Wat Phra Yai Ko Pan
Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand
Ko Samui's Big Buddha TempleWhen you arrive to Ko Samui and grab a tourist map, one of the first sites you see is Wat Phra Yai, or the "Big Buddha." You negotiate with a taxi driver for how many bahts you will pay to have him drive you around the island for the day, and head out on your way to see this notoriously large temple. But, nothing can prepare you for its size or grandeur: it is one spectacularly massive golden Buddha. On the north eastern corner of this rocky island that was the first stop on board my expedition with the Azamara Quest, Wat Phra Yai sits 12 meters tall. In order to go up, ladies must wear a sarong that covers their legs, which are offered at no charge at the base of the temple.