Photo: A handy pier for jumping.

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Eat and meet

Big Buddha Beach

Big Buddha enjoys especially good sunsets and a number of the eateries take full advantage of this.


BBC Restaurant - Big Buddha Cafe
End of Bang Rak, entering Plai Laem
T: (077) 425 089

The open-plan restaurant overlooks Bang Rak with its fishing boats and yachts, and offers spectacular sunset views. Open for lunch and dinner, BBC serves Western and Thai food of a consistently good quality at reasonable prices for the standard of venue. TVs broadcast sport, and fresh seafood from the fishermen right next door is on display to choose for cooking.... Read our full review of BBC Restaurant - Big Buddha Cafe .

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Big Buddha Beach
T: (077) 245 163

Italian owner Stefano has been bringing authentic Italian dishes to the residents and visitors of Samui for a decade. Come busy or quiet season, drive past Antica Locanda with its sign displaying 'slow food' and you will see a restaurant that is a hub of activity. Bang Rak locals swear Stefano's pizzas (around 240-360 baht) are the best on the island, and Italian tourists say they are better than... Read our full review of Antica Locanda.

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4170 Road, right at the entrance to Big Buddha, Bang Rak

Located right next to BBC restaurant and the entrance to Big Buddha, this aptly named restaurant and bar offers exceptional sunset views, and it's a great place to people watch, as locals, expats and tourists gather to take advantage of cheap food with a view. All Thai meals are 70 baht, and regular cocktail happy hour is held. The chicken baguettes are a winner at... Read our full review of Sunset Cafe.

Fisherman’s Reggae Bar, Bang Rak, Ko Samui

Located at the far eastern end of Bang Rak, 100 metres before the entrance to Big Buddha, one will find one of the most character-laden little beach bars that Ko Samui has to offer: Fisherman’s Reggae... Read our full review of Fisherman’s Reggae Bar, Bang Rak, Ko Samui.

Cafe Na
At the far eastern end of Bang Rak, after the fresh market and 200 metres before the entrance to Big Buddha
T: (084) 746 9998

If you’re looking for authentic Thai food on Ko Samui, at reasonable prices, but with a bit more atmosphere and a view better than your average roadside restaurant, then you can’t go wrong with Cafe... Read our full review of Cafe Na.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Big Buddha Beach? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.


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