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Half-Day Electric Bike Tour in Koh Samui
"The bike tour starts daily at 10am from Bophut near Fisherman’s village in Koh Samui lead by a multi-lingual guide. You will visit the amazing temples of Big Buddha and Wat Plai Laem. On the way to the Temples of Big Buddha and Wat Plai Laem you will passing by some local areas such as Maenam Beach Fisherman's Village and the Bangkrak Markets. The Bangkrak Market is a daily market used by the locals and will give you an authentic experience of everyday Thai living! There are also great snacks and drinks available here to enjoy.You will stop you will move on to one of the best places to visit Wat Plai Leam it is close to the Big Buddha and also a large temple complex where you can take many interesting photos here. This place has a few temples by the water as well. You can feed the fish in the pond for small pocket change. Please note you need to dress appropriately and taking off your shoe before enter the temples."""
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Private 4x4 off Road Samui Island Safari
"Our driver and guide will meet you at your hotel at 9am. Our first destination is the very famous rock formation of Hin Ta and Hin Yai (Grandfather and Grandmother) located at the idyllic emerald sea. Our guide will explain the Thai legend of this extraordinary rock formation. After a short drive you will arrive to the mummified monk temple. Next a monkey show awaits you to discover how Samui trained monkeys harvest coconuts from the trees and then enjoy the fruits of their labor. With Koh Samui’s hot weather it is always refreshing to drink a young fresh coconut. Then we will go for a ju trekking on the back of these majestic animals through beautiful jungle and next to the waterfalls is an unforgettable experience not to miss. You can also meet and feed the elephants an amazing photo opportunity at Baan Chang safari park.Next our local experienced driver will take you aboard 4x4 off road trucks to Samui mountain peaks throw tropical Asian jungles and highlands to see some of rural Thailand. Around noon if you magic and peace of this remote place which serve as a meditation center for Samui's Buddhist monks. We will stop at several view points for photo opportunities offering panoramic views of Ko Samui and neighboring islands and the mainland includin by kutis
From THB7,500.00
 
Private Ko Samui Island Tour with Air-Conditioned VIP Minivan
"Our driver and guide will meet you at your hotel at 9am.  Our first destination is the very famous rock formation of Hin Ta and Hin Yai (Grandfather and Grandmother) located at the idyllic emerald Sea. Our guide will explain the Thai legend of this extraordinary rock formation. After a short drive you will arrive to the mummified monk temple.  Next a monkey show awaits you to discover how Samui trained monkeys harvest coconuts from the trees and then enjoy the fruits of their labor.  With Koh Samui’s hot weather it is always refreshing to drink a young fresh coconut. Then we will trekking on the back of these majestic animals through beautiful jungle and next to the waterfalls is an unforgettable experience not to miss. You can also meet and feed the elephants an amazing photo opportunity at Baan Chang safari park.  Next we will visit Laem Sor Pagoda set on a beach in the much quieter southernmost tip of Koh Samui. The pagoda has a golden glowing appearance especially in the sunlight
From THB7,500.00

Mummified Monk Tips (17)

Mummified Monk

This is Ko Samui's most famous mummified monk - yes there is more than one. Luang Pho Daend (1894-1973) is mummified in the grounds of Wat Khanaram on route 4169, near the Na Muang waterfall. He died over 40 years ago and all things considered is still in pretty good condition, sitting upright in a glass casket wearing a cool pair of shades.

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Willettsworld
Jul 04, 2013

The better known mummified monk.

Wat Kunaram is situated a couple of kms from Hua Thanon in the south-east corner of Ko Samui, opposite the turn-off for the Magic Garden, and has the added interest of the mummified monk. Loung Pordaeng died in the meditation position over 20 years ago and his body is still in a very good state, apart from having sun-glasses covering the fact that his eyes have fallen back into his head. This part of the site was specially constructed for housing the monk. There is also the inherent tourist stand with things to buy, but you can have a nice walk around the grounds and also to the school constructed over the site of the monks old home.

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pfsmalo
Jul 05, 2011

Wat Kiri Wongkaram.

