Oceania Exclusive Tour
For those travelers who prefer an added measure of intimacy and flexibility, we are pleased to offer our new Oceania Exclusive tours. With a minimum of 10 guests and a maximum capacity of just 16 guests, each tour benefits from a higher level of personal attention and the added flexibility and agility that come from traveling in a small group.
Oceania Exclusive tours are available for a specially selected number of tours in almost every port we visit, in every corner of the world.
Experience the fascinating past of Ko Samui on this tour that showcases three of the island's major temples or wats, including Big Buddha Temple, a noted meditation center, Wat Plai Laem Temple with its superb statue of Kwan Yin, and Khunaram Temple with its renowned mummified monk.
Starting off by coach from the pier, you'll first travel to Khunaram Temple. The Temple itself is somewhat modest, but what draws visitors is what is found in a smaller building on the temple grounds. Here, sitting upright in a glass coffin, the mummified remains of the famous Buddhist monk known as Dang Piyasilo or Phra Khru Sammathakittikhun are on display. A native of Ko Samui, the venerable ex-abbot of Wat Khunaram enjoyed a long prosperous family life until he was 50 years old, at which time he decided to devote the last part of his life to the monkhood. Following his death, which he had foreseen, his body remained un-decomposed. His family and disciples decided to place him within the casket in this position, as was requested by him in written instructions. The idea was for him to serve as a symbol to inspire future generations to follow Buddhist teachings and be saved from suffering.
Continuing on, your next temple visit is to the Temple of the Big Buddha. Situated on small, rocky Fan Island with a commanding view over the spectacular beach and aqua waters of the bay, it has become a major meditation centre for local residents and foreign visitors alike. The temple centerpiece is a massive, 39-foot high, gold-painted sitting Buddha that visitors have marveled at since it was erected in 1792.
The last stop on your temple tour is at Wat Plai Laem. Considered one of the most colorful temples on Ko Samui, it is notable for its statue of Kwan Yin (or Guanjin), an 18-armed Buddhist avator of Mercy that sits in the middle of a lake. The temple is also famous for the hundreds of large fish that make the lake their home.
Your tour concludes with a short scenic drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 1/2 hours of walking and there are steps to negotiate at the temples. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who are able to both make their way on and off the coach and sit in a coach seat. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual clothing, a hat, sunglasses, sun screen and comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended.
Suitable attire is required for the temple visits. Shorts, culottes, tight trousers and leggings are not permitted. Trousers must cover the ankle and women must have their shoulders and knees covered. No tight or see-through blouses are permitted, even if a jacket is worn over them. All footwear must be removed before entering temples.