lush forest, is considered one of the most scenic waterfalls on the island. Take a dip in the refreshing pools before moving on.  Next stop is the gleaming golden Laem Sor Pagoda, one of the lesser-known sites in Koh Samui. Take a breather here and stroll around the temple grounds, set against the backdrop of the ocean. Then, continue the search for the best photo spots at Lad Koh Viewpoint. Take in panoramic views of the ocean and shoreline. Finish the day with a visit to two Buddhist temples, Big Buddha – famous for its 12-meter tall statue overlooking the island – and Wat Plai Laem, known for the striking 18-arm statue of the goddess of mercy. Explore these colorful temple grounds before making your way back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Wat Plai Laem

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 245 reviews

We had a really nice day with the island tour! Many interesting religious and cultural highlights that the guide was very knowledgeable about. The guide and driver were also very funny and entertaining, and did their very best to make us feel comfortable. Tip: ask for the best coconut ice cream on the island, you won't regret it!

That was really the best tour we ever did, our guide adapted the tour to our preferences and did not respond to special requests. The lunch was also excellent (delicious and in a great environment). I can really recommend it.

The yoga lesson was amazing in front of the sea! The teacher was very professional! The private tour was very nice and the guide was very helpful and interesting in his explanation about the culture and places.

The itinerary was well planned. The guide is knowledgeable and the driver was excellent. They allowed us ample time at every place to visit. They also organized a pretty good lunch.

Tour guide was friendly, on time and very accommodating. The jet ski tour was very scenic and all in all we were very satisfied.