Although Thai culture is predominantly Buddhist, with around (95%) of Thai citizens on Koh Samui practicing Buddhism, other religions such as Islam, Catholicism and Russian Orthodox are also practiced on the island.
Everywhere in Thailand with Koh Samui being no exception, the monarchy is closely linked to Buddhism and the devotion of Thai people to Buddha is as strong as their devotion to the Royal family.
The portraits of the king and his family, which can be found in virtually every house and establishment in the kingdom, are enough to prove the spiritual connection of the Thai people to their king.
Many daily traditions practiced in Thailand have their routes in Buddhism, which plays a very important role in the lives of most Thai people.
During your stay in Koh Samui, while you are on an excursion or just driving around, you will inevitably come across one of these highly decorated temples known to the Thai people as the wats.
In Thailand every male can become a monk for a definite period of time (a few weeks, 1 year, 10 years or a lifetime)
Monks are highly respected by the whole population. Every morning monks leave their monastery and walk around the streets of villages and towns in order to collect charity from the people (this usually consists of money or food and drinks).
Besides from prayer time, monks accomplish different tasks for their community which enable them to gain respect within their religion.