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Big Buddha Statue showing religious elements

Perched high upon its own dedicated island, the Big Buddha of Koh Samui glints golden in the sun, quietly surveying the buzz of island life going on below.

Constructed as recently as 1972, Koh Samui's Big Buddha has quickly become one of the island's most visited and iconic attractions. Wat Phra Yai, as it is known to locals, is the epicentre of Buddhist prayer on this Thai island yet, despite its primary function as a religious site, tourists are warmly welcomed.

One of the best times to visit the statue is in the early morning, at sunrise. This is when the locals carry colourful arrangements of flowers and fruit and place the offerings at the Buddha's feet. This is also the only time of day when the monks perform their prayers and chants. The sound of their solemn chanting mingling with the scent of incense in the early morning light is an intoxicating experience not be missed.

The miniature island on which the statue sits is connected to the mainland via a short causeway and sits 12 metres above the ground. As the day progresses, various food and souvenir stalls pop up around the Buddha's base, and the area can get particularly busy on holy days. It is also the site of many Buddhist festivals throughout the year, when people come from all over Koh Samui to celebrate their faith.

If you would rather an opportunity for some quiet contemplation, the time to visit Wat Phra Yai is in the evening. Lit from below, the golden Buddha subtly changes hue. Visiting at this more peaceful time of day can be a good way to avoid the crowds.

Located in the northern part of Koh Samui, the Big Buddha can be found just to the east of Bang Rak beach and a mere 3 kilometres north of the airport. As this is a religious site, visitors should dress appropriately – clothing should cover the shoulders and long pants should be worn to avoid offence.

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4.5 out of 5
8/135 Moo 5, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is AU$133 per night from 3 Dec. to 3 Dec.
Nestled on the beach, this Koh Samui villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wat Plai Laem and Choeng Mon Beach. Chaweng Beach and Bo Phut Beach are also within 3 mi ...
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"We felt like royalty in this beautiful apartment. We were impressed by the quality and attention to detail and by the attentiveness of the staff. Views are beautiful but as the beach is not for swimming, I recommend to rent a car. Also, there is no restaurant on site but you do have a nicely stocked ..."

Reviewed on 26 Aug. 2020

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Melati Beach Resort & Spa - SHA Plus
Melati Beach Resort & Spa - SHA Plus
5 out of 5
9/99 Moo 5, Bophut, Thongson Bay, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is AU$209 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
Nestled on the beach, this Koh Samui resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Laem Samrong and Choeng Mon Beach. Chaweng Beach is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.
4.4/5 Excellent! (490 reviews)
"The see pool was amazing. The bathtub room was also nice but too many worms and bugs"

Reviewed on 30 Dec. 2020

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Samui Boat Lagoon
Samui Boat Lagoon
4 out of 5
78/36 Moo 5, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Situated by the sea, this villa is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Wat Plai Laem and within 3 miles (5 km) of Chaweng Beach and Choeng Mon Beach. Bo Phut Beach is 2.8 mi ...
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"Really enjoyed our stay at the Boat Lagoon. The villa, with our own pool and outdoor kitchen area, was stunning. Situated in the North of the island was lovely and quiet yet with some good food and activities close by. The beach by the hotel wasn’t remarkable - although great for watching the sunsets, ..."

Reviewed on 3 Aug. 2019

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P10 Samui
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30/21 Moo 4 Bangrak Beach, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
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