Wat Laem, Temple of the Big Buddha & Chaweng Beach

6.5 hours | Ko Samui | U S M - 1 0 0
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Points of Interest

  • Wat Phrayai (Big Buddha)
  • Chaweng Beach
  • Monkey Demonstration
  • Wat Plai Laem
Includes meal, Strenuous activity

Description

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

The breathtaking beauty and serene elegance that is Ko Samui is yours to experience during this full-day, guided excursion that has you exploring the highlights of this island paradise.

Adventure awaits as you board your air-conditioned motorcoach and embark on a drive that envelopes you in verdant countryside. (Be sure to bring your swimsuit and a towel because you're going to need them!)

Towering, golden and featuring a benign smile, a 39-foot high golden Buddha welcomes as you visit one of the island's most popular spots - Big Buddha Temple. Situated on the northeastern tip of the island, it has become a major meditation center for local and tourists alike. Climb the stairs to the viewing platform to take in superb vistas of the northern coast. A perfect photo opportunity.

Nearby you'll also enjoy the beauty of Plai Laem Temple. Once part of the Big Buddha Temple, Wat Plai Laem is home to a superb statue of Kwan Yin (or Guanjin), the 18-armed Buddhist avatar of Mercy and to a massive, vibrantly-colored Smiling Buddha. The temple is also famous for the hundreds of big fish that live in the lake. Take time out from exploration to feed them - food is available at the temple for a small donation.

Marvel at the quaint beauty as you drive through Hua Thanon, a traditional fishing village set amidst a paradise of green trees, golden sand and glistening ocean. Have your cameras at the ready to possibly capture the photogenic beauty of the fishermen's kor lae boats, ornately painted in bright colors.

Prepare yourself for some monkey business. Literally! Because you'll also visit a local venue where monkeys harvest coconuts! It's true. For centuries monkeys have been trained to scale coconut palms and pluck coconuts for their handlers. You'll enjoy a delightful demonstration of this ancient art performed by these frisky little creatures.

Take a break from your exploration to indulge in a delicious international buffet at a beach resort hotel. Set along a pristine stretch of white sand, this upscale resort is a perfect backdrop for a relaxing meal.

Ready for some fun in the sun, sand and surf? You'll be transported to Chaweng Beach for an hour-long beach break. Powdery white sands upon which turquoise waters tumble - that's what greets you as you step onto Ko Samui's most popular beach.

Sunbathe, slip into the warm, crystalline waters for a swim or shop for local handicrafts and souvenirs offered by local vendors. It's yours to enjoy as you please.

As your adventure comes to a close and embark on a scenic drive back to your ship, contemplate the beauty you have experienced during this, your day of exploration of Ko Samui.

Special Notes:

Passengers at Big Buddha Temple and 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.

Bring your swimsuit, a towel, and adequate sun protection.

This tour is only available on full day calls.

Child Price:

12 years & under only

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship and drive 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:
00:15
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

Buffet lunch at a local restaurant

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
36
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
01:05
Free time at site:
10
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Steps:
19
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No

Free time at Chaweng Beach

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
36
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
01:15
Free time at site:
60
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
36
Travel time:
00:50