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Address: Ko Fan, Bophut, Ko Samui, Thailand
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We went here as we were staying nearby. The views from the top of Big Buddha are amazing. As we were leaving the monk invited us up to be blessed for good luck which we excepted... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

We went here as we were staying nearby. The views from the top of Big Buddha are amazing. As we were leaving the monk invited us up to be blessed for good luck which we excepted readily. I was disappointed with the number of disrespectful people that didn't follow requests to cover up or take shoes off in certain areas.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

We probably spent a few hours looking around the shops and visiting the temple. Remember to cover up or the Buddhists get angry..and rightly so. No cost to enter.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Markets surrounding were good and you can see that the stall holders are appreciative of your custom. Takes just a few minutes to walk to the top - they supply a robe for women as monks are not allowed to view women that are not dressed modestly. Worth a quick look

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

Amazing and humbling place. When we visited there were some renovation underway, but did not detract. Sadly one's moment of prayer can be broken by engine roar of landing aircraft... That's progress! Also Beware of angry monks who do not appreciate impolite westerners who do not act/dress appropriately... Be prepared to show some respect and not use it as a... More 

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Not that interesting make sure that if you are female that you wear a top with sleeves and no short skirts or tops.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

its new not old ancient so it felt like its made just for tourists. And of course it is. So look for yourself

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

As everything in Samui this Budda is quite "young", no history behind, no architectural brilliance. If you leave Samui without seeing it you will not lose much

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

a must go place for spiritual or Buddha lover. a great place, a little away from the city. One of the biggest and neat idol of Lord Buddha.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

An interesting beautiful Buddha. However disappointed with all the surrounding shops and tourist stalls - using religion to make a profit.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Upon arriving and covering with a shawl my teenage daughter was shrieked at by a very intimidating temple - hired Rastafarian security guard . " I can see your bum ( a.. ) " . I was so upset by this and his attempt to intimidate as I responded to his incredibly inappropriate remark . He was called off by... More 

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Address: Ko Fan, Bophut, Ko Samui, Thailand
Location: Asia  >  Thailand  >  Surat Thani Province  >  Ko Samui  >  Bophut

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