Out on the south-west side of the island is this Wat, that also has its mummified monk. Not as well known as his counterpart at Wat Kunaram, but Loung Por Ruam has been in his glass box for over 25 years. Although there are some sights of decomposition, his body is still in a remarkable state. You are expected to put a few bahts into an urn whilst a monk puts and blesses a bracelet on your wrist. Ladies : Do not be offended if the monk doesn't bless you or actually tie the knot, it is part of the ritual here.

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pfsmalo
Jul 04, 2011

Dang Piyasilo 1894-1973

The mummified monk is locted in a smaller building in Wat Khunaram.
Dang Piyasilo also Phra Kru Samathakittikhun.The venerable ex-abbot of Wat Khunaram on Koh Samui.A native of Koh Samui he enjoyed a long prosperous family life until he was 50 years old when he decides to devote the last part of his life to the monkhood.After being ordain in1944,he became reknown for his meditation practice for about 20 years.He was also able to foresee his own death in1973 when he was 79 years old.After his death his body remained undecomposed so his family and deciples decided to place his body in an upright position with in the casket as requested by him in written instructions.To keep as a symbol to aspire the future generations to follow Buddhist teachings and be saved from suffering.
I'm not sure who put on the shades but very cool ndeed and another strange wonder of Thailand.

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YaaDong
Aug 30, 2009
 
 
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Wat Kunaram

The main attraction of this place is that they store a 30 years old mummified monk. A long history is written upon entering the temple regarding this monk and one cannot fail to notice when they are looking at the monk is that it is wearing a pair of sunglasses, seems weird to me.

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kenningst
Jun 02, 2008

Wat Kunaram and the Mummified Monk

Here is a small temple and in one building is the Mummified Monk............by motorbike its about 10 minutes ride from Lamai and 20 from Chaweng just before the turning to Na Muang waterfall. The temple is signposted near to arrival.

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JohnandSuzie
Sep 24, 2007

Wat Khunaram, Koh Samui, Thailand

Wat Khunaram is situated on the south coast between Ban Thurian and Ban Hua Thanon. The temple has two buildings of interest within which you will find a large buddha image and the mummified munk. This is the mummified remains of a highly respected monk named Luang Phaw Daeng who died over two decades ago.

The monk started out life as a normal family man who was married with children but in later life reverted to monkhood where he remained until his death. From there he became very highly respected by his local followers who upon his death desided to mummify his remains as a mark of respect and a simble of their beliefs.

MickyT162
Feb 23, 2007

A bit weird..

Personally I found this a little disturbing, sort of like the mummified monk in St Peter's in Vatican. So I didn't take my shoes off again and get real close, I felt a bit wierd. If you walk around the side of the glass box apparently you can see behind his sunnies.

I found interesting that outside the entrance to the monk glass case, they have a board with money from all over the world! I was excited to see the Aussie $5 note, after being away from home for close to 6 weeks!!!

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Dec 22, 2005

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Monk in Shades

Well, thanks to VT members, we didn't miss out on seeing the first MUMMY of our lives. It was quite a sight indeed but the offerings in front of the venerable monk barred us from seeing it up close. With the shades, i thought he looked quite cool.

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Feb 05, 2005

Mummified monk at Wat Khunaram

Well-preserved, mummified body of the monk named Loung Por Ruam. He was placed here 25 years ago and looks remarkably good.

Step in this Wat for a few minutes and take a good look at this mummy. This is the first mummy I have ever seen that wears sunglasses.... It's very impressive though.

Admission to the temple is free, but guests are reminded to dress in modest clothing and remove shoes before entering.

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AMOQUE
Jul 07, 2004

Mummified Monk

This is really creepy. The monk died in 1973 and his followers noticed that his body was not decaying, so they displayed it in a glass coffin, believing that this was a Buddhist miracle. He still has some hair, fingernails and very leathery skin! Interesting to see but also gross!

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paradisedreamer
May 27, 2003

Mummified Monk

This is probably the creepiest thing I've seen in ma entire life! The monk was placed here 25 years ago and looks remarkably good. Very good actually til I'm freak out of ma mind! I was told he tried perserving himself by drinking lotsa salt just before his death and seems like it worked! He now wears shades not to keep up with the trend but becos through the recent years the caretakers found bugs in his eyes! Ewww....

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M.E.R.V
Mar 31, 2003

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