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Bang Rak Beach

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Bang Rak Beach is often commonly referred to as Big Buddha Beach thanks to the gigantic, impossible-to-miss seated Buddha statue overlooking Wat Phra Yai at the eastern extreme of the beach.





If you’re coming by ferry from Ko Pha Ngan, this may well be your arrival point onto Samui as the beach itself has several piers – Big Buddha, Petcherat and Bang Rak – ferrying passengers between the two islands. Luxury vessels as well as local fishing boats moor in the bay and along the piers, making for an interesting outlook. Likewise if you’re flying to Samui, Bang Rak is the closest beach to the airport.

Swing by the Big Buddha. Photo taken in or around Bang Rak Beach, Ko Samui, Thailand by Stuart McDonald.

Swing by the Big Buddha. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Bang Rak runs more or less east to west. Over the headland to the west lies the very popular, and more sophisticated, Bophut Beach, while to the east, after Big Buddha the beach bleeds into the mudflatish and extremely low-key north-south running Plai Laem. Like Bang Rak, it’s home to a large temple, Wat Plai Laem.

Big Buddha, an impressive golden landmark, has several clothing and souvenir shops on the grounds and the upper deck offers views across the bay and over to the small island of Ko Som, inhabited only by one fishing family. This island can be reached by kayak or sailboat, and is great for exploring or to get a true deserted ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Bang Rak Beach
Northern Ko Samui

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