There’s more to Koh Samui than beaches – this tour introduces you to the island’s spiritual side. You’ll hop between three of its most important temples, or wats. First up is the Khunaram Temple. It’s the sunglass-wearing mummified monk here that gets tourists talking. He died 30 years ago, sitting in the meditation position, and his body shows little signs of decay. Next, it’s onto the hilltop Big Buddha Temple. Like the name suggests, this place lines up a big, golden Buddha, as well as great sea views. Just down the hill, you’ve got Wat Plai Laem. Built in 2004, this temple’s a colourful, modern take on a Thai-Chinese temple. It’s dominated by two giant statues – one of a fat laughing Buddha, the other of an 18-arm goddess. And it’s surrounded by a huge lake, which is teeming with catfish – you can buy fish food from one of the nearby vending machines.
You’ll need to dress modestly when visiting religious sites. Knees and shoulders need to be covered, you’ll also need to take off your shoes before entering the temples.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.