When you visit the island of Koh Samui, make sure you stop over at the Wat Kiri Wongkaram, as this stunning cultural monument is a beacon of peace and tranquility amidst the very touristy town. Sink into the welcome interiors of a luxury Samui resort when you arrive, such as the Anantara Bophut Koh Samui. Its gracious hospitality makes it an ideal Samui hotel to host your stay. The Wat Kiri Wongkaram is an exquisite white temple decorated with a magnificent array of artwork, an impressive multi-coloured roof, and one-of-a-kind architecture. The temple is also the burial place of a monk who was mummified, Luong Pot Ruam, and visitors can witness this revered figure interred within a glass case, in the same sitting position of 25 years. It is surprising for visitors to note that his body is still remarkably well-preserved, given the circumstances. The main shrine is set within a peaceful landscape that is simply ideal for meditation and some inner reflection. A walk around the temple complex is recommended, as you will come across charming old buildings that are simply saturated with history and significance. Tread the meandering pathways that snake through the lush gardens, which pose a panoramic vista to capture through the photographer’s lens.
Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and intends to visit them all someday.