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When visiting temples, please remember to dress politely (no beachwear or revealing costumes) and behave with the appropriate respect on temple grounds.
WAT PHRA YAI
This temple is the home of the 12 metre tall Big Buddha, Samui's most famous landmark. At the base of the structure, shops and restaurants cater to the needs of devotees and tourists alike. Route 4171 near the airport.
WAT KIRI WONGKARAM
This temple is noted for the mummified body of the Buddhist monk Loung Por Ruam, which has been on display for the last 25 years. Follow Route 4170 south from Ban Saket, then turn right between the two giant elephant statues and look for the temple 1km farther along on the right.
THE CORAL BUDDHA
Formerly one of Samui's main attractions, this small, dilapidated statue is now only visited by Buddhist devotees. The only direction sign is a tatty little roadside board, easy to miss when driving past. Route 4169 800m west of Hua Thanon on the right.
THE LORD BUDDHA'S FOOTPRINT
There are actually four artistically engraved footprints here, superimposed one upon the other and housed in a modest shrine 150 steps up a steep hill. Go up the concrete slope on the left, 2km west of the turnoff for the Butterfly Garden on route 4170.
This old temple is the guardian of the ancient White Marble Buddha, believed by many, including the resident monks, to be many hundreds of years old. It also harbours within its grounds the Secret Hall of Buddha's, which will only be opened on request. 200m down the second concrete road on the left, west of Hua Thanon on Route 4169.
THE LAEM SOR CHEDI
This ornately designed chedi (pagoda) sits on the rocks at the water's edge on the grounds of Wat Laem Sor. Off Route 4170 between Ban Tale and Ban Pang Ka. Follow the track with a sign that reads "Waikiki Bungalows" to the end.
The body of Samui's most famous mummified monk, Loung Pordaeng, is on display here in the same meditation position he died in over 20 years ago. Route 4169 between the Na Muang waterfalls and Hua Thanon.
WAT SILA NGU
Said to contain a relic of the Lord Buddha, the golden chedi facing the temple entrance is a popular place of worship. Route 4169, 1km south of Hin Ta/Hin Yai on the beach side.