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Big Buddha Beach Pier

Snap photos of the large golden Buddha sculpture that welcomes you to this intriguing dock of opulence and spirituality.

The Big Buddha Beach Pier is a large square full of temple complexes built over the Gulf of Thailand. It sticks out from Bang Rak Beach and contains several intriguing stores, restaurants and spiritual structures. Marvel at the iconic golden Big Buddha statue, sitting in a peaceful and meditative Mara posture. 

The Buddha sculpture, which dates back to 1972, is 39 feet (12 meters) tall. It can be seen from a great distance, making it one of the most recognizable features in the skyline of Samui. See how the sitting deity has one hand’s palm facing upward, with the other placed on its knee. It appears happy, with a subtle smile and raised eyebrows. Climb the elegant staircase, flanked by colorful dragon-like features, to get closer to the statue. 

Look around the temple and inspect the various statues and opulent artworks. Make sure to wear respectful clothing that covers the shoulders, rather than beachwear, in the temple. 

At the bottom of the stairs is a spacious courtyard where you can purchase souvenirs and trinkets from market stalls and shops. Buy clothing and Buddha images from among the amulets and religious items available. 

Enjoy the wonderful views of the Gulf of Thailand and the surrounding beach. Watch people go by, including the Buddhist devotees who make fruit and flower offerings to the deity. Listen to the chanting of the monks in the morning. Stay at one of the many hotels and lodgings along the back of the beach. 

Visit the statue for free at any time. See the Buddha at night, when it is bathed in the warm glow of lights. Attend one of the occasional festivals that take place here, such as Songkran and Loy Kratong. 

The Big Buddha Beach Pier is located on the northeastern peninsula of Ko Samui. Arrive at Samui Airport and drive north for 1.7 miles (2.8 kilometers) to reach the beach. See nearby structures, including the Mermaid Statue, the Samui Mercy Church and the Wat Plai Laem temple.


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Amari Koh Samui
Amari Koh Samui

Amari Koh Samui

14/3 Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Offering direct access to the beach, this Koh Samui resort is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Chaweng Beach and Chaweng Lake. Phetch Buncha Thai Boxing Stadium and Chaweng Noi Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Deva Beach Resort & Spa ¥5,295
    Deva Beach Resort & Spa

    Deva Beach Resort & Spa

    69/34 Moo 5, Bophut Choengmon Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this Moo 5 villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bangrak Beach and Bangrak Pier. Bo Phut Beach and Chaweng Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Saboey Resort and Villas ¥6,453
      Saboey Resort and Villas

      Saboey Resort and Villas

      51/4 Moo 4, Bangrak Beach, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Big Buddha Beach, this beachfront resort is connected to the convention center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Bangrak Beach, Wat Phra Yai, and Big Buddha Statue. Wat Plai Laem and Samui Crocodile Farm are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Boutique The Green Bay View Samui ¥2,670
        Boutique The Green Bay View Samui

        Boutique The Green Bay View Samui

        86/11 Bangrak Village, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Big Buddha Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bangrak Beach and Big Buddha Statue. Phetch Buncha Thai Boxing Stadium and Hin Ta and Hin Yai are also within 12 mi (20 km).

          Bahari 3 Bedroom Private Pool Villas ¥29,668
          Bahari 3 Bedroom Private Pool Villas

          Bahari 3 Bedroom Private Pool Villas

          78/21 Moo 5 Baan Plai Laem, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Nestled on the beach, this Big Buddha Beach villa is just steps from Bangrak Pier and Bangrak Beach. Big Buddha Statue and Bo Phut Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Villa Shimoni ¥29,617
            Villa Shimoni

            Villa Shimoni

            78/21 Moo 5 Baan Plai Laem, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nestled on the beach, this Big Buddha Beach villa is within a 15-minute walk of Wat Phra Yai and Big Buddha Statue. Bo Phut Beach and Fisherman's Village Plaza are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Nora Buri Resort & Spa
              Nora Buri Resort & Spa

              Nora Buri Resort & Spa

              111 Moo 5, Chaweng Beach, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Nestled on the beach, this Koh Samui resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Samui Crocodile Farm and Chaweng Beach. Bangrak Beach and Big Buddha Statue are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Villa Kisiti ¥29,617
                Villa Kisiti

                Villa Kisiti

                78/23 Moo 5 Baan Plai Laem, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Nestled on the beach, this Big Buddha Beach villa is just steps from Bangrak Pier and Bangrak Beach. Big Buddha Statue and Bo Phut Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).