Fishin’ for Buddha

We have closed in on our last day in Koh Samu, so it is time to make the most of it.

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Backtracking to the Fisherman’s Village, we searched through alleys of vendors looking at all the incredible hand carved elephants, and knit backpacks. All the souvenirs you could ever hope for.

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My favorite part of this exploration, we found painted elephant statues in a small yard between shops. Each elephant was pained like a Disney character or super hero. Of course, I found Eeyore and fell in love.

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3 of us grabbed a taxi and ventured over to the “Big Buddha” located a few miles away from the warf.

Collected on the main entrance was a courtyard and food stalls.

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We pulled up to a tall two-sided stairway with two large, colorful serpents on either side as the handrail.

At the top was the big sitting Buddha, locally known as Wat Phra Wai. We learned that his pose represents enlightenment and purity. Sitting 12 meters high, he over looked the ocean and this section of the island.

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On the floor/base of his seat, were decorations with smaller gold plated buddhas surrounding the entire statue.

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We also took the opportunity to enjoy the views over the ocean and watch all the boats pull into shore.

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As we were leaving, I noticed a small stand selling crepes. The last time I had one was in London. So, I did what most people would do.

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Nutella Banana Crepes. YUM.

Once we get back into our taxi, he tells us he is going to take us to one more location near by.

Arriving at the Wat Plai Laem temple was something we can’t really put into words. Right through the taxi window, we see multiple large Thai-Chinese statues sitting at the end of their own individual pier.

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These statues had elaborate Chinese themed decor that stood over the Thai temples. All of us were in awe at the mystery and beauty of it all.

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There was the main Guanyin statue, there is also a white laughing Buddha statue. Both were illuminated with colors and design. It was hard not to just stand and stare.

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Fun Fact: The Guanyin is the Goddess of Mercy. She is known as the protector or women and children as well as the sick and the poor.

Filling up our storage in our camera, it was time to head back to the Fisherman’s Warf. As soon as we were dropped off, we found a bar on the beach.

But…this bar has swings as bar stools. Doesn’t get much better than this.

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Off to our final destination tomorrow: Chiang Mai.

 

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