Visitors to Koh Samui who are looking to visit the picturesque village of Plai-Laem can easily get there in just a few minutes by car if they head northwest from the Arch leading to the Great Buddha. Plai-Laem is a popular destination among holidaymakers, known for its stunning and brightly decorated Wat Nuan Naram, also referred to as Wat Plai Laem. This temple is situated by an artificial lake and is surrounded by giant Chinese Buddhist statues, adding to its already awe-inspiring atmosphere. Those who visit Wat Plai Laem will be able to take in its beauty and serenity, making it a must-see for any visitor to Koh Samui.
On the right side of the temple, you will come across an awe-inspiring sight of the eighteen-handed Guan Yin, the compassionate Goddess of Mercy. Guan Yin is revered for her ability to help the less fortunate and grant healthy offspring to those in need. She also offers protection to sailors who are navigating the dangerous seas.
To the left, you will see the Laughing Buddha, also known as Hotei or Budai Buddha, who is renowned for bringing prosperity and joy to those who seek his blessings. With his jovial appearance, he is said to spread happiness wherever he goes.
In the center of the temple, you will find the temple itself, standing tall on a magnificent lotus flower. The temple is guarded by two custodian yaksas who stand watch over it, ensuring its safety and security. Additionally, two naga-snakes can be seen winding their way down the handrails, serving as protectors of the temple.
Little bridges cross the lake to statues of Guan Yin and Hotei, where fish eagerly await offerings of food.
The lake features small mills that add oxygen to the water, and swan-like paddle boats. The Plai-Laem temple area offers many interesting sights, including colorful sculptures such as “A Monk and Two Women, Rolling the Wheel of Existence.” A gift shop selling seashell souvenirs can be found in the corner of the temple grounds.