Tourists head to Rawai for the transcendental sunsets, but you can catch a glimpse of local life at Wat Chalong. This three-tiered salmon-pink temple has 36 golden Buddhas seated, reclining and meditating around its elaborate exterior. Green-and-gold naga line the banisters and the lotus ponds behind. It’s not an antique, but definitely possesses a spiritual vibration, especially when worshippers pay their respects. Busloads of visitors pour in, so swing by in the early morning for a chance of tranquility. Please dress respectfully.