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Discover Big Buddha - Koh Samui


Travelers, who are visiting the island of Koh Samui, should drop whatever they are doing and visit the Big Buddha. This 40 foot structure that overlooks the sea, greets visitors, who arrive via plane or boat, with a calm stance – giving them a peaceful and warm welcome without having to say any words; and although the Big Buddha can be seen from afar, there is always a sense of wonder and awe to those who choose to walk in its revered presence.  

Sitting upon a small island in Wat Phra Yai, this massive landmark has become an attraction to visitors and locals alike. To first time travelers or visitors who are unaware of the structure’s importance, they might assume that all of these buildings look alike. However, like the Big Buddha in Koh Samui, it offers a very unique and one of a kind experience to those who have opened their hearts and minds. The journey might not be as long or arduous as the others, but that does not mean that the road itself has nothing to offer. At the foot of the Big Buddha are two mythical serpents known as Nagas, who are laid upon the surface of the stair’s railways, raise their necks proudly as they acknowledge the presence of challengers who are taking the first few steps. Successful climbers will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the beaches that surround Koh Samui and the island of Koh Pha Ngan, and a silent blessing that is given by the golden Buddha that sits before them.

Trip Guru would like to remind travelers that in order to fully enjoy this experience, you must wear the appropriate attire and not expose your shoulders, the area above your knees, and toes. This place is used for religious activity such as festivals, meditation, and prayers, so please, do follow the rules and respect Thailand’s culture.

The Big Buddha is located on the North Eastern tip of Koh Samui island and getting there is pretty simple. Songthaews are available for travel and they can take you straight to Wat Phra Yai. The best time to visit the Big Buddha is around the early morning – for a cooler environment – but if you want to see it in its full glory, wait until the sunset to see it shine. It is open daily and has no admission fee, but donations are welcome. 



What our experts tell about this experience.
  • Donovan

    05. 09. 2016

    I came here in the late afternoon with my family. We saw the sun setting and it was tremendously the most beautiful sun set. The colors of the sky a creamy pink and red, the breeze was blowing as the heat had now died down. The view at the top of where we were, magical moment we had here. Mesmerizing the Golden sculpture of the Big Buddha, the best view and I was just at peace with my family! Love them and loved it here!

  • Alexas

    04. 09. 2016

    Be ready for a beautiful scene of the biggest Buddha statue you could see but also be prepared for the steamy hot temperature that you’ll be in. Me, I was about to blow up like a volcano it was so so hot. The Big Buddha itself was an amazing sculpture. Very big indeed. I took numerous photos and did not forget to wear something covering and more polite this time. Temples around Thailand are strict on your dress code – with all respects!

  • Frankie

    13. 04. 2016

    Big Buddha images or statues always fascinated me, but this one, by far, is my most favorite one. Besides being surrounded by Buddha images of varying sizes, seeing the city from the top is always a lovely thing to experience. Think about it; you are sharing this breathtaking view with one of the most inspirational beings who has ever walked this planet.


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