Buddhist beach: location and features

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Buddhist beach: location and features
Buddhist beach: location and features

What is a Buddhist beach? Where is he located? You will find answers to these and other questions in the article. The Big Buddha Beach is probably the most peaceful and at the same time mysterious on the entire territory of Koh Samui. So what's good about this Buddhist beach?

Official name

It is known that Koh Samui is located in the Pacific Ocean, in the Gulf of Thailand. It is the second largest island in Thailand after Phuket. The official name of the Buddhist beach located on it sounds like "Big Rak". But since on its lands there is a well-known place of religious pilgrimage - the statue of Buddha, it is often named after this attraction. Some people call the beach "Big Buddha".

Description of the beach

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle, head to a Buddhist beach. It is a rather secluded and quiet place, at the same time, from here you can quickly get to the popular beaches of Koh Samui, where you can have fun if peace and quiet become a burden.

Quiet Buddha Beach
Quiet Buddha Beach

From the middle of the beach "Big Rak" only 10 minutes. drive by road (or 1 km bydirect) to the air hub and 20 min. (or 5 km) to Chaweng Beach. Fisherman's Village (Bophut Beach) is within walking distance.

This territory of Koh Samui is still underestimated by Russian travelers for some reason. But there are a large number of excellent houses, magnificent landscapes, developed infrastructure.

Few people know where the Buddhist beach is. It is located in the northeast of Koh Samui, in the same bay as Bophut, but in its eastern part. These two beaches are separated by a small headland.

If in the Bophut area on the ring road at the traffic lights turn in the direction of the sea, move along the main highway all the time, then all the way you can first see the sandy coast of Bophut, then the Big Buddha.


The Buddhist beach looks great in the photo. The statue of the Big Buddha is located on the hill of Fan Island, which is connected to Koh Samui by a special route. The statue plays in the sun with golden rays, its height is 12 m. Add to this the hill on which it was installed more than 30 years ago, and you will understand why it is so clearly visible.

Big Buddha statue
Big Buddha statue

Even from an airliner approaching or taking off over this area, it can be seen perfectly. You will also be able to see tourists climbing up the hill and admiring the views of Koh Phangan and the beaches of "Bophut" and "Big Buddha". They climb the hill to be closer to the Buddha.

Tourists knock with a mallet on the "bells" hung around the perimeter of the base of the statue, take pictures of the temple,located here, at the foot of the stairs leading up, and local residents who came to the monks.


There are also a lot of shops that tourists like to walk around. Here you can find a souvenir for every budget and taste. It can be wooden, made of silver, leather, precious stones, belong to the Farang culture or have a religious orientation. Everyone can buy a CD with music here, which is heard everywhere in the complex.

Not far from the beach there is an impressive fish market. If you buy seafood here, for a small surcharge, they will be prepared in any of the Thai cafes as you wish. Or they will offer their own version, which you will surely like.


Most of Big Buddha's beach is sparsely maintained, semi-wild places. The sand here is yellowish and coarse-grained (the same as on the "Bophut"), and the depth is only in the center enough to swim comfortably.

Big Buddha Beach
Big Buddha Beach

At both ends of the beach, the shallow water zone is significant, it is very noticeable at low tide. The deeper water area is reserved for piers, where there are boats and boats going to Koh Phangan (parties are held there). The water here is calm, as the bay is reliably protected from unrest at sea.

Many of the tourists here are independent, not rich travelers. However, every year more and more families come here, appreciating comfort, coziness and peace, ready to rent housing here for a long time.

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