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Address: Ko Fan, Bophut, Ko Samui, Thailand
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Koh Samui Round Island Sightseeing Tour

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Please have proper attire on to show your respect to the place as it is a holy place. We enjoyed the view around the area and took a few pictures before we leave.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

I am not a religious person, however went along to see the Buddha and really quite enjoyed it. Its all on its own high up over the sea. The are e few shops and stalls at the bottom for a walk about. Just a tip for those like myself (not exactly knowledgable around these things) you must pay respect by... More 

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Lamai Beach, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

After seeing other temples around Thailand, this one seemed..unimpressive. The only main feature is the giant Buddha statue. The rest is pretty under maintained, dusty and crowded. The monks blessing is a nice touch if they happen to be there. Be sure to be respectful, wear appropriate clothing and be sure to leave a small donation to the monks if... More 

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Chiang Mai
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Free entrance. Good to have seen it - climb about 50 stairs to get to the temple and big Buddha statue - but if you've seen other temples in Thailand, this is nothing spectacular.

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Walsall, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Went first week April, walked there from our accommodation. Approach to the site had litter thrown everywhere. As I was looking at the Big Buddha temple (I didnt intend walking up the stairs just looking) a tall man from the corner approached me and said follow me you need to wear a scarf. I said No I am not entering.... More 

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stoke
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Great place to visit interesting, great views of the island and lovely little market selling souvenirs at great prices.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Great place to go see while your in Koh Samui. You can pretty well see it from anywhere so going down to The Big Buddha is worth a look. Jump on a scooter and find your way there or jump on a took took and they will be sure to take you to its steps!

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Santa Eulalia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

The Buddha may be big, but the area surrounding the temple is scruffy, hot, dusty and full of tatty shops catering to tourist groups. Not recommended.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Please have proper attire on to show your respect to the place as it is a holy place. We enjoyed the view around the area and took a few pictures before we leave.

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Chaweng, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

The Big Buddha can be seen from most places in Samui so its natural to want to go have a look. Its free to walk around and up to the main temple. Be aware, the place gets extremely packed during peak season (December to January) with busloads of people on tours coming to visit, if you must visit during those... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Nice little village with a few little shops. We got blessed by the monk there with a little holy water and bracelet for luck! Only place in Thailand we had this which was nice! Worth a visit!

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