If you would like to experience and understand some of the Thai culture, there are many exquisite Buddhist temples found all over Koh Samui. The Big Buddha temple, (known locally as Wat Phra Yai), is the most well known and many tourists go to marvel at the sheer size and beauty of this remarkable sight.
The Kunaram temple is another popular cultural attraction which is home to Samui's most famous mummified monk, Loung Pordaeng. He died during meditation and his body has been preserved in this position to inspire future generations to follow his Buddhist teachings. Trips to many of these magnificent temples are included in island tours, but visitors can also reach them independently should they wish to explore on their own.