Big Buddha beach Koh Samui
Wat Phra Yai
The Big Buddha Beach is only 5 minutes form the Samui International Airport. It’s a quiet beach popular with families but if you fancy some nightlife then Chaweng beach is just 15 minutes drive away. So it’s a good place to stay if you like party nights and quiet days.
On the causeway at the end of the beach is Wat Phra Yai (Big Buddha temple), Samui’s most spectacular religious tourist attraction after which the beach is named.
The building of the Big Buddha began in 1972 and it took over two years to complete. It is 12 meters tall and sits at the top of a large ornate staircase. The statue dominates the entire area and is visited by tour buses throughout the day.
Over the years visitors have been very generous and have made many donations, allowing the abbot to build facilities for the monks. The temple also now houses a small school for the local children.
Big Buddha is a great place to visit during the many Thai festivals, such as Loy Krathong. The entire area is swamped with locals as they enjoy all the festivities. Markets, food stalls and live music shows are organised for everyone’s enjoyment.
The beach itself has soft golden sand and calm seas suitable for swimming. Traditional longtail boats and a small rickety pier provide some character.