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Wat Plai Laem

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Address: Near Ban Plai Laem School, Road 4171, Ko Samui, Thailand
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We visited this Temple as we can see it from our balcony, so wanted a closer view. It is a very beautiful temple and well worth the visit.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited this Temple as we can see it from our balcony, so wanted a closer view. It is a very beautiful temple and well worth the visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Wat Plai Laem after visiting the big Buddha on a previous visit to Koh Samui. Wat Plai Laem was much quieter, and there was actually more to see. It was difficult to get a taxi away afterwards, as most of the taxi drivers seem to concentrate on the big Buddha area.

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Ipoh, Malaysia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Can't entry to temple interior due to flood (middle of Jan), compound still open to public, able to catch some photos. Main structure are beautiful, statue are so so.

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Ribnica, Slovenia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place with some pagodas on the water are very interesting anf beautifull. We were very happy to see this place.

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Victoria, BC Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Buddhist Temple compound has an 18-arm image of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion. The temple is surrounded by a lake and was built in 2004. There are 2 long halls showcasing lovely murals. There is also large white laughing Buddha statue, along with several other statues at the site. Worth a visit.

Thank snoopy647
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went here with our two kids 2 and 5 years, we all loved the Buddha and temples, the latter which you can enter. Unfortunately the 18 arm goddess was locked out so we could only see it from a distance. We went there same time as some local schoolchildren, they did buy fish food 10 Bhat) in an automate... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

We found the Wat down a small lane and although this is quite a famous Wat we weren't expecting it to be so nice. We actually had to make our choice of Wat to go to should we die in Thailand when we made our wills here so I am so glad that we chose this Wat!!

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Wuustwezel, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

This temple lies a bit of the beaten path, and seems to be visited mostly by tourists with an island tour. When you visit on your own, go early in the morning. Almost no people and not to hot. Two big statues steal the show, the laughing Buddha and Guanyin with 18 arms. Most of the buildings are in excellent... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

If you have limited time for temple sites in Samui then pick this temple . It's a 10min walk from the famous big Buddha temple but in my opinion much better . Firstly , there is much less tourist and more to see . There is 3 main shrine beautifully decked and also the man made pond filled with huge... More 

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Hua Hin, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Nice, but just another temple for tourists to visit. If you have seen one, you have seen them all I guess.

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