Temple of the Big Buddha & Monkey Demonstration

3.5 hours | Ko Samui | U S M - 2 0 5
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Points of Interest

  • Wat Phrayai (Big Buddha)
  • Monkey Demonstration
  • Wat Plai Laem
Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Your half-day excursion begins at Nathorn Pier where you'll board your motorcoach and take a scenic drive to Temple of the Big Buddha. En route, you'll see a lush landscape of rubber tree orchards and a number of coconut plantations, dotted with small villages.

Temple of the Big Buddha is located on the small, rocky Fan Island. This wat or temple has become a major meditation center for both local residents and foreign visitors. Erected in 1972, the temple's centerpiece is a massive seated Buddha that stands 39-feet high. You'll have time to browse the local gift stalls before continuing on to Wat Plai Laem. Once part of the Temple of the Big Buddha, Wat Plai Laem is home to a superb statue of Kwan Yin or "Guanjin," the 18-armed Buddhist avatar of Mercy.

Next, drive to a local venue where you'll see a demonstration of how monkeys are utilized in the agricultural production on the island. For centuries, monkeys have been trained to harvest the ripe fruit in Samui's coconut plantations. Here, you'll be shown how the agile monkeys are able to quickly climb the tall, slender trunks of the coconut palms to pluck the coconuts for their handlers. Bring your video camera for some great shots. Afterward the show, you'll re-board the motorcoach for your return route back to the port and your cruise ship.

Special Notes:

Passengers at Big Buddha Temple and the Plai Laem Temple are required to climb a number of stairs.

Wear conservative attire when visiting sacred sites. Clothing must cover the shoulders, arms and knees. Footwear must be removed before entering temple halls.

Child Price:

12 years & under only

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship for a visit to the Temple of the Big Buddha

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
36
Travel time:
00:45
Time at site:
00:50
Free time at site:
10
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Steps:
25
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No

Visit to Wat Plai Laem

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
36
Travel time:
00:10
Time at site:
00:30
Free time at site:
5
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Steps:
9
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No

Visit a local place (open-air) and watch demonstration on how the monkey picks coconut from the tree

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
36
Travel time:
00:25
Time at site:
00:30
Free time at site:
5
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
36
Travel time:
00:45