are more than 20 temples around the island and all welcome well
behaved visitors. Not only are they great historical and spiritual
places, but they are also at the centre of the Thai community
and often have temple fairs with dancing, singing, markets and
visiting temples, please respect the Buddhist and Thai culture:
always wear a shirt that covers your shoulders, shorts are ok
but not too short, no shoes or headwear in the temples and never
point your feet at any Thais, especially a Monk (sit cross legged
or make a kind of "sitting kneel" with your legs under
you and your feet pointing to away from the monks; never touch
a Thai on the head either). Women cannot touch the monks, so if
you wish to pass anything, do it via a male friend or put it next
to the monk with your right hand.
Phu Khao Noi (South West)
Phu Khao Noi is the oldest temple on Koh PhaNgan and is situated
on top of a hill just outside Thongsala near the hospital. It
has some very interesting ancient buildings and Chedis, as well
as amazing views over the island and beyond. THe head monk there
also speaks a bit of English; it's worth noting that the monks
are only really around in the morning, though you can still visit
until late in the afternoon.
Temple (North West)
Chinese Temple exists today because of the faith of Mrs Malawan.
In 1990, when Koh PhaNgan was still largely without electricity,
Mrs Malawan came to Sangthom Temple on Koh PhaNgan for ceremony
of presenting the robes to the priests. During one night, sleeping
outside with friends, Mrs Malawan dreamt about the Chines Buddha,
Jaomae Kuanim. The Buddha told her to build a firelight for the
people. Mrs Malawan then returned to Bangkok to raise the funds
and building was completed in 1992 (open from 8.00am to 5.00pm).
Near the entrance to Phaeng Waterfall, the Jade Buddha can be
found on top of a small hill tn the temple grounds.
Pho (South West)
Pho is located at the stat (and level section) of the Ban Tai
to Thong Nai Pan Road where the monks operate a traditional herbal
steam sauna. Natural herbs such as lemongrass and other Asian
remedies are heated by a long wood fire, creating steam that is
filtered into the sauna. The herbal system has many health benefits
from helping to reduce high cholesterol levels to improving skin
conditions such as dry skin and eczema.