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Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai)

Ko Fan, Bophut, Ko Samui, Thailand
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Type: Religious Sites, Gardens
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Visited Big Buddha whilst on a tour of the island and found it to be very nice. There were good views from the top and excellent photo opportunities on the staircase up with Big Buddha as the backdrop which sets it apart from other temples visited on the island. My only advice is to be careful with bare feet on... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

One of the biggest Buddha at the southern of Thailand , and there are megnificent view up at the alter of the Buddha.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Was a nice short visit. The climb up to the main temple,was nice and peaceful. Beautiful and simple. Not so many crazy vendors so that was pretty cool

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

A cultural experience not to be missed. Take the opportunity to be blessed by a monk for good luck, it's certainly something you will remember!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

A bit tacky to be honest, it wouldn't look out of place at Blackpool! Very shody, did not feel like a temple or holy place at all, more like a cheap theme park. A bit gawdy. A real shame, not what I expected at all.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

good day trip don't wear a long skirt ! don't need much time to see it max 1 hour its by the fish market that's good at night time for shops so worth going to see both at the same time !

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

The Big Buddha Temple is situated between Fisherman Village and the airport of the Samui. When you come by car you have to park near some shops and restaurants. After leaving the car you can already look at the Buddha, who is sitting on top of a little hill. It is worth to climb the stairs and walk around to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I would like to say its peaceful here but I can't as the airport is not far and the temple is right under the flight path. Its a lovely place to walk around although the souvenirs are much more expensive here than in Bangkok. There is plenty to see and do so give yourself enough time to walk around.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Preferred wat plai laem as it seemed to be better cared for and is easily as grand as big Buddha which appears to now be more of a shopping area that a cultural shrine. It's interesting none the less however the monk giving out blessings did seem rather bored of chaining through multiple tourists.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Three of us took a cab with english speaking guide and did a round island tour. This was part of the tour and well worth the visit.

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