When visiting the South East Asian state of Thailand, a few districts of importance must be visited for a wholesome travel experience. While Bangkok is one such destination due to places of interests it harbours and its excellent shopping experiences, the island of Phuket is ideal for a vacation by the sea. For an insight into cultural practices and to enjoy the natural beauty of Thailand, travellers may wish to visit Koh Samui, the second largest island, which hosts the Samui Regatta that attracts competitors from across the globe. There are a number of Koh Samui 5 star resorts in the vicinity of the Samui International Airport that will infuse any visit to the island with ease of access and convenience. Once residing in a hotel located close by such as the Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort & Spa, tourists can explore the multitude of cultural attractions in the vicinity as well.

Located a mere three kilometres from the International Airport lies the Big Buddha Temple, known also as Wat Phra Yai, which is located on a small island off the mainland called Koh Fan. This particular temple is of immense religious significance given the importance the Thai community places on Buddhism. Believed to have originated in the 6th century BC in the Indian subcontinent, the religion of Buddhism spread out across Asia rapidly and was introduced to Thailand by Indian traders during the reign of the Emperor Asoka of the Mayura Empire in India. As suggested by its name, the Temple hosts a Buddha statue which is around twelve feet tall and is a majestic sight to behold.

When visiting the Big Buddha Temple, ensure a visit to Wat Plai Laem, which is located close by as well. This particular temple is composed of two large and colourful statues of the Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin and the Statue of the Fat Chinese Buddha.

Both these Buddhist attractions can be visited on the same day as they are located within close proximity to each other.

Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.