This day out combines what Koh Samui does best – beaches and temples. First up is Wat Khunaram, which is home to a mummified monk. The well-preserved body of Luang Pho Daeng – who died while meditating – sits in a glass casket, surrounded by flowers, candles and incense sticks. Next, you’ll visit the Big Buddha Temple, which does exactly what it says on the tin. A giant, golden Buddha sits at the top of a staircase. You can climb it for sweeping views of the island’s beach-hemmed shoreline. The last temple is Wat Plai Laem. This one’s a scenic number – a huge, 18-arm goddess statue sits in the middle of a catfish-filled lake. It’s joined by a fat, laughing Buddha statue. Later, it’s time to make the most of Koh Samui’s coastline at the Peace Resort. Here, you can relax pool or beachside, before filling up with a buffet lunch.
You’ll need to dress modestly when visiting religious sites. Knees and shoulders need to be covered, and you’ll also need to take off your shoes before entering the temples. Don't forget your beach wear for the afternoon.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.