Big Buddha Koh Samui

Big Buddha Koh Samui is one of the landmarks and most famous sights of the island. The statue lying in the northeast sees many visitors already on the landing approach on Koh Samui Airport the Big Buddha lies directly in the Landeschneise of the international airport.

Big Buddha at Wat Phra Yai – Koh Samui’s landmark

The complex of the Big Buddha is a popular destination on Koh Samui. Many guided tours, but also a lot of visitors come here on their own. What you can expect on the spot, how to reach the Big Buddha on Koh Samui and what to pay attention to during a visit, you will find out below.

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Koh Samui Flights

The easiest and fastest way to get to Koh Samui is by direct flight from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore. However, the prices are higher, as the international airport of Koh Samui was built by Bangkok Airways and the airline, so to speak, with a few exceptions, enjoys a monopoly position.

However, it is better if you arrive via Surat Thani or Nakhon Si Thammarat on the mainland of Thailand. AirAsia, Thai Lion Air, and Nok Air fly through the Don Mueang Bangkok airport. At the destination airport you can then take a bus to Donsak Pier or Tapee Pier and from there take a ferry to Koh Samui. The cheapest flights to Koh Samui can be found at either Momondo or Skyscanner. Thai Lion Air e.g. I can highly recommend it.

Best Place To Stay In Koh Samui

A hotel in which we felt great from the beginning, is the hotel amari koh samui. If you want to live on the beautiful Beach, but not directly in the relatively busy center, the Amari is just right.

The hotel offers 2 swimming pools and beautiful, modern furnished rooms of various categories – depending on the budget. We recommend this hotel and would stay there again anytime. Find more hotels in Koh Samui here.

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Where is the Big Buddha on Koh Samui?

The Big Buddha Koh Samui is not on Koh Samui but on the small lying island of Koh Fan, which can be reached via a dam. This, in turn, is located in the northeast of the island in the district Bangrak near the Seatran Pier, from which there are boats to Koh Phangan or Koh Tao. If you arrive from the neighboring islands on Koh Samui, at least at the Seatran or Big Buddha Pier, you will already see him on the boat trip. It’s the same with most flights because many planes fly over the head of the Big Buddha when landing on Koh Samui.

Big Buddha Koh Samui

How do I get to the Big Buddha?

There are several ways to get to the Big Buddha on Koh Samui or Koh Fan. The most expensive option is a taxi. Another option would be to take the Songthaew (shared taxi). This will cost from 100 Baht per person depending on the distance of Koh Samui accommodation.

The easiest option for us would be to drive to the Big Buddha with a rented scooter. Of course, there are several ways here. The easiest way is over the ring road of Koh Samui. There, turn north on the way to Fisherman’s Village.

Then follow this road in front of the Fisherman’s Village around the bend. After about 10 minutes drive through the district Bangrak, past the Seatran Pier you will see on your left an archway to the temple. Drive-in here, over the small dam and then park directly in front of the Wat Phra Yai, the temple of the Big Buddha Koh Samui.

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The Big Buddha Koh Samui, throughout Thailand, you should respect Buddhism. That means if possible no tank tops, something deep cut out or too short shorts wear. The shoulders and knees should always be covered before entering. If you do not have anything to cover you can borrow clothes for free on the right side of the entrance.

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You should also take off your shoes before entering. However, if you come to the Big Buddha in the midday heat, signs will show you the shoes. Since the steps to the statue can get very hot, so to speak, the safety, so you do not burn your soles. More on Buddhism in Thailand (and Southeast Asia), especially other important rules of conduct, you will find in this article.

If you do not want to go to the Big Buddha on your own, we can offer you an organized tour which includes the temple. There are some of them on Koh Samui, which you can either book online, in your accommodation or one of the many travel agencies on the island.

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