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Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai)

Address: Ko Fan, Bophut, Ko Samui, Thailand
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Koh Samui Round Island Sightseeing Tour
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Ranked #11 of 46 things to do in Bophut
Type: Religious sites, Gardens, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious sites, Gardens, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

A visit to the Big Buddha is usually included in the many round-island tours on offer on Koh Samui. It is certainly worth a visit. The golden statue, sitting in perfect calmness, is indeed big, although once one has looked at it from a few angles one is ready to check out the market stalls nearby.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We spent around 30 minutes here to take some photos. We had coffee in the coffee shop with lovely Ocean views. Plenty of shops selling the usual tourist tat

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Best get a taxi there. Journey to the temple is interesting as the taxi drove past local houses and we get a peep of view on the other side of the island. Beautiful scenery. p/s: get the taxi to wait for you as there isn't much taxi to get back pss: cover up, otherwise you can always rent (free of... More 

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jilin china
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Worth a stop . Be prepared to cover up as this is a shrine. Complementary robes are provided which is very thoughtful.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

My husband and I visited this beautiful temple during the city tour. It was absolutely amazing. Definitely worth seeing :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Just had to go and see it, been there twice, worth a go. You can rent a scooter for the afternoon and stop for coffee or drinks on route.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Been coming here for ten years and always make sure i visit Big Buddha... a must see if in Samui. Plenty of food and drink at reasonable prices.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Awesome Temple, great carvings, statues and colour. Free admission. Beautiful Temple to visit. January is the best time to visit, it might be hot but not humid. Highly recommend a visit!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Great view, I nearly fell down the steps as they were wet & slippery! Don't forget to take a sarong or scarf for respect.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Nice to come across a temple that you can visit for free! Easy to find down a causeway linking it to the island. Go early to avoid the crowds which arrive after 1000. Wander up the steps to the statue if only to see the pretty views across the bay.

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