|Ko Samui - Tropical Island | Big Buddha Temple - Wat Phra Yai|
Unlike a typical Thai temple, there are not many buildings with intricate Thai architecture. Instead, I would say there is some influence of Chinese judging from the large, colorful courtyard and a pair of dragons stairway.
The stairs lead you up to the platform where Big Buddha is. In a sitting posture, this gigantic Buddha statue is the highlight of this temple. Also known as 'Phra Buddha Kodom', this Buddha image is 12 meters high and the lap span measured about 5 meters length. If you arrive on a hot afternoon, shoes is allowed otherwise one is advisable to remove the shoes before ascending.
From the top, do not miss the beautiful sights of Bophut Beach and a glimpse of Ko Phangan.