Apart from the beaches, Koh Samui’s distinctive icon is the golden Big Buddha Temple - or Wat Phra Yai - visible above the red-tiled rooftops on the island’s north coast.
The 12 meter (40 foot) Buddha statue is visible from several kilometers away, and even from an airplane if you’re arriving or departing by air.
The temple, shops and restaurants cluster at the base of the statue, and ceremonial stairs lead up to the top for terrific island views.
Fantastic trip round the island. We ended up getting a private tour which was brilliant. Our guide Mame was very informative and the driver Phume was lovely. We got to spend as much time as we wanted at each stop which was brilliant.
It is really really hot at Koh Samui and with this trip you can see in in an air conditioned van which is always a plus. There are so many places you are taken to and you virtual see all of the main attractions in 5 hours. Plus there is a shopping opportunity at the end of the tour. Our guide was great, he helped my husband with some recommendations for tailors.
Excellent and really fab tour guide!!
The Big Buddha Temple is near the airport, on Koh Samui’s north-east coast.
The temple sits on a hill at the end of a causeway at the eastern end of Hat Bang Rak (Big Buddha Beach).