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Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai)

Route 4171, Bophut, Ko Samui, Thailand
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Route 4171, Bophut, Ko Samui, Thailand
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What an experience! I would go back in heart beat. The feeling of history and how peaceful and colorful Buddhism is, made me want to learn more. Very spiritual place. Tiles can be very slippery when wet and you need to take your shoes off...More

Thank Jess B
Reviewed 2 days ago

Very Big Buddha Statue. Calm Serene. Please note the dress code there, no revealing clothes. Sarong can be worn just for visiting the temple premised. Nice views from the top.

Thank Abhilash K
Reviewed 3 days ago

Big Buddha is a good place to visit, only need an hour. Make sure to wear appropriate clothing that covers shoulders, you can also get some loaned to you. Lots of cute shops around to spend more time here. Also enjoy the good view from...More

Thank santianoteresa
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Good place to catch the sunset. Some shopping around the area but it will be expensive. Lots of stray dogs and cats lingering around. The compound is clean around the Big Buddha statue and peaceful. Worth a visit

Thank jenncpl
Reviewed 4 days ago

Every time I visit Samui, I make a point to head over to the big Buddha to climb to the top and enjoy some of the shops and restaurants in the area. This year was no different, the view was tremendous, I got an opportunity...More

Thank Mike C
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very beautiful. Go when there are not a ton of people. Keep your taxi driver nearby as this is a quick stop. Well worth the trip.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is often seen as "the place to visit" in Koh Samui. It is indeed beautiful, but the real charm is the amazing pictures you can take of the Buddha AND from the island around it.

Thank SabrinaCarmona
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I enjoyed my visit to this free temple. The views are spectacular once you get to top. There some small shops to view. Probably can be done in an hour

Thank Jo H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great visit with lovely views over the bay, During the day (1000-1600 if I recall) they ask to keep shoes on, this is due to the service gets very hot. Our second visit here

Thank Topdoghoward
Reviewed 1 week ago

Big Buddha is a local icon. Go visit and check it out. Go early before the thousands of cruise ship vans show up. Glad I went but I would not go back. Once was enough. As are most of the temple sites it is total...More

Thank twdc33
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Emily C
April 1, 2017|
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Response from Trishnjarrod | Reviewed this property |
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January 29, 2017|
Response from Hans Christian T | Reviewed this property |
Depends on the severity of your illness. There is about 60 steps, a little more than half way up there is a platform. However the steps are not steeper than regular steps I know of. BR Hans Christian
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January 28, 2017|
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Response from Hans Christian T | Reviewed this property |
We went there in the morning (around 10 am) hired a taxi to first visit the big Buddha and then the Wat Plai Laem. At this time there was other tourist but it was not crawling with them. One thing to remember is that the... More
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